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It’s easy for us to criticize art.  

Identifying a film’s flaws or a novel’s shortcomings is satisfying and fun. It’s also something we do subconsciously whenever we interact with art. 

We become, for a moment, the dreary, pretentious critic from Ratatouille, ruthlessly picking apart loose plot threads or weak technique. It’s an intimate conversation between art and audience. 

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Critiques, then, are vital to our relationship with art. Reviewing films, shows, or books forces us to immerse ourselves in them—it’s a quiet act of introspection, one which is inherently personal.

Of course, these reviews we concoct for ourselves differ from what we might find in a larger publication. Yet the fact remains: reviewing art is essential to understanding it. 

Reviews are wonderful in a practical sense. 

Want to know if the new Marvel movie sucks infinity stones? Check online, read a few reviews, and you’ve got a pretty good idea if it’s worth your time and money.

So, movie reviews, for instance, can have profound impacts on the film market. Droves of five-star reviews do wonders for business; they help ensure that technically proficient art is adequately financially compensated.

Additionally, reviews make art more accessible. 

For instance, if you’ve read Ulysses and wondered what any of it meant, a thorough review can distill the novel’s thematic importance into an easy-to-digest article. These critiques allow us to engage more effectively with what art is trying to tell us. 

Since reviews are so ubiquitous, they’re closely attached to how we experience art. Imagine if there were no reviews for Morbius—not a single one. What would we think about it? 

When we hear negative feedback about art before interacting with it, we’re predisposed to dislike it. When you hear “this superhero vampire movie sucks,” you’ll probably think Morbius is really bad before you even see it. Reviews allow us to form opinions on movies we’ve never seen or books we’ve never read.

Regardless, we need artistic discourse. Discussing art is essential to forming our opinions about it and how we relate to it, and online reviews are an incredible way of bringing everyone into the conversation. Contemporary reviews rid artistic dialogue of academic jargon to make art criticism accessible for everyone.

But what’s so profound about reviews is their human aspect. They are, regardless of impartiality, coloured by an individual’s response to a piece of art. 

When we review something or we read someone else’s review, we’re seeing the result of personal reflection on the merits of art. Reviews expose us to diverse interpretations and meanings which ultimately hone our own opinion on a piece of art. 

Criticizing things doesn’t have to be pretentious. Reviews are a fantastic means to offer opinions on art in a way that’s accessible to everyone—and now, with platforms like IMDB and Goodreads, we can all be critics. 

Reviews, whether written for money or just because you like a book a lot, are vital to breathing life into art. They’re an alternative to academic criticism that are also just fun.

Most of all, reviews incite vivid conversations about art and why it’s important. These dialogues are necessary—without them, art becomes sterile and trivial.

Nothing can exist in a vacuum. Not even art.

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A Complete Guide To The Art, Parties, And Events At Art Basel Miami Beach 20th Anniversary Week And Art Miami 2022 – Forbes

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On the eve of Art Basel Miami Beach – this year celebrating its 20-year anniversary – I couldn’t help but reflect on the major impact Art Basel has made on the city of Miami. As a native Miamian, I have watched this city grow from being known as the mecca of Cocaine Cowboys and Miami Vice to becoming an international destination for all who want to immerse themselves in a cultural melting pot that is unique to Miami, replete with cutting edge architecture, high fashion, cuisine, nightlife – and, of course, art. Buoyed in part by Art Basel choosing Miami as its only US location two decades ago, luxury brands, developers, and philanthropists have invested in building this city to where it is now- one of the most important cities in the US, if not the world. This year’s edition marks the fair’s largest showing yet, with nearly 300 galleries participating from all over the world, including 26 first-time participants. Art Basel Miami Beach is open to the public December 1-3, with preview days happening on November 29 and 30 for VIPs.

ART: A detailed guide of what exhibitions to see this Art Basel Miami Beach and Art Miami 2022 Edition

Amidst the glamorous parties and luxury brand special previews, there are incredible art exhibitions open across Miami. The Baer Faxt’s lead consultant Vajra Kingsley offers up these tips for curating a memorable art fair experience this year… “There are different ways to experience Art Basel Miami Beach, and the key to an elevated/educational experience during such a wild time is knowing what will resonate for you personally. In my opinion, what’s most interesting these days is not the big-ticket art items that are shipped in from every mega gallery, but the hidden gems like a new art nonprofit called Art in Common by Curator Zoe Lukov and Cultural Producer Abby Pucker – launching with ‘Boil, Toil + Trouble’, a group show focusing on the mysterious, often misunderstood feminine powers of water. Also, the two must-see booths at Design Miami are Carpenters Workshop Gallery and my friends over at The Future Perfect. Another must is the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), a nonprofit dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. Here are some of my favorites: 56 Henry, Embajada, M.LeBlanc, Shoot the Lobster, Nina Johnson, Kate Werble Gallery. It’s about finding those individuals who are using the opportunity to take risks and showcase works that offer a new look into contemporary art.” Vajra continues, Untitled Art is also a great find. Guided by a mission to support the wider art ecosystem, this leading independent art fair takes place within the same timeframe as Art Basel Miami Beach (November 29 through December 3). Untitled offers an inclusive and collaborative platform for discovering contemporary art by emerging artists and historical figures.”

