Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on May 19, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: vandals attack Lego superhero statue, New York cops blast police brutality artwork, Cuban paintings stolen in Miami heist.

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Post image for Miami Gets a Latin American Art Museum, at a High Price

Last week during Art Basel, collector Gary Nader unveiled the design for his new Latin American Art Museum (LAAM), ArchDaily reported. When the 90,000-square-foot space opens in Miami in 2016, it will finally give the “capital of Latin America” an exhibition hall worthy of its nickname.

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Graffiti artist Delbert Rodriguez Gutierrez died on Tuesday night from injuries sustained when Miami Police Department Detective Michael Cadavid hit him with an unmarked police car.

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Post image for Miami’s Margulies Collection Is Predictable but Idiosyncratic

MIAMI — The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (foundered and operated by collector Martin Z. Margulies) is located in a 45,000-square-foot building that butts up against a highway and sits just across the street from a discount clothing store in Wynwood, the city’s graffiti-splattered hipster enclave.

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Post image for Miami Graffiti Artist in Critical Condition After Cop Runs Him Over

Delbert Rodriguez Gutierrez, a 21-year-old Miami graffiti artist known for his “DEMZ” tag, is in critical condition after City of Miami Police detective Michael Cadavid hit him with his unmarked car in the early morning hours on December 5.

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MIAMI — This evening, amid the well-kept art fairs and glitzy parties of Miami Art Week, some 300 people — possibly as many as 600, according to some reports — descended on the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood to protest police brutality and the death of artist Israel “Reefa” Hernandez.

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Photo Essays

Art Basel Miami Beach Sobers Up

by Michael Groth on December 5, 2014

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MIAMI BEACH — Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) opened its doors to the public on Thursday for its 13th edition. While many of the works on view deal with political themes, the overall aesthetic of the show is decidedly restrained compared to years past.

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Dancing at the Speed of the Internet

by Hrag Vartanian on December 4, 2014

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MIAMI BEACH — There’s the whiff of grand ambition in MEEM 4 MIAMI, which is artist Ryan McNamara’s new version of his award-winning commission for the Performa 13 performance art biennial.

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MIAMI BEACH — Among the many compelling booths in Art Basel Miami Beach’s new art historical sector “Survey” is a selection of early assemblage works and “shooting paintings” by Niki de Saint Phalle that are gloomy, gooey, violent, and unrecognizable from the colorful whimsy for which she later became known.

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MIAMI BEACH — The Untitled art fair may take place in a stark white tent with a hot pink slice cut into it, but the work inside is every color of the rainbow. In fact, “rainbow” is the most common palette at the fair this year: every other booth seems to feature at least one work in which yellow shifts to red, purple, blue, green, and back.

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