Sunday, November 29, 2009
REPUBLIC representative at Art Basel Miami Beach
Samantha Katz of REPUBLIC Worldwide is heading to Art Basel Miami Beach today, to bring you updates on the world famous art fairs.
Attending for the second year, Samantha, as SUSHISAMBA's acting Art Director will be working on Graffiti Gone Global, presented by SUSHISAMBA. Taking place December 4-6th, 2009 during Art Basel Miami Beach. Curated by James and Karla Murray, authors of best-selling titles Store Front-The Disappearing Face of New York, Miami Graffiti, Broken Windows and Burning New York, the exhibition will feature a selection of work from today’s top street artists. This groundbreaking exhibition, set to take place in a 4,000 square foot venue in the Midtown Arts District, will be the largest of its kind in Miami. The opening VIP preview will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2009 from 7 PM to 9 PM at 3252 NE 1st Ave, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33127.
Exhibiting artists include: 131 Projects (Argentina), Aiko Nakagawa (Japan), Armogedon 2057 (Armenia), Billi Kid (Colombia), Crome (Miami), Cycle (NYC), David Cooper (NYC), Doze Green (NYC), Ewok One 5MH (NYC), Flip (Brazil), Ghost aka Cousin Frank (NYC), Jana Joana (Brazil), Lady Pink (Ecuador), Nina (Brazil), Shiro (Japan), Smael (Brazil), Sofia Maldonado (Puerto Rico), Suiko (Japan) and Vitché (Brazil).
Reaching beyond the typical white walls of an art fair, SUSHISAMBA has commissioned Miami-based architect HOX (Douglas Hoekzema) to design a sprawling, Brazilian-inspired favela structure for Graffiti Gone Global. HOX’s exhibition design consists of interlocking components of wood and steel that may be detached and sold as separate units, some of which will bear a signature graffiti piece. In addition, custom furniture designed by the several of the participating artists will be available for purchase.
In addition to producing and underwriting previous exhibitions such as GINZATROPICALIA, SUSHISAMBA has commissioned site-specific street art in SUSHISAMBA restaurants throughout the country. The recently opened Sugarcane Lounge in Las Vegas, NV features work from Graffiti Gone Global’s Brazilian artist “FLIP” Felipe Yung.
Bringing art to SUSHISAMBA is something that is a natural evolution in our whole concept and experience. We would only call upon the best talent to execute a dream that was sparked with the inception of Art Basel.