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“Lastly, we’re kicking off the week with ‘Selections from the Elizabeth Margulies Collection’. Art advisor Elizabeth Margulies is debuting her first major exhibition of her collection at the Warehouse (check the website for public hours). It’s an exciting time for the next generation of collectors and artists to see themselves and be inspired in such a prolific space and we’re toasting in the ABMB VIP lounge with ‘Arkive’ – a new decentralized museum platform building community through its collection. Arkive’s mission is to curate, own, and create culture. They offer a fresh perspective on technology, and how it can support cultural communities.” There are so many amazing projects – this is by no means a complete guide, but visiting these gems will absolutely take your Art Basel experience to the next level.

Craig Robins, one of the godfathers of this “new” Miami, is the founder and CEO of Dacra Development, the co-founder and co-owner of Design Miami, and the visionary developer of the Miami Design District. He singlehandedly transformed what was once a crime-ridden neighborhood to a luxury shopping destination. His vision paid off handsomely not only for his development company but for the city of Miami as a whole, while keeping true to his mission to blend art and commerce.

During this special week Craig will be opening the doors to his personal collection, The Craig Robins Collection, which is exhibited within the Miami Design District headquarters of DACRA, where it rotates on a bi-annual basis. “Two of The Same Kind” is the title of the latest display, highlighting the work of Marlene Dumas and Jana Euler, two artists whose painting and drawing practices are broadly represented in the Collection holdings.

The theme of dualism also threads through works by pop icon Andy Warhol, included as a special loan, and the recent acquisition of breakout talent Sasha Gordon. More than a hundred works on display present an expansive overview of figurative art from the last three decades, in tandem with Conceptualist masterpieces. The multifaceted Collection also features design pieces by established favorites such as Zaha Hadid, Jean Prouvé, Marc Newson and Maarten Baas. The Craig Robins Collection is comprised of contemporary art and innovative design and is open to Art Basel Miami and Design Miami VIP Cardholders.

Other notable Miami Design District Exhibitions include: LARRY GAGOSIAN & JEFFREY DEITCH PRESENT 100 YEARS (3841 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite #101) – Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch are pleased to present 100 Years, their sixth collaborative group exhibition in the Design District during Miami Art Week. Previously staged at the Moore Building, this year’s exhibition will be on view in the historic Buick Building. November 28–December 4. THE ROW’S ARES HOUSE (3925 N. Miami Avenue) – In a collaborative effort between The Alexander Team and Everyrealm, comes the launch of ‘The Row,” an exclusive collection of metaverse real estate featuring architecture designed by a variety of talented artists. The 30- piece collection, made up of one-of-one NFTs, will live on the Mona platform. SAATCHI YATES (35 NE 40th Street) – This November, Saatchi Yates will open a temporary gallery space in Miami, with a solo exhibition of new work by Ethiopian contemporary artist Tesfaye Urgessa to coincide with his presentation at the RUBELL MUSEUM, Miami opening December 2022. Saatchi Yates Miami is situated in the Design District, next to the INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART (ICA) and the de la Cruz Collection. November 21 – December 21.

MDD COMMISSION: ROCK | ROLL – The Miami Design District has named architect-designer Germane Barnes winner of its eagerly anticipated Annual Design Commission. Barnes’ winning installation, Rock | Roll, was designed as a celebration of the communities that have shaped Miami’s one-of-a-kind, polyethnic culture, from the city’s earliest foundations to today. It will be realized across the Design District’s public spaces as well as a special installation at the entrance of the Design Miami.

Curated by Anava Projects, Rock | Roll marks the first time a Miami-based creative has won the highly competitive, invitation-only design commission. Conceived as a love letter to the people of Miami, Barnes’ multi scale installation draws on the vibrant visual language of Miami Carnival to honor the BIPOC communities who shape this incredibly dynamic city.

One of my favorite artists exhibiting at Design Miami/ personally and professionally are The Haas Brothers, the fraternal twin duo who bring fun to art through their playful and whimsical sculptures, furniture, and now tapestries. Presented by galleryAll.

In Wynwood, Jessica Goldman Srebnick will be opening Wynwood Walls for a special commemorative mural by Shephard Fairy honoring her father Tony Goldman’s legacy and 10-year anniversary of his passing. In addition, Wynwood Walls will be debuting 10 new installations for Miami Art Week 2022. Beginning Sunday, November 20, world-renowned artists will begin their murals. Visitors are welcome to watch the new murals come to life by purchasing daily tickets and all access passes on their website. Artists on site include: DASIC (Chilé), Leon Keer (Netherlands), Millo (Italy), Lelin Alves (Brazil), and Shok1 from the United Kingdom, as well as the debut of Hebru Brantley’s solo show inside the GGA Gallery on November 29th.

EVENTS: Art Week Miami 2022 Parties and Events

While the focus this week in Miami will be on art, the surrounding parties and events will surely garner nearly as much attention. If you have enough energy after walking through the fairs all day, here are some of the more notable events happening all around Miami…

Monday, November 28

Event: Wynwood Walls Artist Dinner (Invite only)

Hours: 7 PM

Details: Wynwood Walls, the famed epicenter of the Wynwood Arts District known worldwide for its groundbreaking, ever-changing collection of curated art, will debut 10 new installations for Miami Art Week with a celebratory dinner hosted by the CEO of Goldman Properties, Jessica Goldman Srebnick.

