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Miami Beach | John Smith | Laurel Nakadate | More Cats Than Usual

From: artfagcity
Sent on: Thursday, December 8, 2011 1:42 PM
December 8, 2011

Death to the White Cube: SEVEN

After a few days at Art Basel Miami Beach, it’s easy to forget that art doesn’t always come in cubes. Museums and private collections offer some respite, but among the legion of Basel satellite fairs, only one dares break the mould: SEVEN. SEVEN’s organizers – BravinLee programs, Hales Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Postmasters, P.P.O.W., Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, and Winkleman Gallery, all from New York – have worked collaboratively, arranging their works in a flowing exhibition whose geography is determined less by funding and more by content.

Sean Kelly's booth at Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011: Slideshow Edition

No awards this year (other than the inaugural Pervert Prize), but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some worthy contenders. What’s hot? Elmgreen and Dragset and Erwin Wurm were each in a half-dozen or more booths, and Anselm Reyle’s big foil-and-canvas pieces were a reliable eye-catcher for the European galleries.


John Smith’s Hotel Diaries / Fat Iraqi Kid Runs the Block

A sensitive, understated work about the uses the otherness of tourism to prompt close examination of what we might otherwise accept, and also a fat bully beating the shit out of a kid in Iraq while Snoop Dogg plays.


Art Basel: A Strong Opening for the One Percent

Buoyed by Wednesday’s big rally on the stock market, Art Basel opened with bang. Crowds of VIPs arrived early, and without fail every dealer AFC talked to had made sales by early afternoon. “Sometimes things sell in the afternoon or in later days,” dealer Zach Feuer told us after explaining that he had sold work immediately upon the show’s opening, “You just don’t know. But we’re doing well and I get the feeling other people are too.”


The AFC Guide to Disliking Laurel Nakadate Without Hating Women

I have a problem with Laurel Nakadate. It has nothing to do with her thighs, and everything to do with Craigslist and her lacy panties.


Let Them Eat Cake: Sotheby’s Board Member Refuses to Negotiate

At Thursday night’s meeting of the Hudson River Park Trust, a pair of locked-out Sotheby’s art handlers stood up to ask the chair, Diana Taylor, some questions. Her reply revealed the inhumanity inherent in Sotheby’s refusal to negotiate.


After UC Davis, We Need Art: Jeremy Deller’s Battle of Orgreave

“Uselessness” is a pretty good way to identify something as art. Hennessy Youngman said that as a joke – “I can’t possibly sit on all these chairs! ART. “- but it’s true; when in doubt, use value is the division between art and design, video and documentary. Bringing that division into question can create some incredible artworks.


This Week In Media Arts: Visual Poetry and Projector Parties

After a week of fairs in Miami, a couple of enticing media-arts events promise to help us settle back into a New York state of mind: Tom Moody talks animated GIFs at the Elizabeth Foundation while Postmasters gallery brings another installment of BYOB to NYC.

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