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10 Observations On Last Night's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

We've asked Eli Yudin and Carey O'Donnell, authors of the very, very funny Twitter account @NotTildaSwinton, to share their ten thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams with us after watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills every week. Join us for a recap, won't you?

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1. Carey: New BFFs Carlton and Brandi go to a dirty lingerie store, that I'm pretty sure was called "Dirty Lingerie". Whoever owns it wants people to feel like they're in a Cash for Gold shop/prison visitor hours or something, because the lady at the front desk buzzes the door open. OOOk. They try on lingerie and giggle and clank their bones and giggle more, and clank more. "We like to play," Carlton says of Brandi, grinning, her eyes slightly shifting to the side. The powers that be have decided to oppress us with this growing, faux-bisexual innuendo between Brandi and Carlton. So I guess we have to endure this. But hey, I could be way off. Maybe they are attracted to each other. Carton tells Brandi she should write down all her requirements for an ideal male mate, and then bury them with one of Carlton's crystal, energy ball under a full moon. WITCH!!! Brandi's like, "Yeah, def." Elizy, Carlton's son's nanny, waited in her parked car outside the road from lingerie store. Cross slept in the car seat with a pacifier in his mouth. Slouching into her seat, she watched as Carlton and Brandi left the store with bags of lingerie in hand, and laughing and laughing and laughing. A single tear ran down her right cheek, and she drove off down Sunset. Carlton looked across the road, seeing Elizy's car speed away. She smiled. The sun was late and looked like winter. Elizy felt cold and tired, like she did when she lived in Maine. She'd never go back there, though, She'd never go back.

2. Eli: Surprise, surprise, Carlton's hinting at bisexuality.  I've known people like Carlton, who are very worried that they're boring people, so they develop interests in the most "shocking" things they can find. I'm not boring! Look how weird and dark my house is!  Maybe I like girls, ooh, how risky! Would a boring person have a kid named Mysteri? I don't think so! Carlton's the girl in high school who would carve the word "DEATH" into her desk, but only if people were watching her. We get it, Carlton. You're "the weird one." You don't need to try so hard.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 4.56.58 PM.png3. Carey: Loopy Kim! Loopy Kim! The horns cue. Doot-doot-doot-doot, doot-doot-doot-doot-doo. Loopy Kim skips along the sidewalk with her lunch pail. She sees an elderly man waiting at a bus stop and stops in front of him. He stares ahead, catatonic.
"Hey! Mister!" She yells with her hands on her hips.
"I'm tryin'  ta find my way home! Can ya help?" Kim asks.
Without breaking his trance, he slowly raises his right arm and points to the building behind him. Kim looks up, reading the big sign out front.
"Cir-ckee Sch-oo-elle? CIRCUS SCHOOL! Hey! Thanks, mister! Thanks a lot!" She runs past him, her lunch pale hitting him over the head. He falls off his bench.
Kim excitedly checks out a "Cirque School" which is a training ground of acrobats in Cirque de Soleil and other overpriced shows. Kim had to do some acrobatic stunts when for the TV and movies she was in, so it's more of a nostalgic thing. That made me sad. She signs up the crew for a day of circus activities, hoping it'll be a light, fun outing that will alleviate the tensions that have already mounted. Poor Kim. She really tries. Ojai, Cirque School. God bless her.

4. Eli: I went to a circus camp (or rather, a camp that had a circus component) when I was being young and Jewish in high school. It was a lot of fun until I tried a frontflip on a mini-trampoline and kneed myself in the nose. I went to the first day of school with two black eyes, followed immediately by a splint over my nose. Which might have made me look badass, if I hadn't done it on a trampoline under the instruction of a man with a red afro.  My nose still clicks when I touch it. So yay for circuses.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 5.03.10 PM.pngScreen Shot 2013-11-26 at 5.03.21 PM.png5. Carey: The best person in this episode was the waiter at the restaurant where Kyle, Mauricio, Joyce and Big Peen Husband eat. Kyle continues complaining about the women bringing up the Mauricio cheating rumors. Mauricio, somewhat drunk and slurring, says if those "bitches" want him to take a lie detector test right now, he would. I feel like anyone who says the ol' "lie detector" sentence is usually guilty. But, until proven, I will give Mauricio the benefit of the doubt. ANYWAY, the waiter! The waiter!!! This show in particular will sometimes feature a waiter taking a cast member's order for way too long. I'm assuming most of them are actors of some kind, or the restaurant asks the show to let them showcase a little slice of their menu, but it always ends up seeming like a scene in the movie The Room. This waiter has this monotonous, nasally voice, and when Kyle asks if she can get pizza, he says something like, "No, but you can get Grille Pizza" in French, obviously playing it up for the camera. Kyle is like, "Wait, what is that?" The waiter, embarrassed, says, "Oh, it's grilled pizza." "So, I can get pizza..." Kyle says. "Yes," he says. They all laugh and laugh. The waiter turns red, but smiles, humiliated. On his cigarette break, he went out to the back parking lot, sticking a knife in the tire of the first car he saw, realizing soon after that it was his own. He sighed smoke, staring off at the sad, orange LA lights, stretching out over the hills and out into the valley.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 5.07.22 PM.png6. Eli: The interactions before they start the Cirque class I think demonstrate just how dysfunctional they are as a group. For an event that is supposed to be their "drama-free" day, literally within 30 seconds the entire group is in the midst of a verbal firefight, and have distinctly taken sides. Maybe you guys just shouldn't hang out anymore.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 5.21.17 PM.png7. Carey: At the Cirque training, Brandi and Kyle start bickering about an incident where the paparazzi allegedly chased Brandi and her sons down in Calabassas (hey Kardash dolls) outside of something that looked like a Cheesecake Factory, to hound her about a comment that Kyle reportedly made where she called the leggy scarecrow a bully. Obviously, the paparazzi are maggoty scum that yell ridiculous things at celebs to try to piss them off, so I am almost 100% confident Kyle did not say this. But Brandi made it sound like she was Princess Di, getting chased down the freeway by the swarms of paps in their shitty cars, When they finally show us the "tape," it looks like it was filmed on someone in the Bravo film crew's camera phone, and they digitally added the TMZ logo on the bottom left.

8. Eli: Also, I seem to keep hearing non-stop about how someone is "rude" or "that's not how you treat people" or "she has no manners."  I'm starting to think that they just don't know what proper manners are.  The definition that's supported by most of these arguments is that "'manners' is letting me talk and never contradicting me."  Which sort of makes sense, since the majority of these women were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and most of the challenges in their life were wine stains on the seats of their birthday Lexus.  They all think they're the most important one in the group, which is not a recipe for fun hangouts.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 5.11.24 PM.pngScreen Shot 2013-11-26 at 5.11.33 PM.png9. Carey: The big confrontation they kept advertising in this episode was in the last 8-10 minutes. The ladies head to a cabana-esque bar post-trapezee sesh. Kyle and Brandi start fighting again about the "bully" comment. Brandi says something about "Kyle's camp" scheming against her. Kyle's camp. OK. Time to go home, everyone. These women now have "camps." Then, out of nowhere, JOYCE! Joyce stands up and asks Lisa if she can speak with her in private, aka on the other side of the cabana. Lisa is like, "Um...ok." I was under the impression that Joyce was going to tell Lisa she should be standing up for her one time BFF Kyle more, but instead, brings up this story about how, at Carlton's luncheon from Hell, when all the ladies were playing/fixing each other's hair, Joyce went to move a strand that was in Lisa's face, and Lisa immediately pulled back and said, "No, please don't." Joyce felt that was RUDE RUDE RUDE! I don't like Lisa, but I have to say, I understand her shock over this. WHAT THE FUCK??? Lisa, slowly realizes how insane this woman is, and apologizes for her faux faux pas. We can now welcome Joyce as the newest member on the Board of No Credibility on a Reality Show Where Your Credibility Was Already Suspect.

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 5.30.52 PM.png10. The most telling part of this episode was when they were performing a exercise where two people jump while the other two roll under them. Laughing, they all say "I don't trust any of these bitches!"  Even though they're laughing like it's a joke, none of them will do it.  If my friend offers me a ride and I say "In that deathtrap?," if I still get in, it was a joke, but if I say that and still don't get in, I'm just an asshole. 

ICYMI: Gavin McInnes Shows You How to Fight a Baby


ICYMI: Gavin McInnes shows you how to fight a baby. Our only defense against the ruthless thug babies of the world? Blowing in their faces. [HuffPo; Today Show]

David Letterman and Martha Stewart tried taking selfies of themselves last night and it was super cute. [Uproxx]

Here's a video of a tiny pig luxuriating in tummy rubs. Too much, too much! [LaughingSquid]
Katniss/Peeta face swap. [TastefullyOffensive]

VQCO.jpgVery Shining. [Mlkshk]

The Boys of Boston flag football team (which is a real thing that exists) re-created Britney Spears' "Work Bitch" video and it's everything. [Jezebel]

VQ3E.jpgHappy Thanksgiving, party people! See you on Monday. [Mlkshk]

The Big Ideas Behind Little Italy's Most Striking Street Art

Though street artist Tristan Eaton moved to the West Coast after 15 years in New York, he recently returned to leave his mark with two spectacular wall murals in Little Italy. Here, he discusses those works, and his artist's collective TrustoCorp, which turns American consumerism, corporate culture and brand saturation on its head via cheeky, satirical pieces.

eaton1.jpgEaton painting "Liberty," photographed by Ryan Kobane.

