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Nov. 30, 2010

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Tired of art fairs? Well, close your eyes, and it will all be over soon. Miami Art Week -- if we can be forgiven for calling it that -- is now under way, with the Big Top event, Art Basel Miami Beach, Dec. 2-5, 2010, accompanied by another dozen or so ancillary art fairs. And this year, despite the economic woes, more events are scheduled than ever. A selection:

* Art Basel Miami Beach, Dec. 2-5, 2010, brings 250 leading art galleries from around the world to the Miami Beach Convention Center, plus the Oceanfront (evening events at Collins Park, organized by Creative Time) and Art Basel Conversations (featuring among others Michelangelo Pistoletto and “The Collector as Catalyst”). For the online catalogue, click here.

* Design Miami/10, Dec. 1-5, 2010, presents 15 top design galleries -- Barry Friedman, Demisch Danat, Patrick Seguin, Sebastian + Barquet, R 20th Century -- in a new custom pavilion in the parking lot by the Miami Beach Convention Center.

* NADA Art Fair, Dec. 2-5, 2010, at the Deauville Beach Resort, boasts more than 90 young and hip art galleries at the hotel. This year, the event also includes the NADA Sculpture Garden at the nearby Canyon Ranch Living spa and hotel, featuring works by emerging women artists.

* Art Miami, Dec. 1-5, 2010, now in its 21st year, sets up at the Art Miami Pavilion in Wynwood, with about 100 dealers, ranging from Mark Borghi and Edelman Arts to Sundaram Tagore and Mike Weiss. Tonight’s opening night gala benefits the Lotus House Women’s Shelter (admission $25). In conjunction with the fair, Art Miami has organized a show of a dozen Asian artists at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Also on tap, a special free iPhone app, available from the iTunes Store.

* Pulse Miami, Dec. 2-5, 2010, at the Ice Palace in Miami, the sixth edition of the fair and the first under new director Cornell DeWitt, presents more than 80 galleries, including Conner Contemporary, Yossi Milo, Larissa Goldston, Schroeder Romero and Shredder, Freight + Volume and Nina Menocal. The “Pulse Play” video exhibition is curated by Tampa Museum of Art director Todd D. Smith. And look for the food trucks from Latin Burger, Gastropod, Jefe’s Original and Yellow Submarine.

* Scope Miami, Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2010, now in its tenth year, takes place in an 80,000-square-foot pavilion across from Art Miami in Wynwood. More than 70 dealers are taking part, including Christopher Cutts (Toronto), Cory Helford (Culver City), Dean Project (New York), Jacob Karpio (San Jose), Krampf (New York), Rare (New York) and Waterhouse and Dodd (London).

* Art Asia Miami, Dec. 1-5, 2010, now in its third edition, showcases more than 30 galleries -- including Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Exhibit A, and the Ullens Center -- at Midtown Boulevard and North Miami Avenue in Miami.

* Aqua 10, Dec. 2-5, 2010, features 43 galleries at the Aqua Hotel in Miami Beach, with a Dec. 1 preview party sponsored by Modern Painters magazine, and a special “art bloggers” meeting in the Aqua courtyard on Dec. 2, 5-7 pm.

* Ink Miami Art Fair, Dec. 1-5, 2010, brings about a dozen print dealers to the Suites of Dorchester hotel in Miami Beach. This year the fair boasts a special exhibition, “Pulp Fiction: When Language Creates Art,” and also a Pulp Party! on Dec. 2 (with a print raffle).

* PooL Art Fair Miami Beach, Dec. 3-5, 2010, at the Carlton Hotel on Collins Avenue, is now in its sixth year, and presents works by about 30 independent artists and three curators.

* Fountain Miami 2010, Dec. 2-5, 2010, at N. Miami Avenue and 25th Street in Miami, is now in its fifth year, and features 24 projects, including a 125-foot-long collaborative installation. For its weekend evening events, the fair boasts of “caveman robots and the full-scale destruction of a car.”

* Verge Miami, Dec. 2-5, 2010, at the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, directed by Maria Jensen and Edouard Steinhauer, includes presentations by Rush Arts, FIT’s Fine Arts Dept., Sara Nightingale and a drawing show by Work of Art’s Peregrine Honig. The Catalina’s Red Bar is offering free drinks 7-8 pm every day.

* Zoom Contemporary Art Fair, Dec. 1-5, 2010, premiering at the South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach, features contemporary Middle Eastern art. The 20 exhibitors include Artist Pension Trust, Artspace (Dubai), Ayyam (Damascus), El Marsa (Tunisia), LTMH (New York), Pi Artworks (Istanbul) and Townhouse (Cairo).

