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Your Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2012

Welcome to the third edition of our ongoing guide to Art Basel Miami Beach (check out editions I and II HERE and HERE, respectively).  Let's get started:

The-Black-Lords.jpgNew York-based artist Desi Santiago is working on a huge installation for the Lords South Beach Hotel (1120 Collins Avenue) called "The Black Lords."  The artist's work has been seen here in NYC at Deitch Projects, MoMA PS1, Mathew Marks Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he's know for elaborate theatrical and performance pieces.  In South Beach, he plans to transform the hotel into a "ravenous black dog named Gypsy" that will tell fortunes and respond to visitors questions with sound, lasers and smoke.  Perrier is sponsoring the installation and they are having a big VIP opening on Tuesday, December 4, but "Gypsy" will be on view all week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

acconci-playground.jpgWe just received word that Vito Acconci has been named Design Miami's 2012 Designer of the Year.  Born in the Bronx, New York, the acclaimed artist has also been commissioned to design a playground that will be built in Miami's Design District by 2014 and that is based on "The Klein Bottle" -- a structure conceived by the German mathematician Felix Klein. (That's Acconci's design above.) Past winners of the award have included Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson and Konstantin Grcic.

plane_banner.jpgYou're probably noticed airplanes pulling advertising banners over your favorite beach during the summer. Now imagine what those banners would look like if you gave 15 artists free rein to design the message or the image.  The Morgans Hotel Group is doing just that in a cool project called "Plane Text" and several artists have already committed to the project including:  Ed Ruscha, Richard Prince, John Baldessari, Jack Pierson, Gary Simmons and Jenny Holzer. The art will be airborne daily starting on December 5th. Look up! [image via NewTimes]

2009-Peter-Anton.jpgSculptor Peter Anton is building a full-size carnival ride called "Sugar & Gomorrah" for Art Miami (Midtown Miami, 3101 NE 1st Avenue). You'll be able to "ride into a winding tunnel that snakes through tumbling pillars and images of fire meant to evoke Sodom and Gomorrah-like destruction...and encounter a wonderland of larger-than-life sugary treats while listening to Lesley Gore's 1965 hit 'Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows." Sugary treats + Lesley Gore = We'll see you there. (Above: Anton with giant candy from his 2009 "SWEETLIFE" exhibition in NYC.)

image_estatica1-e1347293996767.jpgThere's a new fair called JustMad Mia setting up shop in Wynwood's SOHO Studios this year and -- besides the 30 galleries exhibiting their works -- this one will include a working re-creation of Madrid's famed San Miguel Market. There will be tons of Spanish merchants bringing their local food products to a gigantic space designed by Andres Jaque.

retna_AM_LV-400x280.jpgLouis Vuitton (170 NE 40th Street, Miami) just opened a temporary store in the Design District and they had the Los Angeles-based artist RETNA design a mural for the facade.

For the second year, Art Basel will be using the giant 7,000-square-foot video wall on the side of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center as a showcase for their Art Video series.  There are 8 programs scheduled from December 5th to the 8th including works by Daniel Arsham, Theaster Gates, Rashaad Newsome and there will also be a special dusk-to-dawn screening of the 12-hour film "Bliss" by Ragnar Kjartansson starting on December 8 at 6 p.m.  BYO food, beverage and blanket.

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