The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) is one of the leading collections of contemporary art in the world. And during Art Basel TMNK will be a part of that collection, well almost. Actually, I’ll be joining them by presenting a very special collection of art directly across the street. .
On one side of the street, Some of the most well known artists in the world, and a collection worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and on the other side of the street??? See you in Miami! (wink)
So untrue, yet true. The art world has long had a reputation for being run by what some would call “stuck up snobs.” While I’m sure there are a few, NOT TRUE with respect to some of the most prominent collectors. I’ve been rubbing shoulders in recent weeks with Art World’s Royalty, movers and shakers. And I’ve found them to be passionate about art in ALL of it’s manifestations, including Street Art. And supportive and generous as well.
But Street Artists, there’s a group that in general wherever they go are so STUCK UP. And thanks to Tony Goldman’s STUCK UP wall, now there is a place for all of them to hang out together. Art Basel is a grand event for Art, and now there is finally a place for those who take pride in being Stuck Up!
Last Night Bakehouse Art Center held their annual Art Lottery Fundraiser. It was a very special art event with an amazing turn out. Lucky attendees had an opportunity to purchase $10 raffle tickets, for a chance to win one of the amazing paintings on display. No, I didn’t win. But I was very lucky to be the special guest of a BAC board member. It was truly an evening of great art and wonderful people.
There was mingling and mugging for the Paparazzi, with real estate developer Tony Goldman and his beautiful wife.
At the Sagamore hotel, aka The Art Hotel in Miami Beach there is amazing art on the walls, curated by Christine “Cricket” Taplin, and there is amazing art in the stairwells too. Don’t take my word for it, check it out.
Hmmm. Rumor has it that a very special “Cricket” and a certain New York City Street Artist were seen chatting about the beautiful white walls of the Sagamore getting a little love from certain “SOMEBODY.” Hmmm Art Basel is going to be Very, Very Interesting. – TMNK
Picasso’s Guernica was commissioned by the Spanish Republican for the Spanish display at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris. In the painting Guernica, Picasso depicted the tragedy of war, and the suffering it inflicted upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. Many years later, life imitates art, and this artist was asked to create something for a special exhibition as well. True “Old Skoolin For The Kids” is not in Paris, and I’m not Picasso. Still, I too reflected on the considerable loss of life and suffering of my time as I painted. I thought of the opportunities and resulting tragedies influenced by the blaxploitation films of the 70′s. I thought of the hip hop culture today, and the culture of violence that plagues our communities. I realized this was my Guernica. AND the resulting picture, well, I’ll let you fill in the blanks. – TMNK