Address: 266 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Event: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer VIP preview of Pulse Topology: Monday, November 28 (Invite only)

Hours: 7:30-10:30 PM

Aerobanquets RMX mixed-reality art and culinary experience: Monday, November 28-Friday, December 4

Details: Superblue Miami and BMWi have partnered to present the immersive art installation Pulse Topology by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer this November and throughout Miami Art Week 2022. Composed of 3,000 lightbulbs suspended at different heights, “Pulse Topology” creates a series of crests and valleys in an intimate landscape that visitors are invited to traverse at Superblue. Each lightbulb glimmers to the pulse of a previous participant.

Event: Alma Salgada Showcase at W Miami (Invite only)

Hours: 7-9 PM

Details: W Miami is hosting a special preview of their latest art exhibition featuring Alma Salgada on Monday, Nov. 28 at the trendy Brickell hotel’s signature restaurant ADDiKT, located on the 15th floor rooftop. Curated by Bia Duarte, the installations will feature vibrant colors and graffiti-like designs inspired by the Brazilian artists’ passions for florals, gardens and street art. Additionally, the artist’s showcase will be available for the public to view at W Miami throughout the entire week.

Address: 485 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Tuesday, November 29

Event: Delilah & SCOPE produced by Uncommon Entertainment and The h.wood Group

Hours: 11 AM – 8PM daily through December 4th

Details: Come swing and jive through this homage to the roaring ‘20s at SCOPE Miami Beach. Los Angeles based Delilah pops up in Miami as a modern-day supper club with a vintage aesthetic. Eating, drinking, and dancing converge in this luxury space as guests enjoy lounge style bottle service as the affair unfolds. Elegant yet alluring, the charm and vivacious energy of Delilah is like stepping back in time while taking in the SCOPE art show.

Events: Art Miami + CONTEXT Art Miami Opening Night

Hours: 4:30 – 10 PM

Details: Art Miami, which year-over-year has been a central component of Miami Art Week and played a major role in establishing the city of Miami as a cultural hub, is returning to Miami Art Week, along with sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami. An invitation-only VIP Preview on Tuesday, November 29, which runs through Sunday, December 4, 2022. Miami’s hometown and longest running international and contemporary art fair, Art Miami will continue to showcase the most significant artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, presented by a selection of the world’s most respected galleries. CONTEXT Art Miami’s 10th edition will provide the ultimate platform for mid-career, emerging and cutting-edge artists presented by new and established galleries. The combination of Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami will feature over 215 galleries from 17 countries, and will provide established and budding collectors the opportunity to acquire a vast array of iconic works from world renowned artists, as well as groundbreaking works from emerging artists, at the prestigious fairs. Collectors, curators, designers, museum professionals as well as art enthusiasts will discover a diverse range of art works, dynamic projects and special installations from more than 800 artists at the fairs.

Events: The Confidante Miami Beach Presents The Missing Link Artist Showcase with Rigo Leon, Muta Santiago and Funqest.

Hours: 7-9 PM

Details: The Confidante Miami Beach, Miami’s iconic oceanfront oasis with retro-glam style and mid century charm, is excited to announce its 2022 Miami Art Week lineup, in partnership with renowned artists Rigo Leon, Muta Santiago and Funqest. On Tuesday, November 29th, guests are invited to watch live art demonstrations by the three artists inside 6ft x 6ft plexi-glass boxes in the Backyard and pool area. Live entertainment, passed bites & cocktails will also be provided.

Event: Giorgio Armani LOVE event (Invite Only)

Hours: 7-10 PM

Details: Giorgio Armani is unveiling the launch of Giorgio Armani “LOVE”- a project merging fashion, art, and technology.

Event: Rusty Pelican Jason Perez Art Showcase

Hours: 5-10 PM

Details: Exclusive Gallery Viewing presented by Jason Perez in the Lounge and Bar. Enjoy cocktail specials sponsored by Haig Club Scotch while viewing over 20 pieces of art for an exclusive Art Preview Party.

Address: 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Event: Stone Island’s 40th Anniversary Installation at RC Cola Plant (Invite only)

Hours: 11 PM – 4 AM

Details: Luxury Italian clothing brand Stone Island will celebrate its 40th anniversary by activating the RC Cola Plant in Wynwood for the opening of Art Basel with an exclusive, one-night-only installation on Tuesday, November 29th. At the cross section of fashion, art and design – Stone Island’s 40th Anniversary activation will feature a hosted open bar, a spectacular light-crafted art installation, and three acts of surprise DJ talent and headliner performances throughout the evening and into the next morning. A VIP area for celebrities and notable guests will feature hosted tables and bottle service to mix and mingle amongst the luxury fashion and art industry’s elite attendees.