"I moved to Los Angeles a year ago, and before moving I wanted to get a couple of walls to paint in the city that would stay behind forever. My assistant worked for a guy who did marketing for Little Italy, and he came back with this grand idea of having lots of artists paint walls around the neighborhood. I submitted my sketch for a wall that was near a church. The New York Post got a hold of the sketch and took my art to the church's priest without telling me. The priest flipped out and thought it was satanic pagan art, and the next thing I know, the Sunday edition of the Post comes out with a full-page story and the headline "Residents, Churches Upset Over Littly Italy Pagan Mural Plan." My piece was about family -- a child made of animals and foliage -- and I never had a chance to explain my work to him before they killed the project and crushed my dreams.

eaton4.jpg(l to r): A TrustoCorp street sign photographed by Rey Rosa; TrustoCorp's installation at 10 Years of Wooster Collective: 2003-2013

But I ended up coming back into town and doing a portrait of Audrey Hepburn up the street on the side of Café Roma. I wanted to make something else that was iconic and tied to New York City, which ended up being my portrait of Lady Liberty on Mulberry Street. It's an easy icon to choose, but embedded in it are more of the complexities of what America is actually about. My work shows layers torn away, and these graphic patterns of logos are revealed below the surface. There's the veneer of the American dream, but then there are all those other people who never made it, who tried and failed. The way our country is now -- is it even worth fighting for?

My personal work tends to be more figurative, more painterly, more about beauty. My work with TrustoCorp is subversive, political and graphic, but I've always wanted to find a way to bring those worlds together. The Trusto work is like getting stuff off my chest. I don't think of myself as a funny person. It's more that I feel compelled to say things, to make fun of things, and my art comes from that instinct, that gut reaction. I never set out to be funny. It's just kind of how shit ends up."

The "Liberty" mural is on the corner of Canal and Mulberry streets.

Our Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami: Part 7

Here's the last installment of our 2013 Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami.  We'll be updating and adding anything new that comes our way from December 2nd to December 6th, so be sure to check out our "Basel Tips For Today" every day next week.  If you missed any of our previous posts, check 'em out here:


LI-SHURUI_Inner-Rainbow2.jpgThe Rubell Family Collection (95 NW 29th Street, Miami) opens their new exhibition, "28 Chinese," on December 4th.  It was curated after six research trips to China between 2001 and 2012 where they visited over 100 artist's studios.  Works include sculpture, paintings, photographs and video installations. Also, after a short hiatus, Jennifer Rubell brings back her annual "breakfast" and this year's theme is "FAITH." Check it out Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.  The collection will be open during AB/MB daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Works from their recent "30 Americans" exhibition are traveling to New Orleans and San Antonio in 2014, so check your local arts listings.

1384878885-fl-th.jpgMansion Nightclub (1235 Washinton Avenue, South Beach) has two big Basel nights with Mark Ronson DJing on Friday, December 6th, and Boy George spinning on Saturday.  Tickets are HERE.

item10.rendition.slideshowWideHorizontal.silencio-art-basel.jpgRUMORS: The Parisian club Silencio is back, but will only open as a one-night, pop-up in the Design District and New York's 1OAK will be open nightly as a pop-up in the basement of the Delano Hotel (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach). Chez Andre (Saravia and Balazs) is open late in the Gale Hotel's Rec Room on December 4th to the 6th. Also, there are lots of rumors floating around about the old ballroom/theater at 5445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.  The spot was last seen in the film version of Rock of Ages, and we have heard rumors for weeks that Suzanne Bartsch, Lenny Kravitz and Lady Gaga are all doing different nights up there during AB/MB.  

1048040_552062424834953_1046364344_o.jpgDom Perignon celebrates their limited edition sculpture by Jeff Koons at Wall at W South Beach (2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Thursday night with music by Zoe Kravitz and DJ Ruckus. Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel host.  There's another Dom Perignon/Koons party on the 4th at the W hotel for the luxury watchmaker Roger Dubois hosted by Gerard Butler. VIPs only, we guess.

CONTENDER_Slider.gifMiami gallery Primary Projects  is relocating to 151 NE 7th Street downtown on December 2nd, and they're showing new works from Kenton Parker until January 24th. The opening reception is December 6, 6 to 10 p.m.

The first phase of a major new development from the Buenos Aires-based Faena Group is coming to Miami in late 2014.  Eventually there will be a luxury hotel, an arts and cultural center, a park, artist residences, a marina and oceanfront residences. During AB/MB 2013 there's a little sneak-preview called the Faena Collaboratory at Collins and 32nd Street in Miami Beach, with installations by Argentine artists Juan Gatti and Manuel Ameztoy and the Antwerp-based collective Studio Job.
Art Miami -- now in its 24th year -- returns to Midtown Miami in the Wynwood Arts District from December 3rd to the 8th. They're bringing back their CONTEXT fair in an adjacent pavilion along with an Art Video Lounge curated by LaRete Art Projects, plus several solo installations and a special section with six galleries called Art From Berlin.  A VIP preview on December 3rd, 5:30 to 10 p.m., benefits the new Perez Art Museum Miami.

NOWNESS, Art Production Fund and Suzanne Geiss celebrate the release of a new film by Adam Dugas and Casey Spooner called "Dust," starring Cody Critcheloe, Peggy Noland and Jaimie Warren, on Thursday evening at the Mondrian (1100 West Avenue, South Beach). RSVP only. Adidas sponsors.

Miami artist Alexander Mijares opens a show of new works called "Random Acts of Art" on Friday, December 6, 7 to 11 p.m. at 10 NE 27th Street, Miami.  One of the works on view will be a mural that will eventually wind-up in the Brioni boutique in Bal Harbour.  The opening is hosted by DETAILS Magazine.

The KIWI Arts Group has a group show opening on Thursday, December 5th, at 91 NE 40th Street, Miami, with works using Google Glass by David Datuna; photos of Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol by William John Kennedy; and celebrity portraits by the Hilton Brothers (Christopher Makos + Paul Solberg).

The Freehand Miami (2727 Indian Creek, South Beach) has events all week including a private party for the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, an Artsy "happy hour" on Friday and a show of photos by Ben Watts with music by Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein on Saturday afternoon. RSVP required.

There's a private screening of Spike Jonze's upcoming film "HER" on December 5th with a Q&A with Jones moderated by Jeffrey Deitch.

Porsche Design unveils their "creative collab" with French artist Thierry Noir -- "the first street artist to paint the Berlin Wall" -- at a private party co-hosted by Interview Magazine on Tuesday.

The CIFO Art Space (1018 North Miami Avenue. Miami) is opening a big exhibition of contemporary Latin American artists from December 4th to February 23, 2014,  It is a partnership with Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, where the exhibit will move and be on view from March 19th to July 13, 2014.

us-1207-536165-248166-front.jpgCool sunset vibes guaranteed with a party for Guy Gerber's Supplement Facts label at the Delano on Saturday.  DJ's on the night include Gerber, Ryan Crosson, Mathew Dear, Bill Patrick and Mao Fonnegra.

Visionaire and Gap host a private "Tees & Tea" brunch on Friday to celebrate the launch of a t-shirt collab that will eventually include 45 designs. They are only making a limited edition of 300 of each shirt, and the first five are by Yoko Ono, Inez & Vinoodh, Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari, Craig McDean and Salvo Sundsbo.  Pick one up at The Webster (1220 Collins Avenue, South Beach).

David Colman's "participatory performance piece," "The Santa Confessional," happens on December 3rd and 4th in the Collins Park Rotunda.

We hear that somebody is planning to shoot a man out of a cannon behind the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). at midnight on December 3rd, following the annual White Cube bash.  Any volunteers?

Cool group show with works by Stephen Powers, Aaron De La Cruz, Christopher Derek Bruno, Ben Eine, Kenji Hirata, Patrick Martinez, Roids MSK and Otto Zitko on Wednesday, December 4th, 6 to 10 p.m. at 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami.

tumblr_mwj7riX0AU1sm0vzio1_r1_400.jpgThe Look Alive Fest on December 6 & 7 features tons of underground music -- including Wolf Eyes and Indian Jewelry -- plus art, at various locations. All the details are HERE.

ArtCenter/South Florida (800 Lincoln Road, South Beach) is showing a new site-specific installation. called "Between Walls" by Spanish artist Juan Lopez.

Loft Spirits, Strongbow Hard Cider and Perrier host a four-night, "cocktail experience" from December 5th to the 8th, 8 p.m. daily, poolside at the Surfcomber Hotel (1717 Collins Avenue, South Beach).  They've got DJs including Pat Mahoney, Edwin Adams, Amir Abdullah and Karl Injex; plus art from Miguel Paredes, Radcliffe Bailey, Jesse Light, Ruchu Tu and Joshua King.

Chloe Norgaard and Nur Khan host a cocktail party for Poplipps and Vs. magazine on Friday night at the Townhouse Hotel. RSVP only.

The Cassina Showroom Miami (3800 NE Miami Court, Miami Design District) debuts their new LC4 chaise-longue developed as an homage to French designer Charlotte Perriand on Thursday, December 5th. RSVP required.

