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Anna Wintour Gets Run Through The “Sketchy” Rumour Mill by Talented Illustrator Lisa Hanawalt via [TheHairPin]

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By Lisa Hanawalt | The Hair Pin

Lisa Hanawalt lives in Brooklyn and does illustrations + funnies for publications like the New York Times, McSweeney’s, Vice, and Chronicle Books. She’s best known for her comic book series I Want You.

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The OpuluxeLtd.com™ Style Muse of The Year is ……The Forever Alluring Shala Monroque!!!


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Style Spotlight – Shala Monroque via [redcarpetfashionawards]

Shala Monroque is a fashionista who shouldn’t be under the radar.

The fashion writer, Editor-at-Large for Pop magazine and blogger has impeccable taste.

She’s not afraid of fashion often wearing bright bold pieces, but she can also been seen wearing more timeless classic pieces like the look above.

I love how she accessorizes with stand out pieces to add a touch of pizazz to some of her looks.

Like most fashion editors footwear is vitally important. Her Prada studded heels are still one of my favourites of that Spring 2010 season.

Her trademark has to be her turbans. She’s been donning this head-wear long before they were deemed cool.

This simple strapless LBD is instantly transformed with Shala’s Delfina Delettrez skeleton hand belt and black satin Prada turban.

I love the dark smokey Grace Jones-esqe make-up Shala wears here, as you’re more likey to see her without much make-up.

Her shortened modified Miu Miu dress suited the sexier look she was going for which she paired with bronze platform heels.

With her trademark turban and statement necklace, this Miu Miu maxi print dress is transformed into a more ethnic look.

Not many people would pair a Prada turban with a Rodarte Fall 2009 mini dress, but Shala is bold enough to do just that.

Love her Prada heels.

Shala does seem to favour Miuccia Prada’s work as you can see from her love of both Prada and Miu Miu.

Here are those stunning chartreuse Prada heels I referred to earlier, which she wore with a Prada ensemble.

Her love for Prada heels continues as she goes from an edgy look wearing Christopher Kane.  Her sophisticated look of a red dress was paired with a mustard bag, and my favourite was this chic Prada look.  I just love that tiered skirt.

Credit: Style.com, Jak&Jil & Getty


Shala Monroque + Industrie Magazine

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The incredibly chic and gracious Prada Ambassadress Shala Monroque (who I first met at the Miu Miu show in Paris a few months back) hosted an intimate soiree for the very smart folks over at Industrie Magazine at her apartment in New York last week.

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To be honest, it’s been quite awhile since I was last captivated by someone’s beauty, both in and out. With her tall, lithe figure, amazing bone structure, beautiful skin and high-voltage infectious smile, Shala Monroque is STUNNING! She’s the woman who lit up the room, the woman you’d want to know… assuming you didn’t know who she was. THANK YOU SHALA FOR YOUR EXISTENCE!!!

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Thank you Shala and Industrie Magazine for the lovely evening.


Girl of the Month: Shala Monroque via [WhoWhatWear]

When trying to articulate the style of bon vivant Shala Monroque, a few bon mots come to mind: daring, vivacious, sophisticated, cosmopolitan, eclectic, well-traveled, elegant, and unique. In a rather dizzying pace, Monroque, whose post as editor-at-large of Dasha Zhukova‘s incarnation of Pop magazine, has made waves on the international party circuit for her fearless taste and boundless joie de vivre. Whether Monroque is reporting on the Amelia premiere at the Doha Film Festival in Qatar (her very inspiring blog is a must-read), dancing the night away at a speakeasy in St. Petersburg, or hosting a fashion week fête attended by the jet set and art world elite, one thing becomes very clear: Shala Monroque’s wonderful wardrobe is a collection of great beauty and her artfully crafted ensembles have made quite a bold impression! 

Speaking of fashion week, it seems as though no one racked up more invitations (and best-dressed nods) during the S/S 10 season than our gorgeous GOTM. Spotted outside of the Miu Miu show in Paris (above, far left), Monroque looked magnificent in a head-to-toe Prada ensemble. This particular outfit highlights one of our favorite aspects of Monroque’s artistic assemblages: her fearless approach to incorporating color and patterns into her picks. (Though our subject du jour claims to be experiencing a post-fashion month shopping hangover, she did cop to having a serious velvet crush this season.) We love her bright yellow printed skirt and the way it plays off the Mohawk-inspired heels from Prada’s F/W 08 collection and tribal beaded necklace. Try Loeffler Randall‘s Loop Skirt ($325) and Jenni Kayne’s Roll Sleeve Tank ($350) with Fiona Paxton’s Metallic Necklaceicon ($375) or the Beaded Collar Necklace ($58) from French Connection.

Monroque offered yet another great skirt-and-top outfit at the Museum of Modern Art’s 41st Annual Garden Party last May in New York City. Though her Prada tiered skirt and chemise aren’t bold and bright, the satin and cashmere combination certainly showcase Monroque’s deft ability to weave luxurious textures into one killer look. The aforementioned pieces are no longer available for purchase, so try Theory’s Carmela Sweater ($100) tucked into Forever 21‘s Exposed Zip Mesh Skirt ($29) for a close approximation. Though Monroque’s jeweled sandals are from Prada’s S/S 09 collection, make sure to achieve a similar final polish via snakeskin platforms like Chinese Laundry’s Tied Python T-Strap Sandals ($80) and lots of faux-pearl baubles—Monroque’s are from H&M—but any costume jewelry piece will do the trick!

Of course, what is a sophisticated social without a few strong and standout frocks? Fortunately, in Monroque’s case, we’ll never have to know, as she has a wardrobe packed with directional dresses from daring designers, such as these two stellar examples from Rodarte. The cobweb Hand Knit Dress she wore to a Mike Myers-hosted benefit late last year (second from left) has been an editorial and celebrity favorite; we like how Monroque styled it with a wide black belt and ombre ankle boots. Make sure to try ASOS’ Loose Stitch Knitted Dress ($68) for a look-a-like alternative and pair it with Georgina Goodman’s Riva 1 Booties ($665) to achieve Monroque’s enviable ensemble. Last but not least, we have another cleverly crafted Rodarte design, specifically their Rafia Fringe Dress ($2500) from the spring collection. This plum-colored creation, which she wore to sit front row at Narciso Rodriguez’s S/S 10 show (far right), incorporates organic material such as fiber tassels, as well as bold colors and patterns too, and is the perfect piece to steal the show. And though this exact style is not yet in stores, we think Anna Sui’s Ditzy Floral Print Dress ($374) or Vena Cava’s Mandala Dress ($495) would be equally vibrant additions to your holiday rotation. Just make sure to slip into a pair of complimentary hued heels, like Nine West’s Fuchsia T-Strap Platform Sandals ($79) and you will be the object of outfit-centric attention everywhere!—KM

Photo of Shala Monroque from Getty Images.


Shala Monroque: Girl About Town via [harper’sbazaar]

The chic art maven takes her singular style to the streets. Check out some of our favorite candid shots of Monroque on the fashion party circuit. By Anne Monoky

“I don’t have a high threshold for pain,” jokes Shala Monroque. No, the slender 31-year-old isn’t speaking about exercising or medical procedures; she is talking about her heels. “I have to have comfortable shoes,” she insists. Her preference? Well, Monroque hasn’t been named the proverbial queen of the kitten heel for nothing. In fact, the striking St. Lucian has been wearing the barely there heel for several seasons now, long before they were deemed in style again for fall. Such daring decisions have grabbed the attention (and admiration) of the fashion world, gradually landing Monroque on the It-girl map. 

Proenza Schouler dress, by special order. proenzaschouler.com. Dannijo necklace, $595. Miu Miu shoes, $990. Hermès bag, Monroque’s own.

As venerable designer and close friend Miuccia Prada puts it, “She has an incredible sense of fashion, and, more importantly, it’s all very instinctive and natural. It’s really a gift.” Unlike her boyfriend, art mogul Larry Gagosian, whose more reliable style she describes as “preppy — he has worn the same look his whole life,” Monroque is continually pushing the boundaries. 

Monroque in artist Tom Sachs’s studio. Miu Miu sleeveless coat. Prada shoes.

She wore full midcalf ’50s-style skirts before Marc Jacobs sent them down the runway, turbans before Mrs. Prada reinstated them, and cat’s-eye sunglasses before Alexander Wang made them cool again. And for fall, she has her very discerning eye on a specific set of runway looks that she is coveting: the belted autumnal trenches at Dries Van Noten, the vivid glow-in-the-dark linear outfits from Balenciaga, and the fun, flirty party dresses from Giambattista Valli. 

Chris Benz jacket, tank and pants. Marc Jacobs shoes.

As for accessories? She can’t get enough of Fendi’s animal-print-lined Peekaboo bag or the luxurious snakeskin heels from Lanvin. And while her out-on-a-limb fashion sense may be innate, Monroque is banking on another theory. “Ironically, some of the outfits that receive the most attention from the fashion crowd are the ones that are a little off,” she admits. See, this girl on the go hates to pack and is actually quite bad at it, often forgetting key components of her ensemble. So she improvises. 

3.1 Phillip Lim cardigan. Louis Vuitton skirt. Tory Burch necklace. Delfina Delettrez cuff.

For best friend and fellow fashion favorite Dasha Zhukova, Monroque’s innovative style can be summarized with a simple anecdote. “One time, Shala was hosting a party for a designer whose clothes she didn’t have in this particular remote location,” says Zhukova. “In order to be politically correct, she found a random piece of fabric, belted it, and turned it into a cute minidress.” 

Trying on a chapeau at the Hat Shop in SoHo, New York. Prada dress. Yestadt Millinery hat. Delfina Delettrez cuff.

Such occurrences are de rigueur for this jet-setter, who spends less than six months a year on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where she lives. Instead, she’s in Paris, sitting front row at the Valentino couture show in a leggy lace number; in Rome for the opening of the Maxxi museum (“It’s unbelievable,” she reports back); or off in Colombia for an intimate dinner party honoring young designer Esteban Cortazar. 

