MARCH: Mark Dion and Rene Morales

Mark Dion and Rene Morales

Unscripted Bal Harbour, the program I curate for Bal Harbour Village hosted an incredible talk with artist Mark Dion and PAMM curator Rene Morales. Mark is truly brilliant and not only explained his practice, specifically his engagement with Fieldwork, but also led the audience through a dialogue of encounters that informed his social practice.  Im a huge fan!

 

 

 

 

 

MAR: A finalist for the CURATE AWARD with QMA and Prada Foundation

We are very proud to announce our twenty finalists for Curate. We received over five hundred entries from around the world and would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter. The winner will be announced in May 2014. www.curateaward.org
  • A Fuego, Rodrigo Orrantia Gómez, Colombia
  • An Informal Settlement, Claire Breukel, USA
  • Camping Park, Rodrigo Vilhena, Portugal
  • Collapsed City, Nacho Ruiz, Spain
  • Continuity – Syrian City Paintings, Róza El-Hassan, Syria
  • Copyleft, Liping Xiang, China
  • Directly Mild, Maria Loizidou, Cyprus
  • Eating Habits, Alice Lichtenstein, Austria
  • Epigenetic Space, John-Paul Pryor and Alessandra Cianchetta, UK
  • Erase, Federico Pepe, Italy
  • Extinct in the Wild, Michael Wang, USA
  • metaPhorest, Habu Kazuhito and Yuki Yoshioka, Japan
  • Mutterzunge, Misal Adnan Yıldız, Turkey
  • Outlives, José Arispe, Bolivia
  • Picasso in my casa, Svenja Wichmann and Anna Bründl, Germany
  • Ready Meals, Cedar Lewisohn and Mike Knowlden, UK
  • S.F.C. – The Short Future City, A12, Italy
  • The Border, Evelyn Simons, Belgium
  • The Power of Words Exhibition, Omneya Kilany and Nabil Al Nashar, Qatar
  • The Reader Digested, Matthew Claudel, Carlo Ratti and Gianluigi Ricuperati, USA

DEC: A visit to Marte Museum with RETNA

Last week I travelled to MARTE Museum in San Salvador to meet LA artist RETNA whose upcoming show is planned at the Museum in March 2014, his cousin Bobby and collector/ MARTE contemporary supporter Mario Cader-Frech. Together we went to the opening of Karl Haendel’s exhibition at MARTE museum and we visited Ronald Moran, Simon Vega and a number of other studios. I’m blown away by the work being made by artist in San Salvador…

RETNA, Ronald Moran and Karl Haendel

The research I did was really useful for our upcoming publication. Shhhh….. More soon

 

DEC: Unscripted’s Art Basel Miami Art Chat with the Two Roberts

Its my second year working as the curator of Unscripted Bal Harbour public art program. For Art Basel Miami this year we invited Robert Wennett and Robert Chambers to speak about their perceptions of Order and Art.

Two Roberts: Robert Wennett and Robert Chambers

With my the fabulous Martin before announcing the talk

Robert Wennett has spent his career redeveloping properties and transforming cities including New York and Miami , his most recent 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage and retail development designed by Herzog and de meuron in Miami Beach has become a symbol worldwide for good design and urban planning.

Robert Chambers is best known for his large public sculptures that marry science and art —forcing both categories in to what he describes as a “realm of senselessness and chaos ” to encourage disparate associations to function together.

The talk was insightful and inspiring with guests lounging in the gorgeous Saint Regis bar.

NOV: We did it! 26mil raised at the (RED) Auction at Sotheby’s NYC

For the past year and a half I’ve been working with (RED) to produce a design auction to raise money for the fight against AIDS. Curated by Sir Jony Ive, (Apple Inc) and designer Marc Newson, the auction featured 44 amazing objects.

Well, on November 23 the evening finally came and to our absolute amazement we raised over 13.1 million dollars. Matched by the Gates Foundation dollar for dollar this amount doubled to 26.2 million.

We truly could not have wished for a better result. Im honored to have worked with Bono, Jony, Marc, (RED) and Sotheby’s on this incredible project.

The proceeds of the auction go to The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

Oct: Speaking at Curator Culture at the Bass Museum of Art, sponsored by Sotheby’s

Friday, October 18 at 7pm

I joined Miami colleagues for an hour-long panel discussion on what it means to work as a curator in the Miami “community”. The discussion was expertly moderated by Silvia Karman Cubina, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum of Art, and elaborated on the our current interests, roles within their institutions, and how their practice is affected by being in Miami. Being the only independent curator was interesting as my role is different to that of curators working within institutions. My role often merges with other job titles, my interface with the public art commissioning and business world is immediate and my concerns are often more practical than theoretical. Definitely pro’s and con’s to both.

Participating Curators:
Jose Diaz, Bass Museum of Art
Bryan Granger, Bass Museum of Art
Elizabeth Shannon, Bass Museum of Art
Alex Gartenfeld, MOCA
Diana Nawi, Perez Art Museum Miami
Tobias Ostrander, Perez Art Museum Miami
Rene Morales, Perez Art Museum Miami
Susan Caraballo, ArtCenter/South Florida
Claire Breukel, Independent Curator
Chana B. Sheldon, Locust Projects
Silvia Barisione, Wolfsonian-FIU
Matthew Abess, Wolfsonian-FIU
Christian Larsen, Wolfsonian-FIU

Aug: Sommerakademie at the Paul Klee Museum, Bern, Switzerland

With Art Critic Sean O Toole and Sue Williamson

This year I attended the Sommerakademie (or Summer Academy) in Bern Swizterland for the 6 year (except for last year I couldn’t make it). Curators, writers and museum professionals come from all over the world to meet 10 “fellows” selected for the program. Two years ago I was a fellow myself and was joined by some incredible artists and curators. This year was personally very special as the program promised a strong South African contingent. Sue Williamson, who was a mentor to me when I was 14 and who impacted my work in the arts ever since, was this year’s Summer Academy curator.

Not only this, the artist I nominated for the program, Jillian Mayer, was selected for the program. Lastly, one of my all-time favorite video artists Candice Breitz, was at the academy giving a talk about her work.

Jillian Mayer at the 2013 Sommerakademie

My thanks goes to Jacqueline Burkhardt, The BKEB Bank and the Paul Klee Museum for hosting me for yet another year–AND Sabina and Daniel (aka L/B) for introducing me to the academy.