Address: 550 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

Event: nft now x mana common present “The Gateway: A Web3 Metropolis”

Hours: Tuesday, November 29 – Saturday, December 3

  • Opening Ceremony + Press Preview with Miami Mayor, Francis X. Suarez (Invite Only): Tuesday, November 29 | 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • VIP Opening Party (Invite Only): Tuesday, November 29 | 8 p.m.
  • Open to Registered Public: Wednesday, November 30 – Saturday, Dec.3 | 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

Details: The Gateway: A Web3 Metropolis is the sequel to last year’s famous activation that introduced NFTs to the masses. This year, the experience is creating the first-ever web3 metropolis. Over the course of 5 days, the events will take over 12 buildings and 2 city blocks in Downtown Miami’s Flagler District to unite the web3 community for a landmark experience unlike any other. The programming will feature leading artists, musicians, community partners, panels, speakers and performers. Leading brands participating include Christie’s, Instagram (Meta), Porsche, FaZe Clan, RTFKT, Art Blocks, Alo Yoga, WME, MetaMask, 9dcc by gmoney and more. To register for a free ticket, visit The Gateway: A Web3 Metropolis.

Wednesday, November 30

Event: Resy and American Express Gallery Day: Featuring artist Phillip K Smith III and bites by chef Michael Solomonov

Hours: 11AM- 5PM

Details: Resy and American Express will celebrate the intersection of food, art and culture at Art Basel Miami 2022. Guests can enjoy a gallery viewing of artist Phillip K. Smith III’s site-specific art installation, plus light bites and cocktails prepared by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov of Philadelphia’s Zahav, Laser Wolf, and K’Far in the Faena Arts District. There is no cost to make a reservation for the exhibition-only day. Tickets HERE.

Event: Casa Del Sol Tequila & VOGUE Celebrate Colombian Designer Silvia Tcherassi (Invite Only)

Hours: 3-6PM

Details: Casa Del Sol Tequila and VOGUE 100 host a reception for Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi aboard a superyacht in Miami Beach. Tcherassi has been a leading Latin American designer for over 35 years. Expect a whos-who of Art Week fashionistas, sipping on luxury tequila.

Event: Aqua Art Miami VIP Preview (Invite only)

Hours: 3 – 10 PM

Details: Aqua Art Miami will kick off its 16th edition at the Aqua Hotel with a VIP Preview on Wednesday, November 30th before opening to the public December 1-4, 2022. The energetic preview has become the destination for influential collectors and art professionals, many of whom migrate from Aqua’s sister fairs, Art Miami and CONTEXT conveniently nestled between the Venetian Causeway and the MacArthur Causeways, and Art Basel Miami Beach, which is located just a few blocks away.

Address: Aqua Hotel (1530 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139)

Event: ATOMIKO Live Painting Event & Hand-Painted Uniform Showcase by Lucy Glaser at LPM Restaurant & Bar (Invite only)

Hours: 7-10 PM

Details: In celebration of Art Basel week, LPM Restaurant & Bar will be hosting a VIP preview featuring renowned Miami street artist, ATOMIKO, and serving LPM’s signature French-Riviera passed canapés and beverages to guests. Attendees will be able to meet ATOMIK and see him live in action as he completes several, one-of-a-kind canvas paintings live at LPM Miami. Famous for his iconic orange character, the art installation will combine ATOMIK’s unmistakable street-style with influences from LPM’s stylish design and French Mediterranean cuisine. Additionally, the large-scale, canvases will be available for the public to view at LPM throughout the entire week and beyond. Throughout Art Week, LPM team members will also be adorned with original, hand-painted uniforms by local Miami artist, Lucy Glaser, who specializes in hand-painting clothing in a playful and maximalistic style.

Address: 1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33131

Event: Alesso at LIV: Basel Kickoff

Hours: 11:30 PM – 5 AM

Details: In celebration of Art Basel week, join Alesso at LIV as he brings a pulsating performance to Miami Beach. Kickoff the week by dancing the night away to “Words,” “Let Me Go,” “Heroes,” and more, while taking in the high-energy nightclub atmosphere.

Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Thursday, December 1

Event: Casa Del Sol Tequila hosts reception for Mexican Artist Daniel Valero (aka Mestiz) and AGO Projects of Mexico City (Invite Only)

Hours: 12-3PM

Details: Luxury sipping tequila brand Casa Del Sol, co-founded by actress Eva Longoria, heads to the Magic City during Miami Art Week for a celebration of culture and the arts. Partnering with Mexico City based collectible design gallery AGO Projects, Casa Del Sol will host an invitation-only reception on a superyacht in Miami Beach. On view will be an installation highlighting Mexican artists with distinct and exceptional voices, including Daniel Valero, also known as Mestiz.

Event: Bootsy Bellows, VaynerX, SCOPE, Kaytranada and Kitty Ca$h produced by Uncommon Entertainment and The h.wood Group, presented by Johnny Walker with additional support from St. Jude Children’s Hospital, AXE, One37PM, Coinbase, and PepsiCo (Invite only)

Hours: 9 PM – 1 AM

Details: In celebration of Art Basel week, The iconic Bootsy Bellows pop-up will return to the sands of Miami Beach for an exclusive evening in partnership with VaynerX that transport guests to the future for an unforgettable experience at the SCOPE venue on Ocean Drive. The evening will be headlined by Kaytranada with an additional set by Kitty Ca$h with additional live entertainment from some of the most reputable names in music.

