Miami artist Hernan Bas’s 17-foot x 8-foot painting, “The Road Ahead Is … Golden … Silver … Bronze” is gorgeous and g’damn pricey. When we stopped by his Art Basel Miami Beach booth on Wednesday, Fredric Snitzer, one of only three local gallerists with space at ABMB, told us the painting was going for $350,000 and had already attracted much interest from potential buyers. As we only had $315,000 on us at the moment, we had to let the painting go. Before we left (to track down a $17,000 glass of Kate-Moss-air-kissed champagne), we asked Snitzer a few questions about the painting.
You can see a still of Bas’s painting after the jump.
In the late ’60s, Andy Warhol famously prophesied that, in the future, everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes. With reality television making, breaking, and forsaking “everyone”s with brutal speed, YouTube giving hope to anyone with the dream of landing a mention on Tosh.0, and Twitter putting celebrity/infamy a mere 140 characters away, Warhol’s prediction was dead on (though 15 minutes may have been an overestimate).
It is no surprise, then, that Warhol’s face and work are everywhere at Art Basel Miami Beach this year, which opens its doors to the public today and hosted its exclusive Vernissage Tuesday evening. In this video, L & M Arts dealer Dominique Lévy discusses Warhol’s enduring relevance nearly 25 years after his death in a setting the artist would have appreciated: A booth literally plastered with his face.
Instead of photographing Critical Mass on Friday night (as we do almost every month), we decided to shoot video of the mass gearing up for the monthly bike ride at Government Center, its usual downtown starting point. The song in the video is “This Is The Timing” by ANR, which is headlining the Beached Basel Bash on Wednesday alongside Millionyoung, PLAINS, Little Beard, and other fine Miami talent. To learn more about the BBB, visit the FB event page. But first, roll tape.
In case you’ve forgotten how well-stocked Miami is with weird ones, this video, filmed along N.W. Second Avenue in Wynwood during Art Walk last Saturday, will jog your memory, and leave you feeling right in all the wrong places. Enjoy.
Factoid: Host Geoff Campbell didn’t have laryngitis during the making of this video. He sounds like that all the time.
Your stereotypical Office Spaceish workplace can be strange territory, especially for the cubicle-phobic creative who regards a sedentary life of data entry as pure torture. But in the video for “Find Fine Light”, Miami-born singer-songwriter Sam Friend takes the banality in stride, with a cup o’ Keurig in hand and an amused look on his face. Of course, working alongside a dog-man, an alien with stunning eyes, and a relatively normal gal with great legs would make any job at least tolerable.
Directed by Douglas Klinger, the “Find Fine Light” video is the first from Friend’s upcoming LP, Spirit Mirror, from which we premiered four tracks back in September. Recently back in Miami after a U.S. tour, Friend will be performing in studio at WVUM on Wednesday, at the University of Miami’s Patio Jams on Thursday, and at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on Nov. 22. For more info, check out samfriend.com.
Considering it’s the Miami gallery district’s unofficial Art Basel coming-out party, you can bet on a pretty raucous Art Walk on Saturday night. (Check out our guide for the skinny on new exhibitions.) Even without the gravitational pull of Basel, the monthly gallery crawl has been drawing huge crowds to Wynwood and the Design District every second Saturday for months now. Back on Sept. 10, we decided to take advantage of the biggest Art Walk turnout we’d ever seen by asking folks along N.W. Second Avenue a critical question: Truth or Dare?
Disclaimer: Boston Market did not sponsor or in any way subsidize the making of this video. We simply enjoy Boston Market.
The Sketchy Halloween Party at Awarehouse last Saturday was a mash-up of live art, live music, booze, and dry blood. To get a feel for the scene, check out this video by Beached Miami videographer Francisco Moraga with footage of Arboles Libres rocking the Casbah and several of the night’s featured artists working the canvas.
Most people ain’t afraid of no ghosts. The brothers Campbell are. In an attempt to conquer that fear in time for the Sketchy Halloween Party this Saturday (RSVP), they recently visited one of the most haunted places in South Florida, the Deering Estate, in the comforting company of the League of Paranormal Investigators. A Miami-based team dedicated to investigating spirit and paranormal activities, the LPI is hosting a Spookover at the Deering Estate on Friday night. If you enjoy being terrified, you should go. This video will give you a sense of the bejeezus expulsion that awaits you.
We at Beached Miami love Halloween, so much so we’re throwing a Halloween party at Awarehouse on Saturday night. There’s going to be live art, live music, Halloween costumes, tales of terror, booze, food, and blood. Basically, everything you need to have a good time on Halloween weekend in Miami. To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.
If you’re bloodthirsty for more Halloween footage, check out these two videos from earlier in the month:
With the Sketchy Halloween Party around the corner, we figured we’d let you know the consequence of staying home and watching Jeepers Creepers (I and/or II) on Saturday, Oct. 29. To RSVP to the party, check out the Facebook event page. For discounted prepay tickets, visit sketchymiami.com/prepay. See full event details below the video.
What: Sketchy Halloween Party Where: Awarehouse When: Saturday, Oct. 29 Time: 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. RSVP: HERE Prepay: HERE