The big "Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile" exhibition curated by New York gallery Venus Over Manhattan has its VIP-only opening on Tuesday, December 3, at 1111 Lincoln Road in South Beach.

Chicago's "Bad At Sports" art-news blog and podcast will operate an internet radio station in the restrooms of the PULSE fair.

UK artist, composer and filmmaker Michael Nyman will be showing his multi-screen video/film "NYman with a Movie Camera" from December 5th to the 8th at 2301 North Miami Avenue,  The opening is on the 5th from 5 to 8 p.m.

Pop-Up Piano returns to the streets of Miami during AB/MB. This year, they are giving the funds raised to the Guitars Over Guns Organization.  

Ocean House (125 Ocean Drive, South Beach) is showing new photos by Amber Arbucci.

MCM and Harper's BAZAAR celebrate "Beyond Snowdome: The MCM Collection by Craig Redman & Karl Maier" at the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on December 4th. Invite only.


AndrewAndrew's Fall Theater Review Roundup!


A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
is Broadway's latest offering for anglophiles seeking comedy. A certain multiply-guv'nered man had us guffawing in the aisle last season, does this gentleman live up to his lineage? Find out in our full review!

After Midnight
revives the golden era of Harlem jazz and its most-famous venue, the
Cotton Club, with a Broadway musical review. Do they succeed in bringing uptown to midtown or is it not worth staying up late for? Find out in our full review!

Magic! Magic? On Broadway? Two Neil Patrick Harris-endorsed magicians from L.A. are hoping to keep you entertained for a little over an hour with not much more than a few decks of cards. Find out if you should sit and watch for a spell, or if Nothing to Hide is nothing to write home about in our full review!

How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them, now playing at Rattlestick Theater, may have the best title of the season. Did it knock us dead or make us want to kill ourselves? Watch our review and find out!

The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the (Half) Week


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Best Heart-Warming Heart Warmer of the Week: This video of Jimmy Fallon visiting St. Jude's children's hosptial, dressed as a chicken. He also played egg Russian roulette with the kids. Too, too cute. --Elizabeth

Best Vines of the Week: Rocco Ritchie's Vines, which feature some cameos of his mom, Madonna, looking, uh, less than turned out. Props for keeping it real, Madge. (Or as it real as a middle-aged woman wearing grills is gonna get.) -- Abby Schreiber

Best Advice for Traveling During the Holidays via
The Onion "Exchange knowing glances with the TSA agent. You're one of the good ones. You get it." -- Maggie Dolan
Most Exciting Opening of the Week:
Rough Trade, the new Williamsburg outpost of the legendary London record shop-cum-record label, which opened Monday. And, in the two days it's been open for business, the store has already hosted concerts by Sky Ferreira and Danny Brown. Boom. -- A.S.

Best photo that I kept meaning to include in Morning Funnies This Week But Forgot, So here it is:
This old timey dog playing the piano in way-sweet glasses. Great job, cool dog! --E.T. [io9]

Best New Home Shopping Network:
VFSN (VFILES Shopping Network), which features cameos by Junglepussy and Gerlan of Gerlan Jean hokking all your basic needs: X-Large shorts, Jeremy Scott-designed Baby Bjorns, airbrushed skirts... -- A.S.

Best Parody of the Week (ICYMI): Seth Rogan and James Franco
makin' out on a motorcycle in their remake of Kanye's new video for 'Bound 2.'-- M.D.    

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 1.31.13 PM.pngMost Mouth-Watering Calorie Bomb Thanksgivukkah Food: T
hese pecan pie rugelach c/o Buzzfeed (of all places). -- A.S.

Best Goal-Conqueror of the Week:
Paper contributor Jessica Suarez successfully raised $5000 for Oxfam's Philippines relief by her Thanksgiving deadline! Way to go, Jessica! She's still accepting donations, too! Do it. --E.T.

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 3.07.01 PM.pngBest Signage of the Week:
a woman in South Wales announced to her cheating husband that she was divorcing him via bar signage. Take that Paul. --M.D.

Absolute Dumbest Decision of the Week:
Twerking on the subway tracks, as seen in this clip. -- A.S.

Best Reminder to Stay the F Home on Friday
: This super-cut of people acting like rabid gorillas at Black Friday sales. [Gawker] --E.T.

Your Daily Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach

Party people! Check in daily this week for our comprehensive guide of everything that's happening at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Monday, December 2nd

  • The UNTITLED fair is back on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street in South Beach, with two big VIP previews: Monday, December 2nd, 7 to 9 p.m. hosted by Marina Abramovic to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Marina Abramovic Institute (this is the one that Lady Gaga is rumored to be attending) and Tuesday, December 3rd from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring performances by TM Sisters and Jacolby Satterwhite.  The fair is open to the public from December 4th to the 8th.

  • Miami gallery Primary Projects  is relocating to 151 NE 7th Street downtown on December 2nd, and they're showing new works from Kenton Parker until January 24th. The opening reception is December 6, 6 to 10 p.m.


  • Heineken Light, the Tecne Collective, New Times and the Miami Light Project are hosting several big events during the week starting with a "Light Your Night Challenge" for VIPs at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th Street, Miami) on Tuesday, December 3.  Five multi-media artists from South Florida will "transform the warehouse into a maze of light installations" plus DJs Mr. Pauer and Ess & Emm are spinning. On the 5th, they're showcasing an interactive kinetic motion installation by Tecne Collective at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd Street, Miami) and on Saturday, December 7th, there's a video installation and video mapping event at Grand Central (679 North Miami Avenue, Miami) for the Basel Castle after-party.
  • The Wynwood Art Building (2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami) kicks off the week with a big gallery night -- catered by Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Tanduay and Vita Coco -- on Monday, December 2nd from 6 to 10 p.m.  All the galleries in the building, including m+v ART, ArtMedia, Cienfuegos, Ricart, etc. will showcase their new exhibitions. Other galleries in the Wynwood Arts District will also be open on the same night, so if you're going to be in Miami on Monday, be sure to head over for a sneak preview before the crowds invade later in the week.


  • The Mayfair Hotel (3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove) is hosting "Miami Says Art II" with Martin Kreloff's series of portraits of some of Miami's art pioneers (see Arnold Lehman above). There's also an installation called "Art Euphoria" that Kreloff put together with Miami artist Gustavo Oviedo.  It's all on view December 2nd to the 8th, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and admission is free.
  • The sands of South Beach are getting another fair this year when the Scope Miami pavilion moves to 1000 Ocean Drive at 10th Street. Their "Platinum Preview Gala" takes place on Monday night, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. and there's a VIP opening on Tuesday. The public is invited to attend from December 4 to 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Again this year, Scope has partnered with VH1 with a big indoor lounge and a massive party on Friday night from 8 p.m. to midnight featuring a performance by "one of today's hottest musical artists." We'll let you know who as soon as we find out.


  • One of the original "concept" retail stores, colette, is coming to Art Basel for a week-long pop-up collab with Miami's Alchemist shop at 1111 Lincoln Road. Since 1997, the Parisian store has attracted shoppers from around the world with their mix of high-fashion, streetwear, CDs, magazines, and more. The "Colette Art Drive-Thru at Alchemist" will be open from December 2nd to the 8th.


Street art and graffiti are going to be all over town again this year in the fairs and galleries and, of course, on the walls of Wynwood. The Miami neighborhood has been filled with incredible murals by international artists since 2007 when Primary Flight invited 35 artists to paint on strategically located walls.  By 2009, the late Tony Goldman joined the party with his "Wynwood Walls" project centered around 25th and 26th Streets. The whole Wynwood Arts District has grown so large that it is hard to keep track of all the incredible works, but now there's a great interactive map that shows who painted what, plus there's a photo of each piece. Check it out here.


  • Art cars and luxury cars are another big theme this year, with an exhibition, "Piston Head," of 14 cars transformed into art since 1970 happening on the top floor of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed parking garage at 111 Lincoln Road in South Beach, sponsored by Ferrari.  And Maserati will be celebrating the debut of its new Ghibli, and they're driving VIPs and collectors around all during the week, plus sponsoring a VIP lounge in the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and another lounge at Art Miami. Yo, we're arriving on the 2nd, so pick us up at MIA.
  • A giant floating, fabric sculpture by the German artist Angela Glajcar called "Light and Paper" will be on view in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton (One Lincoln Road, South Beach).  While you're there, check out the hotel's collection of contemporary Latin American and European works on loan from Miami's Diana Lowenstein Gallery.
  • Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek will create a large-scale installation using recycled wood and champagne boxes provided by Ruinart Champagne.  The work will be on view all week in the AB/MB Art Collector's Lounge.
  • Red Bull's "Canvas Cooler Project" is now on a national tour and will be on view at SCOPE's Miami pavilion all week.  You're invited to choose one lucky artist to join the exhibit by casting your vote here.
  • Seven artists including Daniel Arsham and Wim Delvoye are designing limited-edition yoga mats for classes at the Delano, Mondrian and Shore Club hotels.


  • BENETTON, South Beach (670 Collins Avenue, South Beach) hosts a party to celebrate their collab with the artist Trey Speegle on Monday December 2nd from 7 to 9 p.m. Speegle's work will be on view in the store until December 8th.
  • The University of Miami is hosting the sixth annual "CANE FAIR" from December 2nd to January 24th in their gallery in the Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami).  On view will be works from students in the school's MFA program.


