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Friday’s Hairy Eyeball: RxArt enlist Jeff Koons, New Museum critisized, Art Basel Miami Beach expands

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Friday’s Hairy Eyeball; a squinted look at the week’s art news through the blinkered eye of an online grouser.

Following in New York’s recent craze for culinary contemporary art and almost a year after the bake sale-esq exhibition Confection at Miami’s O.H.W.O.W, Will Cotton realizes cakes from his paintings for a performance at Partners and Spade [via The Moment]

RxArt, a New York-based nonprofit organization that brings contemporary art into hospitals and health care settings around the country enlist Jeff Koons to revamp the Cat Scan room this month at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Chicago. [via BAD AT SPORTS]

Keep up with the New York Museum director witch hunt with Art Fag City who yesterday bravely questioned the motivations of the New Museum alluding to compromised integrity due to behind the scene romps with commercial galleries. [via Art Fag City]

UPDATE:

Dear ARTLURKER: I love and deeply respect both Paddy and Art Fag City, but her blog actually arrived late at her current critical position. In fact AFG first reported on the issue four weeks after I had opened the discussion by being the very first party in any media to publicly criticize the New Museum’s plans.  I did so with a post on my own site done the same day the New York Times published its September article (which had virtually reproduced the Museum’s press release).  In my entry I defined the issues as they were later picked up by others and as they remain today. James Wagner. http://jameswagner.com/2009/09/new_museum_commits_s.html

Upper Eastside Garden’s Camp Basel is sadly canceled by the city due to complaints by local residents despite zoning laws which allow for such events. Peter Rosek says “Its a real shame. We’re trying to open up the neighborhood by encouraging people to hang out and use the venue as a point of origin as opposed to just a destination.” For anyone still looking to stay in the area on a shoe string Rosek recommends neighboring Motel Blu.

Art Basel Miami Beach organizers widen booths and aisles, add restaurants with table service, and amplify the corporate-sponsored VIP lounges and meeting and rest areas. [via Miami Herald]

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This weekend in Miami – top picks for openings and events:

Tonight:

Miami’s The Upper Eastside Garden will host an event tonight in association with The OMNI Board of Tourism (www.theomnibot.com), who have been asked to participate in this year’s Scope Art Fair.  For the fair, The OMNIBOT will be setting up a giant T-shirt Wall, and The Upper Eastside Garden want you to participate! Tonight (Friday the 13th) from 7pm to Midnight The Upper Eastside Garden invite you their Pop-Up Party where you can design or drop off a t-shirt for the wall. All entries hung on The OMNIBOT’s T-shirt Wall at Scope will be judged by visitors at the fair.  The winning design will be produced for sale alongside artist-designed souvenirs.  All t-shirts will be displayed and sold at Scope for $20, with 100% of the proceeds supporting the development of The Upper Eastside Garden’s New World School of the Arts Student Souvenir Program.

Second Saturday:

Agustina Woodgate’s Endlessly Falling at Dimensions Variable.

Susan Lee Chun’s Everybody Suz-ercise! at David Castillo Gallery.

Second Skin, a group show at Gallery Diet.

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Friday’s Hairy Eyeball: RxArt enlist Jeff Koons, New Museum critisized, Art Basel Miami Beach expands