Event: Bleacher Report & NBA Artist Collection VIP Opening Party

Hours: 7-10 PM

Details: Bleacher Report (B/R) is teaming up with the NBA to bring its signature Artist Merch Collection to the epicenter of the art scene – Miami Art Week – through the creation of a pop-up art gallery & sports bar featuring art installations from this collection’s artist, Matt McCormick. The B/R NBA Artist Series will be full of must-see events accessible to sports fans and the VIP party kicks it all off. Through a secret tunnel at The LAB, guests will find the Fadeaway Cocktail Lounge, also designed by McCormick, which will offer free cocktails and beverages for the event. The shop will offer a rare mix of art and sports for a completely unique fan experience taking place during Miami Art Week. Matt McCormick and special guests will be popping in and out of the venue to greet fans.

Event: 1 Hotel South Beach Eternal Heart x Iridescent Atmosphere

Hours: 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Details: Diners at Beach Club will enjoy an immersive experience filled with art, entertainment, and live beats. Multimedia artwork from artist Artem Mirolevich’s Eternal Heart will be on display, which explores the inner cosmos of human beings, as biological machines made to serve a higher purpose of elevating mind over body. While you dine, body painted ballerinas will emerge from his artwork for a live whimsical performance. Guests will also be able to view Iridescent Atmospheres, a series of abstract images taken around the Yucatan Peninsula by photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya through a meditative Virtual Reality experience. The images place the viewer into Ruvan’s gaze into the skies, through the plants, and over the sea. The work aims to give participants a personal journey to create space between thoughts in a timeless setting. While guests experience the images as an animated journey, a tranquil soundtrack created by Gabriel Andruzzi from The Rapture will play in the background. Restaurant reservations are not required to enjoy this immersive experience.

Address: 2341 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

Event: Fabel Miami VIP Grand Opening Party (Invite only)

Hours: 7-11 PM

Details: Fabel Miami, a new open-air rooftop restaurant and lounge by owner Matthew Rosenberg and his award-winning architecture firm, M-Rad, will host a VIP grand opening party on Thursday, December 1st. Channeling all your senses, the VIP event will feature special DJ performances, a sampling of Fabel’s Mediterranean cuisine, flowing wine and cocktails, and an exclusive first look at the enchanting venue’s rooftop restaurant and lounge before it opens to the public on Friday, December 2nd in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.

Address: 50 NW 24 St., Miami, FL 33127

Event: Ocean Drive Art Of The Party at The Fontainebleau Sponsored by Wildlilly (Invite only)

Hours: 8-11 PM

Details: Ocean Drive will host Art of the Party launching the December Art Issue featuring Evan Mock + an art installation by Grif and music by DJ Crespo at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The poolside event will be sponsored by Wildlilly Wine, a new pinot noir and chardonnay blend that playfully twists sweet flavors like strawberries, wild cherry and vanilla bean. The simplistic and sculptural “Instagram-worthy” design of the glass bottle befits the artful blend and allows for consumers to enjoy its day-bright garnet hues.

Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Event: Black Coffee at LIV: Basel Edition

Hours: 11:30 PM – 5 AM

Details: In celebration of Art Basel week, join Black Coffee and special guest, Alec Monopoly, at LIV as they energize Miami Beach! Guests are invited to dance the night away to the South African DJs greatest hits such as “Drive,” “Turn Me On,” “Ready For You,” and more.

Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Friday, December 2

Event: DoodlePutt

Hours: Friday, Dec 2 – Saturday, Dec 3 | 12pm – 10pm

Details: Doodles will be taking over Wynwood, reimagining a 20,000 sq ft complex inclusive of an outdoor lounge, live entertainment and brand new Doodles merch, the event will bring joy and delight for all ages. The “DoodlePutt” experience features a 9-hole mini-putt course that brings to life the Doodles universe.

Address: People can register and purchase tickets on-site: 2534 N Miami Ave, Wynwood, Miami

Event: The h.wood Group, MILA Lounge Miami and MËSTIZA sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka and PATRON El Alto (Invite Only)

Hours: 11:00 PM – 3 AM

  • Details: Los Angeles-based hospitality and lifestyle marketing company The h.wood Group is popping up at MILA Lounge to host an exclusive-access, collaborative evening during the Art Basel showcase. Together, these two cultural juggernauts will blend the worlds of culinary excellence, entertainment and the vibrant Miami nightlife scene for an unforgettable night filled with world-class hospitality in the heart of Miami Beach. The h.wood Group is bringing it’s L.A. hospitality and nightlife to Miami for a limited-time pop-up at the new hotspot Mila Lounge. Sounds of the evening will be fueled by DJ-Duo MËSTIZA

Event: The Chainsmokers at LIV: Basel Edition

Hours: 11:30 PM – 5 AM

Details: In celebration of Art Basel week, join The Chainsmokers at LIV as they energize Miami Beach for the ultimate performance. Kickoff the weekend by dancing the night away to “Something Just Like This,” “Closer,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and more.

Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Event: Nylon House at Strawberry Moon at the Goodtime Hotel

Hours: 8 PM

Details: Invite only event l BMW and David Grutman present: Nylon House in partnership with Samsung Galaxy + E.L.F.

Address: 601 Washington Avenue

Event: BleauLive Presents THE BLOCK – Art Basel Edition at The Fontainebleau

Hours: 7 PM – 1 AM

Details: Capture Studios, Reactify, Animal Concerts, and BleauLive presents THE BLOCK – Art Basel Edition located at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Friday, December 2, 2022. BleauLive x THE BLOCK will raise the bar, kicking-off an extraordinary weekend of art displays and installations, gaming integrations, live performances, and brand activations for an unparalleled Art Basel weekend experience! The event will be attended by an international audience of traditional and NFT art collectors, models, celebrities, and a curated selection of the crypto industry’s leading influencers alongside Miami’s elite.

Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Event: Bleacher Report & NBA Unveil Pop-Up Shop & Secret Bar at Miami Art Week

Hours: ​​Thursday – Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM (bar hours will vary)

Special Programming: Free & Open to the public

  • Friday, Dec. 2 @ 7:30 PM – Miami Heat Watch Party host by DJ Irie
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 @ 2:00 PM – World Cup Watch Party
  • Sunday, Dec. 4 – Closing Brunch Bar

Details: Bleacher Report (B/R) is teaming up with the NBA to bring its signature Artist Merch Collection to the epicenter of the art scene – Miami Art Week – through the creation of a pop-up art gallery & sports bar featuring art installations from this collection’s artist, Matt McCormick. The B/R NBA Artist Series will be full of must-see events accessible to sports fans – and in particular Miami sports fans – throughout the weekend, including watch parties for the Miami Heat, Dolphins and the World Cup. Through a secret tunnel at The LAB, guests will find the Fadeaway Cocktail Lounge, also designed by McCormick, which will offer cocktails and free beverages throughout the weekend, for guests 21+ and while supplies last. The shop will offer a rare mix of art and sports for a completely unique fan experience taking place during Miami Art Week.

Address: The LAB Miami (400 NW 26th. St. Miami FL, 33127)

Saturday, December 3

Event: Martin Garrix at LIV: Basel Edition

Hours: 11:30 PM – 5 AM

Details: In celebration of Art Basel week, join Martin Garrix at LIV as he brings a pulsating performance to Miami Beach. Celebrate the weekend by dancing the night away to “In the Name of Love,” “Scared to Be Lonely,” “Summer Days,” and more.

Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Event: Joia Beach Presents: Art Hearts Fashion Pop Up at the Beach Lounge Art Week 2022 Edition

Hours: 6 PM – Midnight

Details: Joia Beach, in collaboration with Art Hearts Fashion, is celebrating Art Basel week with a party, featuring a live art showcase with silent auction, passed bites and cocktails, and beats by DJ Deroos. Experience an art gallery at the beach, while taking in the sweeping Miami views and dancing the night away to unbeatable tunes.

Address: 111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132

Event: MAXIM Art Week Party & Issue Release at Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach

Hours: 10 PM – 2 AM

Details: MAXIM Magazine will celebrate their November / December 2022 issue with an epic party during this year’s Art Basel. On Saturday, December 3rd, MAXIM will transform Hyde Beach at the SLS South Beach into a chic outdoor lounge for hip Art Basel trendsetters from across the globe to enjoy. This year Maxim and Hyde Beach have partnered with Keely, the celebrated New York based artist who has created artworks and sets for the likes of Kendirck Lamar, Lauryn Hill, Gary Clark Jr., Westside Gunn, Google, Hermes and more. Keely will have installations throughout the hotel and will create a special piece inspired by the November / December Maxim cover model, Ava Max.

Address: 1701 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

Event: The Martinez Brothers & Caleb Calloway at STORY: Basel Edition

Hours: 11 PM – 5 AM

Details: Experience the ultimate performance by The Martinez Brothers & Caleb Calloway at STORY, in celebration of Art Basel weekend. Dance the night away jamming to “PAP,” “Rizzla,” “Let It Go,” and more.

Address:136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Event: 3rd Annual UNKNWN Courtside Classic Presented By Nike

Details: Nike 3v3 friends and family tournament with a performance and afterparty.

Address: 261 NW 26th St (Wynwood)

Sunday, December 4

Event: Deadmau5 at STORY: Basel Edition

Hours: 11 PM – 5 AM

Details: Experience the ultimate performance by Deadmau5 at STORY, as he closes off Art Basel weekend. Dance the night away jamming to “Escape,” “Alive,” “Take me High,” and more.

Address: 136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Event: Joia Beach Presents: Art Hearts Fashion Pop Up at the Beach Lounge Art Week 2022 Edition

Hours: 6 PM – 12 AM

Details: Joia Beach, in collaboration with Art Hearts Fashion, is celebrating Art Basel week with a party, featuring a live art showcase with silent auction, passed bites and cocktails, and DJ entertainment. Experience an art gallery at the beach, while taking in the sweeping Miami views and dancing the night away to unbeatable tunes.

Address: 111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132

DINE: Where to Eat During The Miami Art Week 2022

Miami has become an international dining destination. There is a new restaurant opening every week, but these newbies are on my list.

David Grutman and Bad Bunny’s new restaurant Gekkō, which recently opened in Brickell is a must-see location. Serving updated Japanese Steakhouse food and moody vibes. AVRA Miami is a wildly popular upscale Greek restaurant that has just opened in November 2022, just in time for Art Basel! This fresh seafood-focused restaurant at The Estates at Acqualina in Sunny Isles will no doubt become one of the most popular restaurants in town. Aba, the stunning Mediterranean restaurant, has just opened its doors at the Bal Harbour Shops. Aba will showcase a menu that features a fusion of rich flavors. Fabel Miami is an all-new rooftop restaurant and lounge coming to the heart of Miami’s Wynwood in December 2022. Fabel will take guests on a whimsical journey through its design, gastronomy, and entertainment while celebrating the energy Miami is known for. MILA Restaurant, the rooftop dining destination, just opened its doors last week. Guests can expect, among other notable highlights, a backyard art takeover by artist Richard Orlinksi featuring some of his most exclusive pieces, fire show performances by Flow Mayhem, and beats by Lemurian.