Tuesday, December 3rd


  • The FAILE/BAST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2013 Miami Beach will be open from December 3rd to the 7th in an abandoned storefront near the corner of Washington Avenue and 16th Street in South Beach.  There will be "unconventional video games, tricked-out pinball machines and foosball made psychedelic" -- all sponsored by Perrier.
  • There's a press preview of Paris gallery Glow at Wynwood's Alchemy Concept Space ( 310 N.W. 26th St.) Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be works on display from Atmos, Chrysopoeia, Bride, Evanesco Joaillerie, Fleche, Panacea, Gold Grills, Magnus Opus, Phoenix, Pearl and Evanesco Falls.

  • We hear that somebody is planning to shoot a man out of a cannon behind the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). at midnight on December 3rd, following the annual White Cube bash.  Any volunteers?


  • The street-arts quarterly publication FRESCO put together a group show called "Hang 'em High" that will be up from December 3rd at 5 p.m., to the 8th at 97 NW 25th Street, Miami, and includes works by Banksy, Faile, KAWS, Swoon, Dface, BAST, Retna and Ryan McGinness.
  • David Colman's "participatory performance piece," "The Santa Confessional," happens on December 3rd and 4th in the Collins Park Rotunda.


  • Nightlife impresario Jeffrey Jah is throwing a Basel kick-off party at the W Hotel with a night of Brazilian music and DJ sets by Ruen and Reid Waters at the W South Beach.
  • Art Miami -- now in its 24th year -- returns to Midtown Miami in the Wynwood Arts District from December 3rd to the 8th. They're bringing back their CONTEXT fair in an adjacent pavilion along with an Art Video Lounge curated by LaRete Art Projects, plus several solo installations and a special section with six galleries called Art From Berlin.  A VIP preview on December 3rd, 5:30 to 10 p.m., benefits the new Perez Art Museum Miami.
  • Harper's BAZAAR magazine is bringing back their pop-up shop, ShopBAZAAR, to the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) from December 3rd to the 5th.  Look for designer brands, limited editions, a Gevalia coffee station, plus several beauty bars.
  • The big media preview for the new-fair-on-the-block, Brazil ArtFair (3501 NE Midtown Blvd., Miami) is on the 3rd from 3 to 5 p.m. The VIP preview's after that, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The fair is open to the public daily from December 4th to the 8th.


  • Fans of the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron will be able check out the architects' Perez Art Museum Miami when it officially opens during AB/MB. The museum -- formerly know as the Miami Art Museum -- is moving into a brand new building in Museum Park just off of downtown Miami's Biscayne Boulvard. On view during the week, there's a big survey of works by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and shows by Cuban painter Amelia Pelaez and Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes. It all kicks off with a member-only preview on December 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. with L.A.-based artists Los Jaichackers and music by Total Freedom. Then on Saturday night, December 7, there's the official premiere gala.


  • Swarovski Crystal Palace is collab'ing with the Brazilian architect and designer Guilherme Torres to create an installation "inspired by water conservation and stewardship." It's called "Mangue Groove" and will up in the Design Miami from December 4 to 8. There's a VIP preview on December 3rd.
  • Brazil will be getting lots of attention this year with over 40 galleries exhibiting at the new Brazil ArtFair running from December 3 to 8 in Woodson Park on NW 36th Street in Midtown. Their goal is "to go beyond your everyday art fair...with a private initiative for the promotion and internationalization of Brazil's art market," the fair's founder Michel Serebrinsky explained to Art Info.
  • If you're heading down to Miami earlier in the week, the Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction -- they're raising money for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- takes place on Tuesday, December 3rd. It's hosted by Stephanie Seymour Brant, Peter Brant, Alina & Anthony K. Shriver and Sara & Ugo Colombo.

Homepage photo: Evan Gruzis' "Monument to Fashion" from last year's Villa Vecchia.

The 5 Best Britney Spears Collaborations

It's Britney Spears' Birthday, bitch! In honor of this big day, we've compiled a list of Britney's top 5 collaborations with some of her industry friends. She might be a diva, but she isn't afraid to share the spotlight. And that's why she's the reigning Princess of Pop. Bow down.

1. This collaboration with the Ying Yang Twins is a southern joyride through the belly of her 2003 album In The Zone. Did you forget this happened? This is Miley before Miley!

2. Speaking of Miley, one of the bigger standout tracks from her album Bangerz is this duet with La Britney. "SMS" is a speedball of a song with a debt to "Cars that Go Boom" that has both Miley and Britney singing about Strutting Their Stuff. This is Britney paying it forward, passing the torch to Miley the way Madonna did for her.

3. The video for "Me Against The Music," Britney's 2003 duet with Madonna, features the supernova divas' best choreography ... ever.

4. This gem of a remix from Rihanna's "S&M" went straight to #1, with Britney's iconic cooing being the missing puzzle piece that this song needed. Britney talking about being gagged and bound literally makes us gag. Dirtyney! 

5. Finally, the blink-and-you-miss-it Justin Timberlake collabo off Britney's 2001 self-titled is the stuff of legend. That's Justin singing backup for Britney! Though Timberlake's not even credited, the song is an amazing throwback to simpler times. Sigh, the one that got away.

Yo la Tengo, Ira Glass and Eugene Mirman Warn Of 'Toymageddon'


The toys are coming! The toys are coming! Although Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah residency at the now shuttered iconic Hoboken venue Maxwell's is no more, their cheeky holiday cheer hasn't diminished. In the video for 'Toymageddon,' an advanced track off their comedy album 2776 out June 2014, they recruit comedian Eugene Mirman and NPR's This American Life host Ira Glass to tell a dak tale of toys turning and igniing  'the ultimate war on Christmas.' First to arrive, My Little Ponies (obviously) shooting rainbow beams from their eyes. Then laughing clowns, talking bears and toy soldiers who will 'roast our nuts on an open fire.' Yikes. Stay safe out there.

Here's Taystee and Crazy Eyes Performing an Awesome Medley of Christmas Carols


Here's Orange Is the New Black's Taystee and Crazy Eyes (a.k.a. Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba) singing a medley of Christmas carols. Can we start hearing this on Lite FM, please? [via Jezebel]

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 4.30.32 PM.pngICYMI: A long-haired Bruce Jenner is inexplicably trapped in a glass tube -- is it metaphorical? does it represent his crumbling marriage? his fate as a Kardashian Kash Kow? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? -- in the new Kardashian Kristmas Kard. [via Buzzfeed]

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 4.39.35 PM.pngBarf-o-meter Level 10 Alert: Sriracha vodka is a thing that exists. [via Laughter Key]

tumblr_mx0tqgd8AL1r0wqrdo1_500.jpgThis is making it to the top of our holiday wish list but holy fuck, why is this piece of padded cloth $99?!. [via Humor Train]

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 5.49.41 PM.pngScreen Shot 2013-12-02 at 5.51.51 PM.pngScreen Shot 2013-12-02 at 5.51.32 PM.pngHere are a bunch of unbelievably awesome responses to text messages from the wrong number. [via Distractify]

tumblr_mnbswaLxKl1qz8wiwo1_500.jpgGuy Fieri's balloon doll is the scariest thing we've seen all week. [via Rats Off]

enhanced-buzz-31270-1386016972-4.jpgJust kidding: celebrities with their faces upside down is the scariest thing we've seen all week. [via Buzzfeed]

Some guy recorded New Yorkers' inane conversations with a boom mic. Thank god we were never filmed because he probably would've caught us talking to our mom about how we ate too many bagels or something dumb like that. [via Brokelyn]

ASAP-Rocky-fan-letter-608x608.jpgThis kid's fan letter to A$AP Rocky is the best. [via Stereogum]

Your Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach: Wednesday + Thursday

Party people! Check in daily this week for our comprehensive guide of everything that's happening at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Wednesday, December 4th


  • Several new music acts have been added to the big MANA Wynwood ( 218 NW 23rd Street, Miami) event including Kendrick Lamar on December 4th, Boy George on December 6th and A-Trak, Dave 1 and Nick Catchdubs in the afternoon on the 8th. They've also added several performance artists including Vanessa Beecroft, Rob Montgomery and a "live mural painting" by Ron English.  All the details, times and tickets (when available) are HERE.
  • Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist moderates a discussion between Kanye West and Jacques Herzog in the sixth installment of Surface magazine's Design Dialogues on Dec. 4th at the Moore Building in Miami's Design District.
  • Visionaire and The National YoungArts Foundation present free public screenings of "A Portrait of Marina Abramovic", a new 3-D film by artist Matthu Placek, in the Jewel Box of the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), December 4 to 7, every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Photo by Matthu Placjek via.)

