Media Alert – December 10 , 2020 For Immediate Release
Submitted by – Cristiane Roget, Sr. Correspondent AdAvenueGroup, Forbes France, firstname.lastname@example.org
Miami/Fl The Covid-19 cloistering continues to play out in bed ridden homes and cemeteries. The post modern plague persists in taking its toll with countless businesses, eateries and galleries going belly up. The ‘great equalizer’ has left no one unscathed. A Diaspora of millions of migrants and large swaths of the privileged persevere in the face of devastating hardships or remain stranded for months in host countries. The spiraling down of red-letter, cultural events this holiday season was evident from New York to Miami with the deflated Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade , the cancellation of ArtBasel and the shuttering of big tent, satellite art fairs.
With the collective rallying cry “Covid or No!”, art activations were unveiled for the pure pleasure of art aficionados and cultural junkies seeking society as they navigated the streets in stilettos and masked up in rhinestones. Many Mini Gatherings © offered up respite and relief for the pent up and shack-wacky. The week was pleasantly manageable, unlike years past when more private jets roll into South Florida than there are tarmacs to accommodate. Revenue plunged like the ubiquitous necklines where an estimated 3 billion dollars in art sales and event revenue changes hands. What went lacking in extravagance was made up for in the ribald enthusiasm. A calendar of immersive social gatherings popped up in Miami’s many posh storefronts, underground haunts and commercial hubs.
ALLAPATTAH – FASHION ART-APPATAH DISTRICT (FAD)
Of note was the ongoing ascendency of Allapattah, a palette’s throw from the waning Wynwood Art District. Home of the standout Lelia Murdoch Gallery, a not to miss exhibit showcases the dystopian sensibilities of Daniel Fiorda. With the recent inauguration of the Rubell Museum and the soon-to-be unveiled Superblue.com /Miami the historic Dominican neighborhood has bragging rights as the repository of one of the finest private collections of contemporary American art anywhere. For the famished one may imbibe at the on-premise Basque Restaurant, Leku. The newly inaugurated roof top spot La Tayrona, a sizzling eatery and patio lounge named after the hidden city in Colombia Yucatan, El Parque Nacional Tayrona is also dining de rigueur. (tayronamiami.com/)
For the pedestrian minded, meander over to the Spinello Projects and The Bonnier Gallery on NW 7th Avenue between NW 29th Street and NW 36th Street in the heart of the whimsically named ‘Art-appatah’ Flush from Art Week no need to wait for the anticipated debut of Superblue Miami (adjacent to the Rubell Museum) . The debut of Superblue is set to coincide with ArtBasil.org Spring 2021. Art Week also commemorated El Espacio 23 year long exhibit that underpins the African Diaspora and bears “Witness” to the wide net of African migration from time immemorial refracting the story from slavery to liberation and beyond. Jorge M. Pérez’s (PAMM) current collection of African Art informs his goal to establish “a gathering place and center that was born from the belief that at the core of any of the world’s great cities is a thriving community of artists and creatives”. Pérez and his host of curators, have achieved this in spades. “The current exhibit challenges guests to think beyond the scope of their personal worldviews, while also cultivating the artists and curators of tomorrow.”
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Blonds, a luxury apparel brand continues to live up to its over the top reputation in New York. Downtown Miami was cordoned off in front of the iconic Olympia Theater with a calibrated mix of glitter, glamour and poll dancer chic. Jeffrey Lubin Group, LLC. called the shots on the runway in association with Swim the Globe Co-Founder Jennifer Sclafani @getwellwithwine, World Red Eye and GaloreX Magazine. Sponsored in part by the City of Miami the Covid conscious celebration and musical performances are slated to be streamed soon.
The week’s crown jewel unfurled in multiple Miami Design District luxury outlets. The Honablue Studios activation produced by Planet Fashion TV and Belgium born Marijke Vandervenmet and Michael Honablue are bringing poignant detours and new ways to embrace art by bringing the gallery to the people with curated series of city wide installations and receptions.
Among the artist on display were Bradley Theodore, a native of the Turks and Caicos Islands and New York resident. He gained his current popularity among the arbiters of today’s pop culture and by fashion icons Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. Theodore’s work includes murals and paintings of fashion influencers, with Kate Moss, Coco Chanel with Frida Kahlo, Tom Ford and Diana Vreeland among them. He has provided images for Sony and Universal Records, and created logos for manufacturer Leica Camera and the board game Monopoly ™.
An alum of the School of Visual Arts where his art ascendency was the subject of the documentary “Becoming: Bradley Theodore,” premiering at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Fiona Tan also on display takes her inspiration from Chinese, German , Dutch and Brazilian origins. Her interests are as varied as her ethnicity and include fine art healing, technology, well-being and design. A graduate of the Parsons New School of Design she is a trailblazer on the path of synergistic expression and energetic art. Christin Page Minnotte is embracing her collector’s and admirers with an eclectic mix of photography, video and performance. Christin was invited to perform her conceptual work Disposable Ethic during the 2015 Havana Biennial in Cuba. She has exhibited in galleries in South Florida, New York City, Texas, Colorado, New Orleans, Havana, Cuba, and Art Basel.
Featured libations included Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Also served was Rum Barcelo ©, a small batch aged rum from the Dominican Republic. It is so closely associated with Miami that the two names are interchangeable, what would Miami be without a Rum Barcelo © Mojito?
Ojo de Sol ™, is more than a citrus based, lip-smacking grapefruit infused Tequila. Backed by behemoth E & J Gallo Wines , a California vintner that has come a long way from the memorable Farm Workers strikes and boycott of the 70’s led by the revolutionary Union organizer Cesar Chavez. Ojo de Sol ™ under the guidance of Andre L. Johnson, Regional Manager supports worthy causes that advance Culture, the Arts and Wellness.Ojo de Sol reflects the values of their craft heritage in support of sustainable environmental practices. With plans to participate in World Wetland’s Day, the Super Bowl and Carnival in February at the Allapattah Market, Ojo de Sol supports sole proprietor businesses and local Food & Hospitality worker’s that have been hard hit by the year long pandemic. Find the Honablue Studios Gallery for the second time in South Pointe Towers Condo South of Fifth, Miami Beach 33139.
Another Design District standout was the Louis Vuitton creative director Virgil Abloh’s of Off White, revealed his latest capsule collection, LV2054. Also on display was the LV Spring-Summer 2021 Collection for men. The Jungle Plaza (home of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s free-for-all Thanksgiving Feast last year) was festooned with giant red containers that are hopefully destined to become compact modular homes for the multitudes of soon-to be homeless.
The Sagamore Annual Art Activation unspooled in the Deco beachfront property that is Art Week personified 365 days a year with a spacious gallery and permanent Pop novo exhibit in the lobby.
As is said “the show must go on” and go on it did! A weekend of visually stimulating pop-ups, parties and in-person satellite exhibits were on display. With all manner of public transportation still complimentary whether bus, Metro or People Mover, to not venture out of the Covid Cave is inexcusable for anyone with a cultural or curious frame of mind. As usual, we’re here to help you get the most of Many mini gatherings, small acts BIG impact.
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