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Latino Artists Killing It At This Year’s Art Basel In Miami

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Sometimes Art Basel can be overshadowed by the beautiful people and ?parties?, but if you want to take a little break from the sun, tequila and guest lists, here are some Latino artists you can catch at this year’s Art Basel – so you know, you can actually say you saw some art.

Pedro&Juana

If in LA go see these floaters at the #hammer #pedroyjuana

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Mexico City based design firm Pedro&Juana, founded by Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss, are presenting “Sobremesa,” an interactive installation inspired by the Latino tradition of lingering and talking with friends and family at the dinner table, post-meal. As a collaboration with Airbnb, the installation will consist of a transparent house structure with a courtyard, which will transform as the week goes on, to symbolize how homes and people change when they are shared.

Design/Miami Art Fair, Nov 30-Dec 4

Sangree

Hoy inauguramos Piedra Temporal en @saladeartepublicosiqueiros ??

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Sangree is a collective of Mexican artists, Rene Godinez Pozas and Carlos Lara. They recently debuted their Unclassified Site Museum installation in downtown Denver, so there’s a good chance that whatever work they have planned during the 12 Hours of NAAFI party during Basel is going to be rad. ?

Red Bull Academy Presents 12 Hours of NAAFI, Dec. 1, 21+

Narciso Rodriguez


The Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism exhibit at Frost Art Museum is the perfect stop for those fashion lovers out there who want to bask in the work of one of the most influential Latino fashion designers in history. The exhibit is co-curated by Elle Magazine’s Creative Director, Alex Gonzalez, and features over 40 garments and purses that will make you drool. Bring mami or take your boo to drop some hints for Christmas gift ideas.

Frost Art Museum, Oct. 16- Jan. 8, 2017

José Parlá

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Miami-bred-Brooklyn-residing Cuban artist José Parlá is coming back to his hometown for a special exhibit with YoungArts titled, Roots. The artist, whose work is featured at landmarks like One World Trade Center, writes of his inspiration for Roots, “No matter where we come from, in this country as in many other melting pots around the globe, throughout our shared histories, migrations, and immigration, mixed race roots contribute to the fiber of the beauty that is humanity.” Free admission and free to the public!

YoungArts Foundation, Nov. 29- Dec. 15

Alex Yanes

Fountain of youth ??

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Miami-based artist Alex Yanes is known for his vibrant, whimsical mixed-media pieces, and you’ll have plenty of chances to check out some of his newest work. He’ll have his work at the Thinkspace booth at Scope Art Fair and will reveal a massive mural installation as part of Juxtapoz Magazine’s Art Basel takeover in Wynwood.

Juxtapoz Clubhouse, Dec. 1-Dec. 4

Dasic Fernandez


Wynwood Walls are a Miami art institution and are always holding it down for local artists, above all. Dasic Fernandez will be one of the artists unveiled during the new collection of murals on Nov. 29. He credits street graffiti and South American culture as his biggest influences.

Wynwood Walls, Nov. 30-Dec 1

Paulo Nazareth


Paulo Nazareth is one of 12 Brazilian artists who will be showcased at the Rubbell Family Collection’s exhibit, New Shamans/Novos Xamãs. Nazareth’s work is known for its commentary on race and class struggle in his native Brazil and South America as a whole.

RFC Museum, Nov. 30

Aaron De La Cruz


Aaron de la Cruz’s signature minimal, yet intricate, work will be on display during a special pop-up shop with iconic fashion brand, Maison Margiela. He will be painting a live installation during the event.

MM6 Pop-up, Nov. 29, RSVP only

Brujas and Venus X


While not technically art, badass Bronx all-female skate crew Brujas is partnering with Future Archives and Skate Free for a sweet party at Lot 22 Skate Park during Art Basel. The Brujas will be leading the skate session and NYC DJ Venus X will be providing the sounds, so this could be a really good spot to hang out and chill with some good people before your next party.