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  • Eyewear brand h0les is releasing a line of way-sweet goggles tonight that they made especially for Art Basel.  There's a party tonight at the Boulan Hotel in South Beach with a performance by Jacolby Satterwhite.
  • The opening reception for director and photographer Kristian Schmid's 'Whale Shark Series is at 7 p.m tonight at MAPS Studio Backlot in Wynwood. (342 NW 24th Street)
  • Lapo Elkann of FIAT is hosting an exclusive cocktail party on December 4th for the opening of a pop-up shop by the Miami-based brand Del Toro and the launch of a Del Toro X Italia Independent line.  Del Toro is also hosting a "block party" on December 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at their headquarters in The Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Street, Miami).  There will be 50 pairs of hand-painted shoes by international artists and wall murals by artists including Stash, Evoca1, Johnny Robles and more.
  • ELLE DECOR's Modern Life Concept House will be open on Sunset Island II from December 4th to December 15th.  Tickets available at the door with a $35 individual donation to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Go HERE for more info. (The house is for sale, too.)
  • The Savannah College of Art & Design is presenting a solo exhibition called "Curva" () with recent works by Wendy White in the M Building (194 NW 30th Street, Miami).  It will be on view from December 4th to the 20th.


  • While we wait for the new Max Fish to open in Williamsburg, we received word that they are doing a pop-up during AB/MB at Radio Bar (814 First Street, South Beach) with support from DKNY and Klughause Gallery.  It opens on December 4th and you can stop in all week.  They're putting together a cool bunch of guest DJs, a guitar battle, a skateboard "jump contest" and the usual mayhem you'd expect from MF.
  • Medium Group's "Cocktails and Curators" will honor New York MoMA's Klaus Biesenbach with a special Curatorial Excellence Award on Wednesday, December 4, from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Performance artist Tim Youd will "re-type" Elmore Leonard's classic novel Get Shorty in room 218 of the Aqua Hotel (1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) from December 4 to 8 at the Aqua Art Miami.


  • The first American museum exhibition by UK artist Tracey Emin, "Angel Without You," will take over the entire Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th Street, North Miami). It will be up from December 4 until March 9, 2014.
  • On December 4th, a monumental artwork called "Curiosity" by the French art duo Kolkoz (Samuel Boutruche and Benjamin Moreau) will be unveiled at the old Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne. You may recall the artists' fantastic installation, "Luna Park," that re-created the Apollo 11 moon landing as a football pitch on Miami Beach in 2012. This time around, they will take "the idea of an invader exploring a foreign land and apply it to a snow-covered chalet." It's sponsored by Audemars Piguet and Galerie Perrotin.
  • One of the original -- and one of the best -- local Miami galleries, Diana Lowenstein (2043 North Miami Avenue, Miami) opens a major installation by the New York-based artists Anna Galtarossa and Daniel Gonzalez called "Criminal Aesthetic Fashion at the Skyscraper Club" on December 4 and up until January 25. The gallery will be transformed into a "utopian space...with the dynamics of a nightclub... where you can dance with mechanical skyscrapers while wearing sculpture-shoes." Sounds cool, no? There's a reception for the artists on Saturday night.
  • There's an AB/MB panel discussion called "The Un-Private Collection: Designing The Broad" featuring Eli and Edythe Broad; architect Elizabeth Diller, whose firm designed the new Broad museum in LA; and Joanne Heyler on Wednesday, December 4th, 9:30 a.m. It will be moderated by Paul Goldberger. Admission is free and it's happening in the main hall of New World Center (500 17th St., Miami Beach).

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  • Nicole Ehrlich curated a collection of art "celebrating the art of the divine feminine" for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, which will be auctioned off tonight at 5445 Collins Avenue. An after-party hosted by Patrick Duffy will feature a DJ set by Honey Dijon, a performance by Ebony Bones and "many more surprises."
  • Cool underground art magazine Juxtapoz -- they've covered the scene for two decades -- is moving into a private beach house at the Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue, South Beach) for a four-day series of parties and events with San Francisco's Chandran Gallery. They've scheduled art installations by Geoff McFetridge, Andrew ShoultzMonica Canilao and SWOON, brunches, BBQs, performances and DJs and there's even an evening hosted by Shepard Fairey. The spot will be happening from December 4 until the 7th, but many of the parties are invite only.


  • New York gallery The Hole is having their big, Basel blow-out at the Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) tonight, featuring an opera by Matthew Stone and performances by Andre J, Boychild, Kelela and Zebra Katz.
  • Richie Hawtin spins at Story nightclub (136 Collins Avenue, South Beach) on Friday, December 6; RJD2 is at Bardot (3456 North Miami Avenue, Miami) on December 4; Alabama Shakes are playing the Fillmore (aka Jackie Gleason Theater) in the Convention Center also on the 4th; Luciano and Pete Tong spin at LIV in the Fontainbleau Hotel (4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on the 5th and Steve Angello is playing on the 7th, also at LIV.

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  • I D O L I Z E -- "a new platform for the intersection of art, fashion and design" -- is hosting an exhibition by five young international artists from December 4th to the 8th in Miami's Design District at 3800 NE 2nd Avenue on the second floor.  The artists are Cope/Arnold, Romulo Sans, Alberto Maria Colombo, Sean Augustine March and Ben Duggan/Jake Lomagno.
  • Maison de Mode and PK Shop have collab'ed on a line of artist-designed collectables that will debut in the afternoon of December 4th at the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, South Beach).
  • A new fair celebrating craftsmanship and design, Wallpaper* Handmade, will be open from December 4th to the 8th in Miami's Design District at 3841 NE 2nd Avenue. Over 70 works from international designers, artists, brands, makers etc. have been commissioned to create unique and one-off items.  The event is a collab with Jaguar, who will be displaying some of their hottest new cars on nearby streets.



  • What what! PAPER's having a three-day extravaganza with Tiki Disco, kicking off Thursday, at the Gale Hotel. We'll be joined by TD DJs Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry as well as Rory Phillips, Justin Miller and mooooore. Open bar from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. from Absolut Tune and Pavan Liqueur. You'll find asleep with a sunburn by the pool, face down in a plate of Jamaican BBQ. Stop by and say hi!

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  • NOWNESS, Art Production Fund and Suzanne Geiss celebrate the release of a new film by Adam Dugas and Casey Spooner called "Dust," starring Cody Critcheloe, Peggy Noland and Jaimie Warren, on Thursday evening at the Mondrian (1100 West Avenue, South Beach). RSVP only. Adidas sponsors.
  • Maison Martin Margiela and Atelier Swarovski are hosting a super-private cocktail party on December 5th at MMG (3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami). They're presenting a new collection called "Crystalactite" and there's also an installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg  called "Stalker."

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  • The Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Avenue, South Beach), Paul Kasmin Gallery and PAPER Magazine -- hey, that's us -- are hosting a reception for one of our all-time-faves, Friends With You, on Thursday, December 5th, 2 to 8 p.m., poolside at the hotel.  They're doing an installation called "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that promises a "colorful experience meant to transport the viewer into an enhanced state of happiness and self-healing."  We'll be arriving at 4:20, of course.  If you can't make it on the 5th, stop by Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a yoga session with Grey Area, Lululemon and Morgans.
  • Andre Saraiva and photographer Jean Pigozzi are hosting a pop-up gallery called Room 40 that will used for massages during the day and for exhibitions at night.  They're also hosting a private dinner on the 5th.
  • The New Art Dealers Alliance -- aka NADA -- returns to the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) for the eleventh edition of their Miami art fair. Twenty-five galleries from fourteen countries will be on hand with works from emerging global artists. Look for New York galleries including Marlborough Chelsea, SculptureCenter, Alden Projects, American Contemporary, Nicelle Beauchene, Brennan and Griffin and Callicoon Fine Arts. PAPER fave Creative Growth will also be showing. NADA's "special invite" preview is on December 5th, from 10am to 2pm and the fair is open to the public -- free of charge -- after 2pm on the 5th and through Sunday, December 8.  

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  • The cuties at VFILES are throwing a big bash with the A$AP Worldwide crew, hosted by A$AP Rocky with music by Blackout Boys (aka A$AP Yams, A$AP J Scott) and Hood By Air designer Shayne Oliver.
  • The official program of AB/MB 2013 artist conversations and talks are happening daily in the Hall C auditorium of the Convention Center. Highlights include Doug Aitken, the creator of the "Station To Station" train project, on December 5;  Olafur Eliasson on the 5th from 3 to 4 p.m. and Tracey Emin on the same day from 6 to 7 p.m.; John Baldessari on the 7th from 3 to 4 p.m. and, our fave, a talk called "The Bar as An Oasis" with Naomi Fisher, Jim Drain and more on the 8th from 2 to 3 p.m.  The complete list is here.


  • Flaunt magazine, 3P Productions and Mana Wynwood (Mana is a big film and photo production studio in Miami related to Milk Studios and Moishes Moving) are hosting a three-day music series that launches on December 5th with the Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington supergroup Darkside and an art installation by Children of the Light.  The huge space is located at 318 NW 23rd Street in Miami and tickets plus more info are here.