Inspired by the old-world sophistication of Northern Italy’s iconic villas and estates, Contessa is a classic yet thoroughly contemporary dining destination by MFG Co-Founders Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick and Rich Torrisi. It is the Miami Design District’s new neighborhood cornerstone, a two-story crown-jewel situated at the intersection of art, culture & fashion.

And among Miami’s tried and true restaurants…

Located in Miami’s swanky South of Fifth neighborhood, Stubborn Seed is a Michelin Starred restaurant, helmed by “Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford. For fresh coastal cuisine with a Key West vibe, Sunset Harbour’s Stiltsville Fish Bar always delivers. Hutong in Brickell offers a fresh take on Northern Chinese, while Osaka brings a taste of Nikkei to Miami. More of my favorites include, Klaw, Milos, Makoto, Cote Miami, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Joe’s Stone Crab, Il Gabbiano, Carbone, Lagniappe, Seaspice, and The Surf Club Restaurant by the amazing Chef Thomas Keller. For consistent and excellent French-Mediterranean fare, Brickell’s LPM Restaurant & Bar delivers remarkable escargot, its famous Tomatini, and an unmatched cocktail menu inspired by one of the 20th century’s most versatile artists, Jean Cocteau. For a party vibe worthy of Miami’s best nightclubs, check out the Miami ‘clubstaurants’: Papi Steak, Mayami, Swan, Joia Beach, The Key Club, Komodo and Strawberry Moon.

I love this time of year in Miami, as friends from all over descend on this Magic City and take in the sun, the fun, and the art. With all that Miami has to offer, you will need much more than a week to explore it all!

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Bob Dylan Says He ‘Regrets’ an ‘Error in Judgment’ in Selling Machine-Signed Art and Books: ‘I Want to Rectify It Immediately’ – Variety

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Bob Dylan issued a rare public statement Friday night to admit that he “regrets” having made “an error in judgment” in using machine technology to affix duplicate signatures to artwork and books that were advertised and sold as hand-signed over the past three years.

He says the use of autopen signatures only occurred since 2019, when he was afflicted with a case of vertigo, and on through the pandemic, when he was not able to have staff assist him with the hand-signing he had previously done. Dylan says was given “the assurance that this kind of thing is done ‘all the time’ in the art and literary worlds.” Now that it has come to light and stirred controversy, the singer-songwriter says, “I want to rectify it immediately. I’m working with Simon & Schuster and my gallery partners to do just that.”

Other musicians have been suspected of using autopen for purportedly hand-signed items, and in rare instances have even owned up to it, but the others have not been selling art prints that routinely sell for $3,000 to $15,000, as Dylan’s art prints do. Dylan’s statement indicating that he has used for autopen to sign artwork follows Simon & Schuster’s admission one week ago that a batch of $600 autographed copies of Dylan’s new book, “Philosophy of Modern Song,” had been machine-signed, with refunds immediately offered.

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A gallery that has specialized in selling Dylan art prints, the U.K.-based Castle Galleries, issued a statement Saturday to say it was “reaching out to each and every one of our collectors who purchased any print from the (pertinent) editions to offer a solution to fully rectify the matter.” It’s believed that galleries that sold the recent artwork will be announcing a plan to deal with the issue early this week.

Dylan’s statement, published on his Facebook account, says that he did hand-sign everything that was advertised as such up until 2019. It reads as follows:

“To my fans and followers, I’ve been made aware that there’s some controversy about signatures on some of my recent artwork prints and on a limited edition of ‘Philosophy Of Modern Song.’ I’ve hand-signed each and every art print over the years, and there’s never been a problem,” the statement begins.

“However, in 2019 I had a bad case of vertigo and it continued into the pandemic years. It takes a crew of five working in close quarters with me to help enable these signing sessions, and we could not find a safe and workable way to complete what I needed to do while the virus was raging. So, during the pandemic, it was impossible to sign anything and the vertigo didn’t help. With contractual deadlines looming, the idea of using an auto-pen was suggested to me, along with the assurance that this kind of thing is done ‘all the time’ in the art and literary worlds.”

Dylan’s statement concludes, “Using a machine was an error in judgment and I want to rectify it immediately. I’m working with Simon & Schuster and my gallery partners to do just that. With my deepest regrets, Bob Dylan.”

It’s unknown whether plans to address the artwork situation would involve refunds — which could conceivably run into at least hundreds of thousands of dollars — or the less costly option of providing replacement prints that are truly hand-signed, if Dylan is now up to it — or some other unknown option. The “Philosophy of Modern Song” snafu, meanwhile, has already been addressed, with customers who bought the $600 limited edition of 900 books having already been refunded this week by Simon & Schuster.

Dylan’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

Castle Galleries’ statement, also posted on Facebook, reads: “We were informed late yesterday that during the Covid 19 pandemic Bob Dylan used an autopen to sign several of his limited edition prints rather than his usual hand signature. These editions are: The Retrospectrum Collection prints and the Sunset, Monument Valley print which were released by us this year. We can confirm that all other editions were individually hand signed by Bob Dylan himself.”