Lot 22 Skate Park, RSVP, Dec. 3

Diana Garcia

Bison’s medicine includes manifestation, protection, earth creativity, feminine courage, abundance, knowledge, generosity, hospitality, sharing work, courage, strength, challenge, survival, giving for the greater good, formulating beneficial plans. That´s the medicine our brothers and sisters from the Sioux tribe are carrying defending OUR water. Thank you, thank you, thank you??✨?? Grateful for their example of protest. It´s how we all should deal with the multiple challenges we´re experiencing around the world these days. Speaking out loud with love, in peace, from our hearts. Mother will guide us if we listen, she wants us to be present and aware of how we react, letting our emotions on a side, but standing strong. It´s time to change things inside us, so they can be manifested like a healing twirling Rainbow all around. We are the Rainbow Warriors. It´s our time✨ I’ll be donating the $ from these prints, so get yours and support the cause. For details, email me at: info@bewhatyoudream.com #defendthesacred #standingrock #nodapl #waterislife #ichoosemagic #bewhatyoudream

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Diana Garcia is a Mexican artist and actress currently living in Los Angeles. For Art Basel, the trendy hotel Freehand Miami will be hosting a night of Mexican art, at which she will unveil her newest mural. To keep on theme, there will be a pop-up taco truck and Don Julio tequila flowing. This sounds like a perfect night.

Freehand Miami, Dec. 1


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Plan on going to Art Basel this year? Which artists/parties do you have your eye on?

Meet Frederico Vigil, The Creator Of The Largest Concave Fresco in North America – Mundos De Mestizaje

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Meet Frederico Vigil, The Creator Of The Largest Concave Fresco in North America – Mundos De Mestizaje

Courtesy of Ximena N. Larkin

When visiting the National Hispanic Cultural Center campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it’s easy to write-off the upside-down, bucket shape form rising from the ground. It stands alone with no distinguishing marks. There are no large crowds to hint at the remarkable secret hidden inside. Visitors will know they are in the right place when the gray asphalt and concrete beneath their feet morph into red—matching the building’s exterior.

Two, towering wood doors mark the entry into the nondescript building.

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When the doors swing open, it’s impossible to avoid looking up because the vibrant colors of the ceiling act as a magnet, drawing eyes upwards. Step into the 45-foot dome-shaped structure to get a better look, and there, in the small Southwest town of less than 1 million, the largest fresco painting in North America wraps around the ceiling.

El Torreón is the name of the structure which houses Mundos de Mestizaje.

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The larger-than-the-Sistine-Chapel fresco made by Frederico Vigil. It took the Santa Fe native almost three years to have it approved and 10 years to complete it. The aerial artwork depicts thousands of years of Hispanic and pre-Hispanic history. Depending on your cultural background, some iconography is easy to spot and place in history. If you’re Mexican, La Virgen de Guadalupe, a portrait of the beloved civil rights leader Benito Juárez and the eagle, serpent, and nopal from Mexico’s coat of arms will stand out. But walk around the room, or sit in one of the lounging chairs that allow visitors to tip back and view the work at 180 degrees, and soon you’ll realize there are hidden figures among the more popular markers of Mexican and Indigenous identity.

“I’m a mixed man with many different bloodlines,” Vigil says on a phone call. “I’m mestizo. I wanted to show the history of what that means.”

For the project, Vigil consulted with seven scholars on Mesoamerican and Spanish historical culture in order to create an accurate depiction of the past.

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He says that just by looking at the Iberian Peninsula, there’s a mix of Romans, Celts, Muslims, and Phoenicians which is all tied into Spanish identity. Then, with the Americas, there’s Maya, Aztec and Toltec. The history of these lines iS not linear. They overlap, intertwine and blend together in a dizzying ride that Vigil worked to bring to life in Mundos de Mestizaje. 

The purpose is to show the viewer how interconnected and far-reaching culture is. Islamic philosopher Ibn Rushd is depicted sitting next to Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, a Medieval Torah scholar, and physician. Chacmool, the pre-Columbian sculpture found throughout Mesoamerica shares space with George Washington and an African slave. 

“There are no purebloods, we are all mixed—or perhaps the only people who can say they are of pure blood are the Amazons or indigenous tribes that have lived in isolation,” Vigil says. “When people begin to study the past, they realize we, as a society, are not genetically one thing.”

Vigil learned the art of fresco painting from Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff. The couple might not be household names outside of the art community, but their bosses were. Bloch and Dimitroff were assistants to the world-renowned Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. 

Vigil connected with the couple thanks to the Santa Fe Council for The Arts.

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The organization reached out to Vigil to gauge his interest in a scholarship learning from the pair. Now in their 70s, the two aging artists were making strides to ensure their knowledge was passed down to a new generation of creators. Art lessons were accompanied by tales of the past that included Kahlo, Rivera, and friends such as Leon Trotsky. There, he learned the complicated and time-consuming process of fresco painting.

