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The contemporary art world takes something of a busman's holiday this coming week, as Art Basel Miami Beach, the NADA Art Fair, Scope Miami and a host of related events roll into the sunny South Florida city (average temperature = 81°) for a long weekend, Dec. 2-5, 2004. Though the European fairs do have a unique Old World flavor, clearly, art lovers have embraced Miami with an unmatched passion. Some of the attractions:

Art Basel Miami Beach
The third edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, Dec. 2-5, 2004, features 190 top modern and contemporary art galleries at the Miami Beach Convention Center and in converted shipping containers at the beach. The fair is almost evenly split between the new and old worlds -- 44 percent of the exhibitors are from Europe and 44 percent are from the U.S. and Canada. Seven percent come from Latin America, four percent from Asia and one gallery is from Africa.

Participating for the first time are 1301 PE (Los Angeles), Galleria Emi Fontana (Milan), Studio la Città (Verona), Galerie Yvon Lambert (Paris), Matthew Marks Gallery (New York), Galerie Vera Munro (Hamburg), Nolan/Eckman Gallery (New York), Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch (Berlin), SCAI (Tokyo), Galerie Aurel Scheibler (Cologne), Galerie Bob van Oursow (Zurich) and Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris).

Among the dealers specializing in 20th-century masters are Acquavella Galleries (New York), C&M Arts (New York), Richard Gray Gallery (Chicago and New York), Gagosian Gallery (New York, Los Angeles and London), Galerie Marwan Hoss (Paris), Annely Juda Fine Art (London), Landau Fine Art (Montreal), Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art (New York), PaceWildenstein (New York), Galerie Thomas (Munich), Waddington Galleries (London) and Joan T. Washburn Gallery (New York).

The galleries in the "Art Nova" section feature works produced in the last two years: The Approach (London), Galeria Elba Benítez (Madrid), Spencer Brownstone Gallery (New York), Cais Gallery (Seoul), D'Amelio Terras (New York), Kerstin Engholm Galerie (Vienna), Foksal Gallery Foundation (Warsaw), Alison Jacques Gallery (London), Galerie Martin Janda/Raum Aktueller Kunst (Vienna), Galerie Michael Janssen (Cologne), Galleria Francesca Kaufmann (Milan), Johann König Galerie (Berlin), Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York), Kurimanzutto (Mexico City), Sara Meltzer Gallery (New York), Galleria Franco Noero (Turin), Shanghart Gallery (Shanghai), Sommer Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv), Galerie Barbara Thumm (Berlin) and Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam).

The "Art Statements" section features solo shows by younger artists: Beth Campbell (Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York), Los Carpinteros (Anthony Grant Inc., New York), Clayton Brothers (Mackey Gallery, Houston), Sue de Beer (Sandroni Rey, Venice, Calif.), Martin Eder (Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin), Gelatin (Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna), Dorit Margreiter (Galerie Krobath Wimmer, Vienna), Keegan McHargue (Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco), Ronald Moran (Klaus Steinmetz Arte Contemporaneo, San Rafael de Escazu), Callum Morton (Gimpel Fils, London), Kiyomichi Shibuya (Gallery Side 2, Tokyo), RothStauffenberg (Galerie Schipper & Krome, Berlin), Stephanie Taylor (Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles), Pablo Vargas Lugo (Massimo Audiello, New York) and James Yamada (Galleria Raucci, Santamaria, Naples).b

"Art Positions" is the shipping-container village set up right on the beach, including Air de Paris (Paris), Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm), Catherine Bastide (Brussels), Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris), China Art Objects Galleries (Los Angeles), Espacio Minimo (Madrid), Galerie Karin Guenther (Hamburg), Anna Helwing Gallery (Los Angeles), Galerie Kamm (Berlin), David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles), Maccarone Inc. (New York), Galerie Kamel Mennour (Paris), Mezzanin (Vienna), Peres Projects (Los Angeles), Pierogi (Brooklyn), Postmasters (New York), Sies + Höke Galerie (Dusseldorf), Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Los Angeles) and Barbara Wien (Berlin).

Art Basel Miami Beach is sponsored by UBS. For more info, see

The NADA Art Fair
The second New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, Dec. 2-5, 2004, sets up at the Ice Palace Film Studios, 59 NW 14th Street, under the watchful eye of new director Heather Hubbs, a veteran of Art Chicago and former director of Chicago's Stray Show. Last year, for the first NADA fair, 45 dealers set up in a rather grim, cinderblock space; this time around, it's 60 dealers in an open-floored, high-roofed location with an outdoor garden.