3.1 Phillip Lim blouse. Rodarte skirt. Tory Burch necklace.

But international expeditions aside, New York City still holds a special place in her heart. She arrived in the city 10 years ago, and after several jobs (she was a maître ‘d at 60 Thompson’s eatery, Kittichai), she found her footing as both a Pop magazine editor at large and blogger and as an art consultant. Through the latter, she has forged strong bonds with artists like Taryn Simon, Ellen Gallagher, and Tom Sachs, who opened his awe-inspiring studio for Monroque’s photo shoot. During which, for effect, she slipped on a pair of jeweled Miu Miu stilettos, Cinderella-style. As is true for any ardent follower of fashion, if the shoe fits and is divine, she’ll wear it. 

In Giambattista Valli.


Shala Monroque: Fashions Newest Muse Speaks via [Divalocity]

As one of NYC’s hottest “Uptown Girls” who is now reaching fashion icon status with her elegantly-chic look. Shala Monroque, writer and Editor-at-Large for The Pop Magazine has been rising to the top of the fashion heap for the past three years. With her ever-changing coif and sophisticated lady like vibe, the fresh faced beauty and St. Lucia native is making her mark as a writer and a modern-day muse. 

This fashionable beauty is all over the web and her chameleon like traits are getting her noticed. Whether this fashion renegade is jetting off to Paris, France or to St. Petersburg, Russia on choice assignment’s for her job or off to the many art exhibits, she’s often found in NYC where she is a part of the cultural scene.

I was interested in talking with Shala to find out a little more information about her, so I got up the nerve and asked her for an interview. As the saying goes, ask and you shall receive and she was gracious enough to allow me to interview her. No, I didn’t fly to NYC, which would have been great, but I conducted the interview the way we do them in these modern times-over the phone or via the web.

I’m sure there will be more from other individuals in the future because she is now, one to watch. And everyone wants to know who is this Shala Monroque? She’s not a singer. She’s not an actress. She’s not a model, but she sure looks like one.

Fashions newest muse gives us a taste of who she is.

Shala in front of one of artist, Richard Princes,
Naughty Nurse Paintings.

Shala looking fabulous in Valentino.
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Divalocity: “Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to interview you.
First of all, how are you?”

Shala: “Very well, thank you.”

Divalocity: Give us a little history about yourself. What is your occupation and where were you educated? It doesn’t matter where you attended school, I just want to show women that they can do and be anything that they set out to be with or without a higher education, just as long as they have the desire and determination to succeed. We tend to concentrate on the superficial of women and dismiss their intellect and accomplishments and I want to show them that how we think and act counts first before how we look.

Shala: I grew up in St.Lucia and went to secondary school there. I’ve attempted college, and I’m still in the process of slowly getting a degree. It’s taking forever but I’m also learning a lot by travelling as well. That works for me. I’m not going to advise anyone against pursuing higher education, I would encourage it. I’m very curious and have lots of questions and so its possible I may keep going to college for life.

Divalocity: Vogue magazine and other’s are labeling you as a socialite, do you consider yourself only a socialite? If not, please elaborate about the various philanthropic endeavors that you are involved in.

Shala: To quote Whitney Houston, “I’m every woman, its all in me” I would hate to think that I am capable of doing only one thing, its just not me. I’m very fluid and enjoy being in various environments. It’s a good way to learn. I’m currently not involved in any philanthropic endeavours. I haven’t been moved that way yet, not that I don’t care but I like to do things genuinely. I sometimes donate to Doctors Without Borders.

Divalocity: Who are your fashion influences and icons?

Shala: I don’t know that I really have any. Everybody influences me. The list would be too long.

Divalocity: I believe that Haute Couture is an art form and should be protected and preserved for future generations to see. Do you feel that there is a relationship between fashion and art?

Shala: Art speaks, fashion speaks. That’s the relationship between the two.

Divalocity: Who are some of your favorite designers? You seem to have a penchant for fabulous accessories and I love how you play them up, who are some of your favorite handbag designers?

Shala: Right now, I’m over the “It Bag” phenomenon. Actually I was never really into it. I am not into “it-anything” for that matter. I like what I like no matter what anyone thinks. That said, I am into Hermès now because they are classic bags that are very utilitarian and chic. Some of which have been around for decades.

Divalocity: I saw the pictures on The Sartorialist Blog of you taken during PFW and every one commented wanted your Birken bag.

Divalocity: Who are your favorite artists? Which do you prefer, Modern Art or that of the Old World Master painters?

Shala: Difficult to answer, so I’ll stick with Picasso for the moment because he can never be erased. I’ve learned that sometimes the paintings I hated most are the ones I’ve come to love the most.

Divalocity: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Shala: I don’t really look at life that way, especially now. My motto of the moment is “Inshallah” God willing, what will be will be et cetera.

Divalocity: What words of inspiration can you give our readers?

Shala: “This too shall pass”

Divalocity: Jet-setting from place to place seems like a glamorous lifestyle, please tell my readers how important it is for women to travel the world and learn about other cultures.

Shala: Travel is important to learn about the world. But I also know people who have zero interest in travelling and are quite happy. So its all about knowing oneself and what one wants out of life. I’ve always wanted to travel, I was always curious and so that has led me down this path but before I could physically travel, I travelled by way of books and its also a great way to see the world. Read, read, read, ask questions, its like travelling through the minds of others.

Divalocity: What are some of your favorite cities in the world?

Shala: Paris, Rome, Venice, Marrakesh, and of course, New York City.

Divalocity: What simple health, fitness and beauty tips can you give us to continue looking fabulous?

Shala: I’m the worst person to ask that question. I’m all about a healthy mind, a curious mind, intelligence, these are the things that are beautiful to me.

Divalocity: What are some of your fashion words to live by and words of inspiration that get you through tough times?

Shala: It’s not that deep. Always Wear Confidence.

Divalocity: You are so right and that’s one of my favorite accessories.

Divalocity: What are some of your favorite home essentials that you can’t live without? Do you bring a touch of home with you when you travel?

Shala: Music.

Divalocity: What are some of favorite shopping destinations and why?

Shala: Souks, because there’s just so much to see. Prada because of the whole environment, the music, the art, you sometimes walk into a Prada store and every single person is dressed alike right down to the red lipstick. I like that sort of madness. But in general I love to shop, I always have and suspect always will. Growing up as a child I would save the bus fare just to walk around “town” and window shop. I could have told you where to find anything.

Even when I moved to New York and had no money, I loved walking into expensive or 99cent stores just to see what was going on. One can tell a lot about a people by the merchandise of their stores. Like I could tell there were Chinese living in Harlem because at Pathmark they sold chicken’s feet. I look at shopping mostly from that angle. So mostly its shopping for ideas and information.

Divalocity: You are indeed a style chameleon when it comes to everything about your style and there’s never nothing routine about it. When I first your picture in the NYSD, I was in awe of you because you wore your hair natural, now with many women of African descent embracing their beautiful hair, what is your favorite way of wearing your hair and why? Women of African descent have various ways that they can wear their hair styled and always have, I just feel it’s refreshing to see a woman self-define what she deems as beautiful by embracing who she is.

Shala: HAIR. The one constant is that my hair is always changing. Mainly because I’m easily bored. I had my hair short and natural then because at that point wanted one less hassle in my life. But then I wanted to look less like a boy and more “feminine.” Only black people truly understand the difficulty of black hair, and also the pride that black people take in their hair.

I have a book that documents the various hair-styles from Africa for maybe two hundred years, and basically black people have always had fun with their hair. None of these hairstyles are new. Afros, cornrows, Mohawks, dreadlocks, weaving, its centuries old. I don’t know why people take it so seriously. For black people hair is like the “It Bag” or a blank canvas, same thing.

Divalocity: How can I score an invite to NYFW, my daughter and I have been dying to get there forever?
Shala: I have to think about that one for a bit. I go because of work. Maybe you can do it through your blog, get a press pass.

Divalocity: I’ll do just that and I’ll start writing the PR’s of the designer shows that I want to see.

Divalocity: Again, thank you for your time and the wonderful opportunity to interview you.

Shala: Thanks.

Divalocity: There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Shala has given us a little information about herself and she seems to be just as down to earth as ever. She’s what I call, “Living Well” and that’s what we all should strive for because we deserve it.

You can read more about Shala’s adventures in the art world, travel and fashion world at her blog.


Closet Crush: Shala Monroque via [clutchmagazine]

– By Audra E. Lord

There’s no question that the editor-at-large of Pop Magazine is a visionary. Just take a look at her personal style. Her coveted fashion sense is best described as classic meets edgy—a sophisticated yet eccentric blend of tailored designer pieces (think pencil skirts and flirty A-line dresses) and bold statement-making accessories (chunky necklaces and animal-print clutches with unexpected pops of color). She has definitely been on our style radar for a minute. This is one crush that’s not going anywhere. Check out her blog here!


You Should Know : Shala Monroque via [fashionbombdaily]

by Claire

Hey Guys!

Today I wanted to profile a new Fashion Bomb worthy stylista on the scene, Shala Monroque:

Shala Monroque Fashion style

The young editor-at-large of Pop Magazine (and girlfriend to famously wealthy art mogul Larry Gagosian) has been busy on the party circuit, meriting a place as one Style.com’s Top Party People of 2009 and Who What Wear’s Girl of the Month, thanks to her fearless style, sick shoe collection, and indisputable beauty. We thought it was high time to see what all the buzz was about, and we weren’t disappointed!

Shala Monroque Fashion style

For international fashion weeks, Shala brings out the boldness in vibrant colored skirts and simple shirts, punched up with tribal heels and chic statement necklaces.

Shala Monroque Party

Shala Monroque Fashion style

At fashionable fetes she keeps the flavor going in fun mini dresses set off by cute feather adorned stiletto sandals or slim cut airy separates with interesting details.

Shala Monroque Fashion style

For more casual engagements, she skews towards simple in solid colored blazers worn over conservative shifts.

Shala Monroque the Fashion Bomb

But whatever she wears, it’s clear: homegirl is fierce!

