Oct 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: Art Basel

Visual Culture: Trinidad’s Miles Regis At Art Basel Miami

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Miles Regis is an LA-based, Trinidad-born visual artist whose work is being featured at the Art of Fusion MIA exhibition as part of the Art Basel Miami festival. Regis comes from a family of artists, who encouraged his artistic ambitions in a variety of different media. Although he painted as a teenager, he achieved initial recognition as a vocalist in Trinidad, working as the lead singer in bands Kysofusion and Fireflight. It wasn’t until after he got a degree in creative writing from USC that he began to paint, getting his first big break when one of his pieces was featured in Erykah Badu’s “Next Lifetime” video.

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Visual Culture: Finding the Caribbean at Art Basel

Words by Natalie Weiner—legagneur 2 Art Basel, though legendary in the art world (and for the crazy parties that inevitably go along with it), is not necessarily known for its commitment to diversity. Miami is just one of the festival’s three locations, and especially given the extraordinary variety of cultures found there, the main exhibition is often surprisingly unrepresentative. Luckily, local Miami arts organizations that work to advocate for diasporic artists time some of their most exciting exhibitions to coincide with the festival.

legagneur The “Caribbean Fantastic” exhibit, for example, is taking place at the Multitudes Gallery whose curator Babacar Mbow specifically focuses on presenting art from around the African diaspora. This exhibit, which runs from December 3rd to January 2nd, is centered on Haiti and features Haitian artist Jean Claude Legagneur. Legagneur’s work uses bright colors and strong textures to show the many different faces of Caribbean and American culture, generally through intimate portraits. The show opens tonight, and naturally the gallery is throwing a party to celebrate – specifically, a “Night of Haitian Diplomacy” for Haitian, American, and Haitian-American art fans to eat, drink, and enjoy the paintings. It starts at 7:30 – check out all the details here.

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A piece by Trinidad’s Miles Regis, at Art of Fusion MIA.

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Visual Culture: Caribbean Art x Art Basel Miami

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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If you’re headed down to Art Basel Miami this week, you can count on seeing work by artists from around the world. But, despite its close proximity to and obvious influence on MIA itself, the Caribbean will actually be one of the most underrepresented regions at North America’s biggest art event.

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Fashion Fridays: Art Basel x Haitian Handbags

Words by Jesse Serwer

It’s Art Basel week here in Miami and, befitting an international art event in South Florida—home to one of the largest, if not the largest Haitian expat communities in the U.S—the program, includes the second annual Haiti Art Expo. Among the showcases at the Moore Building in the city’s Design District is the unveiling of “Haiti: Hope for Progress,” a series of photographs by Jordan Michael Zuniga documenting post-earthquake Haitian life, and the ongoing rebuilding efforts. As part of the event, Haitian-born handbag designer Françoise Elizée will showcase a preview of her 2012 collection, which she crafts with exotic lizard, crocodile and python skins. Sales of Zuniga’s photographs and Elizee’s handbags will directly benefit Hard Hats for Haiti, a campaign supporting the Pan American Development Foundation’s Rebuilding Haiti program, a comprehensive plan to rebuild homes, revitalize neighborhoods, and create jobs.

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