  • Roving party Shade is partnering with the Hole gallery to bring a special "Shady Hole" edition of their bash, featuring DJ sets by Kingdom, Fatherhood and a video installation by Matthew Stone.
  • Davidoff's annual brunch to announce their latest Art Grant recipients and the next Dominican artist that will take part in the Davidoff Art Residency is on Thursday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to noon in their cigar lounge in the Miami Botanical Gardens behind the convention center.  Invite Only.
  • New York's "members-only group of cultural programmers," The Committee, and Cay Sophie Rabinowitz' OSMOS project space are hosting an evening with Brian Dailey to celebrate the publication of his book "America in Color" on Thursday, December 5, at the Gale South Beach (1690 Collins Avenue, South Beach). The book documents Dailey's journey across the USA, photographing people "who expressed their political identity through the selection of colored backdrops."  RSVP required.
  • Ligne Roset (160 NE 40th Street, Miami) and Bernardaud celebrate contemporary French art and design with an exhibition of works by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Inga Sempe, Nathan Young, Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Marco Brambilla, JR and Prune, David Lynch and many more on Thursday, December 5th, 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Dom Perignon celebrates their limited edition sculpture by Jeff Koons at Wall at W South Beach (2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Thursday night with music by Zoe Kravitz and DJ Ruckus. Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel host.  There's another Dom Perignon/Koons party on the 4th at the W hotel for the luxury watchmaker Roger Dubois hosted by Gerard Butler. VIPs only, we guess.
  • There's a private screening of Spike Jonze's upcoming film "HER" on December 5th with a Q&A with Jones moderated by Jeffrey Deitch.
  • Loft Spirits, Strongbow Hard Cider and Perrier host a four-night, "cocktail experience" from December 5th to the 8th, 8 p.m. daily, poolside at the Surfcomber Hotel (1717 Collins Avenue, South Beach).  They've got DJs including Pat Mahoney, Edwin Adams, Amir Abdullah and Karl Injex; plus art from Miguel Paredes, Radcliffe Bailey, Jesse Light, Ruchu Tu and Joshua King.
  • The Cassina Showroom Miami (3800 NE Miami Court, Miami Design District) debuts their new LC4 chaise-longue developed as an homage to French designer Charlotte Perriand on Thursday, December 5th. RSVP required.
  • UK artist, composer and filmmaker Michael Nyman will be showing his multi-screen video/film "NYman with a Movie Camera" from December 5th to the 8th at 2301 North Miami Avenue,  The opening is on the 5th from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sweater Weather: Top Ten Knitwear Designers to Know

Oh the weather outside...it's cold and getting colder. This time of year thick layers of wooly knits are your smartest sartorial companion, and we found the latest crop of knitwear names to know. From the slouchy Sunday go-tos to made-to-order designs to gallery-worthy creations, we crossed the globe -- and the Internet -- to find the top ten designers you'll want to cuddle up to this winter.

Amina Martucci
London-based designer Amina Martucci is bringing the easy going vibrancy of streetwear to knitwear design. Her degree collection from Ravesbourne college, entitled 'Strange Fruit', explored African culture and the physiological effects of slavery, resulting in tie-dyed prints inspired by the Rorschach inkblot test and over-sized knits for men and women.

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As an upper Midwest native -- raised in Wisconsin and college in Minnesota -- Annie Larson knows the challenges of being well-dressed AND warm. After creating ALL Knitwear in 2010, Larson moved to Brooklyn in 2011, where she designs her brightly colored and extravagantly graphic made-to-order pieces that are sure to catch an eye on even the chilliest of days.

LT1.jpgLaura Theiss
Growing up in a household of crochet and knit-fanatics, Lithuanian-born designer Laura Theiss always knew her career path would involve a needle and yarn. Theiss' signature style blends sporty meets sexy structured silhouettes and a knack for knitted patterns. Splitting her time between London and Germany, The Central Saint Martins graduate recently designed costumes for a dance performance choreographed by  Marguerite Donlon at the Saarbrucken Opera House.

Starting with a small collection of six turtlenecks, Berlin-based designer Maike Dietrich has quickly grown her label Maiami into a full-fledged knitwear brand (with an interiors line included), making her one of Vogue Germany's top eight German designers to watch. With a '70s sensibility, Dietrich's designs are the kind of cozy-cool knits we've been looking for.

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With her sculptural hand-made designs, Sandra Backlund explodes the humble heritage of 'knit one, purl two' into gallery-worthy creations. With a slew of exhibitions from Chicago to Tokyo under her belt, the Swedish designer was picked in 2008 to be the protege of Vogue Italia's Franca Sozzani for the Protege Project in Florence. Continuing her foray in high fashion Backlund has created special knit pieces for Louis Vuitton and Emilio Pucci.

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After working for designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Louise Goldin and producing costumes for Robyn, Honor Fitzimons launched her own line of knitwear in 2012 with Monster Knit a colorful and cuddly collection fit for any '90s techno-teen (then, and now). The Central Saint Martins graduate toned down for her second collection, Par Avion, to focus on minimal shapes in strong shades of black and white.

Founded by brothers Matthew and Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence (Matthew's fiance), in 2012, Orley's menswear aesthetic pairs classic silhouettes with youthful design. This translates into of bold patterns in muted shades and elegant shapes. For the '70s man in you, their fall 2013 collection pulled from the minimalist abstract artwork of Frank Stella and E.A. Seguy's insect paintings.

Johan Ku
Taiwanese designer Johan Ku started his career as a graphic designer before establishing his own design studio in 2005. With a love for unique textiles -- hello, glow-in-the-dark -- and sculptural forms, extreme and chunky designs have become the Central Saint Martin graduate's signature. His fall 2013 collection caught the eye of Style.com at Tokyo Fashion Week.

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Xiao Li's 2013 graduate collection for London's Royal College of Art caught the eye of fashion and design editors alike. Blending marshmallow volume and texture with pretty pastels and classic cable knit, Li takes the heavy-hand of knits into more of an effortless, fashion-forward wearability. A-men.

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Growing up on the Azores Islands of Portugal, Susana Bettencourt developed her passion for knitwear and traditional lace techniques from an early age. After moving to London to study at Central Saint Martins (BA Fashion Knitwear) and London College of Fashion (MA in Digital Fashion), Bettencourt launch her own line in 2011. Boldly embellish and digitally aware, Bettencourt's kaleidoscopic knits are future-ready.

Devendra Banhart's New Video Stars Wigged Out Animated Ducks


Devendra Banhart just released a bizarrely awesome animated video for his new single "Taurobolium," off his latest album, Mala. Called "Mondo Taurobolium," the clip references the "Mondo" film sub-genre, an Italian term popularized in the '60s to describe exploitation documentaries that covered "taboo" subject matter like sex and death. In Banhart's version, directed by animator Galen Pehrson, we see two drugged-out ducks (voiced by the singer and Rose McGowan) who have bloodshot eyes and apathetic expressions and give despairing monologues throughout the course of the song (there's lots of lines like "I'm not free. No one is free" and "I don't believe in money. I don't believe in you"). The clip's pretty enthralling but Donald and Daisy, these ain't.

[via Nowness]

Ten Observations on the Latest Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

We've asked Eli Yudin and Carey O'Donnell, authors of the very, very funny Twitter account @NotTildaSwinton, to share their ten thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams with us after watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills every week. Join us for a recap, won't you?

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.05.11 PM.png1. Carey: We were introduced to Yolanda's mother and brother from Holland. According to Yolanda, they lived on a farm in Holland growing up, and she had to support her family financially at the age of 16, giving her the Dutch milk-maid martyr complex she carries on today. Anyway, mom and bro are in town because David, Yolanda's more famous husband, is getting his own star on the Hollywood walk of fame. It was kind of sweet to see Yolanda speaking in her native Dutch with mama and bro. She seemed genuinely thrilled to have them staying in her lemon temple. Her brother is this hulking cross between Rutger Hauer and Val Kilmer and at one point he jumped into Yolanda's pool and splashed Yo and Mama and they laughed and yelled something cute and Dutch like, "LEEEEIFEN!" and laughed some more. Cute, cute, cute. A lot of things happened at David's actual Hollywood Walk of Fame Star event, but the only thing that should be addressed is when Brandi says, "I saw Stevie Wonder and waved...I don't think he saw!"

2. Eli: Yolanda's family time is genuinely pretty heart-warming in the beginning of the episode. They bring her stroopwafels and they speak in lovely guttural Dutch-ness and play in the pool. They then have a traditional Dutch dinner of lumber and ice, and they all sleep together in a circular dish. Trust me, I know a lot about the Dutch Islands.

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.04.27 PM.png3. Carey: KATHY. HILTON. We finally get a chance to see more of the Sisters Richards' eldest sister, Kathy, whose spawn include Paris Hilton, Nicky, and two other sons, the older of which *allegedly* had a fling with New York socialite/horrorshow Peter Carey "PC" Peterson, from Bravo's infamous and short-lived reality series, NYC Prep. That detail really doesn't belong here, but I can't help myself from mentioning PC Peterson or NYC Prep any chance I get. PC Peterson. PC Peterson!!!!!! PC PETERSON. Anyway, Kathy heads over to Kim's cold, dark rancher house to attend Kim's daughter Kimberly's graduation from high school. When we first see Kathy, she's knocking at the door, holding an absurdly large pot of flowers. "Hello?" she yells, audibly annoyed. She opens the door slightly, but still stands there. "These flowers are very heavy," she calls into the house. Kyle runs to the door. "Hi!" She says to her older sister, "Oh my God, the flowers are beautiful!" she adds cheerily. "Oh, they're not for you," Kathy says, breezing past her youngest sis. HA! Kathy! Kathy! Kathy! Kathy then proceeds to insult Kim's outfit(s). "You're going to wear that?" "Do you have other shoes?" Kyle and Kim look terrified. Why isn't Kathy on this show? Better yet, why doesn't she have her own show? 