* Red Dot Miami, Dec. 1-5, 2010, takes place at N.E. 1st Avenue and N.E. 31st Street in Miami. Exhibitors include Aleatoric Art (Houston), Besharat Gallery (Atlanta), Gallery De Buck (New York), Khaki Gallery (Boston), Pierre Menard (Cambridge) and Projects Gallery (Philadelphia).

* Seven, Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2010, is an independent group presentation by seven galleries -- Pierogi, Hales, Ronald Feldman, BravinLee, Postmasters, P.P.O.W. and Winkleman -- at 2214 North Miami Avenue in the city’s Wynwood District. Among the many attractions is #rank, a project by the art-world provocateurs Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida that promises to look at art and status (or something).

* Wynwood Walls, the “open-air park” of new art graffiti, kicks off Dec. 2, 2010, 8 pm, at N.W. 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets, featuring new works by Rosson Crow, Ryan McGinness, assume vivid astro focus, Ben Jones and Dearraindrop, and even Kenny Scharf, who presents a customized Air Stream. Also of note: The new Wynwood Kitchen & Bar on the corner, with an exterior painted graffiti-style by Os Gemos.

* The Bass Museum of Art presents “Isaac Julien / Creative Caribbean Nework,” Dec. 2, 2010-Mar. 6, 2011, a comprehensive selection of the artist’s films and photographs -- and also opens its original doors on Collins Park (the new address is 2100 Collins Avenue).

* Food artist Jennifer Rubell presents “Just Right,” Dec. 1-5, 2010, 9 am-noon, an interactive food installation that addresses the question, “What if Goldilocks were an artist?” The event -- featuring crockpots of porridge, cartons of milk, brown sugar and raisins -- takes place at the Rubell Family Collection.

* Christie’s presents its first Miami Art Week exhibition, Dec. 1-4, 2010, featuring works by Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley from the auction firm’s February sale of contemporary art in London, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

* William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, the PBS Art:21 documentary about the South African artist, has its Miami premiere at an outdoor screening on the plaza of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation on Dec. 4, 2010, 8 pm.

* Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne at Miami’s 83-acre Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, opening Nov. 30, 2010, includes more than 30 works, the largest U.S. outdoor show by the artists (one presented with Paul Kasmin Gallery).

* Skate’s Insiders Club Meeting, Dec. 2, 2010, 1-4 pm, at the Shore Club Hotel in South Beach, presents seven speakers on the “topic of art as an asset,” including Asher Edelman (Art Assure Ltd.), Philip Hoffman (Fine Art Fund Group), Serge Tiroche (Artist Pension Trust) and artist Emilia Kabakov. The program is moderated by Skate’s CEO Sergey Skaterschikov.

* Robert Williams, Mr. Bitchin’, a new film about the great Zap Comix artist, founder of Juxtapoz Magazine and all-around LowBrow genius, has a one-night-only showing at the Regal South Beach Stadium 18 in Miami Beach on Dec. 1, 2010, at 8:30 pm, presented by Tony Shafrazi.

* Carlo McCormick holds a book-signing for his new Taschen publication, Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, at 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, 8-10 pm. Shepard Fairey is the special guest DJ.

* Artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel teams up with the Stuttgart-based luxury automaker Maybach for a two-year mentorship program -- details to be announced -- and the unveiling of a new Schnabel sculpture, Queequeg, the Maybach Sculpture, to be part of the Daimler Art Collection. The press conference takes place at the Miami Beach New World Symphony Orchestra Building on Dec. 2, 2010, 11:30 am.

* Photographer Sante D’Orazio presents a show of his “Priests” photographs -- in which artists and others dressed up in religious vestments -- at the Water Salon at the Delano hotel, opening Dec. 1, 2010, 9 pm-midnight.

* David Rosenberg launches his new Art Game Book (Assouline), featuring a live interactive “art game show” hosted by Peter Tunney at the Water Salon at the Delano, Dec. 3, 2010, 8 pm.

* The Art of Ping Pong, hosted by Susan Sarandon, Judah Friedlander and an assortment of others, features a new ping pong table designed by Tom Burr, and takes place at the Water Salon at the Delano hotel on Dec. 4, 2010, 9-midnight. The event -- billed as an “open tournament” -- is co-sponsored by Spin Galactic and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.

* TRON Armchair, designed by Dror Benshetrit for Cappellini and inspired by the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures film TRON: Legacy, goes on view at the Cappellini/Poltrona Frau Miami Showroom, Dec. 2-10, 2010.

* Avant-garde furniture designer Chris Rucker releases his 2011 Ruckercorp calendar, with photos by Richard Kern, at Coco de Ville at the Hotel Gansevoort in South Beach, Dec. 1, 2010, 8-10 pm.

* Julian Lennon presents "Timeless," Dec. 1-5, 2010, an exhibition of his photography, curated by Timothy White, at the New Generation Green Room at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.

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