Friday, November 25, 2005

Miami Countdown (Part III: South Beach)

UPDATE: For the real insiders' scoop, be sure you check out The Next Few Hours, an art blog out of Miami that's planning a daily listing of art events throughout the week.

Continuing in our list of less-publicized events in Miami during the fairs, grab your flip-flops and a mojito and lets head down to SOBE, shall we?

It may start to change eventually, given how much more there is going on in the design district each year, but so far, the bulk of fair attendees are staying in South Beach during the fair. And why not...??

You'll end up passing the same people dozens of times before the week is over, so don't do all your catching up at some for the time you're stuck in the queue for that party at the Delano.

One word of warning, last year a few folks were mugged late at night walking along the beach, so do reconsider that 3:00 am moonlit stroll, unless you have company, which is more romantic anyway. Also, many of the folks you'll probably want to meet will be soaking up the rays each morning before the business starts, so bring your swimsuit and sunblock, grab a cafe con leche from the cafe at Collins and 18th (I think), and head on over. Even if the collector/curator/dealer/artist of your dreams doesn't happen along, you'll get your daily allowance of Vitamin D...which you'll need, believe me.

The center of the South Beach scene is, of course, Art Basel Miami Beach at the convention center, but there are other ABMB events spread across SOBE (for a list of events, see
here). The Vernissage Wednesday will become increasingly packed as the night wears on, so do get there early if you actually want to see any art. When they chuck you out of there (and they will), many folks head over to Art Positions (aka "the Containers" [see image above, Courtesy Art Basel Miami Beach]) for drinks and a burst of ocean air. If the weather holds, it's paradise. If not, folks dash to dinner before hitting the best party they secured an invite to. For the super-exclusive parties, you're really on your own. They're tougher and tougher to crash every year.

In previous years, Jeffrey Deitch has generously sponsored a free concert on the beach this first night (last year he had the awesome
Scissor Sisters), but the conditions were unpredictable (high winds made it very difficult to hear the previous year). That may be the reason Deitch is sponsoring a performance in the Raliegh Hotel this year:

Deitch Projects, M·A·C and the Raleigh Hotel are pleased to present The Citizens Band's new large-scale performance, The Trepanning Opera, November 30 at 10 PM.
It looks to be another amazing show. Deitch's folks told me the performance is open to the public on a first come first first serve basis, but they recommended getting there early for a guaranteed entry.

If you're staying on South Beach, be sure to tune your radio to WVUM 90.5 FM from the University of Miami, which will be broadcasting WPS1 ART RADIO LIVE

For the second consecutive year, WPS1 will broadcast live from Art Basel Miami Beach. Between November 30 to December 3 from 1-4 p.m. EST. WPS1, the Internet radio station of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, will be the exclusive source for up-to-the-minute international art news, culture and gossip —all as it unfolds at one of the biggest art shows of the year.

Broadcasting from an open-air pavilion overlooking the beach, programs will include music and discussions with artists, curators, gallerists, DJs, writers and other VIP guests at Art Basel Miami Beach. Miami-based listeners will be able to tune in via local station WVUM 90.5 FM from the University of Miami.
Like I noted before, many art world types end up at the late-night bar on South Beach where the art handlers gather. If you're exhibiting, ask your shipper (I don't want to publicize the name, as that would destroy the word-of-mouth coolness of it). I didn't make it last year, but the year before this uber-hip dive provided an amazing mix of locals and art world folks. Last year, as I noted, a few folks ran into muggers way late at night outside there, but if you leave with a friend, you'll be fine.


Blogger la.dauphine said...

Did you really enjoy the scissor sisters? I wasn't that impressed myself. Sound like you'll be having fun...

11/25/2005 12:35:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

you didn't like a free concert on the beach la.dauphine?

11/25/2005 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger la.dauphine said...

I liked the fact that there was a free concert on the beach, but I wasn't crazy about the performance. Can you believe they were on SNL shortly after that?

Thanks for all the great tips! The last 2 years we were exhibitors so we didn't get out of our room much, other than drinks at the Raleigh. This year will be more about taking advantage of the soirees. Let's keep in touch!

11/25/2005 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

do stop in and introduce yourself la.dauphine...

I understand about not getting out much...I'm usually exhausted by the time the parties start...depending on how well I'm selling, I either get a burst of energy or call it a night...


11/25/2005 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous E. Tage Larsen said...


First, Congratulations on the new space. I appreciate the divide between your old haunt and the new but trust that the money will be better.

If you stop by the Salander booth at Art Basel please introduce yourself.

I love reading all the Miami Beach stuff but also feel frustrated that i likely will only see a sliver of it.

11/25/2005 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Thanks, E. Tage,

I will say hi. Last year my only opportunity to get over to Basel was the vernissage, which I know you'll be swamped during, but I'll keep and eye out and say a quick hello. J14, right?

I love reading all the Miami Beach stuff but also feel frustrated that i likely will only see a sliver of it.

I share your's always a matter of hearing that the party you chose not to attend was the surprise hit of the week, that's if have the strength to attend anything at the end of the day...

11/25/2005 04:16:00 PM  
Anonymous E. Tage Larsen said...

J14, correct. Just a hop, skip and a jump down the row from Acquavella and Moeller.

I'll be amazed at how much, if any, of my Fair experience will be outside of grinning-in-place and binging on room service.



11/25/2005 04:41:00 PM  
Blogger la.dauphine said...

I certainly will stop by. I didn't make it over to the Ice Palace last year but I can't wait to check it out this time around. Best of luck with the fair and "grinning-in-place" (love that)!

11/25/2005 05:31:00 PM  

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