The Life of Luxury: Ritz-Carlton, South Beach | Tony Capecchi | StarTribune.com: "... my wife and I gazed out from our corner-suite balcony on the top floor of the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach watching the sun rise over the most famous beach in the world.
That’s a statement I never thought I would make, and a view I know I will never forget.
We were just visitors in this foreign world, where beautiful people stroll by with million-dollar smiles and $50,000 purses, so we soaked in South Beach as best we could during our weekend at the famous hotel. Our impression of the land of luxury? Puttin’ on the Ritz was every bit as magnificent as we had imagined...." (read more at the link above)
Allan Shulman on his new Miami Center for Architecture and Design and the rapidly changing city it occupies:
Embracing Miami’s Past and Future - NYTimes.com: ". . . .The best new building? I’m thinking it’s more of a trend of buildings. The recent work of Herzog & de Meuron, like the 1111 building on Lincoln Road, with the open parking garage, and the new Perez Art Museum Miami, are notable for the way they have plumbed Miami’s tropical identification. Those buildings brought tropicalizing architectural features to contemporary designs. These days no stone is left unturned in making projects into an opportunity to show design. It’s proof that an architectural culture is ascendant. What about the rising sea? Is Miami doomed? No, I’m an optimist. Miami changes rapidly. It always has. I live in a different city from the one I moved to 22 years ago. People will rise to whatever challenge comes. We will create new environments. Maybe stilts, or the city will reconfigure itself. It will survive...." (read more at link above)
Yes, Basel and its brethren were a mad blur of dollar signs, branding, V.I.P. check-ins and, of course, Kimye. But as tedious as all that could be, there were still a few moments that mattered (source infra) Art Market | A Social Diary of This Year's Miami Art Fairs - NYTimes.com: " . . .Dealers at the two biggest fairs, Art Basel in Miami Beach, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and NADA (the New Art Dealers Alliance), at the Deauville Beach Resort in North Beach, boasted that despite predictions of Basel burnout, plenty of collectors attended and sales were stronger than in recent years. So rest assured that these tropical rituals of end-of-year excess will continue for the foreseeable future. . . .At some point, the branded, guest-listed rigmarole becomes tedious for even the most seasoned and elite Basel-goer. For this reason, the best end-of-night activity throughout the week was the one that lacked any discernible structure (though even it had a sponsor — Hennessey). At a mansion in the Venetian Islands, the Parisian party promoters Pigalle and the American rapper Mykki Blanco gathered friends and friends of friends to pump out tunes and Instagrams each day, from midafternoon until well after the sun came up the next day." (read more at the link above)
The designer Roberto Cavalli is poised to open his own South Beach restaurant offering tweaked Tuscan specialties and wines produced in the Cavalli family vineyards --
Roberto Cavalli’s Tuscan Restaurant, in Miami Beach - NYTimes.com:
" . . . For Mr. Cavalli, the frenzied art scene here holds no fascination . . . . ”Miami Beach itself, though, is quite another matter. As he lounged poolside at the Delano Hotel in South Beach, Mr. Cavalli recalled earlier visits to the blue-and-white resort. The beach and hectic night life were certainly attractions. “In the old days, and maybe I preferred them, Miami was a little wild,” he said. “But it was impossible to get a nice hotel.” Times change. “Now the city is hot,” he said. Enough of a magnet, in fact, to have inspired him to establish a new outpost. (The Bal Harbour shops are home to a Cavalli boutique.) The restaurant, scheduled to open just in advance of the new year, bears the designer’s candidly louche imprimatur. The interior of the two-story Mediterranean Deco structure, at 150 Ocean Drive, will be bathed in zebra and jaguar prints, the table linens patterned in tropical blooms...." (more at link above)
Headline story in the Boston Globe (at link below, excerpt follows):
