Category: Miami

The Viceroy: The Official Hotel of at the Basel Frazzle 2009.

A bile-colored chandelier just brings the whole Phillipe Starck-designed spa together. (All photos by San Suzie.)

If the city of Miami gave a prize for the hotel that most embodies the anything-goes glamor of the December art fairs minus the pretentiousness of artistic content, the winner would surely be the new Viceroy on Brickell Avenue.  The brainchild of Miami-based developer Jorge M. Perez of the Related Group, the Viceroy offers Fall-of-Rome narchitectural splendor realized by the design triumvirate of Miami-based Arquitectonica (exteriors), interiors maven Phillipe Starck (spa) and design wunderplaymate Kelly Wearstler (hotel).

Located on the lower 15 floors of the center of three soaring and mostly unsold condo towers, the hotel’s art-inspired grandiloquence begs the question of whether buying pricey originals makes any sense in trying economic times when design-based knock-offs can appear just as ostentatious. Fortunately, guests will have ample time for such contemplation while getting “non-surgical facelifts” at the marble-clad, chandelier-encrusted, 28,000 square-foot spa — a studiously tranquil environment permeated by the pungent scent of excess.

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ART BURN 2009: An update.

Matches. (Photo by Bob.Fornal.)

Preparations are underway for ART BURN 2009: The Most Combustible Art Show in the World, scheduled to take place in Miami on December 3, 2009 — right in the middle of the Basel Frazzle. We would like to welcome aboard the event’s new sponsors: Brooklyn Street Art, Rosa Lowinger & Associates Art Conservation and Two Coats of Paint.

Also, a hearty muchas gracias to the various media outlets that have covered ART BURN 2009: Miami New Times, Paper Magazine, ArtNet, and The Art Newspaper.

We will announce the exact location the night before the show. Suffice it to say that it’s a prominent, easily-accessible spot in Miami’s artsy Wynwood district. Find all the salient details below.

El Celso

El Celso, Aurora Robson, infinity, Nick Fortunato, Skewville, Jayne Surrena, Darkcloud, Fabian Pena, Elbow-Toe, Rex Dingler, LA II, Royce Bannon, Leonardo Furtado (Brazil), Rednose, Gore-B, Buildmore, Abe Lincoln Jr., Cake, Paul Kostabi, Ellis-G, Avoid Pi, Stefano Pasquini (Italy), Keely, Destroy & Rebuild, Matt Siren, Veng, F. Trainer, Joanne Mattera, Deeker, Dean Radinovsky, Pufferella, Die Dose (Germany), Billi Kid, Robots Will Kill, Adam Vincentz, Garrison Buxton (Peripheral Media Projects), Michael DeFeo, James A. Willis, Dalva, Jeannette Vidalia, Kristina Maria Lopez, Hargo, Ray Bradbury & very special guests TBA.

The location will be announced on the evening of Dec. 2nd on and We will also announce it via Twitter at @elcelso and @cmonstah.

Thursday, December 3, 2009
One day only, from 1pm to sunset.

Thursday, December 3, 2009
5pm to sunset

The official media sponsor of the ART BURN VIP Lounge

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ART BURN Miami is the toastiest hot spot for the international art world. We look forward to burning for you at ART BURN Miami 2009. For more information on how to become a sponsor and for all press inquires, please contact El Celso at celso [at] elcelso [dot] com.

Miami: Where Art Sweats.

Miami: Where Art Sweats. See it large.

Let the Basel Frazzle begin…

This poster is a collaboration between the supertalented wearygunfighter & Interested in owning a copy? Visit the OMNI Board of Tourism booth inside the marketplace at Scope Miami. Proceeds go to support The Omni Bot, a non-profit organization supporting business development in underprivileged neighborhoods. Cost: a mere $5. (Plus: Omni’s having a pop-up party on Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 8 p.m. (with beer!) Get the deets here.)

Giveaway Extravaganza: Leave a comment below and you could win your very own Miami: Where Art Sweats poster — the official poster of the C-Mon Basel Frazzle.

