Guide to 2011 Art Basel Miami Beach Fairs

This year's best picks: Pig pens, pop-up pianos, and hip-hop pioneers.

(Slow Room)at Seven: During its first session last year, indie satellite fair Seven made an impression with an expansive look at the programs of seven New York and London spaces in a sprawling Wynwood warehouse. Unlike the other piggyback fairs where dealers shop wares in cramped booths, Seven offered a chill and immersive viewing experience. This year, check out Pierogi Gallery presenting Jonathan Schipper's kinetic installation Slow Room, in which the artist will yank a roomful of furniture through a tiny hole in a corner in slow motion over a course of several days. (November 29 through December 4 at Seven, 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Visit seven-miami.com.)

"Pop-Up Pianos Miami": Ten Steinway pianos will be festooned with art ranging from graffiti to 3-D sculptures to acrylic paints, some customized by local talent such as Lebo, Reinier Gamboa, and Alouishous San Gomma, AKA street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue, known for his gigantic blinking eye murals across town. The tricked-out instruments will make appearances from South Beach to Wynwood and Brickell. Anyone who finds a baby grand can stroke the ivories before they are donated to local public schools at the end of the weekend. "I'm trying to get mine donated to my old high school, Miami South Ridge," Ahol says. (December 1 through 4 at various locations around Miami. Admission is free. Visit popuppianomia.com.)

("Levitating the Fair"): Arguably this weekend's most ambitious interactive project is Glenn Kaino's stunning interactive performance piece, part of ABMB's Public Art segment,which will feature 24 monumental installations by other artists at the sprawling outdoor event in South Beach's Collins Park. The Los Angeles-based Kaino has created a minimalist, 20-by-20-foot sculptural platform that invokes iconic attractions at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Spectators all weekend can help Kaino "levitate" the structure, holding it aloft like crowd surfers at Burning Man.

Cindy Sherman's Untitled (#304) will be at the Rubell Family Collection.
Courtesy Rubell Family Collection
Cindy Sherman's Untitled (#304) will be at the Rubell Family Collection.

Kaino says the project began after he left Basel's 2008 fair crestfallen because of the focus on that year's economic collapse. "People were freaking out about money, and that's not why I got into art," says Kaino, who closed his studio after the fair to study magic instead. "I'm looking for volunteers to help me hold [this project] up in the air as long as possible. It's an act of faith and deals with belief and suspension of disbelief at the same time. When it comes down, it's over." (December 1 through 4 at Collins Park, 21st Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Admission is free. Visit artbaselmiamibeach.com.)

Art Video: Public Screenings in SoundScape Park: Taking advantage of the skull-staving, 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall on the façade of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center in SoBe, this video program selected by David Gryn, director of London's Artprojx, boasts feature film and video by top-drawer talent. Friday at 8 p.m., Americania will offer a selection of shorts showing the United States through the eyes of various artists from contrasting backgrounds. Saturday at 8 p.m., you can catch Painterly, a 55-minute work that explores new digital technology by combining film, animation, sculpture, and painting in unexpected ways. (December 1 through 4 at New World Center's SoundScape Park, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Admission is free. Visit artbaselmiamibeach.com.)

"Here Lies Georges Wildenstein": If we had to predict what will become the most trumpeted work during this year's circus, look no further than our own homegrown Primary Projects. The rogue troika of Books IIII Bischof, Chris Oh, and Typoe's new show with edgy works by 15 artists takes its name from an influential Parisian art dealer of Jewish descent who was stripped of his French nationality in 1940 and later accused of trafficking art with the Nazis. Among the highlights are Miru Kim's Basel opus The Pig That Therefore I Am, where the artist will wallow nude in a glass enclosure full of live hogs. Her performance promises to leave local tongues wagging well into Noche Buena, the traditional Cuban roast-pork dinner that locals slaver over for Christmas Eve. (December 1 through 4 at Primary Projects, 4141 NE Second Ave., Ste. 104, Miami. Opening reception Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit primaryflight.com/projects.)

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South Florida Reggae Big-Band The Resolvers Releases New Music at Art Basel Miami Beach

The band performs Saturday night as part of the Aleloop’a Palooza Music, Dance and Performance Festival in Miami's Wynwood Art District

The Resolvers will perform on Saturday, December 3rd as part of the Aleloop’a Palooza Music, Dance and Performance Festival. Their set is scheduled for around 9PM, with the party running from 6:00 PM to Midnight at the Food Trucks Lot in Wynwood at NW 2nd Ave & 23rd Court.

Aleloop'a Palooza is the culminating event of pop surreal artist Aleloop’s Mobil Art Installation, featuring 10 MINI Coopers wrapped in custom artwork by Aleloop and 40 flash mob perfomers. Partnering with Sakaya Kitchen, Aleloop’a Palooza will feature bands, singers, dance crews, a magician and jugglers, along with 35 of Miami’s finest food trucks, and is expected to have attendance of over 10,000.

Aleloop, aka Alejandra Leibovich, has exhibited her art at Comic Con San Diego, Optic Nerve at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, G40 Art Summit, Art Whino, Art Link International, Pop Santa Fe, Lunar Boy Gallery, & Multiversal among other locations.

More on The Resolvers: http://www.theresolvers.comMore on Aleloop'a Palooza: http://artbasel.aleloop.com/

Original press release http://www.prweb.com/releases/...

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Went to last years events and I was a little disappointed. I did end up purchasing a piece from a local artist in Miami Laurent de Posson. There were a handful of good art but I think many renditions were lacking substance. Though I am happy with my purchase The Shack from http://www.dep-photo.com I hope to see a broader variety this year.

 
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