If you want to channel a bit of her essence, do so with these fun picks:

She might give Genevieve Jones a run for her money on the socialite scene!

What do you think of this new Fashion Bomb addition?

If you need more Shala, check out her blog, Shala the Pop, here.

Photo Credits: Jak & Jil & Getty.

Miami Art Basel Events Guide The Art World’s Winter Playground via [Social Miami]


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Art Basel Guide
Art Basel Miami Beach is once again upon us bringing with it a swarm of satellite art fairs and parties that envelope the entire city. Detailing the non-stop activity is SocialMiami’s Art Basel Guide.
From Fairchild to Wynwood, the Design District, MiMo, Brickell, Downtown, Mid-Town, North Beach and South Beach, all of Miami-Dade is ready to host inarguably the largest convergence of people from the international art world to descend upon a single locale for the entire year. So, get your calendars ready and support as many of these unique events as you can – oh, and invest in a piece, or two, while you’re at it!

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Reconstructed Visions

Monday, November 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sheila Elias will open her studio for a reception to preview her new exhibition, Reconstructed Visions, an exhibition called The Wall which was given last year during Art Basel A selection of sketchbook works ranging from 1993 to 2010, as well as a number of large canvas pieces (2010), will be on display. Work by Elias, a multi media artist, is in numerous collections including the Brooklyn, Bass, and Lowe Museums and has also exhibited at The Louvre in Paris. The opening is hosted by Deepak Sony, head of the Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors. RSVP please.

Studio of Sheila Elias
1510 N.E. 130th Street, North Miami
305-892-9198 (RSVP)

Preview of Contemporary Asian Art Exhibition

Monday, November 29 at 7 p.m.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami will show a unique exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art curated by Brian Dursum, Director and Curator of UM’s Lowe Art Museum. The Mandarin is the official hotel sponsor of Art Miami, the city’s premier anchor art fair held November 30 through December 5. The hotel exhibition will feature work from some of China’s most exciting contemporary artists, and an exclusive preview in the hotel’s atrium lobby on Monday will benefit The Lotus House, a women’s shelter that offers sanctuary for homeless women and infants. The exhibition will be on view November 30 through December 5.

Mandarin Oriental, Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Downtown Miami
305-913 8288


Monday, November 29 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Eleven artists are joining forces for an exploration of self-identity through visual art and film with a portion of proceeds from sales to benefit the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Participating artists are Thom Wheeler Castillo, Roberto Catasus, Dennis Dean, Daniel Garcia, Lidia Godoi, Israel Guevara, Pablo Hernandez, Rock Hudson, Armando Pedroso, George Rodez and Evelyn Valdirio. RODEZart.com Gallery is located at Coco Walk where Art Starts in the Grove will celebrate Art Basel week with all galleries, restaurants and bars participating daily, beginning on Monday, followed by an after-party at the Mayfair Atrium from 9 to 11 p.m.

RODEZart.com Gallery
3015 Grand Avenue, Suite 237, Coconut Grove

4th Annual Tastemakers Showcase

Monday, November 29 at 8 p.m.

Brazil’s leading closet, bath and kitchen design showroom and fabricator, Ornare, will host its Tastemakers Showcase, honoring the most prestigious architects, designers and builders of 2010. Renowned for raising the bar of custom, organizational design, Ornare will showcase the professional styles, ideas and perspectives of 21 design firms who are leaders in the industry. View works from all the distinguished honorees from this year’s Showcase and celebrate design at its best!

3930 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suites 102/103
Miami Design District

moca & vanity Fair International Party

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Join the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Vanity Fair International to kick off Art Basel Miami Beach and to celebrate the opening of Jonathan Meese: Sculpture, his first major solo exhibition in the United States. Also opening is Bruce Weber: Haiti / Little Haiti, an exhibition of photographs of Miami’s Haitian community by celebrated photographer Bruce Weber taken from 2008 to 2010. Open to all MOCA members, North Miami residents and city employees, and Art Basel VIP cardholders and exhibitors. $25 admission for all others.

770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami

Someone under the Carpet

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Meet contemporary Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at their solo exhibition of Someone under the Carpet. The work recreates an installation originally staged at the Museum van Hendendaagse Kunst Antwerpen in 1998. Viewers stand around a roped-off, carpeted area of the gallery floor where a human figure slowly twists and moves beneath the carpet in circles, manifesting a moving sculpture. Also on view will be four large-scale carpets from The Flying series (2005-6), occupying an adjacent 8,000 square-foot space, handcrafted books created in the mid-90’s, documentary films and a miniature model of The Ship of Siwa, built with the participation of local children and students from Manchester College in the United Kingdom. The work will be on display through January 15, open Tues – Sat from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wolfgang Roth & Partners
201 N.E. 39th Street, Miami Design District

Most Wanted 8th Edition Opening Party

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Amy Alonso Gallery will host an opening party for the Eighth Edition of its popular Most Wanted Art Basel Exhibition. The exhibition features the works of a diverse group of seven contemporary surreal, fantastic, abstract expressionism and pop-surrealist artists: Carla Fache, Victor Mahana, Rodolfo Edwards, Valentina Brostean, Joseph Firbas, Tomas Valdivieso and Raymond Fuentes. Enjoy complimentary drinks and live entertainment. The exhibit will be on view through December 17. Special hours during Art Basel week are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Amy Alonso Gallery
750 N.E. 124th Street, Suite 2, MOCA Plaza, North Miami

Opening Reception for Extraordinary Journey into 3D

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 to 10 p.m.

ArtDecemberMiami.com will sponsor Extraordinary Journey Into 3D, an art exhibition of more than 24 works of art by Miami artists Brigitte Andrade, Mamushka, Galaxy Girl and Giovanni DeCunto. The work of these artists, not usually exhibited in 3D, has been transformed into 3D by Ramesh Kannappan, of 3DPhotoFlip, for this exhibition. The work will be on view through December 3.

Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
1920 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach

Art Miami

Tuesday – Sunday, November 30 – December 5

Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair, Art Miami, returns to the City of Miami with a compelling array of modern and contemporary artwork from over 100 international galleries and prominent art institutions. Now in its 21st year, Art Miami is a “can’t miss” event for serious collectors, museum professionals, curators and art enthusiasts. Exhibitions at the fair will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and prints from Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, the Middle East and the United State. Distinguished for its depth, diversity and quality, Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s contemporary art fair market. Art Miami will kick off Art Week with a benefit for Lotus House Women’s Shelter ($25 entry) on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a VIP preview 7 to 10:30 p.m. open to Art Miami VIP cardholders. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 to 6 p.m. One-day pass is $15 ($35 including catalog) and multi-day pass is $20 ($40 with catalog).

Art Miami Pavilion
Midtown Boulevard (N.E. 1st Ave.)
Between 31st and 32nd Streets
Midtown Miami Arts District

Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne Outdoor Exhibition

On View beginning November 30

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will present the U.S.’s largest outdoor exhibition of works by French sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. The exhibition, Les Lalanne at Fairchild, opening to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, will feature more than twenty sculptures, including works never before publicly exhibited in the U.S., and one multi-piece work comprised of more than a dozen individual sculptures, to be installed throughout the Garden’s 83-acres of lush, tropical landscape. Drawing surrealist imagery from flora and fauna, the Lalanne’s sculptures will create an extraordinary element of surprise and wonder set within Fairchild’s botanic paradise of rare palms, cycads, and flowering plants. Fairchild is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables


Tuesday – Sunday, November 30 – December 5

Graffiti Gone Global 2010 presents Fresh Produce, an urban contemporary art exhibition powered b SUSHISAMBA. In its 4th consecutive year, Graffiti Gone Global is produced in collaboration with Primary Flight, Operation Design and Haas & Hahn, is curated by Cristina Gonzalez, a/k/a She Kills He, and features work from today’s top street and graffiti artists. Fresh Produce blurs the line between the street and the gallery, presenting a multifaceted exhibition highlighting the freshest and most undeniable influences of urban aesthetics and contemporary design with a roster of international artists. Opening preview is Tues from 5 to 8 p.m. Fair hours are Weds & Thurs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., followed by an Artists Party from 7 to 10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

70 N.W. 25th Street
(Between N.W. 2nd and North Miami Avenues)
Wynwood Art District

SCOPE art fair

Tuesday – Sunday, November 30 – December 5

SCOPE Art Fair has established its name by curating cutting-edge contemporary art from around the world. Returning to Miami for its 10th year, SCOPE Miami’s 80,000 square foot concrete foundation is next to Art Asia and across the street from Art Miami. This year’s fair will present 85 international galleries upholding SCOPE’s unique tradition of solo and thematic group shows presented alongside museum-quality programming, collector tours, screenings, and special events. The experience will expand this year in partnership with cultural organizations to feature film, music, installation and performance. The fair opens to Press and VIP’s on Tuesday (3 – 9 p.m.) with a FirstView benefit ($100, free for ABMB VIP’s); Wednesday – Saturday (11 – 7); Sunday (11 – 6). Admission is $20; students $15; free for ABMB VIP’s.

3011 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood Art District

Sculpt Miami

Tuesday – Sunday, November 30 – December 5

Sculpt Miami 2010 showcases outstanding large-scale indoor and outdoor sculptures by prominent modern artists from around the world. The fair focuses on the newest aesthetic tendencies in contemporary sculpture highlighting innovative techiniques and the use of original materials. Opening Reception is Tues from 7 to 10 p.m., open to VIP cardholders, media and guests who RSVP. Fair hours are Tues – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free; catalog available for $5.

