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High Monkeys, Low Expectations at Stefan Sagmeister’s Wolfsonian Installation

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“Everyone Always Thinks They Are Right” declared the giant inflatable monkeys on the roof of the Wolfsonian, seven stories above Miami Beach (and fresh from Scotland as part of a world tour). Inside, approximately 2250 martini glasses filled with a surprisingly good orange gin concoction were arranged into the words “Low Expectations,” with custom swizzle sticks printed with “Are a Good Strategy.” And a loop of film showed the rest of the illustrated maxims from Stefan Sagmeister‘s book Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far.

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The only question we had for Sags was this: After going through the process of bringing so many things he had learned in his life to life, had he learned anything new? “I’ve learned that I still learn things, but at a much slower rate,” he laughed. He also said he gave his students the choice to skip their last assignment and make their own list of things they had learned.

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Of course our darling Yves Behar was there, and chatting with Eames Demetrios to boot. Jeffrey Deitch breezed through briefly but with purpose–another exhibition of Sagmeister’s work will open at Deitch Projects in NY in March. New Yorkers represented: Steven Heller (he curated the installation, but assures us he was not the mixologist), Lita Talarico, Deborah Buck of NY gallery Buck House and Janet Froelich, creative director of the New York Times Mag. Design journos represented, too: We chatted up Fast Company’s Linda Tischler, Janet Eastman of the LA Times and AIGA Voice managing editor Sue Apfelbaum. And Debbie Millman and Marian Bantjes (that’s her with Sagmeister) jetted in early before appearing in a “Design Matters” about the 2008 Publikum calendar at the Wolfsonian on Saturday.

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By the time we left, the ‘e’ and ‘x’ of ‘expectations’ had been gulped, but refills were quickly secured by martini shaker-wielding assistants nearby, and the crowd continued to swell. As guests exited, they were confronted with a parting message: “Material Luxuries Are Best Enjoyed in Small Doses,” as printed on a custom-made Kate Spade tote bag, so they could take a few words of Sagmeister’s wisdom home with them.

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Iggy Pop, Rock and Roll, and More Miami Madness

We thought it apt that there were two planes with banners flying up and down the beach here in Miami yesterday afternoon. One said ART IN MOTION. And the other said 2NITE PARIS HILTON AT MANSION. From what we can tell after one night at Art Basel, that sums it up. It’s kinda hard to enjoy the art when the clubbing clothes, scenesters scrambling for plus ones, and people saying things like “Well, if you had a Lexus, you’d understand” keep getting in the way.

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Case in point: We were excited to peruse P.S.1‘s skate park-cum-shipping yard with graphics by Ryan McGinness, but let’s just say it’s not so fun to be trapped in a shipping container with a dozen Paris wannabes sipping champagne and tottering on stilettos, no matter how great the art.

100 yards and a world away, Iggy Pop played a set on the beach with the Stooges, where he even let the crowd climb up to sing “No Fun” with him. The only problem with getting a few dozen art world kids to take off their shirts and mosh in front of an audience is getting them off the stage, as the footage will attest. Our video doesn’t capture the best part of the concert, when Iggy thanked the crowds for joining him onstage: “It gets so lonely up here at these…art shows.”

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We thought for sure we’d see Iggy over at Lynn Goldsmith‘s party in the Shore Club’s well-named Red Room, especially since he wrote the forward for her new photo book Rock and Roll. Alas, he was represented only by the DJ spinning “Lust for Life,” and in spirit by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico who entertained us with their own raucous rock’n'roll tales. By the way, don’t believe a word that Heller says—he swears he never goes to parties, and we saw him at two.

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What Art Basel Miami Beach Sounds Like

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Tons of content is still pouring out of Miami, and some of the audio persuasion can be found on WPS1, the official art radio station of Art Basel Miami Beach. Most of the coverage is quite arty in nature, but there were are few that caught our ears:

“Art Sound Lounge: Music by, for, and about Plants, Insects, and Birds” by David Weinstein, a kind of sound installation for the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.

“Beyond Burning Man: Arne Quinze” aka the “Belgian Waffle” of Black Rock Desert debauchery.

“SVA Hour: Art and Design with Steven Heller” features co-chair of the SVA Designer As Author program, Lita Talarico, artist Deborah Buck, the Wolfsonian Museum’s Cathy Leff and Le Sagmeister. Worth it just to hear Sagmeister’s accent. Downright dreamy.