Art Basel/Miami Beach > 11/30/11 (Wed.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – I started my night at the opening of Pop-Up - a Mr. Brainwash & Co. (Banksy?) art show – (Boulan on Collins Ave./23rd, Miami Beach). Great mix of Norman Rockwell with just a hint of “Banksy”. Here I am enjoying my 15 seconds of fame with ringleader Thierry (not Henry – aka MBW) …

Good fun – I got there at around 8pm-ish and managed to avoid the initial crush of the curious/collectors waiting in line patiently (?) for a wee peak at the latest creative phase of Mr. Brainwash & Co. (For an entertaining angle on “street art” – Art, Collecting, Money, etc. – see the film/documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop).

Then, friend/photographer Matt Argondizza (fellow Maine-iac) and I, went over to Aqua/Art Miami (1530 Collins Ave.) – here, each hotel room was represented with a (US) gallery, so about 30+ galleries (?), 2 floors and a couple of “open” bars and a band – “Gold Dust Lounge” – working a good tiki groove! Some real stunning visual art and fun folk – honorable mention to Mark Khaisman (Pentimenti Gallery – Philadelphia, PA) – froze me in my tracks when I discovered it was just a little packaging tape on a light box … very clever indeed.

… great night that ended with a beer at a very busy (Mac’s Club) Deuce. *Which, for the next week, resembles a very lower-East Side hipster/dive bar.

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