46 N.W. 36th Street
Wynwood Art District

Opening Reception for Daniel Arsham Solo Exhibition “Alter”

Tuesday, November 30 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Artist Daniel Arsham will debut three new bodies of work: Objects from Antiquity, Push Puppets and Pixel Clouds. Arsham makes architecture do things it’s not supposed to do, mining everyday experience for opportunities to confuse and confound our expectations of space and form. Simple yet paradoxical gestures dominate his sculptural work, and structural experiment, historical inquiry, and satirical wit all combine with consummate technical skill in his ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined. Objects from Antiquity, a new series of gouache on mylar drawings, was inspired by a trip to Athens; his life-sized push puppet figurines from his childhood collapse and reform again, recreating his memories architecturally; and his Pixel Clouds that hang overhead in the gallery continues his ongoing exploration into the relationship between architecture and nature. The work will be on view through December 11; open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through December 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 11.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
194 N.W. 30th Street, Wynwood Art District 305-573-2130

smART – Art Sale and Exhibition

November 30 – December 15

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Miami Dade College will present smART, a landmark art exhibition and sale worthy of this historic milestone. smART will focus on the work from emerging and established Latin American artists including Luís Gispert, Juan Iribarren and Flavia di Rin. In all 86 artists and 32 renowned galleries from 8 countries will participate. All proceeds will benefit the American Dream Scholarship Fund, aimed at providing a better opportunity for quality education to students who could not otherwise afford it. Preview the works online and visit the gallery, which is open regular hours Tues – Fri from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sat from noon to 4 p.m. Special hours of noon to 6 p.m. are in effect on Fri – Sun of Art Basel week. For more information please contact Amaury Zuriarrain.

Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College
600 N. Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

Tropical Modernism

Wednesday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bisazza and Oppenheim Architecture + Design will host Tropical Modernism to showcase a selection of forthcoming projects. Founded by Chad Oppenheim, OAD is based in Miami but operates globally with worldwide experience in hospitality, office, high-rise, retail, residential and mixed-use design, as well as the complete master planning and design of new cities. To accompany the exhibition, Bisazza and OAD will run two architectural tours on Tropical Modernism. Each tour will last one hour and culminate in a private visit to Villa Allegra.

3740 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District

A New Time for Old Tales

Wednesday, December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

In celebration of Art Basel, The Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) will put a fresh spin on old Grimm fairy tales, including Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Tom Thumb, Rapunzel, and Rumpelstiltskin. Students from this award-winning school will create a series of dynamic, site-specific multi-media installations, allowing the legendary literary characters beyond their own stories into each other’s worlds. On view through December 11.

Las Tias
2834 N. Miami Avenue, Miami

The Vogue Lounge

Wednesday, December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Preview the season’s cutting edge fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends at a chic lounge hosted by Vogue Magazine. This shopping experience is presented by Trina Turk, Sam Edelman, bebe, Canon, Curve Boutique, Shari Liu Handbags, Honey Child, the American Cancer Society and Latisse®. Opening champagne reception with music by South Florida’s stylist female DJ duo, Ess and Emm, kicks off the 3-day fete (Weds – Fri) when the lounge will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-864-3434, Ext. 123

Opening Receptions for Miguel Paredes

Wednesday & Thursday, December 1 & 2 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Artist Miguel Paredes, notable pop and multi-media artist, sculptor and urban realist, will launch his most recent artistic endeavor in partnership with the National Hotel in the heart of South Beach. It’s Paredes’ largest exhibition to date with his multi-colored and vibrant works covering the hotel’s outdoor façade as well as its indoor walls and chic pool garden area. The VIP reception is Wednesday from 8 to 11 p.m., and the exhibition will be open to the public December 2 through 5. In Paredes’ solo gallery space in Wynwood, the artist will host an Art Basel launch event on Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., and the gallery will remain open to the public through Art Basel. At both spaces the artist will unveil select pieces from his new series Elements of an Artist, as well as never before seen works and sculptures.

National Hotel
1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Paredes Fine Arts Studio
2311 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Wynwood Art District

Wynwood Walls – Street Art Mural Park

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5 from noon to 11 p.m.

Wynwood Walls, Miami’s epicenter for cutting-edge museum quality contemporary murals, builds on the street art tradition already established in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. The result of a collaboration between Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties and Jeffrey Deitch of Deitch Projects, the open-air art park launched during Art Basel 2009. Using primed walls of buildings as their canvases, internationally respected artists from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States, including Aiko from Japan, Os Gemeos and Nunca from Brazil and Stelios Faitakis from Greece, as well as Jim Drain, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Barry McGee, Ara Peterson, Clare Rojas, Kenny Scharf and the team of Swoon, David Ellis and Ben Wolf from the US, created the park’s original 12 expansive murals. For Art Basel 2010, Wynwood Walls will roll out even more exciting and innovative works.

N.W. 2nd Avenue
Between 25th and 26th Streets
Wynwood Art District

Isabella Rossellini’s “Seduce Me”

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

The Wolfsonian–FIU will present Seduce Me, a collaboration with Isabella Rossellini, Andy Byers, and Rick Gilbert in celebration of Art Basel | Miami Beach 2010. The site-specific installation project takes its name from a series of short videos created by Rossellini exploring the unconventional seduction rituals of creatures ranging from bugs to cuttlefish. Commissioned for The Wolfsonian, it features complex and imaginative paper sculptures made by Andy Byers that are used in the videos for sets, props, and costumes, and the Seduce Me videos created, produced, directed, written, and performed by Rossellini and produced and art directed by Rick Gilbert. Elaborating on the themes of the videos, Andy Byers has designed a fantastical landscape, populated by awe-inspiring creatures made primarily of paper, that conveys the complex, ingenious, and precious attributes of nature. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except for Friday when the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach


Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

A thought-provoking, curated experience, Arts for a Better World features works by more than 30 visual artists from many countries, with the common mission to contribute to a better world for future generations. In addition to the fine arts, visitors will encounter a dynamic educational program of workshops dedicated to developing a better world awareness for children and adults. The elegantly designed 42,000 square foot exhibit hall will also house special areas dedicated to four major international charitable organizations directly benefiting from the expo, as well as several local organizations that support the better world mission. Open Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10; free for children under 18, members of the Armed Forces and Art Basel VIP badgeholders.

Soho Studios
N.W. 22nd Street and 1st Avenue, Wynwood Art District

LITTLEST SISTER | 10 | Invitational Art Fair

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

Littlest Sister, in its third edition, is Miami Design District’s only art fair, consisting of just 8 booths that house over 40 of today’s most provocative artists from unknowns to seasoned veterans. This year a VIP Project Room featuring a solo project by artist Marc Dennis will be added, appropriately dressed with an extensive selection of art publications and Cafe to converge, lounge and unwind. Another new highlight will be the Littlest Sculpture Project with works by Pablo Cano, Eric Doeringer and Pachi Giustinian, to accentuate the fair’s overall concept. Special events are the Littlest Vernissage on Tues from 7 to 10 p.m., a VIP Collectors’ Brunch on Weds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Design District Opening Night reception on Thurs from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Fair opens daily at 9 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. on Weds, Fri and Sat, midnight on Thurs and 3 p.m. on Sun.

Spinello Gallery
155 N.E. 38th Street, Suite 101
Miami Design District


Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

Art Asia, established in 2008, has hosted fairs in Miami and Basel, and in only its third edition, the Fair has welcomed more than 75,000 visitors. Art Asia is the premier and only Asian contemporary art fair in the US, serving as a platform for galleries from around the world to showcase the best of established and emerging Asian artists, working both inside and outside of Asia. It has positioned itself as a forum for international galleries, curators, artists, collectors and educators to exchange ideas and see fresh and exciting works by contemporary Asian artists. VIP Vernissage on Tues from 3 to 9 p.m. Fair hours are Weds & Sun from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thurs – Sat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. One-day admission is $15 and $10 for seniors and students; multi-day pass is $20.

Art Asia Miami
2901 N. Miami Avenue, Miami Midtown


Wednesday – Saturday, December 1 – 5

Design Miami/ is the global forum that brings together the most influential dealers, collectors, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. At the core of the Design Miami/ forum is a marketplace for limited-edition design, amid which international design galleries present curated exhibitions on museum-quality furniture, light and objets d’art, attracting the highest level of private and public collectors of historical and contemporary design. The galleries invited to exhibit deal mainly in design objects from the advent of Modernism (circa 1900) to the present day with select galleries specializing in 18th and 19th century antiques. Design Miami/ has a new exhibition venue, and fair hours are Weds – Sat from noon to 8 p.m. and Sun from noon to 6 p.m. One-day tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors with ID. VIP opening on Tues and Nocturne on Thurs from 8 to 10 p.m. are by invitation only.

Design Miami/
Miami Beach Convention Center P-Lot
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach

INK Miami Art Fair

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

In its 5th year, INK Miami is a contemporary art fair that is unique among the satellite fairs in Miami for its forcus on contemporary prints and works on paper by internationally renowned artists. Sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, exhibitors are selected for their ability to offer collectors a diverse survey of 20th century masterworks and just-published editions by leading artists. This year’s dealers will present a coordinated show of works on paper that feature language as a compositional element. The fair opens with a Preview Breakfast on Weds from 10 a.m. to noon. Fair hours are Weds from noon to 5 p.m., Thurs – Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Suites of Dorchester Hotel
1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Red Dot Miami

Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 -5

Red Dot Miami strives to create a fair for galleries specializing in works by emerging, mid-career and established artists who seek to present work of lasting value and beyond current trends. International modern and contemporary art galleries will exhibit paintings, sculpture, photography and works on paper in the luxurious layout of Red Dot’s 30,000 square foot tented venue. Opening Reception on Tues from 6 to 9 p.m., to benefit GreenMiami, a project initiated by former Miami Mayor Manual Diaz with proceeds going to the City of Miami Tree Trust Fund. Tickets for reception are $25 which includes daily access to the fair. Fair hours are Weds from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thurs – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Complimentary cocktails, courtesy of Camarena Tequila will be served daily between 6 and 8 p.m.

Red Dot Miami
3011 N.E. 1st Avenue (Midtown Blvd. at 31st Street)
Wynwood Art District

Opening Night for Sugar Rush

Wednesday, December 1 from 8 to 10 p.m.

