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Art Basel Miami Beach
Jaume Plensa “Nomade”, 2007, Gray Lelong © Copyright 2007 by MCH Swiss Exhibition (Holding) Ltd. All rights reserved.

Outdoor installations like Jaume Plensa’s gargantuan “Nomade” sculpture and Claude Lévêque’s illuminated “Scarface” made stunning impressions against the back-drop of South Beach’s Art Deco façade.

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Boris Hoppek at Scope Art Fair

Over in Miami’s ghetto (a.k.a the “Wynwood Art District”), the Scope Art Fair again won our personal prize for best satellite. We were delighted to hap upon several friends there including el Boris Hoppek who’s giant cardboard installation graced the main entrance while his buxom spray-painted ladies provided a picturesque backdrop.

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Antistrot installation, Scope Art Fair

Barcelona’s own Iguapop Gallery was representing for the first time, and our friends from Rotterdam, Antistrot painted the town (well, their booth) in their signature neons and messed up comic-book characters. Finally, the twisted taxidermic creations in recycled tyre by Yong Ho Ji were breath-taking, dark and beautiful. We predict a bright future for this young Korean artist.

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Deitch Projects, Design District walk-in installation

The Design District, a few bodies-of-water South of Miami Beach, manages to project greater finesse and exclusivity, and far less crazed consumption than the art fair.

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Tobias Wong TattooParlor

A favourite satellite attraction was the 3-day pop-up tattoo parlour, “As Long As It Lasts“, directed by designer Tobias Wong.

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KAWS tattoo design

The parlour offered eight exclusive tattoo designs by some prominent names including KAWS, Tord Boontje, Hella Jongerius and Lawrence Weiner, with star tattoo and graffiti artist Lenny Rodriguez on the needles.

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Tropism vases at Fragiles, Design Miami

Across the street at the Fragiles exhibition, curated by design publishers supreme Die Gestalten Verlag, a carefully selected mix of ceramic, porcelain and glass objects were show-cased including works by Arne Quinze, Juergen Bey and ceramic super-hero Jaime Hayon, as well as our brilliant new discovery, Dutch artist Hans van Bentem. Not to mention the sexy Tropism vase series curated by our good selves (Maxalot), and featuring the don himself Joshua Davis versus ambitious newcomers Commonwealth.

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Design Miami at The Moore Space

The elegant, 1920s Moore Space with cusomised Zaha Hadid interior played host to Design Miami, kicking off with Moss debuting the utterly mind-blowing “Robber Baron” series of 5 monumental bronze furnishings by Studio Job which combined stylised elements from famous landmarks around the world that represent industrial power, wealth and corruption.

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Honey-pop Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Other highlights included Barnaby Barford‘s comedic porcelain figurines, represented by taste arbiter extra-ordinaire David Gill, the charming vintage selection, in particular the 1968 Seagull arm-chair and foot-rest combo by Stenevig Eriksson and Gösta Berg of Dansk Moebelkunst Gallery, and the puzzling but ingenius Honey-pop paper chair by Designer of the Year Tokujin Yoshioka.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Date: 6th-9th December, 2007
Place: Miami Beach Florida, USA

Text and Photos: Lotje Sodderland from Maxalot

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