The gallery’s statement continues: “We were entirely unaware of the use of autopen on these particular prints, and we sincerely apologize for the disappointment this may cause. We will be reaching out to each and every one of our collectors who purchased any print from the above editions to offer a solution to fully rectify the matter. Details on how we intend to resolve this matter will follow shortly.”

Castle Galleries’ statement on Bob Dylan’s signed art

As of Saturday morning in the U.S., prints of hundreds of different Dylan paintings were still being advertised on Castle Galleries’ website, and as “hand-signed,” ranging in price from about 2700 pounds for the lowest-priced individual print to £14,500.00 (or about $17,500 U,S. dollars) for a boxed set of six. Many, if not most, of these items predate the period in which the singer-artist says he began using the machine technology, but collectors will no doubt be scrambling to figure out which side of the divide their prior purchases land on.

Not all fans are upset about the revelations about the signatures. On Dylan’s Facebook post expressing regrets about the autopen signatures, the thousand-plus responses that had been added by Saturday morning were overwhelmingly in favor of the singer, saying the duplications were no big deal to start with and/or that he did a stand-up thing in publicly apologizing. Many sympathized with Dylan over the vertigo he described himself as having experienced in 2019. (The artist’s statement did not say whether he still suffers from the condition.)

The website Autograph Live has been integral in tracking what turned out to be easily detectible duplicate signatures on the books, although there were 17 different variants of the signature ultimately detected as users of the site compared notes and screenshots.

Soon after the book duplicates came to light, users began comparing signatures on their far more expensive art prints and seemingly finding some identical signatures, as well… albeit in what might be called auto-pencil. The general consensus on forums so far seems to be a belief that what Dylan said in his Facebook statement is true — that prints signed prior to 2019 or 2020 do appear to have individually signed.

Dylan’s statement that he has suffered from vertigo is the first time this has been revealed to the public. The singer continues to be active, having resumed his vigorous touring routine with a highly acclaimed tour.

The post that has become a resource for those looking to compare notes on the machine-generated signatures was created by Jason Hicks, who posts as Jason H on Autograph Live, who tells Variety, “Celebrities need to be taught a lesson to stop this autopen practice for good, for the sake of our hobby. I despise autopen with a passion, which is why I spent countless hours creating that post, comparing photos and organizing as much info as possible. … It’s been a sore thumb in this hobby since before I was born. If autopen technology advances, there’s a chance it may become undetectable, which is why we need to end its use ASAP.”

Van Morrison was recently accused in the forums of using autopen to sign CDs, although his management issued a statement denying it. Sinead O’Connor, however, owned up to doing it with her signed memoir, with no apologies. In both these instances, the disputed items were selling for less than $50, limiting the potential for uproar.

“The books which are signed,” said O’Connor, “I signed using a signature stamp as I was not in a position to hand write my name ten thousand times, which is how many I was asked to sign. My son was unwell as was I. So I stamped them myself. And it is my signature,” she contended. Nonetheless, many retailers withdrew O’Connor’s “autographed” books, which were selling for about $30, from sale.

One of the world’s most famous country singers was widely accused in forums last year of using autopen for a series of book and record releases; although there was never any public acknowledgement of the complaints, a publisher was said to have quietly taken returns and issued refunds on items that cost hundreds of dollars. Dylan’s publisher issued refunds without requiring consumers to return their books.

Autopen is commonly used by elected officials and executives, but its use in the world of celebrities often leads to speculation and doubt in the world of signed collectibles. A video showing how the commonly available machines operate:

The unfolding controversy over Dylan’s use of autopen for items advertised as “personally hand-signed” was magnified by the extent to which Simon & Schuster went to great pains to attest to the signatures’ authenticity in advertising and correspondence, even sending the $600 limited-edition “Philosophy of Modern Song” books out with a letter of authenticity signed by the publisher. Requests for refunds were initially refused, as the pubisher continued to attest to the signatures’ authenticity, before admitting that a “mistake” had been made Nov. 20 and refunding all purchases this past week.

If the publisher did refund the purchase price on the 900 books sold as hand-signed, that would amount to more than $500,000 in refunds given out this past week — not counting a separate run of 90 autographed books that had been advertised as up for sale in the U.K. The value of Dylan’s real signature was evident in listings on eBay that showed attempts to resell the supposedly autographed books for thousands of dollars each before the autopen news wiped out their value.

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Greater Victoria students create art to promote energy conservation – Victoria News

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Students in the Greater Victoria School District (SD61) are having fun while helping conserve energy.

SD61’s new lights out initiative has students designing stickers for light switch covers that encourage staff and students to turn off lights when no one is in a classroom.

The stickers cost less than five cents to make, and the school district believes they will save as much as 10 per cent in lighting energy costs.

“The Greater Victoria School District is committed to creating a more sustainable learning community and to providing opportunities for our students to engage in practical initiatives that support this goal,” said superintendent Deb Whitten. “Involving students in energy-saving projects not only increases engagement in their learning but helps them to develop life-long energy-saving habits.”

The program was piloted at Tillicum Elementary this fall and students at Hillcrest Elementary and Torquay Elementary are currently taking part in the initiative.

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