Blog / Art Basel Miami Beach: Day Two

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By Wendy
All morning we crisscrossed Miami in search of great contemporary art. This was easy because our student intern Katrina is a Miami native with a car!
First stop: the Rubell Family Collection in the design district, anticipating Jennifer Rubell‘s annual interactive breakfast installation. We stood in line briefly to accept cups of fresh yogurt from two attendants in white coats solemnly tending their yogurt crop in a glass-enclosed lab. We trotted our yogurt cups over to the honey station, which we decided was a live beehive, dripping from a sterile white cube suspended overhead. Soon we were quite thticky.
Next we stopped at World Class Boxing, the exhibition space for the contemporary art collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl. There, Jillian Mayer appeared to gnaw off both of her arms, bloodily, in a video. In the next gallery, artist Jack Strange had formed a chicken McNugget (my best guess) into a surprised smile.
The next stop was rather ambitious: Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, about 30 minutes north. A solo show of work by Miami artist Mark Handforth made us imagine a very clumsy Godzilla knocking household objects around: a bent coathanger the size of a bus, a wishbone stretching like a bridge over our heads, a street light twisted into a pretzel. Another gallery displayed Lilliputian versions of the same sculptures. Changing the scale of a object, we realized, makes us look more closely.
Across the street, we were excited to look for William Cordova’s napkin drawings at Luna Star Café (775 NE 125th St., North Miami, across the street from MOCA).
It was closed. “Gone to Art Basel Miami Beach.” We peeked in the windows and saw how cool it would have been to visit this cafe (see above).
William met us on the sidewalk wearing his YALE sweatshirt with an accent added over the “e.” Yah-LAY.
Then it was off to Art Basel Miami Beach for four more hours of trudging.
We saw a sculpture of yellow baby legs sticking out of a bucket. We saw a wad of blue tarp wrapped in orange tape. A video featured five fat women wearing print dresses, slinging brown clay around a small room.
Check this blog soon for Trevor Schoonmaker’s illustrated Top Ten list of works of art that caught his eye around Miami this week. It might be nine works, actually. Or maybe 11.


IMAGE: Artist William Cordova’s napkin drawings are on view at Cafe Luna, at Luna Star Café (775 NE 125th St., North Miami, across the street from Miami MoCA).

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