Participants in the fair include both NADA members and non-members. Members: Allston Skirt (Boston), Angstrom Gallery (Dallas), Bellwether (New York)
Clementine (New York), John Connelly Presents (New York), Derek Eller (New York), Foxy Production (New York), Sarah Gavlak Projects (Palm Beach), Mary Goldman (Los Angeles), Guild & Greyshkul (New York), Priska C. Juschka (Brooklyn), LFL (New York), Oliver Kamm 5BE (New York), Mixture Contemporary (Houston) Momenta Art (Brooklyn), Jessica Murray Projects (New York), Van Harrison Gallery (Chicago), Participant (New York), Plus Ultra (Brooklyn), Daniel Reich (New York), Roebling Hall (Brooklyn), Lucas Schoormans (New York), Schroeder Romero (Brooklyn), Suite 106 (New York), Taxter & Spengemann (New York), Wallspace (New York), ZieherSmith (New York), Galerie Zink & Gegner (Munich).

Non-members: Art Concept (Paris), ATM (New York), Black Dragon Society (Los Angeles), Bodybuilder & Sportsman (Chicago), Branch (Carrboro, NC), Kevin Bruk Gallery (Miami), Canada (New York), Changing Role-Move Over Gallery (Naples), Cohan & Leslie (New York), Elizabeth Dee (New York), Goff & Rosenthal (New York), Grimm/Rosenfeld (Munich), Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago), Hales (London), The Happy Lion (Los Angeles), Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica), IBID Projects (London/Vilnius), Kate MacGarry (London), KS Art (New York), Lombard-Freid (New York), Mark Moore Gallery (Santa Monica), Murray Guy (New York), MW Projects (London), Perugi (Padova, Italy), Ratio 3 (San Francisco), Ritter/Zamet (London), Rivington Arms (New York), Rocket Projects (Miami), Sister (Los Angeles), Staub(g*fzk) (Zurich), Sutton Lane (London), Vilma Gold (London).

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Scope Miami
This year Scope Miami returns to the TownHouse hotel at 150 20th Street off Collins Avenue with a performance festival, a silent art auction and installations in the hotel rooms by about 70 galleries and independent curators. Among the performances are "Inflatable Bop Bags" by Bill Berry/Tatar Gallery, which invites viewers to punch the artist in the face if they don't like his explanation of the exhibition, and "Cream" by Mark Koven, involving a parked ice cream cart that emits eerie sounds and from which "a vendor indifferently dispenses product." Also promised are works by Maria-Jose Arjona, Bruno Billio, Nell Breyer, Marlee Cargill, Lilah Freedland, Hames/Levack, Sean Linezo, Natasha Tsakos, Park Your Art, Power to the People, Avelino Sala, and the team of Octavio Campos, Dinroah de Jesus Rodriguez and Michelle Weinberg.

Scope requires exhibitors to devote at least 80 percent of their space to a single artist. The lineup includes Barnaby Whitfield at 31GRAND (Brooklyn), Vahakn Arslanian at Andrew Edlin Gallery (New York), Kristine Moran at Angell gallery (Toronto), Maximo Gonzalez at ART&IDEA (Mexico), Joe Fig at Bernard Toale Gallery (Boston), Julian Montague at Black & White Gallery (Brooklyn), etoy at blasthaus (San Francisco), Nicola Lopez at Caren Golden Fine Art (New York), Andre Yi at Carl Berg Gallery (Los Angeles), Elizabeth Shreve at Carl Hammer Gallery (Chicago), leonardogillesfleur at Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco), Antonio Adriano Puleo at cherrydelosreyes (Los Angeles), Carlos & Jason Sanchez at Christopher Cutts Gallery (Toronto), Elaine Bradford at cirrus gallery (Los Angeles), Pamela Wilson at COFA/claire oliver fine art (New York), Mary Coble at Conner Contemporary Art (Washington), Xu Bing at Ethan Cohen (New York), Anthony at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery (Philadelphia), Buckhouse at Flemming Nielsen (Miami Beach), Long-Bin Chen at Frederieke Taylor Gallery (New York), Nicolas Ledoux at Galerie Magda Danysz (Paris), Eamon O'Kane at Galerie Schuster (Frankfurt), Miklos Gaál at Galerie sphn (Berlin), Libby Black at Heather Marx Gallery (San Francisco), Michelle Handelman at Jack the Pelican Presents (Brooklyn), Louise Belcourt at Jeff Bailey Gallery (New York), Andrea Lehmann at Klinkhammer und Metzner (Dusseldorf), Tim Biskup at La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles), Carol K. Brown at Le Salon for Art Collectors/Vanessa Suchar (London), MSG Newness at Leonard Tachmes Gallery (N. Miami), James Rieck at lyonswiergallery (New York), David Hilliard at Mark Moore Gallery (Los Angeles), Lori Nix at Miller Block Gallery (Boston), Joan Linder at Mixed Greens (New York), Darlene Charneco at Morgan Lehman Gallery (Lakeville), Carla Gannis at Pablo's Birthday (New York), Mah at Pari Nadimi Gallery (Toronto), Calzadilla at Punto Gris (Guaynabo), James Davis at Rare (New York), Yek at Rebecca Ibel Gallery (Columbus), Fernando Garcia Correa at Ricard Reyes Arte (Mexico D.f.), Janaki Lennie at Rudolph Projects (Houston), Mike Wsol at saltworks gallery (Atlanta), Echo Eggebrecht at Sixtyseven (New York), Charlene Liu at SlingShot Project (New York), Nathaniel Rackowe at START (London), Matthew Draper at Stephanie Theodore (New York), Bill Berry at Tatar Gallery (Toronto), Simon Keenleyside at the leisure club MOGADISHNI (Valby), Kyung Jeon at The Proposition (New York), John Bremmer at W/O WALLS (New York), Chris Dorland at wendy cooper gallery (Chicago), Sean Slattery at Western Project (Culver City), Adndrew Schoultz at YOO Projects (San Francisco).