ArtCenter/South Florida ACSF celebrates Art Basel Miami Beach with eye candy galore: Good N’ Plenty, a group show featuring current and alumni artists-in-residence and Sweet Jesus Unfair, an installation by Alex Heria about religion bedazzled. Good N’ Plenty (800 Lincoln Road), curated by Kristen Thiele, spotlights 25 years of ACSF artists and includes foundting artist Ellie Schneiderman; luminaries William Cordova and Luis Gispert; Haitian Diaspora artist and community leader Edouard Duval Carrie; and many more renowned artists. Sweet Jesus Unfair by Alex Heria (924 Lincoln Road) blends religious iconography with jewels, glitter and gold, and mixed media artist Alex Heria illustrates the age-old relationship between Catholicism and money with visual effects and photography, found objects and carnival lighting. Other highlights at ACSF include Gift of Art – the Center’s 40 artists-in-residence have created limited-edition prints that will be given to visitors who obtain vouchers at the opening event; Art Dummie by David Rohn, a interactive piece based on his experience with Facebook; and a Good N’ Plenty Brunch, provided by Ghirardelli, on Sunday from 11 a.m to 3 p.m.

ArtCenter/South Florida
800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

Wednesday – Saturday, December 1 – 4

CIFO will host a series of daily breakfasts from 9 a.m. to noon with not-to-miss art happenings throughout Art Basel week. Weds: Artist Talk with photographer Luisa Lambri and Douglas Fogle, Curator of the Hammer Museum at UCLA. Thurs: a cake performance presented by Kreëmart, in which contemporary Cuban artists, Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez, Los Carpinteros, explore dessert as an art medium, followed by a tour of Inside Out: Photography After Form with CIFO’s guest curators Simon Baker and Tanya Barson, Curators of the Tate Modern in London. And on Sat at 8 p.m. the outdoor screening of PBS Art:21’s documentary about renowned South African artist William Kentridge.

1018 N. Miami Avenue, Miami


Wednesday – Sunday, December 1 – 5

Zones Art Fair is a niche fair with a strong local flavor, offering a detour from the labyrinthine art-fair set-up. Expect anything from sculpture and painting to video and performance art from up and coming artists. Added this year is Fast Forward with curators and artists presenting an array of subjects. Events range from food-tasting to talks to cocktails and music. Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

Edge Zones Space
47 N.E. 25th Street, Wynwood Art District

Inauguration of Miami Beach Sculpture Biennale

Thursday, December 2

Hosted by Gary Nader, a selection of sculptures by world-class contemporary artists, ranging in size from medium to monumental scale, will be displayed along the Biscayne Boulevard corridor in downtown Miami, from the InterContinental Hotel to the American Airlines Arena. The City of Miami Mayor Tomas P. Regalado will officially inaugurate the Sculpture Biennale, celebrating the importance of sculpture in contemporary civic life. The Biennale exhibition will be open and free to the public. It will include didactic materials which will enhance the general public’s appreciation of the works on display. A partial list of artists includes: Fernando Botero (Colombia), Sandro Chia (Italy), Keith Haring (USA), John Henry (USA), Julio Larraz (Cuba). Lina Leal (Argentina), Roy Fox Liechtenstein (USA), Enrique Martinez Celaya (USA), Henry Moore (UK), Mimo Paladino (Italy), Carolina Sardi (Argentina), Frank Stella (USA), Rufino Tamayo (Mexico), and Hans Van de Bovenkamp (Germany).

Miami InterContinental Hotel
100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami


Thursday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to noon

An Art Basel tradition, the Rubell Opening Breakfast presents Just Right, an interactive food installation by Jennifer Rubell. Just Right addresses the question: What if Goldilocks were an artist? The focus is on the fact that Goldilocks assumes the authority to determine the perfect form of everything she encounters, one of the defining strategies of the contemporary artist. Located in a derelict house just behind the Rubell Family Collection, Just Right is accessible only through a hole broken through the back wall of the Collectionʼs courtyard. Once you go through the overgrown backyard and enter the house, you’ll encounter thousands of bowls, porridge, brown sugar, raisins and milk. The temperature of the porridge, the size of the bowl, the shape of the spoon, and all the toppings are just right! Sponsored by illycaffè and open Weds – Sun. In the galleries: How Soon Now and Time Capsule, Age 13 to 21: The Contemporary Art Collection of Jason Rubell. Art Basel hours: Weds – Mon from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rubell Family Collection
95 N.W. 29th Street, Wynwood Art District

Opening of Rock and a Soft Place

Thursday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to noon

An unexpected and captivating site, the tranquil gardens of Casalin may seem an unusual setting among the galleries in Wynwood that are showcasing work during Art Basel. This serene oasis, however, will be bustling with outstanding cutting-edge exhibitions carefully curated by NWSA faculty and gallery owner Fredric Snitzer. The exhibition Rock and a Soft Place features more than a dozen art works and covers most of the newly expanded grounds. The show is free, open to the public and will remain open through Art Basel week.

The Yard at Casalin
55 N.W. 30th Street, Wynwood Art District

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980

Thursday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to noon

Pacific Standard Time fosters an understanding of Southern California art through panel discussions with Los Angeles artists. From 10 to 11 a.m., John Baldessari and Analia Saban, moderated by Glenn Phillips from the Getty Research Institute; and from 11 to noon Eleanor Antin and Kaari Upson in conversation with moderator Ali Subotnik from the Hammer Museum.

Rubell Family Collection Sculpture Garden
95 N.W. 29th Street, Wynwood Art District

7th Annual Masters Mystery Art Show

Thursday, December 2 from noon to 7 p.m.

This year art and fashion unite for the Masters Mystery Art Show with a collection of canvas totes decorated and embellished by 25 top fashion designers joining the mini masterpieces on sale for $50. More than 1500 original artworks, each 6”x9,” created by 300 artists from 31 countries will be on display for purchase to benefit Florida International University’s Masters in Fine Arts program. The mystery is an artistic whodunit since the artist of each piece of art or canvas tote is unveiled only after it is purchased. Works will be created by artists and designers Amrita Singh, Adriana Castro, Lisa Pliner, Richie Rich, Ryan Paul Simmons and Romero Britto. A private cocktail reception coincides with the opening of Art Basel on Wednesday, and the show opens to the public on Thursday.

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Reception for Saturday’s Ransom

Thursday, December 2 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Locust Projects will present Saturday’s Ransom, an ambitious new project by Miami-based artist Jim Drain. The 2005 winner of the prestigious Baloise Art Prize, Drain has exhibited at institutions and galleries across the US and internationally. This will be his first solo exhibition in Miami; on view through December 4, daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drain also collaborated with students from Design and Architecture Senior High School to create a vinyl wrap scrim that evokes majestic stained glass. Commissioned by Carlos & Rosa de la Cruz, Craig Robins of Dacra Development, and Asi Cymbal of Cymbal Development, Small Reprieve is located at N.E. 41st Street and 1st Avenue.

Locust Projects
155 N.E. 38th Street, Suite 100, Miami Design District

Opening Reception for Performance Art Curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija

Thursday, December 2 at 8 p.m.
Internationally acclaimed artist Rirkrit Tiravanija will curate an exhibition of emerging performance-based artists especially for the Miami Design District. Selected were three former students – Lior Shvil, Aki Sasamoto and Naama Tsabar – who are all currently making a wide range of performance works that tap into today’s culture. Performances will be Thurs, Fri & Sat at 9 p.m.

4141 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suites 101C, 101D, 101E
Miami Design District


Thursday, December 2, from 8 to 11 p.m.

Miami Art Museum will host Art Basel VIP’s and other invited guests for its signature Art Basel event, Party on the Plaza featuring live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under the stars. On view, Susan Rothenberg: Moving in Place, Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, Focus Gallery: Robert Rauschenberg, and Galaxies Forming Along Filaments, Like Droplets Along the Strands of a Spider’s Web, 2008, a large-scale installation by Tomás Saraceno. Party on the Plaza is by invitation only – open to Art Basel Miami Beach exhibitors’ pass, VIP card and special VIP cardholders, PULSE VIP cardholders, as well as Contributing ($250) and above MAM members and MAM Contemporaries. To become a member, contact membership@miamiartmuseum.org.

Miami Art Museum
101 W. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami


Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Fountain Miami 2010, the 5th anniversary of the show launched during Art Basel 2006, features 25 projects by US-based and international galleries and artist collectives. Fountain has become known as the go-to venue for nighttime live music and performance art during the fair week. VIP Preview on Thurs from noon to 6 p.m.; Opening Reception on Fri from 7 p.m. to midnight; Miami New Times Party on Sat from 7 to midnight; and Closing Party on Sun from 4 to 7 p.m. Fair hours are Fri – Sun from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fountain Miami
2505 N. Miami Avenue, Wynwood Art District


Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) will host the NADA Art Fair featuring 88 emerging art galleries from 19 countries, as well as performances, lectures and events. a diverse, high quality group of professional exhibitors. Discover work of emerging contemporary artists in an intimate setting with an entire section of the venue set aside for solo presentations. Admission to the fair is free; fair hours are Thurs from 2 to 8 p.m., Fri & Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Presenting over 80 of the world’s premier contemporary art galleries, along with a dynamic cultural program, PULSE Miami connects art enthusiasts to works by leading and emerging artists. The Fair is divided into two sections and is comprised of a mix of established and emerging galleries vetted by a committee of prominent international dealers with the Impulse section presenting solo exhibitions of new artists’ work. PULSE develops original cultural programming with a series of large-scale installations, its PULSE Play Video Lounge, PULSE Performance Events, and PULSE Profiles series of artists and curators talks. Fair hours are Thurs 1 to 7 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15; students/seniors/groups $10.

The Ice Palace
1400 N. Miami Avenue, Miami

Student Exhibition

Thursday – Saturday, December 2 – 4

Talented students participating in the Arts for Learning programs will showcase an exhibition of their work during Art Basel. A majority of the work will come from students from the Lewis Arts Academy, a program launched by Arts for Learning and supported by the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation, that offers at-risk students an opportunity for continued artistic growth. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Whale & Star (Studio of Enrique Martínez Celaya)
2215 N.W. First Place, Wynwood Art District

Opening Reception for The Moksha Art Fair

Thursday, December 2 at 6 p.m.