A surface is rough plastered with a mix of lime, sand, and cement. On average, a layer takes 10-12 hours to dry. A painter can go to work an hour into the drying process and usually has between seven to nine hours of time to complete their design. The art then needs 7-10 days between coats. If the painter messes up, they have to scrape off the layers and begin again.

“I’m a procrastinator but when the wall is wet, you have to paint,” says Vigil. “Each painting is a new experience. It doesn’t get old.”

Vigil is currently working on a new 2,500-plus square foot monumental fresco at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

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His new work tells the tale of New Mexico’s history as the oldest state in the U.S. to produce wine. He says the piece could take four to six years to complete. He’s currently in his second year.

The hours for the Torreón (where the fresco is housed) are Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 p.m., plus it is open by appointment, which can be scheduled with Juanita Ramírez at Juanita.ramirez@state.nm.us or 505-383-4774. The NHCC presents concerts in the Torreón in partnership with the Pimentel & Sons Guitar Makers. The Torreón is available for rentals under certain circumstances and with some restrictions. 

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A Dating Website For Uniformed People Claims A Married Cop Suing Them Isn’t As Innocent As He Claims

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A Dating Website For Uniformed People Claims A Married Cop Suing Them Isn’t As Innocent As He Claims

If you’re in a relationship, hold on to them tight. If you’re not, good luck out there because the dating world is mad crazy. Trying to meet people, especially online (is there any other way?) it is rough. Millions of people are trying to find love via dating websites, which means the competition is steep. It’s also challenging to make people not swipe left, meaning, getting someone to be interested in you based on your picture alone is the ultimate goal. So what makes people interested in someone else? If you’re a woman attracted to men, it’s pretty much the same thing since the beginning of time: tall, dark, handsome, and a man in uniform. That brings us to this hilarious yet unfortunate story.

A Florida cop has filed a lawsuit against a dating website for using his picture for marketing purposes. Oh yeah, and he also happens to be married.

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Before we go on, we know what you’re thinking: this cop lied to his wife, set up a dating profile online, and got caught, so now he’s suing the company, acting like he had nothing to do with it. 

However, companies of all sorts have been caught in the past for wrongfully using images without permission simply because they came across a random image online. Also, the man is hot! So, of course, these online dating websites would want to attract users by using the image of an attractive young police officer (in uniform) as a way to lure in people who are starving for love (or something else, wink wink). 

David Guzman alleges that he had no idea his image was being used as a marketing ploy for online dating websites until his friends came across his advertisement.

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According to court documents, last year Guzman said his friends told him that they had seen his picture and informed him like ‘hey, dude isn’t this you?’ Another person who found out: his wife! Yikes!!

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that his wife asked Guzman why his picture was on a dating website, and he responded to her by saying he “had no idea.” Okay, like that’s going to be enough for her to believe him. By the way, the advertisement that accompanied his picture said: “Bulletproof vest? Nah, it’s all muscle” Catchy and enticing! But yeah, he said he did not write that either. 

The 33-year-old police officer contacted the owner of the dating websites and demanded that they take down his picture from UniformDating.com.

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NSI Holdings, owner of Cupid.com and UniformDating.com, didn’t take down the picture. First, they demanded that Guzman show identification, which he did promptly. Then NSI Holdings alleges that they found a dating profile that included his name, his age, and his birthdate and his email address.

Their argument is they have a right to use his picture because he apparently has a dating profile. They’re saying that either Guzman or someone close to him, started a profile and used his information. NSI Holdings also found that the person attached to that dating website did go on UniformDating.com and “that creation of the profile was a momentary dalliance.”  

Furthermore, people who use NSI Holdings dating website sign the terms and agreements which state that they can use your image and information as they please “to reproduce and broadcast the information contained in your profile including your name, photograph” and other submissions “for marketing and other purposes,” without compensating the user. Now that is some kind of bullshit. 

Guzman alleges that the company has still not taken down his picture, and he’s not rolling over and taking this kind of harassment.

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It’s unclear what Guzman is asking for in his lawsuit, aside from the company taking down his picture, but we’re sure some monetary payback is in order.

“Defendant’s use of plaintiff’s image, likeness and/or identity in connection with a dating service impugns plaintiff’s character, embarrasses him, and suggests — falsely — that he, a married person, is presently dating and seeking out other partners,” the lawsuit states according to the New York Post

Legal docs go on to state, that Guzman is “a married man and respected member of his community who has been caught with a profile on an online dating website.” Or perhaps he just got caught with his pants down, so to speak. No! We remain Team Guzman. 

Who do you believe? Let us know in the comments.

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