Conrad Ruiz

Art on the Beach

We know right now it's all about turkeys and pies, but before you slide into that food coma, we want to remind you that just a short week away is Art Basel Miami (Dec. 3-6), one of the world’s major art fairs and the art world’s equivalent of spring break. After a few drab installments, this year seems to be returning to pre-recession fab-ness (much like fashion, the art world quickly tires of recessions). Here’s a few morsels to tempt your palate:

- In conjunction with the Design District, Fendi will present the F Factory, a retail project featuring the brand’s most coveted items—namely those pricey bags—and three site-specific performances from French proprietor/provocateur Andre.

- Viktor & Rolf will host an opening night bash, hopefully catching the art world on an upswing before it slips into overload.

- Joseph Altuzarra will also host a fete, assuring that the fashion faithful will flock to Ocean Drive. This, in addition to countless private dinners, gallery bashes and some sort of beach-friendly version of Le Baron will ensure that the Raleigh will be hopping long after the Convention Center closes.

- And, of course, the art! This year look for a new generation of art stars making their international debut. The buzz is with West Coast artists, such as Los Angeles painter Conrad Ruiz, who comes to the fair with a sold out graduation show and a couple pieces in museum permanent collections. Not bad for only 26. Expect those spastic large-scale canvases to clear out faster than a gala after the champers is tapped.

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Nov 23, 2009 00:00:00

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