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  • How Overprotective Paris Became the Center of Street Art

    One morning last fall, American graffiti artist Cope2 (real name: Fernando Carlo) walked up the Rue Oberkampf in Paris to a bare wall abutting the century-old Café Charbon. A bald, thickset man dressed in a black T-shirt, jeans and work boots, he contemplated the surface while a crew of helpers tested a ladder for weight and unpacked bags of spray paint. Donning a protective mask, the 45-year-old practitioner of New York’s so-called Wildstyle shook the day’s first aerosol can and confidently began a billboard-sized composition consisting of the word Cope rendered repeatedly in blue and green balloon letters outlined in black.

  • Riding the Miami Food Machine, for All It's Worth

    Miami now looks to spring break, with the passing of the 13th annual Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival, where attendees ate like you hope the kids won't drink, and where "many of the greatest chefs in the world meet like Mafia dons," said a lanky, sunburned Anthony Bourdain, hosting a dinner.

  • Manila Garage Art Fair Draws ’Miss Saigon’, Billionaires

    Ayala Land Inc. Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Philippine Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo and “Miss Saigon” star Lea Salonga were among VIPs who prowled a Manila parking garage this week at a preview of Art Fair Philippines.

  • Big Spenders Lift Contemporary Art Back to Peak at Basel Fair

    The year’s biggest test so far for contemporary art dealers, in Switzerland, ended with galleries saying that demand and prices have returned to 2008 levels.

  • Abramovich’s Partner Browses Basel as $5.5 Million Rothko Sells

    Roman Abramovich ’s partner Dasha Zhukova , model Naomi Campbell and actor Will Ferrell were among VIPs yesterday at the world’s largest fair of modern and contemporary art in Switzerland, which opened with a spending spree on works such as a $5.5 million Mark Rothko abstract.

  • Buyers Eye $25 Million Giacometti at Biggest Contemporary Fair

    A $25 million Alberto Giacometti sculpture and one of the last works by Louise Bourgeois are being eyed by collectors as the world’s largest modern and contemporary art fair opens in Switzerland.

  • Art Basel Buys 60% Stake in Hong Kong International Art Fair

    MCH Swiss Exhibition Group, the Swiss owner of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach , will take a 60 percent stake in the company that controls Hong Kong International Art Fair , the fair’s director said today.

  • Scene Last Night: Pharrell’s Conga, Wilbur Ross, Art Basel VIPs

    Early this morning, revelers outside the Miami pop-up of the Paris nightclub Silencio found a popsicle-wielding indie-pop star staffing an ice-cream truck studded with half a million Swarovski crystals.

  • Blankfein Said to Buy Into $1 Billion Miami Condo Project

    “For people who have seen everything, this is something you haven’t seen yet,” billionaire Len Blavatnik told 150 dinner guests in Miami last week during the largest U.S. art fair.

  • Miami Scene: Chanos, Marc Leder, Perry, Elle Macpherson

    Jim Chanos, who’s on the board of the Tate Americas Foundation, helping acquire works from the Western Hemisphere, had an airtight explanation for skipping the openings of the Miami art fairs.

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