Visionary art, music and performance are happening at the Moksha Art Fair during the week of Art Basel. The opening reception features the gallery expo of visionary artists and a panel discussion moderated by FIU Pre-Columbian Art Professor Constantino Manuel Torres, Ph.D. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. On Saturday at 8 p.m., the Moksha Art Fair multimedia experience gets underway with live painting, music and performances and video art. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. The gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

7th Circuit studio
228 N.E. 59th Street, Miami
Tickets available through www.brownpapertickets.com.

Art Whino

Thursday – Saturday, December 2 – 4

Art Whino will join the Multiversal show this year, presenting The Takeover in Multiversal’s outdoor courtyard. Art Whino’s “Elite Delta Force” of artistic leaders will create a unique 11,800 square foot outdoor art exhibition packed with an enormous series of installations/murals. 20+ artists will paint large mural/installations 8’ high x 20’ wide each, with smaller art pieces exhibited in each of the artist’s installation areas. There will be live painting events throughout the exhibition, as well as the Kickback Lounge, featuring custom furniture with artists’ artwork as the upholstery, full scale arcade games with customized artwork on the cabinets, and a full bar and snack area. Free admission; open from noon to 8 p.m. daily. Show reception is Saturday night from 8 p.m. to midnight with DJ and band performances and live painting by participating artists. Free admission with prior RSVP.

550 N.W. 29 Street, Wynwood Art District

Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. An exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. The exhibiting galleries are among the world’s most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show allows you to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks. Vernissage Weds from 6 to 9 p.m. Fair hours are Thurs – Sat from noon to 8 p.m., Sun noon to 6 p.m. One-hour guided tours available in English and Spanish, call 305-891-7270, Ext. 4.

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel

Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Aqua Art Fair presents innovative programming from the greater US and abroad, with an emphasis on West Coast young dealers and emerging artists. See a number of new dealers, as well as exhibitors and artists who have never shown in an art fair before. Special events include Preview Party sponsored by Modern Painters on Weds from 8 to 11 p.m.; art bloggers@ on Thurs from 4 to 6 p.m.; and The Art of the Book on Sat from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. General admission is $10 good for entry all week; free to Aqua and Art Basel VIP’s. Fair hours are Thurs – Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aqua Hotel
1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Zoom Contemporary Art Fair 2010

Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

This first-time fair will become the first U.S. art fair to showcase the contemporary art of the Middle East. ZOOM Contemporary Art Fair will present exhibitions, educational programming, and curatorial input that brings a fresh voice and perspectives of a burgeoning art scene to the mainstream art circuit. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Shamim M. Momin, who together with Director Angeliki Georgiou, have produced an intimate collection of 20 exhibitions showcasing artists from 11 countries. Fair hours are Thurs – Sat from noon to 8 p.m. and Sun from noon to 6 p.m.

South Seas Hotel
1751 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


Friday – Sunday, December 3 – 5

PooL is the premier fair in the US dedicated to un-represented artists. Its simple approach offers an exciting alternative to the art fair experience, as PooL presents a meeting ground for artists who are not affiliated with a gallery. Exhibitors are provided rooms in which to display their work creating an intimate setting. PooL is produced by Frère Independent, nonprofit art organization. Vernissage on Fri from 6 to 10 p.m. Fair hours are Fri – Sun from 3 to 10 p.m.

Carlton Hotel
1433 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Verge Art Fair

Thursday – Sunday, December 2 – 5

Verge is an international platform for new and emerging art, focusing on the best new ideas and practices of those marginal or newly emerging to international art audiences. VIP Preview on Thurs from noon to 6 p.m. Opening Night Preview Reception Thurs from 6 to 10 p.m. with $20 tickets available at the door. Fair hours are Fri & Sat from noon to 8 p.m. and Sun from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 and $5 for students and seniors.

The Catalina Hotel and Beach Club
1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Excerpts from Makandal, a New Opera Presented by Harlem Stage

Friday, December 3 at 3 p.m.

Harlem Stage’s Makandal, an opera centered on legendary Haitian revolutionary Francois Makandal, won’t debut until 2012, but South Florida gets a sneak peek for the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach 2010. The 30-minute piece will be performed in English/Creole/Spanish; libretto by African-America writer/performer Carl Hancock Rux, score by Afro-Cuban composer Yosvany Terry and design by Haitian visual artist Edouard duVal Carrie. The “Makandal” music is both operatic and folkloric. It tells two stories – one about the man who led a failed slave revolt in the 1750s, the other about a group of 21st century emigrants from Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic who embark on a dangerous boat ride to Puerto Rico. Thematically the show touches on subjects universal and timely: the impact of colonization, slavery and their myriad consequences; and the striving for ideals of freedom. Duval-Carrie will lead a discussion at 3, and the showing at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 N.E. 59th Terrace, Miami

Opening Reception for Ten is One

Friday, December 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Laurence Choko will present Ten is One, which brings together the work of ten artists, working in a variety of mediums, who demonstrate a common aesthetic approach free from art-world trends. On view at a temporary residence from November 30 to December 6, view the works of Lester Cadalso, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Soly Cissé, Beauford Delaney, Henri Guédon, Ibrahim Miranda, Arturo Montoto, Santiago Rodriguez, Olazabal, René Peña and Frank Stewart. This traveling exhibition will be featured at the Intemporel Gallery from mid-December until the end of January, 2011.

3811 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami

Opening Reception for Gilles Gerbaud

Friday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

Meet French photographer Gilles Gerbaud and view his work which will be on display through December 15. Reception courtesy of Alliance Francaise. Free and open to the public.

Alliance Francaise
618 S.W. 8th Street, Miami

Opening Reception for “Am From Miami Bitch!!!”

Friday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

Am From Miami Bitch!!!, an art exhibition curated by Yamel Molerio, will showcase the work of Abstrk, Abdiel Acosta, Frank Garaitonandia, Jose Luis Telot, Jovan Karlo Villalba, Juan Travieso, Lu Gold, T. Eliott Mansa, Vincent Serritella, and Yamel Molerio. The exhibition will be on view from November 29 to December 5 and open Mon – Fri from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sat & Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Am From Miami Bitch!!!
12 Ave SW 6th Street, Little Havana

Opening Reception for Libero

Friday, December 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Libero, as a show, puts its focus squarely on the art and how the works define the word. The freedom to explore an amalgamation of new contemporary art and to deliver content and concepts within the pieces is what Libero achieves as a movement. The work of three powerful artists goes beyond the comfort zone of the norm and delivers a diverse cross section of the core of the Libero concept. See the works of Carol Adrianza, Ed Crowell, II, and Dan Monteavaro/ Libero is on view Fri – Sun.

The Art Space
7610 4th Court, Suite 105, Miami
305-965-4438 (RSVP)

VIP and Member Open House for Seduce Me

Friday, December 3 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Art Basel Miami Beach VIP cardholders and Wolfsonian Diplomat-level members and above will be the guests of The Wolfsonian at an open house for Seduce Me, a performance art collaboration by Isabella Rossellini, Andy Byers, and Rick Gilbert. The installation project takes its name from a series of short videos created by Rossellini that explore the seduction rituals of creatures ranging from bugs to cuttlefish.

The Wolfsonian
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Gartel Couture Art-to-Wear Premiere

Friday, December 3 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Digital media artist Laurence Gartel has translated his innovative imagery to couture clothing and will premiere his collection with a fashion runway show. Celebrate with Gartel and toast the pursuit of artistic ingenuity. Enjoy all sorts of entertainment, including singer/songwriter M’Dela, a percussion drum performance, live body painting and a silent auction of one-of-a-kind Gartel produced live to benefit TWK. VIP reception from 9 to 10 p.m. hosted by Chivas Regal.

Nikki Beach
One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
786-285-5976 VIP Guest List

Craig Robins Collection Tours

Friday & Saturday, December 3 & 4 from 9 a.m. to noon

Each year during Art Basel Miami Beach the Craig Robins Collection attracts hundreds of visitors throughout the week. Guided tours are offered of the Robins Collection which features some of the top artists and designers working today, including John Baldessari, Marlene Dumas, Richard Tuttle, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Marc Newson, Ron Arad and Zaha Hadid, to name a few. By appointment only.

Craig Robins Collection
3841 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 400, Miami Design District

Carl Juste Exhibition and Conversation

Saturday, December 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The ACND Gallery of Art will host an exhibit and conversation led by award-winning Miami Herald Photojournalist Carl Juste and members of the Iris PhotoCollective under the theme Discover Photojournalism. Discover Ourselves. The exhibition will feature a group of black and white photographs from Juste’s latest project, Invictus: Haiti Unconquered, taken during his coverage of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath. The event will bring together high school and college students, photojournalism professionals, educators, and members of the community who support the visual arts and wish to help inspire and motivate aspiring photographers. Admission is free with complimentary parking provided by the gallery. Registered guests are welcome to attend the event and continue their walking tour from the school into the Design District a few blocks away. The exhibition is open Mon – Fri from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ACND Gallery of Art at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School
4949 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami

Opening of Mechanomorphic: Environmentally Minded Man\Machine

Saturday, December 4 from 6 to 10 p.m.

UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art & Art History, will present Mechanomorphic: Environmentally Minded Man\Machine, exploring the role that man/machine plays in our current Green Age. Mechanomorphia, or the concept of the machine changing into something else over time, questions man’s relationship to the machine and to nature. This exhibition will run from November 29th – December 27th.

Wynwood Project Space
2200-A N.W. 2nd Avenue, Wynwood Art District

Vintage Lithographic Posters and Lithographs

Saturday, December 4 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Markowicz Fine Art will host Eric Mourlot, the grandson of Fernand Mourlot of the prestigious Atelier Mourlot. Founded in 1852, the lithographic print shop in Paris was involved in the printing of illustrated books and high quality posters for the French National Museums. By 1937 Mourlot had established its reputation as the largest printer of lithographs and worked with major 20th century artists, including Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Miró, Chagall, Léger, Dubuffet, Calder, Le Corbusier and many more. During this cocktail reception, Mourlot and Markowicz Fine Art will present a unique collection of vintage lithographic posters and lithographs printed by the Mourlot.

