ARTLURKER

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DEATH OF A PARTY? Will Miami’s nightlife prosper over Art Basel Miami Beach or does the current economic instablity have yet more far reaching effects in store for Miami’s art community?

Spencer Tunick’s 2007 installation at The Sagamore. Courtesy of The Sagamore and guest curator Kimberly Marrero.

Despite the constant noise of construction this Art Basel Miami Beach is reported to be comparatively quiet. Regardless of the streets being filled with shipping trucks, galleries spilling over with unopened crates and Maike Cruse, Communications Manager for Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach confirming for us that the rumor that this years fair would be thin on the ground was “false information” and that “no galleries have dropped out of ABMB” it would seem that a number of the companies who contribute greatly to the atmosphere in Miami during the fair (mainly via more hedonistic than cultural avenues) will not be present this year.

In an article entitled “A More Cautious Orgy” published on Monday, Alexandra Peers & Erica Orden of the New York Magazine state the following:

“Orders for liquor—Southern Wine & Spirits provides hooch for “official” Art Basel parties and many others—are down at least 20 percent from last year. Many events are doing just Champagne, to cut out the bartenders.”

In their article which compares last years party statistics with those projected for 2008 the pair also mention that although many of the top ranking fine art galleries and design houses are coming their message as encapsulated by Silvia Venturini Fendi is “buy less, but buy better.”

Spencer Tunick’s 2007 installation at The Sagamore. Courtesy of The Sagamore and guest curator Kimberly Marrero.

However, fine arts and gold have always been said to withstand even the most exaggerated economic fluctuations, and with an increasing number of exhibitors and parallel fairs like SCOPE occupying larger venues and operating ever more commanding programs is it clear that not everyone is feeling the pressure.

There is much talk of events and much bustle and commotion in the cities gallery districts. Even if the late night throb of ABMB does not radiate as far as in previous years there are a number of very note worthy gigs to attend throughout the week where a nifty drink of two could very well be snagged in defiance of recent party pooping economics.

In the interests of revelry, the quintessential driving force of our beloved locale, we invite you to post your notices, fliers or insider tips below.

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To begin the ball rolling here are a couple:

Whitehot Magazine will host a party at Locust Projects on December 6th featuring music and interactive visuals by the Remote Controllers the event will be sponsored by Peroni. This public event coincides with the Wynwood Art District’s special Art Basel Miami Beach Art Walk during which all galleries and project spaces in the area will open their doors from 7 – 10PM.

Renaissance person, facilitator and diva’s man, Oliver Sanchez will convert his Design District Studio (Directly opposite Design Miami) into the Bordello Bodega. Open all hours this Miami art insider’s hangout–billed as appealing those with an inquisitive penchant for girls, grog and gaiety–promises to provide a glimpse into modern bohemian life in the tropics. All proceeds from the Bordello Bodega will be donated to Design & Architecture Senior High.

4 Comments

  • Pepe Pave

    Deith Projects, Peres Projects & Nueva Galeria de la Barra present:
    http://www.oh-wow.com/

    Thursday night with THE GOSSIP should be rad..
    DJ NIGHTSCHOOL (from THE GOSSIP) will make you dance till you can’t dance no more (spoken from experience).
    Look out for him this Basel.

  • Kevin Arrow

    ALWAYS A DULL MOMENT
    A micro exhibition of works by
    Kevin Arrow

    December 5-28, 2008
    Opening: Friday, December 5, 2008 7:00 p.m.

    Good Grief! Yet another thing to do during the week of Art Basel, but this one is good.
    A selection of Paintings, Drawings and Objects from the mid-90s to the present, all crammed in a 96 square foot “gallery” space.
    Bring a friend.
    Yeti #Five published in Portland, OR will be available.

    Books & Books
    265 Aragon Avenue
    Coral Gables
    305.442.4408
    305.298.9981
    arrowfuentes@hotmail.com

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DEATH OF A PARTY? Will Miami’s nightlife prosper over Art Basel Miami Beach or does the current economic instablity have yet more far reaching effects in store for Miami’s art community?