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And at the museums and galleries. . .
Local museums and galleries are going all out with new and special exhibitions coinciding with the fair.

* "Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s to 1970s" and "Fabian Marcaccio: Light and Atmosphere" at the Miami Art Museum.

* "How Do We Want to Be Governed" at Miami Art Central, organized by Ruth Noack and Roger Buergel (artistic director of Documenta 12).

* "CUT/Film as Found Object" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, organized by Stefano Basilico (originally for the Milwaukee Art Museum) and including works by Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe and Christian Marclay.

* "Inside, Out!" at the Wolfsonian-FIU, a continuous painting by Richard Tuttle, unveiled at an event designed by Kate and Andy Spade and featuring a dj performance by Todd Oldham and fireworks by Grucci, with Martin Parr on hand as guest party photographer. Also on view is "Evolution/Revolution: A Century of Modern Seating Design" and "Streets and Faces: Jazz Age Paris, London, Berlin and New York."

* "Paris Moderne: Art Deco Works from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris" at the Bass Museum of Art.

"Continental Drift: Installations by Joan Jonas, Ilya Kabakov, Juan Munoz and Inka Shonibare" at the Norton Museum of Art.

* "Coming Home: American Paintings, 1930-1950 from the Schoen Collection" at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami in Coral Gables.

* "Lespri Endepandan: Discovering Haitian Sculpture" at the Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University.

* "Me, Myself and I" at the University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, organized by Renee Riccardo and Paul Laster and featuring self-portraits by 31 artists.

* The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, inaugurates its new, 10,000-square-foot expansion.

* "Memorials of Identity," "American Dream: Collecting Richard Prince for 27 Years," "Northern Light: Leipzig in Miami" and "Supersize" at the Rubell Family Collection, which also unveils 18 new galleries, media rooms and a new sculpture garden, plus a new research library and conservation lab.

* Art Exhibitions in the Miami Design District, including shows at the Moore Space ("Wiggin Village," a psychedelic environment by Jim Drain and Ara Peterson, guest-curated by Larry Rinder, plus paintings, drawings and an installation by Hernan Bas, guest-curated by Silvia Karman Cubina), "Drift" (a project by John Baldessari, Julião Sarmento and Lawrence Weiner), "I Feel Mysterious Today" (a satellite show organized by Dominic Molon for the Palm Beach ICA), plus installations by Franz Ackerman, Kai Althoff, Janine Antoni, John Baldessari, Robert Beck, Marlene Dumas, Huang Yong Ping, Greg Lauren, Paul McCarthy and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

* Wynwood Art District Tour, including exhibitions at Dennis Scholl's World Class Boxing, Locust Projects, Fredric Snitzer Gallery and almost 30 other venues.

* "Art Collector's Coffee" and tours at Craig Robins' Dacra Collection and the Debra & Dennis Scholl Collection in Miami Beach, the Michelle & Jason Rubell Collection and Monica & Javier G. Mora in Miami and the Rosa & Carlos de la Cruz Collection in Key Biscayne.

And still more. . .
* The Frisbee Art Fair, Dec. 2-5, 2004, on the first floor of the Cavalier Hotel Miami Beach at 13th Street and Ocean Drive, features installations by Arena (New York), Byron Cohen Gallery (Kansas City), Capsule Gallery (New York) and Joymore (New York), curators Jose-Carlos Diaz (Worm-Hole Labs, Miami) and Anat Ebgi (New York) and artists' projects by Brian Belott, Alexandre Singh, Chris Verene and Christian Holstad.

* The Scissor Sisters, a five-person musical act named after a lesbian sex position, perform at the "art and music beach party" organized by Deitch Projects at the Collins Park Beach at 21st and 22nd Streets, Dec. 1, 2004

* "Art Loves Puppet Rock, Don't Trust Anybody over 30," a "puppet rock opera live concert" at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, directed by Dan Graham with videos by Paul McCarthy and Tony Oursler and songs by Rodney Graham.

* Hans Ulrich Obrist has a book launch for his new book Do It, also at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, with appearances by Marina Abramovic, John Armleder, Bertrand Lavier and Yoko Ono (via telephone).

* Writer and art critic Linda Yablonsky's P.S.1 Radio does a special broadcast from poolside at the Delano Hotel in South Beach.

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