The week-long art and culture extravaganza known simply as Basel is a month away from invading Miami. We know there are plenty of places to be, things to be done, and sites to be seen. Regardless of your plans you should spend some time in our neck of the woods and here's why:
Theaster Gates is a Chicago-based artist, urban planner, and cultural provocateur whose critically acclaimed transformative work in Chicago was recently covered by the Wall Street Journal. They praised him for finding "a way to leverage an artistic practice to make a realtime, bottom-line difference in the lives and spaces next door. Gates says he's trying to invent 'the Main Street I want to hang out on,' but he is also pushing art beyond the sphere of social commentary into the arena of nitty-gritty do-gooding." And now Mr. Gates is coming to Miami.
Slim Aarons is a favorite of ours and we're looking forward to his new book, La Dolce Vita which focuses on Italy. He first worked in Italy as a combat photographer during WWII and later while working for Life magazine he lived in Rome. The book presents a collection of Aaron's most sumptuous photos from Italian aristocracy to Hollywood royalty.