Hernan Bas's latest show,The Dance of the Machine Gun and Other Forms of Unpopular Expression
at New York's Lehman Maupin Gallery, has only lead to more praise for Miami's art boy wonder.BlackBook magazine recently sat down with the artist
after the show's opening night and talked about everything from Ru Paul on The View, the last few disappointing Dior Homme Collection, and accidentally bumping into Madonna with his butt at Graydon Carter's Waverly Inn.
On Miami:"I like looking out the window and seeing pelicans. There's something magical about that. The façade of the building next to my studio is built like a castle, with pyres and everything. So I look out my window and there's a castle and a sunset. I'm like, "Where the fuck am I?" It's also not the best neighborhood in the world so it's like: pelican, castle, crack-head. Miami is weird because you can walk 10 blocks and be in the heroin pit--like the Lower East Side, circa 1980. Then you go five blocks the other way and you're staying at the Fontainebleau."
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For More of Bas's wisdom, including his thoughts on last year's Basel, favorite bars in Miami, and the effects of the Bush reign on the creative worldcheck out BlackBook