Markowicz Fine Art
1 N.E. 40th Street, Miami Design District

Reception for Untitled Exhibition

Saturday, December 4 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The work of 16 college and high school students from New World School of the Arts will be highlighted during The show, comprised of performance and installations, delivers a plethora of unexpected surprises that run the gamut from situational living arrangements to bigger than life sculptures. Curated by Dean Maggie Cuesta and Fredric Snitzer, the exhibition is free and open to the public.

Artseen Gallery
2215 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Wynwood

Miami Art Museum Ball

Saturday, December 4 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Coinciding with Art Basel each year, the MAM Ball is Miami Art Museum’s single most important fundraising event of the year, providing suppory for vital public programs that bring art to life for visitors of all ages, throughout the year. Diana and Robert Moss will serve as chairs for the 2010 Miami Art Museum Ball, celebrating the groundbreaking for the Museum’s new, expanded facility at Museum Park. Tickets range from $750 to $1000. Email for more information.

Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive, Downtown Miami

Breakfast in the Park with Enrique Martínez Celaya

Sunday, December 5 from 9:30 a.m. to noon

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University will again host Breakfast in the Park, an official Art Basel event that is free and open to the public. Enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, an informal lecture by Enrique Martínez Celaya, and guided tours of The Sculpture Park and the Museum’s current exhibitions. Celaya’s work consists of paintings, sculpture, photography, poetry, and prose, directly reflecting his personal experience with a diversity of fields. His work is often characterized by solitary and autobiographical figures seemingly displaced in surreal and symbolic landscapes. Through his background in science, Martínez Celaya investigates the interaction between modern science and the subconscious is his work. On view at the Frost Art Museum is Embracing Modernity: Venezuelan Geometric Abstraction; La Habana Moderna; Xavier Cortada’s Sequentia; and Florida Artists Series: Selections from Anomie 1492-2006 Arnold Mesches.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU
10975 S.W. 17th Street, Miami

Annual Art Basel Champagne Brunch

Sunday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to noon

The Lowe Art Museum will present its Annual Art Basel Champagne Brunch hosted by LAM Director Brian Dursum. At 9:30 a.m. multi-media sculptor Alison Saar will give an artist’s lecture in the Storer Auditorium, UM School of Business. On view at the Lowe are the temporary exhibitions, The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper and Usable Art: African Aesthetics in Daily Life. This event is open to the public, but RSVP is requested as space is limited.

Lowe Art Museum at UM
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables


Sunday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Making a contemporary artwork is not simply (and at times not at all) fabricating an object. The artist’s negotiations with curators and conservators are often crucial in determining the artwork’s very nature. Sherri Irvin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma, will present Making Contemporary Art: Fabrication and Negotiation, examining how the hybrid process of fabrication and negotiation has shaped works in MAM’s collection. This lecture is free, and open to the public. Doors open at 11, and the lecture begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by refreshments.

Miami Art Museum
101 W. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami

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Banknote Jewellery

06.16.10 | 2 Comments

A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art Tine De Ruysser, Ph.D spends her days investigating production methods and folding patterns with a metal and fabric, a new material she invented while she was a student.

Banknote Jewellery” is a conceptual and even political piece articulating the relationship between paper money and gold. A timely piece during our world’s financial crisis, Tine explores the symbolism and relationship between the value of paper money and gold.


2d graphics, 3d art

Flower of Life

06.15.10 | No Comments

A symbol of sacred geometry, the Flower of Life is composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles, that are arranged so that they form a flower-like pattern with a sixfold symmetry like a hexagon. The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter. Because numbers carried symbolic significance in the Old World, geometric shapes became a visual representation of these symbolic numbers and was involved in the planning and construction of many religious structures, including churches and temples. (Read an article written last year regarding Islamic Architecture.) Natural examples of the Flower of Life include: honeycombs, sunflowers and rocks. And lastly, a contemporary example of the Flower of Life can be seen in origami tessellations. Below is a piece by Andrea Russo, titled “Stars in a Sky of Hexagons” – a perfect example of what the Flower of Life is.


3d art, fashion

Geomorphology by Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

06.09.10 | No Comments

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana’s Professor Claudia Fernandez and Mauricio Velasquez Posada explores the use volume, space, and environment to recreate the meaning of origami and the human body. Learn more over here and here. It really makes me pause and say, “hey! whoever created this amazing piece has a truly unique mind!”


2d graphics, 3d art, technology

Origami Maze Puzzle Font

06.08.10 | No Comments

Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, and Jason Ku over at MIT created an origami maze puzzle font, which is a template that shows you how to fold 3D letters of the entire alphabet.

(c) Crease Pattern of the Alphabet: Dark lines are mountain folds; light lines are valley folds; bold lines delineate letter boundaries and are not folds.

(c: Crease Pattern) folds into (b: 3D extrusion), which is an extrusion of (a: 2D maze)


3d art, lifestyle & media

Paper Planes

06.07.10 | No Comments

Paper planes are so simple, yet it inspire admirers for different reasons. The act of folding paper planes and testing its aerodynamics is so satisfying and fun! Jamming to the paper planes song by MIA is pretty hip too.  May I suggest, the stylish flying paper plane wall decals by Mel Lim from Blik? And lets not forget Dawn Ng’s art installation “I fly like paper get high like planes.”


3d art, fashion, origami paper

Modular Origami

06.04.10 | No Comments

Modular Origami created with paper (by H.W. guth) and one in a form of a necklace (by Claire & Arnaud)


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Brooke Woosley’s Oru

06.01.10 | No Comments

Los Angeles based Environmental Designer Brooke Woosley is another amazing designer who challenged herself by creating a dynamic piece of furniture with a flat sheet of metal. In this process, she experimented with paper, basswood, light, and chipboard and finally concocted this awesome piece called Oru. It is waterjet cut, bent aluminum, painted in an auto finish: gloss white top with a matte blue underside. An excellent piece of furniture for a modern loft or studio.


lifestyle & media, news & events

Memorial Day @ New York Times

05.31.10 | No Comments

It’s Monday, May 31st, Memorial Day and in today’s New York Times article “The Great Unknowns” by Robert M. Poole, he addresses the unknown fatalities of war and how lovely there are origami flowers to compliment this opinion piece.


2d graphics

Bored? Make Love

05.28.10 | No Comments

After all the love making, sleeping and staring off into space, might this poster inspire some more love making activity? Lovely origami hearts that is.


2d graphics

origami typefaces 2

05.27.10 | No Comments


Origami Typefaces

07.28.08 | 1 Comment

Fun origami typefaces from designers in USA, Germany, and Japan. My favorite ones are the the ones from Japan – it reminds me of my modern alphabet jewelry collection.

Click to continue reading “Origami Typefaces”


lifestyle & media

Surface Magazine Origami Covers

07.25.08 | 1 Comment

Known for featuring top and innovative designers, New York-based design magazine Surface was inspired to use origami to grace their magazine covers!



With a Shoe, Marloes ten Bhömer Influences What Beauty Can Be

07.24.08 | 4 Comments

London-based Dutch product designer Marloes ten Bhömer who studied at the London College of Fashion and the Royal College of Art produces the most eye-catching and swoon worthy shoes. What makes Ms. Bhömer’s shoes so different is that she researches and works with materials, forms and construction methods that are rarely seen in shoe design. What’s more is that she works with our favorite friend origami in creating some of her couture shoes. You can also visit her at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

The first special edition MARLOESTENBHOMER® shoe will be available to order very soon. If you would like to be amongst the first to know about the launch, please email her!

[left: Foldedshoe / Materials: Wood and tarpaulin / A single sheet of fabric folded once to create an abstracted shoe shape]

[right: Carbonfibreshoe #2 / Materials: Carbon fibre and leather / Shoes constructed from carbon fibre, cladded in leather ]


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Fold Loud by JooYoun Paek

07.23.08 | 1 Comment

New York-based artist and interaction designer JooYoun Paek created a musical play interface called Fold Loud which combines technology, origami, and sound to create an interactive experience of relaxation, recovery and balance.

While you fold classic origami bases from this unique sheet of paper, it simultaneously creates soothing harmonic vocal sounds. Each fold is assigned a different sound so that a combination of these folds create harmony. Click here to watch the video.


home & garden

All That Glitters is Hanna Nyman

07.21.08 | No Comments

All That Glitters is Hanna Nyman

Swedish product and print designer Hanna Nyman lets her talent shine through in creating this beautiful lighting system. Plus it is also very origami and we like that.



Leather Aligator Fold Clutch by Chloe

07.16.08 | 2 Comments

Chloe Leather Aligator Fold Clutch

Thanks to the awesome fold factor in origami, Chloe offers a new, fun and fashionable way to hold your most intimate belongings!


home & garden

Nenen by Igor Marq for Corian

07.14.08 | No Comments

Architect Igor Marq designed an origami-inspired piece called Nenen for Corian. This innovative centerpiece is exemplary of form follows function; useful as a supportive base as well as a centerpiece for fruits and veggies!



Elijah sports tank

07.10.08 | No Comments

elijah origami top

If I had a fabulous party to attend this summer, I would wear this origami sports top to go running so that I can fit into the beautiful Dior Dresses. The sports tank is on sale too!


home & garden

no. 973, origami chair by James Dieter

07.08.08 | No Comments

( I know it was 5 years ago, but still very cool to feature )

no.973, origami chair by James Dieter

In 2003, designboom and 100% design organized an international design competition: 100% folding chairs. There were more than 1300 participants, from 84 countries, 470 prototype-entries received, and only one winner. On our blog, our winner would have been entry no. 973, titled Origami Chair from Brooklyn-based design studio founded by James Dieter.

no.973, origami chair by James Dieter

Constructed with polycarbonate and polyester mesh, the chair folds together from a single sheet into a three dimensional structure, strong enough to withstand the weight of an adult.

