Thursday, December 2, 2010

Miami Social Diary

Bonnie Clearwater and Bruce Weber at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) and Vanity Fair’s Tuesday night party to celebrate Art Basel and the opening of the museum’s Knight Exhibition Series featuring Mr. Weber’s work and Jonathan Meese’s sculpture.
Art Miami + MoCA/Vanity Fair Party + SCOPE Miami + Around SoBe
By Augustus Mayhew

‘Twas the night before Art Basel and all through Miami as many as 10,000 VIPs were stirring at the openings of Art Miami, SCOPE, Pulse and MoCA/Vanity Fair’s Art Basel party showcasing photographer Bruce Weber and sculptor Jonathan Meese. And while I am not sure I would use the word satellite to describe Art Miami’s considerable exhibitors, some really wonderful things, the expected arrival of 6,000 there was much more accommodating than the 3,500, or was it 5,000, crushed inside MoCA’s more intimate Charles Gwathmey-designed museum space and outdoor pavilion. One lovely woman was on a cell next to me, “I have to get out of here, I’ve never seen so many people, I can’t breathe …” The ambiance at Art Miami and SCOPE was far more reserved. The Art Miami open was a fundraiser for Lotus House Women’s Shelter for Women founded by Constance Collins Margulies, who seemed pleased with the evening’s response. At MoCA, director-curator extraordinaire Bonnie Clearwater made sure her artists and guests were having a good time.

Here is a look around at Tuesday night’s events before the Art Basel center ring action starts on Wednesday with “First View” and its evening Vernissage.

Art Miami
3101 North Miami Avenue, Miami.
1-5 December
Constance Collins Margulies is the founder of the Lotus House Women’s Shelter in downtown Miami where her husband, real estate developer and art collector Martin Z. Margulies (pictured above right) house their prized art collection.
The work of Vee Speers.
Splashdown by artist Jerry Kearns seen at the Modernism Gallery from San Francisco.
The Modernism Gallery, San Francisco.
The Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield.
“I know I shouldn’t say this but …”
The scene at Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco.
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York.
Joan Sonnabend and Craig Tauber. Steven Perelman.
Pink Dusk by Zang Gong at Eli Klein, New York and Beijing. Head Honcho by Mel Bochner, at the William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis. $55,000 USD.
Greg Hennes. Miss GT, at Galerie Terminus, Munich. $35,000 USD.
A scene at Art Miami before the opening reception began and the 6,000 guests arrived.
Katharina Rich Perlow, New York.
Here are some guests at Art Miami’s reception for the Lotus House Women’s Shelter.
The iconic images are by Alex Guofeng Cao, New York.
Final Curtain by Richard Prince.
MoCA/Vanity Fair Party
Bruce Weber: Haiti/Little Haiti and Jonathan Meese: Sculpture
Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125 Street, North Miami Beach
30 November 2010 – 13 February 2011
Designed by Charles Gwathmey, Gwathmey Siegel New York, in 1996, MoCA is planning on another Gwathmey-designed addition.
Simply sensational! At the front door, the Notre Dame Perpetual Secours Choir from Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church in Miami.
An encore for the chorus whose voices filled the night with a captivating magical aura.
Within the next several minutes, MoCA’s outdoor areas were jammed.
Bruce Weber walking through the door, moments before he powered up and the spotlight and flashbulbs warmed him up.
Bruce Weber amidst the throng. Bruce Weber, cheerful artist.
Weber having a photo with friends.
MoCA executive director and chief curator Bonnie Clearwater and Bruce Weber.
Bruce Weber’s photos of Haiti and Miami’s Little Haiti were taken during the past several years and published in various magazines.
Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, Susana Ibarguen, and Bonnie Clearwater. Jonathan Meese, Sculpture is Mr. Meese’s first solo major museum exhibition in the United States.
Mr. Meese’s dimensional work in one of MoCA’s main galleries.
Valerie Ricordi and Donna Fields head up public relations at MoCA.
Bruce Galloway and Jessica Anderson.
Julie Rose, Pam Goldfaden, and Lisa Goldfaden.
Here are some of the guests who made it passed the security checkpoint and braved the 75-degree heat for the MoCA/Vanity Fair party.
SCOPE Miami
2136 NW 1 Avenue (across the street from Art Miami)
1-5 December 2010


SCOPE’s 80,000-sq.-ft. tent houses 85 galleries with a selection of “cutting-edge contemporary art.” Here are a few snaps from Tuesday night’s First View.
SCOPE showcases quite a few avant-garde artists in a variety of mediums including installations and performance art.
Mollie White, director of the SCOPE show, in the midst of an interview.
Here are some scenes from the SCOPE opening preview.
I liked several of the Beijing and Shaghai galleries.
Arun Paul has a gallery in Coral Gables, Arune 5 Art.
Gambling on Art found some interest.
The Lifeguard was already sold.
An artist does a few final touch ups.
Around SoBe

The New World Symphony’s Frank Gehry-designed campus and performance hall is nearing completion. Here are a few of the latest available views.
Finishing touches are underway at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony Campus across the street from the Convention Center, set for a Grand Opening concert January 26 followed by the Grand Opening Gala January 29. The 100,000-square-foot center features 36,000-sq.ft. of dedicated performance space, a rooftop garden, music library, patron pavilion, coaching rooms, and technical suites.
The NWS Campus façade overlooks a park that is still under construction. On January 25, there will be an official ribbon cutting and the premiere of a mural video by artists Tal Rosner and C.E.B. Reas.
The glass panels will become a 7,000-square-foot exterior projection wall to broadcast performances to an outdoor audience in the park.
The north and west elevations.
A sunshade hovers over the glass panels along the north elevation.
At the Delano Hotel, a wall of carved masks adds an exotic touch to the terrace dining area.
At the Sagamore, “The Art Hotel,” the owners have made art the hotel’s focal decor.
The dining area is warmed-up with a flamingo painting. Out by the pool, a metal sculpture diverts attention from the coconut palms.
Here is another look at one of Art Miami’s galleries before off to Art Basel.
Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.

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