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EXCITING!!: Shelly and I were overwhelmed by the art scene this year-all day and all night-art-art receptions-music and droves and droves of art lovers.
This year was the most fashionable yet. Designer hand bags, celebrities, models, champagne and paparazzi-it felt like New York City Fashion week. The hords of international elite-art groupies came from all over. Billionaires-millionaires all looking to buy a great work of art to add to there collection big or small.

Artists were literally sending a message- to Art collectors-their canvas, scultpures and performance art incorporated written messages; ”who are you”, “you are who”, who am I”;” I am who”; “ where are you” ; “worship$” etc. Ifelt like I was watching a foreign film with subtitles. It was very international-but most fun was that everyone-knew about the Barclays Center in Park Slope; which is next to the Town House Art Gallery.

Art is not only a great investment-it is also timeless enjoyment and a wonderful gift or family heirloom to pass to future generations.

WHAT TO WEAR: Minimal make up is best. Hair Color: all shades of red, strawberry blonde to reddish brown, curly hair worn up or down, pony tail. Sunglasses and a hat or cap for protection. Shoes: Flats-whether toe bearing sandals or closed shoes, flats are best due to the amount of walking in the art fair. A blazer with shorts, a skirt or leggings and a tote bag to collect all the information, magazines and artist profiles and also carry a light sweater.

WHAT TO BRING: Bottle of Water, bottle of Perrier (grapefruit or lemon), handheld electric fan, snacks (dried fruit and nuts) for quick energy.

Chris Levine, Lightness of Being, 2008. Giclee Print 60 x 70 in. Courtesy of The Fine Art Society Contemporary and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs MIAMI BEACH ART FAIRS & MUSEUMS:

ART BASEL at the Convention Center: Vernissage Commenced on December 4, 2012:Art Basel enters its second decade in Miami Beach with a display of premier quality works and strong programming across the city. Art Basel stages the world's premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the globe, each show's singular exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts in the art world. Miami Beach, Florida, USA – The 2012 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach officially closed, Sunday, December 9. Praised by critics, exhibitors and visitors as Art Basel's most serious presentation in Miami Beach to date, its galleries across the board reported consistent sales throughout the week. The show, whose main sponsor is UBS, again attracted 50,000 visitors, generating an attendance of 70,000 over the five show days. Art Basel in Miami Beach was visited by over 130 museum and institution groups from across the world. Renowned private collectors from the Americas, Europe and emerging markets returned, and were joined by new collectors from around the globe.

As Art Basel marked its second decade in Miami Beach, more than 250 leading galleries from 31 countries from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia presented the highest quality of work at the show, underlining its seriousness. Given a particularly strong representation of Modern material at the show, as well as the entry of a dynamic selection of younger galleries – including nine that were newly accepted to the fair from NADA – visitors explored 11 decades and over 110 years of art history within the Miami Beach Convention Center. Additionally, collaborations with local and international partners ensured a diverse and deep program of art events, from Art Basel Conversations and Art Salon to Art Public, Art Video and Art Film, making this edition a celebration of the artists and their galleries. In large, medium size and small print, in neon, electronic, crystal, glitterai, or canvas, text-based art was everywhere at Art Basel Miami Beach. Artists were sending their messages loud and clear-“I Breathe therefore I Live”, “Who are you”, “Where Are you”, “Who am I”, “Worship $” and “Talk is Cheap”. There were also many artists that incorporated Dollar signs and Designer Brand logos into their art.

Paul Kasmin, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

'This year the fair drew primarily new international clients for us and it was a great success for many of our artists. It was a particularly remarkable year for Iván Navarro, with the fair's curated programs for Art Kabinett and Art Public.'

Jorge Mara, La Galería Jorge Mara La Ruche, Buenos Aires

'This is our third time at Art Basel in Miami Beach - and it has been the best fair for us. Over the past two years visitors to the fair have come to see and buy, and now they are coming back again. We bring artists to the show not many people outside of Argentina or Latin America know and we provide the intellectual background to get to know these artists.'

For the second year running, Art Public, produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art, turned Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space with large-scale sculpture, video, installation and live performances. For this year's edition, the sector's curator Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art (LACMA) and Co- founder, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) brought even more complex works to Miami Beach and extended the exhibition space into the sky, across which Dave McKenzie's airplane carrying a banner offering different marriage proposals every day. A highlight of the week, Art Public Opening Night on December 6 was free and open to the public, offering a program of performances by Jason and Alicia Hall Moran with Brandon Ross, My Barbarian and Alex Israel. For more information please visit artbasel.com/public.

Art Kabinett became one of the talking points of the show for connoisseurs. 20 select galleries from the Art Galleries sector of the show curated exhibitions in separately delineated spaces within their booths. This year's sector presented work by artists including Fiona Banner (Galerie Barbara Thumm), Chuck Close (Two Palms), Jannis Kounellis (Galerie Lelong), Jorinde Voigt (David Nolan Gallery) and Yan Xing (Galerie Urs Meile), and curated shows on General Idea (Esther Schipper); Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp, Suzanne Duchamp (Francis M. Naumann Fine Art); and Helio Oiticica and Jarbas Lopes (A Gentil Carioca).

