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Live Blogging From Art Basel Miami Beach (LIVE BLOG)

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First Posted: 11/30/11 02:01 PM ET Updated: 12/01/11 03:42 PM ET

Greetings! Your humble arts team, Travis, Andrew and Priscilla, will be blogging live this week from Miami for the Art Basel art fair craziness. Make sure to check in to see the most exciting artworks, silliest outfits and craziest parties.

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TV On the Radio played an inspired set on Friday night that was a work of art on its own. The band was in town for a Spotify showcase at the new Ricochet music venue in Midtown, playing an expansive set in an intimate venue.

From their soaring opener "Young Liars" on, the band seemed to be switching costumes like actors in a play. "Red Dress" gained a whole new life as a jazzy riff on relationship. At times the band flipped from country to rock and roll, and the overall effect was like some sort of mid-80s DC band pacing through the limits of punk.

TVOTR's very appropriate closer: a cover of "Waiting Room" by Fugazi. Tunde Adebimpe's Ian MacKaye impression is very convincing.

The band may have been taking a page from video and performance artist Kalup Linzy, who opened the evening by singing a mesmerizing set of songs dressed in a red wig and a chintzy green bathrobe with a plunging neckline. Linzy's work, inspired by soap operas, has been picked up by MoMA's permanent collection and ballyhooed by James Franco -- but on stage he strikes an alluringly approachable presence, albeit a profanity-laced one.

The night was a homecoming of sorts for Linzy, who lives in New York but grew up in nearly gothic circumstances in the small town of Florida -- and upbringing that's left him with a strong Southern accent.

Standing in front of a sort of video collage of city streets at night, Linzy sang confusing, piercing songs about police and men, and sometimes both at once.

"Come and get this motherfucker police, I'm about to catch that case!" he belted out in one.

One line in another seemed like a shot at the world's most honest R&B song: "Fuck youuu, I don't need this abuse."

The night was part art, part music -- and all performance.

-Matt Sledge

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I swear we're not just sucking up, but Nick Cave is perfect.

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Nick cave video paired with a house beat that you can only fully hear on the Beats headphones. I feel that there's a metaphor here...

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This is serious. Andrew ran off to mr chow with p.diddy while trav and I are on our way to nick cave/dre/party. Forever's gonna start tonight...

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Scope was a seamless mix of fine and street, no need for distinctions. As expected, Corey Helford Gallery set the standard for contemporary collectibles of the future with D* Face and Ron English. Even though consider the alternative my area of expertise, I was pleasantly surprised by Cooper Cole Gallery out of Toronto. They were easy to miss in the ruckus, but their roster of artists tells me that I should keep my eye on them. Overall, Scope is my kind of fair, but we'll have to see what Pulse has to offer.

- Andrew

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Scopin out scope lol... So many juicy pics to come. -p.

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Had to floss alligator out of my teeth. Yes I had alligator for dinner. So much alligator... -p.

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Leaving NADA for Scope right now, look forward to a big update soon with clips from Studio Voltaire and ADA Gallery.

- Andrew

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We just finished up at the Sender collection, very progressive for a private collection and we couldn't think of a better way to start our day. There were staples such as Keith Haring and Barbara Kruger, but also some unexpected gems in Dash Snow and a bedroom filled with Sarah Lucas. We're off to Nada Fair now, stay tuned...

- Andrew

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Headed to the Mondrian hotel for James Franco / Harmony Korine event. Hoping that it's a cross between Gummo and Spiderman. -Travis

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Zaha Hadid on a streetcorner in gold mylar. Bodes well for the night. -travis

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Ran into Heinrich from Vernissage.tv at the Ruben Ochoa show at Locust Projects. Such a good guy, but we would have liked him better if his answer to "how do we get to the best Cuban food in town?" hadn't been "know somebody."

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My first time at Art Basel Miami was an eye-opening experience. The fantastic people watching made it hard to focus on the art! Somehow we managed to get some great coverage in the midst of the chaos. Stay tuned for interviews with Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Sicardi Gallery and Contemporary Fine Arts.

- Andrew

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Sorry about the downtime. Tech issues. There were so many highlights that it wouldn't make sense to shout 'em out in one post. Geometric highlights, just because i feel like it, included a mirrored Louise Bourgeois space, Carsten Nicolai's strange, funereal cylinder of beads, and an Anish Kapoor that reflected both light and sound. -travis

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Just finished day two of basel, got some nice interviews with some of our favorite galleries and artists.-travis

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I just turned a crank that said "please don't crank" because I thought it was art. Turns out I wasn't supposed to crank it...-travis

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Also a Dan Witz with a kid in a gas mask behind a wire door that somehow manages not to be creepy. Thinking of my @brooklynstreetart homies. - travis

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Here with Arrested Motion and a mighty fine room ful of street art. Stay tuned for a massive Ron English and one of the most breathtaking works by Swoon I've ever seen -Travis

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I want to live in a federico herrero painting. Also I broke a shoe. -priscilla

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As a few wise critics predicted, Brazil was huge this year at Miami Basel. An entire back corner of the fair was transformed by captivating installations that drew large crowds. It was great to see some off my favorite artists, such as Barry McGee, raising their gallery profile. Also, neon is so hot right now.

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That is all. -travis

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Art Basel is blowing our minds! Highlights so far include Kehinde Wiley, Leon Ferrari and some wonderful kinetic sculptures. Strong showings from Paul Kasmin Gallery and Helly Nahmad Gallery. Also impressed by the enduring presence of some old favorites, Freud, Archipenko and the cutest little Hans Arp we've ever seen.

- Andrew

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But I mean it in a good way...

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It's like burning man for rich people. -travis

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As patrons rush under the ropes guarding the entrance, the quote of the night: "is *everyone* in here VIP? -travis

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We were blown away by showrooms representing Todd Merrill, Gallery Seomi, Frederik Molenschot, Sebastien Brajkovic, Beth Katleman, Vincent Dubourg, Robert Stadler, Tom Price, Wendell Castle, Didier Ltd, and more! Stay tuned for images. -Travis

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For a minute we were apprehensive, but as soon as we saw high-rollers sitting on these piano couches we sat down and fell in love.

With the couches.

-Travis

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Right now, we're at Design Miami, more updates to come...

Check out Priscilla's swanky nails from Nailed By Dzine!

Peep some of the nail adornments.

- Andrew

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About to hit up Design Miami. Will keep you posted. Priscilla is going for an art manicure (?) (!). Art aside, I just wanna see lil wayne's condo. -travis

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Early this morning we arrived in Miami. Hiding our post-red-eye red eyes we headed to our first stop, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. For Art Basel the swamps were decked out with surrealist oversized sculptures of ants, petals and bees by Will Ryman. The gardens also, it should be noted, smelled like heaven.

Check out this big bee!

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