Because we don’t have cable television, Celso and I often spend our evenings flipping through the variety shows, telenovelas and dubbed-over ’80s action films on one of the four Spanish-language channels our digital converter allows us access to. Needless to say, it’s a phantasmagoria of bright colors and histrionics (not to mention, dubbed-over Rob Van Dam movies). And, it probably goes without saying that the roles women are cast in are total crap. But galling sexism aside, the visuals are always worthwhile, if not bordering on surreal. Herewith, a record of some of the finer moments of our last few months of TV viewing. Buen provecho.
Guess where I’m headed? God help me. (Photo C-M.)
- Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, opens Thursday at noon.
- Miami: Pulse Miami, at the Ice Palace in Miami, opens Thursday at 1pm.
- Miami: Jonathan Meese, Sculpture, at MOCA North Miami, opens Wednesday.
- Miami: Daniel Arsham, Alter, at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, opens today at 7pm.
- Miami: Drawn and Quartered, curated by Gean Moreno, at World Class Boxing in the Wynwood District, opens Wednesday at 10am.
- Miami: The Maginot Line, curated by Dennis Scholl, at David Castillo Gallery in the Wynwood District, opens Saturday at 7pm.
- Miami: Abby Manock, at Gallery Diet in the Wynwood District, through Dec. 22nd.
- Miami: Seven, a collaborative sort-of-fair among seven galleries, including Postmasters, Winkleman, PPOW and Pierogi, in the Wynwood District, opens today at 1pm.
- Miami: #Rank, the Miami version of #class (in which artists go to Miami and stay pasty), at Seven in the Wynwood District, opens Wendesday at 6pm.
- Miami: The opening of the Rubell Collection’s annual shows, How Soon Now and Time Capsule: Age 13-21, plus Just Right, Jennifer Rubell’s regular food extravaganza/freaky breakfast, this Thursday at 9am. All I know is there better be Hollandaise.
- Miami Beach: Graffiti Gone Global, with Revok, London Police, Michael De Feo, Skewville and many others, at Sushi Samba, opens Wednesday 11am.
- Miami Beach: Liquid Measures, at the corner of 3rd Street and Washington, on indefinitely.
- Miami: A book party for Trespass, by Carlo McCormick and the folks from the Wooster Collective, this Friday. RSVP required.
- Chicago: The Malling of Chicago, a discussion led by architecture critic Edward Lifson, at Goose Island Wrigleyville, this Wednesday at 6pm.
- Milan: Orlan Aaka Orlan, at the Prometeo Gallery, through Jan. 8.
Look at what San Suzie found: The above is a screen grab of the spa menu at a Miami hotel where it is possible to do yoga with your dog. We are in awe.
Thank you, Weary Gunfighter.
- Profile pictures, Slavic style. (It Really Makes You Think.)
- Today’s Political Must-Read: An eye-opening profile of the billionaire Koch brothers, and their behind-the-scenes funding of fishy “think” tanks. The Smithsonian should be pretty embarrassed about the bit on the last page. (Find the reference right after the drop cap).
- Go, Dick Cavett and Roger Ebert.
- When art doesn’t imitate life: Killing ants in the name of art.
- Ansel Adams trust sues over negatives.
- On shady art dealing practices. (Arts Journal.)
- Eli Broad’s private show palace to land in downtown L.A. Related: Christopher Knight on the history of private museums and Christopher Hawthorne on Diller Scofidio’s architectural design. If you’re gonna read one story about this, read Hawthorne.
- Thank the Lord of Overpriced Convention Center Catering: ‘wichcraft to take over Armory Show food contract. This doesn’t mean I will stop lobbying for a taco truck.
- Scientific evidence shows that ancient statues were pretty tacky. (An Xiao Mina.)
- Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami team up for Britney Spears magazine cover. Forget Work of Art. Surely this trifecta represents the end of civilization? (@streetartblog.)
- The photographs of Tema Stauffer.
- Have been enjoying Timothy Buckwalter’s image essays.
- Yayoi Kusama, baby approved. (@MattressFactory.)
- The first digital camera. Looks like it only weighed 30 lbs.
- Bruce Davidson and other photographers’ ‘80s subway pictures. (The Doree Chronicles.)
- The map as art.
- Not new, but interesting: Jonathan Lethem and Philip Lopate deconstruct Susan Sontag.
- Today’s Graff: Aryz in Barcelona.
- A totally weird stone house in Portugal.
- Minimalism in Legos. (@ARTnewsmag.)