Cities in the States: Miami - Travel - The Boston Globe: "....On South Beach, you can ditch the car. In a neighborhood of fine-dining restaurants and fast-food joints, upscale boutiques and souvenir stores, plus cafes, bakeries, nightclubs, and more than a few tattoo parlors, it’s fun — and easier — to walk. Or cover more ground by renting a bicycle at one of the many Deco Bike stations in town ($4-$24, www.decobike.com) or ride the South Beach Local (25 cents, www.miamibeachfl.gov/visitors/scroll.aspx?id=14134, an air-conditioned bike- and wheelchair-accessible minibus...The Miami Design Preservation League offers 90-minute guided walking tours of the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern (MiMo) architectural styles in the historic district. All tours depart from the Art Deco Welcome Center (1001 Ocean Drive, 305-672-2014, www.mdpl.org/tours, $15-$20). Order tickets online or arrive 15 minutes before tours depart. The gift shop offers one-of-a-kind Deco-themed items including posters, jewelry, postcards, memorabilia, and more. 1 p.m. On a hot sunny day, you can’t beat the beach. Colorful lifeguard stands are marked with adjoining street numbers, making it easy to find your way. . . ." more news below
Fontainebleau gets fresh with fish - Business - MiamiHerald.com: "The resort recently poured $100,000 into its “Water World,” an underground stack of pristine aquariums that hold live fish and seafood for the Fontainebleau’s nine on-site restaurants. It also spent six figures on a 43-foot boat docked at Dinner Key Marina that delivers hundreds of pounds of fish daily...." (read more at link above)
Art Basel Miami: Overwhelming, but worth it
Florida Trend The 12th annual art fair, held in the cavernous Miami Beach Convention center, featured 250 galleries showing Modern and contemporary art. It's a fair intended ...
Growing the tech community
MiamiHerald.com An astute observation of the juxtaposition of Art Basel and the first SIME MIA, both going on inMiami Beach last week. SIME MIA, which began one day before ...
Charles Allem creates distinctive Miami style
MiamiHerald.com ... on the prestigious Architectural Digest Top 100 list, sees Art Basel Miami Beach ... where contemporary chandeliers set the mood, and the W on South Beach, ... MiamiHerald.com
Art lovers' agenda: a year of art
MiamiHerald.com Art Basel, Miami Beach: One of the big sales at last year's fair was made by the Helly Nahmad Gallery, which reportedly sold one of Richard Prince's ... MiamiHerald.com
Rest for the weary
MiamiHerald.com Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; raleighhotel.com. JugoFresh, Wynwood Walls. The wildly popular South Beach juice joint opens its second ...
From Behind the Canvas New York Times As the art mob descends on South Florida this week for the 12th edition of the cross-platform marketing frenzy that is Art Basel Miami Beach — private jets ...For well over a decade, Ms. Greenberg Rohatyn has been a stealth force in the art world, the “art brat” daughter of a respected dealer who, after her college studies, went on to become an independent curator; a private dealer and adviser; a judge in the Bravo reality series “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”; ... and a proprietor of three increasingly influential galleries with clients from both inside the circles of usual art-world suspects as well as powerful and unexpected outliers like the hip-hop mogul Jay Z.... New York Times
A waterfront development gets rolling on paper with a show of design proposals at Art Basel Miami Beach --
Miami Project Off to Arty Start - NYTimes.com: "And as the frenzy of Art Basel Miami Beach gets underway this week, the owners of Coconut Grove’s last remaining undeveloped waterfront parcel are hoping to grab some of the spotlight. Terra Group and its partner, the Related Group, acquired the 5.4-acre site earlier this year and together sponsored a design competition, soliciting four teams of high-profile architects to present their visions for developing the parcel. These proposals will be unveiled in an exhibition called “Four (4): New Visions for Living in Miami” at the DesignMiami tent." (read more at link above) more news below
Official Site: Art Basel - Miami Beach: "Miami Beach - December 5–8, 2013 "Welcome to the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. At the nexus of North America and Latin America, this Art Basel show presents premier artwork from across the globe. Over 250 of the world's leading galleries participate, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year...." (read more at link above)