Issue

4.4 / Miami

November 15 2012

Introduction

November 15, 2012. We are excited to present the Miami issue, the product of a two-month residency at LegalArt earlier this fall. The articles included here arose from hours of conversations with local artists, curators, writers, and collectors, as well as the generosity of our colleagues at the Miami Rail.

Miami artists often describe their city as the Wild West of the art world in the United States, and for good reason; it possesses a combination of necessary resources and unsanctioned, under-the-radar activities in equal measure. The city has long been a cultural crossroads, and resident artists capitalize on the constant flux that characterizes their environs. They respond to Miami’s fluidity and uncertainty with equanimity and are actively writing a history of contemporary art in their own vision, one that reflects the influence of the city’s insouciant spirit and love of spectacle, its political upheaval, ample capital, and continually refashioned skyline, its fusion of Latin, Caribbean, and European cultures, and, of course, the beach.  We are pleased to offer a glimpse into this new frontier. Enjoy – PM

Support for this issue has been provided by the Knight Foundation.

Features

Dear Miami xo AP: an Introduction

Dear Miami xo AP: an Introduction

By Art Practical Editors

Beer drinking is prevalent in this languid, tropical city, but in choosing a beverage, consideration rarely extends to hops or grains. The only thing that matters is the coldness of your drink as you settle into a long, leisurely conversation

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Videodrome Miami

Videodrome Miami

By Gene Moreno

The resort, with its “striking and iconic design,” is going to magically complement so many existing buildings and other spaces that one starts to wonder where its iconicity will reside.

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Agustina Woodgate

Agustina Woodgate

By Tess Thackara

Woodgate’s fluid and responsive embrace of the accidental means that side effects and by-products often become central elements in her work; residue that has collected around the atlas during sanding becomes its own topography

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Breakfast with Roberto and Rosario

Breakfast with Roberto and Rosario

By Kara Q. Smith

Intertwining memory, both personal and universal, and place, both real and imagined, each of their projects creates a kind of shared experience that is often underwritten by a sense of optimism.

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Front Yards/Backyards

Front Yards/Backyards

By Laura A. Ogden

Collecting all this information has meant crawling around every square inch of people’s yards and taking leaf samples from every tree, bush, and weed. We are also spending a lot of time talking to homeowners about the choices they make in their yards.

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Miami and the Architecture of Display

Miami and the Architecture of Display

By Renny Pritikin

They stand like Ozymandias, warning of the lesser fate that can ultimately undermine the ambitions and pretensions of either a visionary artist or a collector.

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Culture, Commandeered

Culture, Commandeered

By Sarah Trigg

Miami is a port of entry, and as such, its cartography is crisscrossed with the wakes and contrails of passing entities. These transported bodies—human, commercial, cultural—often come and go illicitly.

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Your Name Here: Private Collections in Public Places

Your Name Here: Private Collections in Public Places

By Patricia Maloney

The County includes numerous unincorporated areas, regions not governed by one municipality or another, and it was hard to wrap my head around the concept that some places don’t belong to anywhere in particular.

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Art Pharmacology: the Conversations

Art Pharmacology: the Conversations

By Art Practical Editors

Art Practical presented a series of talks exploring the attributes that define the visual arts culture in Miami. Using Renny Pritkin’s “Prescription for a Healthy Art Scene,” each talk focused on a different aspect of Miami's cultural scene.

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