Check out dform –  you’ll find more James Dieter manipulating of flat sheet materials such as wood veneer or plastic and transform them into dynamic three dimensional forms.


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Origami by Reflex-Angelo

07.07.08 | No Comments

Reflex Anglo Origami Wall

Matteo of Arredo blog was kind enough to comment on the cool origami wall entry, which led to the awesome discovery of Reflex-Angelo. These origami-inspired cabinets also double as shelving units, you will see the various shelf combinations you can create to fit your lifestyle.

(ps. They’ll also offer you a wonderful web experience when you click to their site!)

Unfolding Story: Origami Furniture via [modernluxury]


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Modern manufacturers are interpreting the centuries-old Japanese art of paper folding with laser-cut slotted sheets of steel that can be bent, folded and locked into place. Or with three-dimensional fabric tiles that can be installed on walls or ceilings to form an endless variety of shapes. We say they’re a sweet twist of fate!


>>Kvadrat’s Clouds fabric tiles, $445-$500/pack of eight, $1,120-$1,250/pack of 24, kvadratclouds.com

>>Reflex-Angelo Origami modular cabinet, price upon request, reflexangelo.com

>>Jaime Salm’s Origami side table, $185, miocollection.com

>>Polygon cushion, $100, miacullin.com

>>A La Carte Origami three-piece bowl/plate set, $100, rosenthalusa.com

>>Arktura’s Pleat table, $4,000, unicahome.com

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October 21, 2010



I’ve been gone for almost two months now.

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Coat from Dolce & Gabbana, boxers from Uniqlo

I’m in Chicago until tomorrow, then NYC, then two more cities and home sweet home.

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 04:59 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Robyn – Indestructible

Robyn – Indestructible

Robyn’s final ‘Body Talk’ installment is going to be released soon and since I haven’t posted a music entry in the past few weeks so let me share you one of my favourite tracks in her album. This is an edit of ‘Indestructible’.

Robyn Indestructible

And I never was smart with love… I let the bad ones in and the good ones go but… I’m gonna love you like I’ve never been hurt before… I’m gonna love you like I’m indestructible. Your love is ultramagnetic, not again it’s taking over. This is hardcore…and I’m indestructible.

Amazing eh?

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 04:54 AM in Music, Robyn | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

October 20, 2010

Good Advice, Bad Advice

Good Advice, Bad Advice

As strange as it sounds, I’m constantly inundated with emails from my readers asking for fashion advice. Advice on what to buy, advice on what to wear, advice on personal style, etc.

Bryanboy, Anna Piaggi and Anna Dello Russo at Emilio Pucci Spring Summer 2011
Me, Anna Piaggi and Anna Dello Russo at Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Show

While I mostly blog about myself (and fashion), I find it funny that some come to me with their sartorial questions when I’m hardly fashionable or stylish myself. A relative once asked me why I like going out looking like a christmas tree.

I blog about “fashion”, yes, such as the things I like, the things I’ve seen, the things I’ve worn, etc.

However, giving advice is something I’m not good at. It’s also something I don’t want to do.

I hope you understand (and accept my apologies) if I don’t personally respond to your emails seeking advice because I cannot tell you what will look good on you without seeing let alone knowing you.

It wouldn’t make sense for me to dictate ‘ok this is what you should wear’ only for you to end up not liking it, or worse, thing that you’ll put on is not YOU.

Dressing up, to me, comes from within. The things that we put on our bodies should reflect ourselves: our mood, our emotions, our personality.

With that being said, there are many countless style blogs and magazines out there to draw inspiration from.

Me, on the other hand, I draw inspiration from myself. I know it’s narcissistic but you won’t see me collect photos of people to try to emulate them or add my own ‘twist’ to their looks.

I believe in individuality and being unique. Looking different to everyone regardless of the trend gets brownie points in my book. I like it when there’s something ‘not right’ or something ‘off’ or if I look ‘ridiculous’ to the eyes of others. Afterall, I dress for myself. Looking “perfect” is too easy. Take a look around and notice how beautiful people look these days? There are many, many, many beautiful individuals out there.

Unless you have your own personal style nailed down, it doesn’t hurt to play around with our looks and have fun in the process.

So go right ahead and play with fashion. Always remember individual style triumphs over conformity. Don’t forget to march to the beat of your own drum.

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 06:46 PM in Current Affairs, Fashion and Style | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)

October 18, 2010

Video Diary – Walking, Hiking, Climbing, Maybe 69ing (NOT!)…

Walking, Hiking, Climbing, Maybe 69ing (NOT!)…

Not satisfied with the day trip I had on Saturday, the bf and I spent the whole Sunday walking around the suburbs. We went south, to the woods. Real woods with real trees, lakes (or river??), hills, etc. I’m the least outdoors-y person out there but our trip made me fall in love with mama nature.

Bryanboy at Stockholm Suburbs

Parka from H&M, shearling jacket from Vince, sweater from Whyred, jeans from Uniqlo, canvas sneakers from Generic Surplus.

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Posted on October 18, 2010 at 05:52 PM in Current Affairs, H&M, Stockholm, Sweden, Vince | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

October 17, 2010

Walking on Cobblestone

Walking on Cobblestone

At first I thought I’d wear a pair of high heels for our day trip but after three corns (I know, gross), rough feet and more than a month of wearing them non-stop, I wore these super comfy shearling-lined Burberry Prorsum boots from their Fall/Winter 2010 collection.

Heels make great photographs yes, but sometimes, common sense prevails.

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 08:21 PM in Current Affairs, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

This, my friends, is why Autumn is my favourite time of the year. I love the cool temperatures, the amazing colours and of course, look at the sea of leaves!

Bryanboy in Sweden

Bryanboy in Sweden

Vintage hat from boyfriend, coat from Swedish brand HOPE, gloves from H&M, sweater from Filippa K, boots from Burberry Prorsum.

More photos from our roadtrip coming up!

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 07:56 PM in Current Affairs, Hope, Stockholm, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)

Royal Gripsholm Castle, Sweden

Royal Gripsholm Castle, Sweden

Maria picked me and the bf early in the morning to go to Mariefred, a Swedish town 65 kilometers outside Stockholm, where the Royal Gripsholm Castle is located.

Inside the Royal Gripsholm Castle you’ll find the National Portrait Collection (of Sweden, duh) spanning over 4,000 paintings starting from the 1500s and onwards.

Pictures to follow.

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 07:41 PM in Current Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Not for Cameras, Bye

Not for Cameras, Bye

Trust me, Swedish is quite possibly the most difficult language to learn.

The best way to learn any language, whether it’s French or Norwegian, is to practice it with a native to get the right pronunciations. Both friends and the bf have been teaching me Swedish words. It’s the bf’s turn this time around and I recorded our conversation when we walked from the train station to his flat.

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 05:57 PM in Current Affairs, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

What to Wear: “Chanel N°5 And Nothing Else”

What to Wear: “Chanel N°5 And Nothing Else”

I spent the whole day out with the bf and one of his friends on a trip (more on that later) and after cake and tea at Taxinge Slott (aka Taxinge Castle), the bf interviewed me for shits and giggles.

Fun times. 🙂

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 01:47 AM in Current Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)

Yesterday’s Dinner

Yesterday’s Dinner

One of the bf’s friends invited us for an initimate dinner yesterday at his lovely home. I must say it was one of the best dinners I had. Everything was perfect; our host was a complete gentleman.

After our meal, he played the piano… we stayed at his place for five hours, until 1AM… it’s a miracle that we made it on the long train ride home.

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 12:59 AM in Current Affairs, Stockholm | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

October 14, 2010

Prints and Knits

Prints and Knits

Earlier this week, I visited the Patriksson showroom to re-see the spring/summer 2011 collections by several Scandinavian designers. My favourite piece is this printed spring coat by Minimarket.

Minimarket Spring Summer 2011

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Can You Hypnotize a Chicken?

Can You Hypnotize a Chicken?

When I went to Stockholm in August, my friend Elin told me she hypnotized a chicken on Swedish TV a few years ago.

We found the video last night during dinner and I thought it was amazing.

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 06:24 PM in Fashion Bloggers, OMGOMGOMG | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

October 13, 2010

Vintage Shopping With Gabriella and Aapo

Vintage Shopping With Gabriella and Aapo

Gabriella and Aapo took me to their favourite vintage stores here in Stockholm: Old Touch in Odenplan and Saker & Ting in Stureplan.

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 11:15 PM in Fashion and Style, Shopping, Stockholm | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

October 11, 2010

Backstage at Valentino Spring Summer 2011

Carine Roitfeld and Valentino Garavani Backstage

After the Valentino show, I rushed backstage to greet Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Photographers went wild when the man himself, Valentino Garavani, greeted the couple.

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 02:44 PM in Fashion and Style, Spring Summer 2011, Valentino | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Valentino RTW Spring Summer 2011 Show Finale

Valentino RTW Spring Summer 2011 Show Finale

Here’s the finale of the spring/summer 2011 Valentino fashion show.

It took me quite some time to find the correct remix but for those of you who want to know the track used in the finale, it’s Florence and the Machine’s Rabbit Heart (Leo Zero remix). Click HERE for the track. Enjoy!

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 02:43 PM in Fashion and Style, Spring Summer 2011, Valentino | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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STEVIEBOI—A Man who makes sunglasses that Bring OUT Your Inner Lady GaGa! via [Trend de La Creme]


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StevieBoi: Seeing Is Believing

Photo: Designer Steven Strawder

For the past two years, indie designer Steven C. Strawder (a.k.a. StevieBoi) has been selling his creations under the name (T0xic) online and in niche boutiques. His latest creations, these Super-Duper-Fly sunglasses, are uniquely on trend (especially with low-visibility sunglasses all the rage on ’09 runways). And at 80% visibility, anyone looking to wow their fashion-forward friends should definitely snag a pair — just don’t wear them while driving on dark country roads. (Sure, they can run up to $60 pair, but nobody ever said making a fashion statement was going to be cheap, right?) See them for yourself at StevieBoi.com.

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