4. Carey: Carlton takes her black cat to the vet to get acupuncture because the world is ending anyway, so why not. She's worried about the creepy kitty after the feline apparently tried to commit suicide by jumping 18 feet from one of Carlton's cathedral banisters. She hesitates when the vet asks what the cat's name is. "...Midnight," Carlton says, stroking the cat's fur. "His name is Midnight." She also talks about how she used to hang out with feral cats and wild dogs as a young girl. Ok. Later on the drive home, Carlton looks back at Midnight in its crate in the rear-view mirror. "You should have tried harder, beast," she says softly.

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.03.35 PM.png5. Eli: As Carey mentioned, Carlton brings her cat to a woman who the chyron describes as a "Veterinarian/Acupuncturist," which is a ridiculous and garbage combination. I'm pretty sure that part of the process of becoming an acupuncturist is forfeiting any medical degree you may currently possess. What this means is that someone has spent years of their life researching all the complexities of the human body and modern medicine, and after all that, was still like, "Yeah, that... or maybe needles?" It's basically like someone saying, "I'm a pilot, but also sometimes I tie a bunch of pigeons to my arms to see if they can lift me off the ground." Anyway, this lady sticks needles in her cat. Which in itself sounds like some sort of delightful Southern turn of phrase. "Get Meemaw to stop drinkin'? Why, you might as well be stickin' needles in a cat!"

6. Eli: I don't know if this is a California thing or what, but what is up with everybody in this show always sitting cross-legged with their feet up on their kitchen countertops? Is this a common thing? It seems unsanitary and weird, like something an older actor trying to pass as a "cool teenager" would do in a Nickelodeon melodrama. It's gross and I despise it. You're rich, can't you afford a living room? Or is that decorative?

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.04.08 PM.png7. Carey: Back at Villa Rosa, the Vanderpump estate that resembles a giant orthodontist's office perched atop a cliff, Lisa and Ken are having a sunset dinner with their daughter and son-in-law, Pandora and Jason.  As the four of them have a "cheeky" conversation about Lisa thinking about moving back to France or Jason tentatively taking a job in New York, I kept waiting for the table to slide off the edge and all four of them fall off the patio and slip into a reservoir, while they remain in their seats, talking and giggling and saying rich, British people things at the bottom of the sea. A shark swims by and bites Ken's head off.

8. Carey: During the final five minutes of the show, Brandi mentions to Lisa that she and Carlton "made out" in a hot tub the previous day. They were having a deep discussion, and it "just happened!" Lisa says some lame thing about the ladies being "at each other's throats or down each other's throats." I can't wait for Elizy, Carlton's son's nanny, to drive her car through Brandi's living room in a jealous rage.

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.07.29 PM.png9. Eli: I believe that Carlton and Brandi are lesbians about as much as I believe cats are asparagus.

10. Eli: A final pattern I noticed in this episode was all of the different housewives picking up pet poop or doing something menial for their children and then saying in their confessional, "Yup, this is my 'glamorous' life!" before braying like donkeys. Yeah, pretty much everybody who owns a pet picks up its shit, but most of those people don't throw that shit in a gold trashcan and then drive a Bentley to Barney's to buy more rings.

The Most Terrifying Tire Commercial In History


This Japanese commercial for tires is absolutely, positively terrifying. It comes with a health warning at its beginning -- it's that scary. If you're at work, you've been warned: You will scream. [Gawker]

tumblr_mx5btiLl5W1t4yvkco1_r1_1280.jpgFavorite New Tumblr alert: Respectful Rap Lyrics. Original lyric, "Hurry up with my damn croissants."  [Digg]

tumblr_mx497zfimP1qfix9go1_500.jpgWind instruments awareness. [TastefullyOffensive]

tumblr_mlj64iwNsf1r78zoxo1_500.jpg Our new auto-response to every text we get. [FYeahDementia]
Here's an epic mashup movie trailer featuring every movie that came out this year. [Devour]

And in more mashup news: Here's 68 pop hits from 2013 mashed into one. So. Much. Robin. Thicke. Thank you Robin Thicke, you can go now. 

Who Says Art Can't Be Seriously Fun?

Whitmarsh recreates the cover of Flash Art magazine, 2013.

When L.A. artist Megan Whitmarsh recreated her entire studio using wood, paint, fabric and embroidery for the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in 2010, some visitors weren't sure what to make of the fanciful installation. "These elderly collectors came in and said, 'Oh, look, they have a little room for children,'" recalls Whitmarsh. "That sounded like an insult but I'm actually really interested in children and how they navigate the world. I think children and artists share an energy of freedom and an internal sense of play."

Whitmarsh's whimsical replicas, whether studios or trash piles ("Trash Mountain," 2008-2009) constructed out of wire and fabric or "paintings" of rock bands made from embroidery, are emblematic of this relationship between play and rigorousness. "I think there's a sort of fear in certain [art] circles that things aren't serious if they don't look serious," Whitmarsh says. "But I think you can have a sense of play and flexibility and at the same time be deliberate and serious about your work." Combining a craftsy, DIY sensibility with a more high-brow, intellectual quality (think Michel Gondry's elaborate cardboard or fabric sets in The Science of Sleep), her pieces have been shown at art fairs and in galleries all over the world. "I went to school for painting and sculpture, and I started doing embroidery for my paintings because honestly I thought I wasn't a good enough painter. I wanted to find ways to make art that was fresh to me," Whitmarsh says of how she began shaping her aesthetic. "It wasn't a conscious, political decision but more about being super attracted to the materials."

"Orange Belt," 2012

Currently, Whitmarsh is working on a project with New York art store-cum-gallery Grey Area to recreate art magazines out of fabric and embroidery with invented covers featuring work by female artists like Niki de Saint Phalle and Lynda Benglis. The faux-art glossies will be on display at Art Basel Miami this December. "I want to point out that women don't get the historical attention and respect in the art world that they deserve," she says of the project. Along those lines, Whitmarsh is curating a collaborative show of female artists that will include work by writer Trinie Dalton, performance artist Jade Gordon, multidimensional artist Jennifer Juniper Stratford, herself and others, opening at Human Resources L.A. next fall. She's also gearing up for a solo show at Lower East Side gallery Mulherin + Pollard this February.

"Trash mountain," 2008-09.

With each of these projects, Whitmarsh says the most important thing is that her work makes people feel good. "Pleasure is such an important part of viewing art and some people don't appreciate that," Whitmarsh says. "When I was in Sweden last month for my opening at Krets Gallery, an old woman came up and said, 'I feel like your work is hugging me.'"

Megan Whitmarsh / grey area will exhibit fabric art magazines at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2013.

All works courtesy of the artist and Mulherin + Pollard NYC; flash art magazine Photo by Aaron Farley courtesy of the artist and Grey Area.

Old Timey Dolls and Witches Star In Imaginary People's Stop-Motion Animation Video, "Gold Coast"


New York-based five-piece Imaginary People have a brand-new video out today for their single "Gold Coast" but, by the looks of it, it's easy to assume the clip has been around since the advent of motion pictures. Using old-timey stop-motion animation (and our favorite photo filter -- sepia), the video shows a fantasy world of doll people, horses, witches and a house made out of a shoe and is a clever accompaniment to the track, which has a certain throwback quality of its own that the band describes as "Dance Americana." The song appears on Imaginary People's self-titled debut EP, out now. Check out the video, above.

As Head of Creative Time, Anne Pasternak Has Changed How and Where We Experience Art

anne-pasternak.jpgBusiness is on Anne Pasternak's mind on this brisk fall day -- as well as a doctor's appointment to attend to an aching foot caused by an unfortunate stumble on the steps of the subway. The government is teetering on default and Pasternak's down one foot, but the president and artistic director of Creative Time has a non-proft to run and an interview to sit through, while her solicitous husband, artist Mike Starn, works on making her comfortable in their decidedly unpretentious, yet tasteful, East Village abode.

Since joining the non-profit organization in 1994, Pasternak's big ideas have made Creative Time a halo brand in the art world, bringing public art projects that range from cloud drawings in the sky by Vik Muniz, to a movie projected on the Museum of Modern Art by Doug Aitken, to a herd of 30 life-sized horses by Nick Cave that invaded Grand Central Terminal. Having extended art's reach into the public arena, she's now moving Creative Time more firmly into art-powered social activism. There's the Creative Time Summit as well as a global residency program that has sent artists like Swoon to Haiti to work on housing for local residents after the earthquake and Creative Time Reports, a website where artists report on pressing issues of our time. Over coffee and Pasternak's elevated ankle, we talk about her years at Creative Time, from throwing accidental raves at the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage to organizing these new global initiatives and taking over her latest public-art sweet spot, Williamsburg's Domino Sugar factory.

guru1.jpgHEARD•NY by Nick Cave, Manhattan, 2013.

David Hershkovits: How has your mission evolved and kept pace with the globalization of the art world that now spans from Beijing to Tehran to Portland?

Anne Pasternak:
It's interesting, the evolution of business models, right? Our Creative Time Summit has become the largest art and social justice conference in the world, and we're really proud of it. Our Summit this year is about artists in cities, and gentrification, and urban development and creative place making. When we started thinking about the Summit, it was my curator who wanted a take on the subject of gentrification, and I was totally against it. I was like, "That's so 1980s. The art world is so behind on this conversation, it's appalling." He pushed back and pushed back until I finally agreed to it.

