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Miami 2004: The Yay/Nay Show

Linda Yablonsky and Carey Lovelace get hip to Miami art politics with artists Kenny Scharf and Tania Bruguera, and Moore Space director Silvia Karman Cubiñá.

Kenny Scharf, at one time a Miami resident, returned to the beach from his current home in Los Angeles for the opening of a show of the Pop Surrealist's new work at the Kevin Bruk Gallery in Miami's Design District.

Tania Bruguera lives in both Chicago, Illinois and Havana, Cuba, and exhibits all over the world. For Art Basel Miami Beach she sent a loudspeaker-outfitted truck through the streets broadcasting political messages relating to U.S./Cuban relations. She also produced a newspaper whose content was made up of slogans from the Cuban revolution - in typical poster typefaces - that seem especially relevant now.

Silvia Karman Cubiñá is an international curator and the director of the The Moore Space, a nonprofit art center in Miami's Design District founded by the collector Rosa de la Cruz.

Miami 2004: The Yay/Nay Show

Linda Yablonsky and Carey Lovelace pack them in with several pairs of strange bedfellows, beginning with Documenta curator Rodger Buergel and Art Newspaper editor Anna Somers Cocks, adding JP Morgan Chase art advisor Manuel Gonzales and critic Phyllis Tuchman, and coming to a rousing finish with collaborating artists Lawrence Weiner and Julião Sarmento. Whew!

Rodger Buergel was in Miami for the opening of "How Do We Want To Be Governed? (Figure and Ground)," an exhibition he curated with critic Ruth Noack for Miami Art Central. On view through January 30, 2005, it is the third in a series of five - titled Die Regierung (The Government)- taking place in five different countries. Buergel is an independent curator and lecturer in visual theory at the University of Luneburg in Germany, and the first recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for curatorial achievement presented by the Menil Collection. He has also been appointed artistic director for Documenta XII opening in June, 2007.

Anna Somers Cocks is the very terrific editor of the The Art Newspaper, the international weekly based in London. She produced a special daily edition for each day of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair.

Manuel Gonzalez is Global Art Executive at JPMorgan Chase bank.

Phyllis Tuchman is an art historian and critic, and the author of monographs on George Segal, Dale Chihuly, Anthony Caro and Nancy Graves, among others.

Lawrence Weiner is known the world over for his enigmatic stencils and films that use the history of language and its cultural baggage as his primary medium. (He is represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery.

For Miami's nonprofit Moore Space, in Miami's Design District, Weiner collaborated on a film, "Drift," with the artists John Baldessari and Julião Sarmento, who is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York. The film is projected on several screens that wrap around the viewing space - and the viewer. It has also appeared at the Fundacao Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal and the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.


Art Basel Miami Beach


Official art radio station of Art Basel Miami, offering listeners an exclusive peek at the fair. With Coco Rosie, Lee Quinones, Derrick Adams, Kenny Scharf, and more.