Art Miami 2010: Red Pants, Bestiality, and Lowbrow-Highbrow

Art Miami 2010: Red Pants, Bestiality, and Lowbrow-Highbrow

View photos of Art Miami 2010 here.

When are art-world types going to stop wearing red pants? Aren't they basically just conforming at this point? Now an artist wearing some nice modest chinos: That would be a fashion statement.

We managed to get into last night's VIP opening of Art Miami in Midtown.

When we weren't being distracted by some of the sartorial trends, we

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were overwhelmed, as we are every year, by the sheer amount of artwork

filling the giant warehouse set-up.

We snapped some photos of stuff that caught our attention, either because we thought it was great... or ridiculous. Keep in mind this is not authoritative. We were wearing black jeans at the time.

Detail from "Money Tree" by Liao Yibai, Mike Weiss Gallery
Detail from "Money Tree" by Liao Yibai, Mike Weiss Gallery

This silver bird was part of a tree full of birds wearing various high-fashion logos.

"Mercury Mind" by Tony Oursler, Galeri Forsblom
"Mercury Mind" by Tony Oursler, Galeri Forsblom

Bal Harbour denizens, beware: This is what your face looks like after too much cosmetic surgery.

"Leda" by Federico Uribe, NOW Contemporary Art
"Leda" by Federico Uribe, NOW Contemporary Art

This is made entirely of books. It is also completely legal in Florida.

Detail from "Leda"
Detail from "Leda"
"A Glass of Milk" by Ken Currie, Flowers Gallery
"A Glass of Milk" by Ken Currie, Flowers Gallery

The painting's title says it all.

"Conflict" by Cedric Christie, Flowers Gallery
"Conflict" by Cedric Christie, Flowers Gallery

The snooker balls have "king", "queen", "pawn", etc. etched on them.

"Django" by Hwan Kwon Yi
"Django" by Hwan Kwon Yi

This is a wooden sculpture based on a scene in this Spaghetti Western. That's all we can tell you for now.

Art Miami 2010: Red Pants, Bestiality, and Lowbrow-Highbrow

Can modern artists just leave the poor sheep alone?

"Bodywork Hood" by Liz Cohen, David Klein Gallery
"Bodywork Hood" by Liz Cohen, David Klein Gallery

This photo from a Detroit gallery is supposed to be so lowbrow it's highbrow. Our concern is that it's consequently so high brow it's low brow again.

 

"Elegy for that Mother Fucker Bull Connor" by Ben Hall, David Klein Gallery
"Elegy for that Mother Fucker Bull Connor" by Ben Hall, David Klein Gallery

Made of tangled fireman's hose.

Art Miami 2010: Red Pants, Bestiality, and Lowbrow-Highbrow
Detail from "Untitled (Cartoon Painting)" by Richard Prince, Arcature Fine Art

Sticking with the theme.

Detail from "Untitled" by Nashun Nashunbut
Detail from "Untitled" by Nashun Nashunbut
We didn't not get this artwork's info out of spite. We just forgot.
We didn't not get this artwork's info out of spite. We just forgot.

We think this is the original storyboard for Inglorious Basterds.

"Ventura Boulevard at Laurel Canyon II" by Elizabeth Patterson, Rosenbaum Contemporary
"Ventura Boulevard at Laurel Canyon II" by Elizabeth Patterson, Rosenbaum Contemporary

This is a painting.

"Dream Vacation" by Ghost of a Dream, Cynthia Corbett Gallery
"Dream Vacation" by Ghost of a Dream, Cynthia Corbett Gallery

Made entirely out of scratch-off lotto tickets. This just in, artsos: Shit made entirely out of shit is hot right now!

Art Miami 2010: Red Pants, Bestiality, and Lowbrow-Highbrow
Creepy unlabeled art by Patrici Piccinini
"Stags" by Patricia Piccinini
"Stags" by Patricia Piccinini

Price: $240,000.

Unlabeled piece by Claire Oliver
Unlabeled piece by Claire Oliver

Something about this gives us the sweats.

"Untitled" by David Datuna, Westwood Gallery
"Untitled" by David Datuna, Westwood Gallery

New rule: If you're going to make a piece that is just some smashed dishes coming out of crushed appliances, you have to give it an illuminating title so we know you're not just yanking our chain. Also, how would a rich person buy this and install it in their house without their maid cleaning it up?


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