DH: Gentrification? How so?

Well, for example, locally in Bushwick, some artists like Jules de Balincourt are trying to buy a building, because artists are being pushed out of neighborhoods that they've helped pioneer. Well, to claim victim and to ignore class and race issues, when in fact the argument is much more complex than that, is really unconscionable.

DH: The artist as gentrifier...

It's not just the artist as victim, it's the artist as perpetrator. It cuts many, many ways, and the larger question is: How do we create sustainable models for really diverse multiclass, multirace, multiethnic neighborhoods? If there were a bunch of people who wanted to help create new urban planning models around issues of gentrification, then could you get artists, urban planners, architects and policy people to come together and think about models that are working and not working, and how they might be adapted, and have them come up with solutions for cities?


Immigrant Movement International by Tania Bruguera, Queens, 2011; Living as Form, multiple artists, Manhattan, 2011.

DH: It seems like you have a lot more in mind for Creative Time than just doing public spectacles.

AP: Creative Time is known for creating these ambitious, experimental public art projects that sometimes may be more of a spectacle perhaps, but often are also driven by very important timely issues. And then we realized there are other ways that artists want to contribute to public ideas; it may be the creation of an artwork but it also might be that they're involved in working in refugee camps around the world and they see that as an important aspect of their work -- as important as the paintings that they may show somewhere else. So we established two initiatives over the past few years: One was the Summit, which is the first major convening of artists from around the world who are working on issues from prison reform to protest to health care to the environment, and the other is the first news media arm of the organization that we started 10 months ago. We recognized that artists have done a lot of research, they have a lot of experience, so we created Creative Time Reports for artists to weigh in on the important public issues of our day.

DH: What did you do before joining Creative Time?

I was a director of a gallery in SoHo where I loved working closely with the artists. I had relationships with artists like Andres Serrano and Vik Muniz, but I didn't feel like gallery work at the time was enough about ideas, and so I got my curatorial toes wet at an alternative art space in Hartford. I was living in SoHo and commuting to Hartford every week.

DH: When you stepped into this arena, it was also a very interesting time because the Internet was just bubbling up, right? Did you immediately jump into that?

We did jump into it. Well, first of all, when I came to Creative Time I had to bring my laptop because we didn't have a computer for me. I was the only full-time employee, but by the time the Internet started up, I was like, "I don't really understand this stuff but I know we need a website." And at that time we had been using the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage for many years and I thought, well what are the [other new media] art forms?

DH: Oh yes, we did events at the Anchorage.

That's how we met! We threw raves without knowing we were throwing raves.

DH: It was this huge cavernous space under the Brooklyn Bridge with projections and all this fun stuff, right?

Yes, and what I decided to do at the time was to highlight artists who were working in what we then referred to as "new media." It wasn't even new media by the time we were working with it, but museums and galleries weren't doing that stuff so there was a lot of videos, sound and interactive work that we were focusing on, and Net-based art.

guru2.jpgTribute in Light by Julian Laverdiere and Paul Myoda, Manhattan, 2002

DH: Then the city closed the Anchorage.

At a certain point, museums were like, "Oh we've discovered video art 40 years later," and they're just discovering sound art now -- thank you, MoMA. By 2001, we needed to find something new to do with the Anchorage, because at that point there was so much of this stuff happening in cultural institutions. Well, we didn't get an opportunity to figure it out. The space was shut down because of 9/11.

DH: Then what happened?

I went back to our core mission, which said artists are important in the world and they should be contributing to the ideas of our time, and that public spaces being free and giving artists opportunities to experiment and grow will help push our field in the world. So I thought why be beholden to a space? Let's use this as an opportunity to really pursue our mission.

DH: So instead you decided to use the entire city as your canvas. Does fundraising take up most of your time now? Is it what keeps you up at night?

I would say more and more every year my job transitions from curating to being artistic director and chief fundraising officer. The percentage of time that I spend fundraising explodes every single year.

DH: Is that because your ideas get bigger and require more support?

It's so hard running a non-profit. It's so hard that unless you're doing something really important and unique, it's not worth it.I could do something else and make more money and, you know, life is short. It's really about that experimentation and that idea of how we're creating real value in the world beyond the marketplace. Crises like 9/11 and the economic fallout of 2008 are great opportunities to revisit a mission, and think really entrepreneurially. And that's what I did in both of those cases.

DH: You've been fortunate to have a mayor in Bloomberg who understands and has supported the arts for the last 12 years. And that's about to change. Do you have any concerns about that?

I've been talking to the media about it for eight years, at least. They're just starting to cover it now because Mayor Mike and deputy mayor Patti Harris have always been very art centered. [Bloomberg] knows it's good for cities. Previous administrations have said, "No, you can't use public spaces for art." This administration said, "Yes you can." That was the biggest positive contribution he's made to our field. Whoever we inherit as our next mayor certainly will continue to shrink the Department of Cultural Affairs, so we'll have significantly less funding as a field than we had before Mayor Mike. It's very alarming, but it's more alarming if you're dealing with a very important cultural anchor in the South Bronx, or Bed-Stuy or Harlem. Those are the organizations that are specifically going to suffer.

(l to r): Space Program: Mars by Tom Sachs, Manhattan, 2012; Sleepwalkers by Doug Aitken, Manhattan, 2007.

DH: Switching topics slightly to Art Basel Miami, which is coming up. I know you've worked with them in the past, right?

We helped them create social spaces with architects and brought in arts presenters and artists from around the country to do these one-off performative events. It was a lot of fun, but I think there's just too much going on down there, frankly. We decided we didn't want to add more, so we encouraged them to focus on their public art program and to bring in other curators too.

DH: Art fairs have become such a big part of the art world today.

I don't think that they're good for learning about an artist in any kind of depth or seriousness. They're not replacing the need for galleries or museums for example, but I do think that there are some really wonderful things about art fairs that I would not have predicted. One is that they've created more collectors in the world, and the more support for artists the better. The other thing that is really interesting is that the art fairs -- and I think Basel [in particular] has been very, very good about this -- have put a spotlight on galleries and artists from other regions of the world that we would not have known about otherwise.

DH: How do your ideas come up? Are you just meeting artists in your regular life? Or do you sit down with someone and say, "I want to do something with you"?

It's not so random. There are artists we follow who we think are brilliant, and ethical and interesting, and we'd like to see what idea they have for doing a public project that's going to take them in a whole new direction. We don't have a great business model because we're constantly reinventing the wheel. An extreme example of that was when we sent an artwork [Trevor Paglen's The Last Pictures] into outer space last November. It sounds so easy when I say it, but believe me, the things that you have to learn to get an artwork into outer space is off-the-charts nuts, but when I came to Creative Time I had a bucket list of about 10 places I wanted to work, and one was outer space.

Mickalene Thomas in MTV Art Breaks, on-air, 2012-2013; The Last Pictures by Trevor Paglen, 2012.

DH: How did you choose an artist to send into space?

Well, Chris Burden was somebody I had spoken to about it, but I knew I couldn't make his project happen; it was insane. It was a huge undertaking. But when I met Trevor, I was like, thematically, conceptually, this is my artist. He's got the intelligence, the integrity. He came up with three or four ideas before we said, "Bingo, that's the one." So it's a very deliberate conversation. I don't always have a site for an artist, but sometimes I have a site that I know the perfect artist for. I'll let you guys announce it because nobody else knows -- we're going to do a major exhibition in the Domino Sugar factory before it becomes what it's going to become.

DH: Wow! Do you know what artist you'll work with to do that?

This artist has also been on my bucket list for years -- what better artist than Kara Walker to do a major project in a sugar warehouse? When she walked in, she didn't say much. She's a very shy person, very quiet, but she spent about 45 minutes in the space. The next morning, she sent me 38 drawings that she had made. I don't think she slept a wink that night.

DH: That's beautiful. Is there anything left on your bucket list now?

Domino was the last site on my list. Now I'm thinking about how artists are contributing to social change. I love this quote that [U.K. artist] Jeremy Deller once said: "I went from being an artist who makes things to being an artist who makes things happen." That was one of those eureka moments where I thought, "Yeah I want to make things happen."

Hair and makeup: Michelle Coursey for See Management using OCC.

Lorde Rules Over A Fantasy Teenage Society In "Team"


17-year-old pop sensation Lorde caps off 2013 with her dramatic video for "Team." The fantastical piece follows a group of teenagers in a dystopian world, fighting and abiding by a strict hierarchy. It's just like a less-bleak, high school-version of Lord of the Flies. Lorde tweeted that the video does not feature actors. "It was important to me that we cast real people with real faces. [H]olla acne!" Indeed. Watch above.

Giorgio Moroder Made an Excellent Remix of Haim's "Forever"

Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 4.14.01 PM.pngLegendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder has whipped up an addicting new remix of Haim's excellent single "Forever." The electronic disco pioneer, who most recently appeared on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, saturates the bubbly folk-pop song with expansive synth beats and throws in intermediate robotic vocals to transform "Forever" into the ultimate dance track. Not gonna lie -- we've been stealthily moving and grooving at our desks all day. Listen to the remix, below.