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Elsewhere on Art Basel/Design Miami

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We couldn’t drink all the free drinks offered at the art and design fairs in Miami last week (although we tried, by golly, we tried).

Here, a roundup of others who managed to subsist for five days on appetizers the size of a fingernail:

· Michael Cannell was tearing it up over at Dwell’s blog. He snagged an audio interview with Craig Robins, and finagled the definitive quote out of tattoo parlor proprietor Aric Chen when asked if he was getting one: “No, are you crazy?”

· David Velasco has a spectacular round up of the scenesters and the scene at Art Forum’s Diary, with this pithy caveat: “One’s experience is defined as much by the events he misses as the ones he attends.” Double true.

· The NY Times made art and design highlight reels, and because you must know, a video of who went to their party. New blog The Moment has great coverage, too.

· On ANP’s blog Ed Templeton‘s report from the convention center floor aka “the frontlines of art-commerce” includes this price of a Basquiat: $2.5 mil.

· Art Fag City complains, and rightfully so, about how skilled the doormen and list ladies at these parties were at making even the most intrepid art blogger feel like a worthless pile of crap. Even in capris.

· A killer round-up of everything Miami with lotsa links at C-Monster.

· Lindsay Pollock has a nice big-picture view of the whole over-hyped affair at Bloomberg, and, in a very nice touch, even gets a local psychic to predict the future of the art market.

· Missed our Miami musings? All our Art Basel/Design Miami coverage can be found right here.

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Partying with NADA, ANP and the Return of the Re-Run

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After swigging several dozen Stefan Sagmeister-tinis over at the Wolfsonian, we zig-zagged over to the Paris Theater where NADA (that would be the New Art Dealers Alliance) and ANP Quarterly hosted Nike’s “Re-Run” vintage running exhibition for the final stop on its four-city tour. The mystery musical act Car Clutch? It was actually ANP’s Brendan Fowler (who up until now we knew as BARR) and Ethan Swan. We caught Gang Gang Dance thrashing away while a packed-to-capacity crowd went wild in the orchestra pit. Unhappier hipsters waited in the lines that stretched outside until last call.

The installation snaked two stories high into the gorgeous Art Deco interiors, where Aaron Rose gathered work from a group of artists we’d like to call the next generation of Beautiful Losers: Scott Campbell, Tracy Nakayama, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Kime Buzzelli, Steven Harrington, Jesse Spears (who we’re still loving for her tattoo booth at Swerve), Eric Mast, Mike Pare, Jo Ratcliff and Alexis Ross, who painted the killer portrait of legendary long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine below. Photos are by Dan Monick and Jeaneen Lund. Graphics on the over 300 panels are by Keith Scharwath, with more images here. More Miaminess shots from Ed Templeton at ANP’s blog.

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More Awesomeness Announced for Swerve Festival

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Just when we think, surely Jonathan Wells and his merry gang can’t squeeze any more action into these three days of joy, they hit us up with yet another announcement. Here’s the latest news from the Swerve Festival, taking place next weekend in LA.

Remember we told you that Aaron Rose would be curating the art show? Well here’s what Rose has to say about that: “Looking at art in galleries is dead. I didn’t want to have a little art ghetto in the middle of this dynamic festival.”

So, artists like Mike Mills, Terry Richardson, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson and more were given instructions for how to build 15-foot high pinwheels that will dot the Barnsdall Art Park grounds.

25 trees will be transformed into “Listening Trees” where you can put on a pair of vintage headphones and hear musicians and performing artists like Animal Collective, No Age, Tommy Guerrero and BARR.

Plus, poke your face into novelty backdrops with cut-out head-holes by graffiti artists, check out the murals by Sage Vaughn, Chris Pastras and Jesse Spears, and should you want to take the art home with you, Jesse Spears will even grace a selected body part with a Sharpie tattoo.

Tickets and details here. And we will see you there.

Jonathan Wells Gets His Swerve On In LA

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We’ve been shopping for a new festival to wrap our arms around out here in LA and who better to deliver it than Jonathan Wells, who brought us the RESFESTs that we love so dearly. Yes, kids, the Swerve Festival is coming to town September 28-30:

SWERVE FESTIVAL isn’t just a film festival or a music festival or an art show-it’s all of these things,” says Jonathan Wells, Festival Director. “There’re no sidebars, all of our programs feature top-notch talent that stand on their own, yet are more cohesive as a whole. One of the trademarks of West Coast creative culture is the cross pollination of creative disciplines–art, music and film are interrelated and overlapping. This is the first festival to celebrate that.”

The film festival will run throughout the weekend, including two films we’re dying to see: Surfwise by Doug Pray, and Control, the story of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, directed by the great Anton Corbijn. Closing the festival is the movie The Man Who Souled the World about skater Steve Rocco. Should that inspire you, roll right over to the CreateAskate workshop where you can make your own skateboard, right before you make your own broken elbow.

Art will be curated by Aaron Rose with his usual crew of “Losers”: Mike Mills, Geoff McFetridge, Terry Richardson, Thomas Campbell, Sage Vaughn, Ed Templeton, and more.

Bonus: That identity up there is by Hunter Gatherer, another good sign of things to come.

Beautiful, Yes, But These Ain’t No Losers

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We’ll never forget how cool we felt telling someone who lived in St. Louis about the “Beautiful Losers” exhibition when it started its global ramble a few years ago. For someone new to LA, this roster of artists was the ultimate measure of how much a place like California ruled. “Oh yeah, it’s like graffiti, and skateboarding, and, you know, surfing…” Popular culture has since been irrevocably altered by that unofficial collective of artists, and today, if we were to tell that same person about the show, we could even call a few of the artists by name–”Geoff McFetridge, Shepard Fairey, Mike Mills…”–and that person would probably get it. Dude, we bet even our parents would get it.

A lot of that has to do with “Beautiful Losers” co-curator Aaron Rose, who invited us to a special sneak preview of his documentary film of the same name. Beautiful Losers tracks the unlikely careers of this group, who more or less converged at Rose’s infamous Alleged Gallery in New York during the 90′s. Footage from that period, with the artists assembling group shows, makes for some of the most incredible shots in the movie. And it made us realize how wrong we were about the whole thing.

We always thought that this art, drawing from fringe and fuck yous, was generated by this cultural elite trying to out-hip each other. But it’s not. These were just kids, creating the only way they knew how, often with very little training or resources, teaching each other. And seeing them all on film, together, it’s their earnestness more than anything that shines through. They might swear up and down they’re losers–a surprisingly-eloquent Ed Templeton has one of the best quotes in the movie about it–but they’re pretty much heroes for anyone out there who wants to make something they love.

We hear that a few scenes will be screened at the RVCA party in Sundance, with Money Mark playing songs from the score live. Definitely worth skipping one of those other movies for.