For others, Art Positions proved a highlight. Featuring a tight selection of 16 galleries, the sector continued as an exciting platform for collectors, museum directors, critics and art enthusiasts to gain further insight into the work of individual emerging artists. Presentations included: Matt Keegan (Altman Siegel Gallery SF), Pablo Rasgado (Arratia Beer), Nathan Peter (PSM), Leyla Cárdenas (Galería Casas Riegner), Colby Bird (Fitzroy Gallery), Christian Flamm (Galeria Fonti), Felipe Arturo (La Central), Irene Kopelman (Labor), Paulo Vivacqua (Galeria Laura Marsiaj), Julieta Aranda (Galerie mor.charpentier), Atsushi Kaga (Mother's Tankstation), Asli Cavusoglu (NON Gallery), Ivan Seal (RaebervonStenglin), Andra Ursuta (Ramiken Crucible), Latoya Ruby Frazier (Galerie Michel Rein), and Agustina Woodgate (Spinello Projects).

Thomas Müller, Untitled, 2012. Ballpoint, Indian ink and water on Arches paper. 63  x 45.3 in. Courtesy of the Artist and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs With 40 galleries on display, this year's edition of Art Nova featured work by more than 100 artists from across the world including juxtapositions such as: Yael Bartana, Tal R. and Tom Burr (Sommer Contemporary Art); Tania Pérez Cordova and Nina Beier (Proyectos Monclova); Becky Beasley and Simon Dybbroe Möller (Francesca Minini); Theaster Gates and Angel Otero (Kavi Gupta Gallery); John Gerrard, Michelle Lopez and Hans Schabus (Simon Preston); Brigida Baltar, Lucia Koch and Melanie Smith (Galeria Nara Roesler); Julião Sarmento and Leigh Ledare (Pilar Corrias); Dove Allouche, Jonathan Binet and Jessica Warboys (Gaudel de Stampa); and Hao Liang, Yangjiang Group and Zheng Guogu (Vitamin Creative Space). The sector again became a space of discovery for works fresh from the studio.

Also in its second year, Art Video was produced in collaboration with the New World Center and David Gryn of London's Artprojx. Following its success last year, the free screenings in SoundScape Park on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry designed building were extended by one additional night of programming and attracted an estimated 1,200 visitors. Showing just over 60 videos, the program was marked by the dusktill- dawn screening of 'Bliss' by Ragnar Kjartansson, which was presented in collaboration with MOCA North Miami and the New World Center. For more information please visit artbasel.com/video.

Art Film was again selected by Zurich film connoisseur This Brunner and presented the feature-length documentary film 'Painters Painting' (1973) by Emile de Antonio on the New York art scene from 1940 to 1970.

Steering debate and discussions not only on the state of the art market but the arts in general, Art Basel's daily program of talks offered its patrons and the general public another platform to engage with art in a meaningful way. Many leading artworld figures took part in the morning Art Basel Conversations. The Premiere Artist Talk featured legendary artist Richard Tuttle in conversation with Chris Dercon, Director Tate Modern, London. Further topics included the 'Public/Private' panel discussing 'The Encyclopedic Museum' on the Friday of the show. Saturday's panel focused on 'Why Japanese Post-War Art Matters Now'. On Sunday the 'Artistic Practice' series presented 'The Artist as Musician'. Art Basel Conversations is presented by Absolut Art Bureau, responsible for The Absolut Company's international art initiatives. Art Salon, which includes shorter presentations each afternoon, featured 20 talks, ranging in topics from the Latin American art market to 'New Perspectives from the Edge of Arabia'. Taken together, both talks programs represent an essential aspect of Art Basel's concept, reflecting the idea that the show is not only a marketplace for artworks, but also a meeting place for all of the artworld's key players.

Videos of Art Basel Conversations and Art Salon are being made available by Absolut Art Bureau and can be viewed on artbasel.com/conversations and absolutartbureau.com.

DESIGN MIAMI located across from the Convention Center: Showcasing a plethora of designs that really seemed to artistic for actual use. Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design.??Design Miami/ is more than a marketplace for design, where the world's top galleries gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting and objets d'art.

BASS MUSEUM: The Bass hosted a lovely reception inviting visitors to view their collection of emerging artists. The exhibitions of the Bass Museum present art in dynamic conversations spanning time, history and cultures. They have an incredible collection of Antiquities, Renaissance and Baroque art anchors exhibitions, educational programs and scholarship.

WORLD EROTIC ART MUSEUM, Founded and operated by Naomi Wilzig, this museum helped to open art basel week on December 3, 2012 with a preview party featuring Photographs by Helmut Newton. Patrons and reporters were able to walk through 10,000 square feet of erotic art at a collective of $20,000,000.00

Jonathan Delafield Cook, Poppy I 2012. Charcoal on Paper. 62 x 72 cm. 24.4 x 28.3 inches. Courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs


BASEL CASTLE: Basel Castle, produced by creative collective, The Overthrow, is a conceptually “re:creative” minifestival combining some of the worlds most influential contemporary artists & musicians, with uniquely interactive games, installations, exhibitions, and live performances.  The project is a full day event during the climax of Miami's internationally esteemed Art Basel weekend. Believe it or not, all this takes place inside and surrounding a castle located in the heart of Miami's Wynwood Art District.

