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12.09.14 Bucky Turco

Yesterday, I railed against the scores of graffiti and street artists who went to Art Basel and didn’t create a single tribute to any of the victims of police brutality despite all the protests — or, for that matter, do anything controversial. (Sorry fake dick guy, you don’t count.) Alas, I was wrong. There were […]

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12.08.14 Bucky Turco

While protests erupted in New York City and nationwide against another grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man, graffiti and street artists headed down south for Miami’s annual artsy clusterfuck. This flock of creative talent descended on the Wynwood neighborhood, where they partied and […]

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12.09.13 Aymann Ismail

Every major, corporatized event needs a side act and for Art Basel, it’s Wynwood Walls. Street artists and graffiti writers descend on Miami’s Wynwood warehouse district annually to paint legal murals and create much-needed buzz, while the real money is changing hands a few miles away at various big art fairs. But not everyone plays by the rules. Some “reserved […]

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12.07.12 Marina Galperina

“BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH…” reads another transparent banner, tugged along by a plane above Miami Beach today, as a part of Adam Shopkorn-curated airborne art show for Art Basel Week. Not sure where the promised Richard Prince, John Baldessari, etc. are at, but this one’s a bit on the nose, innit? […]

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09.21.12 Irina Dvalidze

Miami’s Art Basel Week is pretty much the only thing keeping Florida from plunging into the seventh circle of conservative hell. Celebrating its 11th edition December 6-9, Art Basil will host works by over 2000 contemporary artists in Miami’s coveted Design District. Appropriately set during the least humid month in Florida, Art Basel is an […]

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01.06.12 Marina Galperina

For Miru Kim’s much-hyped I Like Pigs and Pigs Like Me exhibit at Art Basel, the artist rescued two pigs from a slaughterhouse for 104 consecutive hours of bonding in the Primary Flight Gallery’s makeshift pen. She vowed to move them to live on a farm happily ever after. So why did an animal rights activist […]

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Marina Galperina

For Miru Kim’s much-hyped I Like Pigs and Pigs Like Me exhibit at Art Basel, the artist rescued two pigs from a slaughterhouse for 104 consecutive hours of bonding in the Primary Flight Gallery’s makeshift pen. She vowed to move them to live on a farm happily ever after. So why did an animal rights activist […]

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12.05.11 Marina Galperina

Art Basel is now over. Since Miru Kim’s nude pig cohabitation performance may have been too weird for Miami — an afterthought: Was it the weird nudity? Here’s just a tiny, tiny round-up of the sort of booby, crotchy work the art fair featured, as lovingly highlighted by other publications. That’s not even mentioning Betty […]

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12.03.11 Marina Galperina

Artist Miru Kim is spending Art Basel living naked in a glass-encased pit with two hogs for performance I Like Pigs And Pigs Like Me. For 104 intimate hours, she is sharing their hay and trough, mingling with their existence. During her 74th hour, ANIMAL ally Diana Frame was at the scene. Here’s what she […]

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12.01.11 Marina Galperina

Miami-based artist Enrique Gomez de Molina likes to plays Dr. Frankenstein, stitching complex monsters from animal carcasses and parts. This week, he was charged with illegally smuggling said parts, as one of his $10K sculptures was shipped from Art Basel Miami to Canada last year and… well… allegedly, he’s had a very, very exotic barnyard […]

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