Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Wrap Up

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 has wrapped up another successful edition. As their latest press release states:

Art Basel’s 13th edition in Miami Beach closed today, Sunday, December 7, 2014,
amidst strong praise from gallerists, private collectors, museum groups and the
media. Highlights of the show included the introduction of the new Survey sector,
which brought 13 art-historical projects to the fair, including many rare works
never before exhibited in an art fair context; and Art Basel’s staging with Performa
of Ryan McNamara’s ‘MEƎM 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet’ at the Miami
Grand Theater. Solid sales were reported across all levels of the market and
throughout the run of the show. Featuring 267 leading international galleries from
31 countries, the show – whose Lead Partner is UBS – attracted an attendance of
73,000 over five days. Attendees included representatives of over 160 museum and
institution groups from across the world – and a surging number of new private
collectors from the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Miami Beach’s leading museums and private collections also timed their strongest
shows of the year to coincide with Art Basel in Miami Beach. The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) presented ‘Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict/Abstract Art in the Ella Fontanals-Cisernos Collection’ while the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space showed ‘Beneath The Surface’. It was a year of anniversaries as The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse marked its 15th anniversary, and the The Rubell Family Collection presenting ’50 Years of Marriage’, celebrating Mera and Don Rubell’s half a century of marriage and collecting.

Design Miami, the leading global forum for collectible design, also celebrated its 10th anniversary and also presented their inaugural Design Visionary/ Award to Peter Marino. See more posts about Design Miami here.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami presented Mario Garcia Torres, Beatriz Milhazes and
Geoffrey Farmer. The Norton Museum of Art presented ‘RAW: Klara Kristalova’, while the Bass Museum of Art showed ‘One Way: Peter Marino’. The NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale showed ‘Café Dolly: Picabia, Schnabel, Willumsen’.

Also, Art Basel and BMW announced a new partnership supporting emerging artists. Starting in 2015, the BMW Art Journey will enable emerging artists to go on a journey of creative discovery to a destination of their choice. Functioning
as a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey is open to artists from Positions and
Discoveries, Art Basel’s sectors for emerging artists in Miami Beach and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit http://bmw-art-journey.com.

 

PERRIER-JOUËT PRESENTS ‘‘EPHEMERĀ’’ BY MISCHER’TRAXLER

Perrier-Jouët’s latest commissioned design work, Ephemerā’ by mischer’traxler,  premiered this week at Design Miami 2014.  Exploring traditional craftsmanship, modern technology, the ephemerality of nature, and the Art Nouveau movement, mischer’traxler has captured the very essence of Perrier-Jouët with its own unique interpretation.

As Perrier-Jouët’s latest press release reveals:

‘Ephemerā’ is the opening work of a new, year-long artistic residency with the Vienna-based duo and the historic champagne house, entitled ‘Small Discoveries’. The collaboration has been designed to stimulate curiosity, exploring the magical dialogue between Mankind and Nature. Small Discoveries, an innovative series of original works to be revealed throughout 2015 with exclusive limited editions.

‘Ephemerā’ stands out at Design Miami/2014 owing to its unique combination of playfulness and sincerity. It sparks curiosity and enchants the audience with a delicate game of hide-and-seek, played out through a mechanical ornamental garden. Comprising a room with a large oak table and two mirrors, the elegant furniture pieces come alive with colourful metal plants and insects that represent current, extinct and rediscovered species. Representing nature’s lively, deferential relationship with mankind, plants rise up and move to their own choreography, if they ‘feel’ they are not being watched. When someone approaches, they ‘hide’ and fold back into the table, reinventing a kinetic form of traditional marquetry. Similarly, digital leaves grow across the mirrors extending into 3D forms, but only as long as people are not too close. Otherwise they retract, leaving just a normal, reflective mirror.

This is the third year that Perrier-Jouët has revealed an original commission first at Design Miami/. A continuation of the brand’s support of young designers, these partnerships demonstrate the brand’s belief in infusing art in the everyday experience. Each new commission joins the Perrier-Jouët collection at The Maison Belle Epoque, which hosts the world’s largest private collection of original French Art Nouveau pieces. In its role as a patron of design art, Perrier-Jouët is carefully adding new pieces to sit alongside its beautiful heritage pieces and ‘Ephemerā’ ultimately will join this collection.

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Flashback 2013: Craig Robins Miami Design District Hard Hat Tour

Last year, I was very honored to receive an invitation to go on a tour through the Miami Design District, showcasing the exciting construction and retail projects that are underway as well as a preview of the exhibitions/installations celebrating Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami, conducted by the incredible real estate developer, Craig Robins. A truly amazing experience!

