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Art Basel Miami 2011: Things to Look Out For, Part IX

MiruKim.jpgAs we edge closer and closer to Art Basel Miami Beach, PAPERMAG's Basel expert Gary Pini has been rounding up all the fun goings on in Florida next week. Here is part nine of his ongoing guide.

Primary Flight (4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) is a local art collective and gallery that has been supporting street art, graffiti and the Miami scene since 2007. They have a continuing series of wall art in-and-around The Wynwood Arts District that now includes over 250 works. This year their gallery hosts a cool group show called "Here Lies George Wildenstein" that features 15 artists including Retna, Marc Bijl, How & NOSM and a performance by New York-based artist Miru Kim. Kim plans to live with several pigs in a week-long performance called "The Pig That Therefore I Am." (Pictured above.)  She told the Associated Press that a glass barrier will act as "an insatiable gap between the spectacle and the onlooker, just like in a zoo."

Miami's Wynwood Walls (NW 2nd Avenue @ 25th Street) will unveil several new murals during Art Basel Miami 2011. Now in its third year, Tony Goldman's incredible project to re-energize the Wynwood neighborhood will see new works by Retna, How & Nosm, ROA, B., The Date Farmers, and Saner among others and an expanded wall by Kenny Scharf (pictured below).  ldman is also opening a Pop-Up Shop near his already happening Wynwood Kitchen & Bar that will feature works by "wall" artists.  The opening reception for the new walls and shop is November 29 from 9 to 11 p.m.

The Morgans Hotel Group's Miami hotels -- Delano (1685 Collins, South Beach), Mondrian (1100 West Avenue, South Beach), and Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) have a full schedule of events throughout the week including:
    - NYC's Hole Gallery hosts a performance by the band SALEM on Wednesday at the Delano
    - IAMSOUND presents Harmony Korine's Caput featuring James Franco at the Mondrian on Thursday
   - Visionaire magazine's annual party is at the Delano on Friday
   - MoMA PS1's sunset party honoring Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch at the Mondrian on Saturday.

All week long, New York gallery Mallick Williams is taking over The SkyBar at the Shore Club and, if you can't sleep, Le Baron is open in the Florida Room at the Delano until super-late every night. The Florida Room is closing soon for a make-over by Andrew Sasson's The Light Group "food and beverage company" which was just bought by Morgans for $46 million.

Still upset because there's no band playing on the beach this year? All is not lost. The Bass Museum (2100 Collins Avenue, South Beach) and Art Basel Miami are collaborating on a big Wednesday night party that's based around their new "Art Public" event, transforming Collins Park with live music, installations and performances.  The fun stars around 8 p.m. with "A Sermon on Art History" by Chicago artist Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi followed by "MIXTAPE" by Sanford Biggers and Moon Medicine and then around 10 p.m., Atalao presents "Nimbo Oxala" by the Brazilian artist Ronald Durate.  Also, be sure to head inside the Bass for an exhibit of works by Austrian artist Erwin Worm called "Beauty Business," focusing on the home/dwelling. The museum will be open all week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Andre Balazs is busy working on the transformation of NYC's Cooper Square Hotel into the Standard East Village but he's still found time to put together a ton of events at his Standard Miami (40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach):
    - On Thursday there's a book signing for photographer Todd Eberle's Empire of Space
    - Chicago artist Dzine and Salon 94 host "Nailed," a party for the publication of Dzine's   new book that looks at the history of nail culture on Friday
    - Imperial Nails is also operating a salon at the Standard from November 30 to December 5th
    - SPiN and MoCA present "The Art of Ping-Pong" with an open tournament and DJ Julio (Sheik 'n' Beik) on Saturday, December 3rd.

Jennifer Rubell's 11th annual food-art breakfast, "Incubation," premieres Wednesday morning at the Rubell Family Collection (95 W 29th Street, Miami).

After his big exhibit and PERFORMA 11 battle of the rap MCs at Marlborough Chelsea, Rashaad Newsome is heading to Miami to stage a new performance piece called "Hair Affair & Five" that will include local dancers, opera singers and hip-hop artists. There's a VIP preview on December 1, 10 a.m., at the Miami Art Museum (1010 West Flagler, Miami) and another that evening during the museum's annual "Party on the Plaza."

One of Miami's original arts and culture activists, Charo Oquet, hosts another Zones Art Fair (47 NE 25th Street, Miami) from Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 3rd.  Admission is free and there's an opening reception on Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m.

Fendi Casa and Beats by Dr. Dre co-host a "design and sound" collab with the Chicago "soundsuit" artist Nick Cave on Friday, December 2nd in the Design District.

Pharrell Williams  is presenting the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award to Design Miami co-founder Craig Robbins on December 1st in the Moore Building (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami).  Paul Sevigny is DJing.

Bally showcases their new capsule collection designed by Olaf Breuning at the W hotel on Wednesday, November 29th.

Poltrona Frau and Wallpaper magazine host the debut of the 2011 Baccarat limited-edition lighting collection on Thursday, December 2nd, at the Poltrona showroom (3800 NE Miami Court, Miami).

Things to Look Out for at Art Basel Miami 2011: Part V
Things to Look Out for at Art Basel Miami 2011: Part VI
Things to Look Out for at Art Basel Miami 2011: Part VII
Things to Look Out for at Art Basel Miami 2011: Part VIII

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