Coming up in Miami: ART BURN 2009.

Matches. (Photo by Bob.Fornal.)

Can you smell what the Monster is cooking? Well, I can. And it smells like art. Preparations are underway for the first annual ART BURN 2009™, and it promises to be a fiery event. El Celso, the event’s curator/organizer and master griller has been pulling in art from all parts for what promises to be a smoking good time. will be on-site as the official media sponsor of the ART BURN VIP lounge, while Hyperallergic is on board as the official critic and beer sponsor. The whole mess will go down at sunset on Dec. 3rd in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.

It’s not too late to submit a piece if you’ve got something to immolate. Just shoot me an e-mail at c [@] c-monster [dot] net.

After the jump, find the MEDIA ALERT, with all the salient details.

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Calendar. 11.10.09.

The Lay of the Land, 2009, by Michael Vasquez. (Image courtesy of Fredric Snitzer.)

  • In Miami: Michael Vasquez at Fred Snitzer, opens Nov. 14.
  • In Miami: Raymond Pettibon, Repeater Pencil, and Silvy Flury, Girls Just Wanna…, at World Class Boxing, opens Nov. 14.
  • In Durham, N.C.: Andy Warhol: Polaroids at the Nasher Museum at Duke Unversity, opens Thursday.
  • In NYC: A Hounding Obession, with Darkcloud, Gore-B, Armer and Deeker, at Factory Fresh, opens Nov. 13.
  • In NYC: Alias: Man Ray at the Jewish Museum, opens Nov. 15.
  • In NYC: The Map As Art at Christopher Henry, through Jan. 10.
  • In Boston: Strange Loops at Boston Center of the Arts, with Fred Muram, Karen Schiff, John Schultz and many others, through Jan. 3. (There will be gallery talks on Dec. 9 and 16 at 6:00 p.m.).
  • In Chicago: Zoe Strauss lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the exhibition, On the Scene, on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.
  • In Chicago: Learning Modern at the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, through Jan. 26.
  • In Seattle: Ken Kelly, Painting, at Howard House, through Nov. 28.
  • In Seattle: SuttonBeresCuller at Lawrimore Projeect, through Dec. 19.
  • In Portland, Ore.: Jesse Sugarmann, Street Hassle, at Ditch Projects, through Nov. 28.
  • In San Francisco: Tom Rusotti and the Institute of Aesthletics at The Lab, through Nov. 21.
  • In San Pedro, Calif.: Betsy Lohrer Hall and Yong Sin, Plain and Simple, at Angels Gate, through Jan. 3.
  • In London: The Thousands at Village Underground, opens Nov. 18.

You’ve got until midnight on Nov. 14 to submit art for Framing AIDS in Queens.

Needed: Art to Burn.

Matches. (Photo by Bob.Fornal.)

Because we here at C-Mon are, like, total pyros, we are joining forces with the inimitable El Celso at this year’s Art Basel in Miami to stage the first annual ART BURN 2009. In a public happening that will undoubtedly be equal parts Wicker Man, Texas A&M and Richard Pryor on fire, we’re gonna be burning fine art. Your art, to be exact.

We are now accepting submissions of combustible works on wood or paper. Pieces must be of sentimental and/or monetary value to the artist. (We want to burn your art, not your mistakes.) All pieces will be briefly displayed prior to being immolated. Nothing will be sold. No fees are required to apply. (This is a low-rent operation, however, so we’re gonna ask that you ship your works to us.) The burning, naturally, will be filmed, photographed and social media’d to the max – assuring the death of your work plenty of virtual attention as the art industry gathers for its annual Miami Beach Swap Meet. Details on location and timing will be announced as they are confirmed.

To submit works for consideration, e-mail images and/or links to celso [at] elcelso [dot] com.

See you in Miami!

The Digest. 07.24.09.

The 1973 addition to Miami’s Bacardi building, by architect Ignacio Carrera-Justiz. The design is based on a painting by German artist Johannes M. Dietz. (Photo by C-M.)