You can see my post from last year here and check out this video of the tour…

Design Miami Update: Perrier-Jouët presents Small Discoveries by mischer’traxler

Photo Credit: Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Perrier-Jouët presents Small Discoveries by mischer’traxler

Perrier-Jouët has announced their new design partnership with Vienna based duo mischer’traxler. The project, titled Perrier-Jouët presents Small Discoveries by mischer’traxler is an extended collaboration between the designers and the champagne house that will run throughout the next year. Mischer’traxler’s master work of Small Discoveries is called ‘Ephemerā’, and will be revealed at Design Miami/ 2 – 6 December 2014, marking the starting point of a year long artistic residency.

Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler founded their studio in 2009. They have quickly made their mark in the contemporary design art space, with a wealth of delightful, thought-provoking pieces that have gained international recognition. This includes pieces in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Vienna’s prestigious MAK.

The aim of the Small Discoveries collection is to tell the story of the magical dialogue between nature and mankind, and to stimulate curiosity of the individual through several designed pieces. With Small Discoveries, Katharina and Thomas explore the moments between the unknown and known, being and not being, with a delightful collection of iterations that will be launched throughout the year. In this way mischer’traxler will add to the conversation between Art Nouveau and Perrier-Jouët with a rich layer of contemporary design, told through their own unique voice. The artistic residency will run throughout 2015.

The master work, Ephemerā, plays with the audience, inviting participation, discussion and questioning. Objects will be set in a plain room, suggesting a deceptively simple installation of design-objects. This ostensibly legible set-up will act as a foil for a delicate game of hide-and-seek, played out through a mechanical and magical ornamental garden. The audience will find themselves drawn into an enjoyable, charming conversation with the work, and also with each other.

This is the third year that Perrier-Jouët has commissioned original work to be part of Design Miami/. It is a continuation of their support of exciting young designers, and demonstrates the brand’s core belief to infuse art in the everyday experience.

From their live/work studio in Vienna, mischer’traxler creates works that are intelligently crafted, using a balance of traditional techniques and making use of newer technologies. This approach results in pieces that are both rooted in familiarity, and yet also high concept. Katharina and Thomas work closely through constant and open dialogue, each bringing their own skills to create truly collaborative pieces.

Threads of exploring the natural world and our relationship with it run throughout their work in a subtle, yet constant, way. Their particular approach to this dialogue between nature and mankind is one of the reasons that Perrier-Jouët has chosen Mischer’traxler for their latest design partnership.

Perrier-Jouët is the official champagne partner of Design Miami/, and will serve its exceptional prestige Belle Époque cuvee champagne at the Design Miami/Collectors lounge. Throughout Miami, Perrier-Jouët will support major cultural partnerships and events.

Photo Credit: Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek

Design Miami 2014 Update

Design Miami/ 2013 Credit: Image by World Red Eye

Design Miami 2014 Update – Here is the latest press release regarding Design Miami 2014 !

THE GLOBAL FORUM FOR DESIGN
December 3-7, 2014
Miami Beach, USA

Press Release
The world’s leading fair for collectible design celebrates its 10th Anniversary with innovative programming that is rich in heritage

Schedule of Events

Preview Day (by invitation only)
Tuesday December 2
Press Conference 2:30pm
Collectors Preview 12-6pm
Vernissage 6-8pm

Public Days
December 3-7, 2014
19th Sreet & Meridian Avenue
Miami Beach

Public Hours of Admission
December 3-4, 10am-8pm
December 5, 11am-8pm
December 6, 12-8pm
December 7, 12-6pm

Design Miami/ Tickets
Tickets can be purchased for entry to the fair Wednesday to Sunday, December 3-7
General Admission: USD 25
Students & Senior Citizens: USD 20
Combination ticket to Design Miami/ and Art Basel: USD 55

Design Talks
December 3-5, 3-4pm and 6-7pm

Peter Marino named inaugural recipient of Design Visionary Award

Jonathan Muecke announced as recipient of 2014 Design Commission

Design Miami/ launches a new program of galleries, exhibitions and events to celebrate the fair’s tenth edition and ongoing legacy; names Peter Marino the recipient of the first Design Visionary award for his outstanding contributions to the field of design; and commissions Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke to create the Design Miami/ 2014 Pavilion. Continue reading “Design Miami 2014 Update”