Basel Castle is the largest collective art show in the U.S. Its the sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, the most prestigious art show worldwide since the 1970s. An exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa will exhibit 20th & 21st century artworks by over 2k artists. The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Its special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art.

ART MIAMI: Known as Miami's premier anchor fair, Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week — the first week of December when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators, and artists descend upon Miami. World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from more than 125 international art galleries.

CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami's newest international emerging and cutting-edge art fair launched with a VIP Private Preview on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, benefiting the Miami Art Museum, coinciding with the 23rd edition of Art Miami. CONTEXT featured a curated group of 65 international galleries representing exceptional emerging and mid-career cutting-edge artists, including solo artist installations, immersive environments, curated projects and multimedia exhibits in a state-of-the-art, 45,000 square-foot pavilion directly adjacent to Art Miami.

Laylah Ali, Untitled (Typology), 2009. Ink and pencil on paper. 7,5 x 5,5 in. Courtesy of Ellen Miller Gallery and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs With the combination of Art Miami's 125 exhibiting galleries and CONTEXT's 65 exhibiting galleries, the Wynwood Arts District was transformed into a mini art city, featuring 190 galleries from 21 countries within 250,000 square feet of curated indoor and outdoor exhibition space. CONTEXT last year attracted more than 55,000 attendees and had record-breaking sales over a six-day period. Dedicated daily Shuttle Buses were running continuously between Art Miami, CONTEXT and Art Basel Miami Beach.

RED DOT ART FAIR: The Red Dot Art fair featured emerging, mid-level and well established artists as well as jewelry designers. Their goal is to provide their exhibitors with long lasting value.

MIAMI PROJECT: The inaugural Miami Project, a new contemporary and modern art fair consisted of presentations by 65 galleries from around the world selected based upon the strength and relevance of their programs.

SCOPE Miami's monumental 100,000 sq. ft. pavilion housed its most ambitious fair to date, featuring a selection of 20 innovative Breeder Program galleries presented alongside 85 established international exhibitors. Celebrated as the premier launching pad for contemporary art. THE BREEDER PROGRAM: Long-established as the original incubator for emerging work, SCOPE's Breeder Program celebrates its 12th year of introducing new galleries to the contemporary market. Breeder Program alumni include: Peres Projects, John Connelly Presents, Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Daniel Reich Gallery, Bischoff/ Weiss, among others. SCOPE Miami bustled with over 30,000 international collectors, press and art professionals, all of whom drive the contemporary art market and are vital contributors to global culture. 

PULSE Art Fair's signature Pulse Projects program is committed to the presentation and promotion of audience- engaging large-scale sculptures, installations and performances. Pulse Projects is part of their continuing mission to link an international roster of premier contemporary galleries and artists with local cultural institutions, communities and audiences.

JUSTMAD MIA is an initiative of Art Fairs, a company based in Madrid and the organizer of the JUSTMAD and the MADRIDFOTO art fairs. JUSTMAD MIA, IS a fair which integrates the same working philosophy as its sister fair in Madrid, JUSTMAD, by means of a selection of galleries, spaces and projects of emerging art. Art Fairs presents a fair of medium scale which believes in the dialogue between the visitor, the professional, the gallery and the artist, in a key city such a Miami, which links both the Anglo-Saxon and Latin contexts. Under the artistic direction of Javier Duero, and in a hands of an advisory committee made up of the galleries NoMínimo (Guayaquil), Eva Ruiz (Madrid) and La Caja Blanca (London-Mallorca), it presented a selection of 50 galleries for the general program and two programs specifically for projects involving emerging artists. It also presented sections dedicated to artistic production, architecture, design and a program dedicated to culinary research.

CIFO: Hosted a daily brunch and an exhibition curated by Moacir dos Anjos and Jose Roca that brings together work that testified to the tension between what is yet to be said (or cannot be uttered) and the aftermath of communication, when all has been said and done.

Zackary Drucker, At least you know you exist, 2011. 16mm film transferred to digital format, color, sound, 16 minutes. Courtesy of LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs

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1. Chris Levine, Lightness of Being, 2008.Giclee Print60 x 70 in. Courtesy of The Fine Art Society Contemporary and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs
2. Zackary Drucker, At least you know you exist, 2011. 16mm film transferred to digital format, color, sound, 16 minutes. Courtesy of LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs
3. Laylah Ali, Untitled (Typology), 2009. Ink and pencil on paper. 7,5 x 5,5 in. Courtesy of Ellen Miller Gallery and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs
4. Thomas Müller, Untitled, 2012. Ballpoint, Indian ink and water on Arches paper. 63 x 45.3 in. Courtesy of the Artist and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs
5. Jonathan Delafield Cook, Poppy I 2012. Charcoal on Paper. 62 x 72 cm. 24.4 x 28.3 inches. Courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs