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Artprojx at Art Basel Miami Beach selecting the Art Video section

In Art, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Fair, Artprojx, Artprojx Cinema, Dara Friedman, David Gryn, Miami, Pubic Art, Screenings, SoundScape Park, Tracey Emin, Video Art on 07/12/2011 at 10:08 am

Dara Friedman 'Dancer' - Gavin Brown enterprise

Artprojx and David Gryn have just returned from the very successful collaborative project with Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 selecting and curating their Art Video programme.

The screenings were on the 7000 sq ft wall of the Frank Gehry designed New World (Symphony) Center in SoundScape Park next to the Miami Convention Centrer. With its 35000 lumen projector and 186 speakers sound system.

We also programmed 5 wooden designed pods in the centre of the fair – where visitors watched a selection of the films curated. These were full with viewers for the duration of the fair.

There were 3 evenings of public screenings – where everyone was welcome from local homeless people to the very supportive Rubell family.

Rashaad Newsome 'The Conductor' - Marlborough Gallery

Dara Friedman’s Dancer was a highlight  – as it touched on so many buttons. It was a premiere of a film made in Miami, by a resident Miami based artist, with over 66 Miami based dancers in the film. It was also always the artist’s ambition for the work to feature on the exact spot I was selecting for – unbeknownst to me. And most importantly – the work is exceptional, and was ideal for this project. Dara felt that the sound was better than she could have imagined, and her gallery Gavin Brown enterprise – was happy as Larry (who ever he may be !).

Dara Friedman and David Gryn in conversation

Christian Jankowski 'Casting Jesus' trailer - Lisson Gallery

I also interviewed her for the Art Basel Miami Beach organised Art Salon series – where we were in conversation, and it all added to my greater knowledge of her and her work – and through this process I have determined that she is a sensational artist.

Ryan McGinley ' Entrance Romance (It felt like a kiss)' - Team Gallery

All 6 of the screenings had between 300 and 600 viewers at any one time. We had the multi-coloured Fatboy cushions that made the whole experience very comfortable – for locals, art world and indeed a very varied audience. Artprojx usuallly works in cinema contexts and this worked very well too – with the audience maintaining interest and focus over the 2 hours each evening – even when some of the work was slow and not of immediate impact.

The audience watching Art Video at SoundScape Park

Picture This in Bristol – helped to provide the best technical support known to mankind – they were brilliant, and there wasn’t a technical hitch in sight. http://www.picture-this.org.uk/

Martha Rosler 'God Bless America' - Galleria Raffaella Cortese and Galerie Christian Nagel

Other artists that stood out in this context were Rashaad Newsome, Kota Ezawa, Laurel Nakadate, Ryan McGinley, Jennifer Steinkamp, Penny Siopsis, Martha Rosler.

Neil Hamon ' Invasion' - Galeria Leme

Here are some links to reviews and clips on this project:



Art Newspaper TV




Kristin Juarez article in Burnaway


Art Basel Miami Beach – Art Salon video


Art Basel Miami Beach – Art Video Nights photos


Art Basel Miami Beach – Art Salon photos


Miami TV Channel LOCAL 10’s coverage of Art Basel Miami Beach




David Gryn 07711127848


David Gryn at the New World Center

Art Video pods

  1. Also upcoming, Ryman s recent work, The Dinner Party 2010 , will be on view at The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami, Florida during Art Basel Miami Beach.

  2. Art Basel opens Thursday, December 1 at Miami Beach and is the perfect occasion to see world class art, unaffected.

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