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Anything But Flip Flops: What to Pack for Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

December 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week is arty-farty all right, as December 5 - 8 runs Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual collection of modern art fairs that attracts 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. Of course that's just the tip of the iceberg, as Basel is just as much about the societal buzz of the week as it is about the serious artwork and structured events. To enjoy it all and come out swinging, there's five things to have on you at all times during Art Basel:

· A good guide to the fairs.
Every year brings new satellite fairs to compliment the original Art Basel offering in Miami Beach's Convention Center. The only issue is that the area has grown, and now Wynwood's Context and downtown Miami's River Art Fair are draws of their own. To know what's on when, for how much, and how to direct your taxi there, we like the Miami New Times' .pdf guide, and the HuffPost has broken down some of the better talks and workshops throughout the week.

· Good shoes.
In short, this means no flip flops. Even poolside hang-outs are better served by wearing slip-on espadrilles, as Art Basel brings dressier requirements to Miami Beach. Now factor in that you'll be bouncing around all 80-degree day between art fairs, food, your hotel, and parties, and style-forward, dependable shoes become the best option.

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Do You Know Why Philly Has So Many Murals?

November 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're like many visitors to Philadelphia, you're aware the city is known for its murals, but you haven't a clue why. Opening this week at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a new exhibit called Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts is hoping to change that as the Mural Arts Program celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The story began in 1984 when then-mayor Wilson Goode started what was called the "Anti-Graffiti Network" in response to a growing spray-paint problem that was defacing buildings throughout the city. Goode figured that he would encourage the movement rather than fight it, creating community programs at rec centers and museums that allowed the youth to get involved in organized art projects. In December of 1984, Philly's first official mural was painted on the Spring Garden Bridge by a group of 100 kids that featured scenes of the city.

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What's the Price of a Memory? The Vintage Travel Poster Auction Says $20K

October 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know we love us some vintage stuff, and that’s especially the case on days like Throwback Thursday. This week we’re bringing you some ideas for your holiday shopping list—thanks in advance for thinking of us—as there’s a whole bunch of travel posters up for sale.

Imagine yourself sailing the Atlantic during the 1930s, visiting India aboard the train, or just making your way to San Francisco during the World’s Fair. Well, all these memories can soon be hanging right in your living room, as Swann Galleries is getting ready to host its Rare and Important Travel Posters auction. Let’s just say you’re going to need to make a few runs to the ATM beforehand.

Things are scheduled to run this Friday, October 18, and there’s over 200 items up for sale. Potential bidders—and dreamers like us—are welcome to peruse things online, and you might even be able to stop by their galleries in New York City before the auction begins. Some items are expected to attract bids between $700 and $1000; however, there are few gems with estimates upwards of $20,000 or $30,000.

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Banksy Leaves His (Temporary) Mark on NYC This Month

October 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Elusive graffiti artist Banksy is leaving his mark on New York City this month with a new residency called "Better Out Than In."

The first tag, a stencil of two boys reaching for a spray paint can in a sign that reads “Graffiti is a crime,” was revealed on Oct. 1. Since then, several more have popped up including one that says, “Occupy! The Musical” in Bushwick, “Dirty Underwear: The Musical” in East Williamsburg, and “Playground Mob: The Musical” in the lower East Side.

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Video Interlude: Loving Canada One Can of Spray Paint at a Time

Where: Canada
August 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been just over a month since Canada Day—it was July 1—but we think we still can share our affection for our neighbors to the north by sharing a little video.

Up in Vancouver a team of artists did their thing right on the water at Canada Place, as they slapped a snazzy Canadian maple leaf onto the side of the building for one and all to see and celebrate. However, it wasn’t just a normal maple leaf, as this was made up of 63 different icons and items that all celebrate the country.

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Peruse an Art Gallery During Your Next LAX Layover

August 8, 2013 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Thanks to celeb restaurants and flashy airline lounges, a long layover can actually be an enjoyable experience. Now, Los Angeles International Airport is temping art-loving travelers to wander the halls of almost all terminals while appreciating various works of art from local LA artists.

The art exhibition, influx: Art at LAX, is part of the celebration for the completion of Tom Bradley International Terminal along with various other expansions and renovations. In total, the exhibit will deck the walls of 8 out of the 9 terminals giving passengers something to do for a few hours during a layover or on their way to baggage claim.

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Picture This: Airport Runways as Wall Art

July 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

It doesn't matter if you're a frequent flyer or an avid armchair traveler so long as you're a lover of good design when it comes to what we've got for you. Picture this: your walls, decorated with schematics of airports, but in more of a minimalist-Apple sort of way and less back-of-the-inflight-magazine.

The Chicago-based NOMO Designs fulfills this fantasy, with the runway layout (and pertinent facts) of some 30 international airports printed in white ink on 18" x 24" steel gray sheets. The two newest? Dallas-Fort Worth and Hong Kong. There's even a few available on T-shirts if your airport allegiance runs truly deep.

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Yes, That's a Giant Colin Firth Floating in the Serpentine

July 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's a new British TV channel called Drama and, unsurprisingly, it's about all things drama. As part of the promotion for the new network, Drama asked thousands of Brits what was the most memorable dramatic movie moment, and the winner was the Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) lake scene from the BBC's Pride and Prejudice.

To celebrate that win, there's now a giant Colin Firth sculpture floating in the Serpentine, the lake inside London's Hyde Park.

The 12-foot sculpture will continue bobbing in the Serpentine a little longer before it goes on tour throughout other bodies of water in the UK. Its final home will be Lyme Park in Cheshire, a location chosen because nearby Lyme Hall played the role of the Pemberley house in the BBC version of the classic tale.

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What Everybody's Buying in Australia: Kangaroo Fur Rugs

Where: Australia
June 14, 2013 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Spinning a globe or day-dreaming while looking at a world map will get most anyone realizing that Australia is really quite far away. Except for Aussies, Kiwis and other South Pacific islands, it takes a while to head down under and that's why it's even more important to get the right souvenirs.

The land down under offers plenty things worthy of eating up our checked baggage allowance. From Aboriginal didgeridoos and boomerangs to crocodile jerky, we could find gifts for everyone we know and then some. The one thing that's really caught our eye, however, are stacks of kangaroo pelts that double as floor rugs and wall hangings.

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New Vancouver Exhibit Explains How Hotels are Shaping Modernity

Where: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6Z 2H7
May 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, hotels. If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re already a believer in the power of hotels for good. In them, a conversation can be started between strangers from opposite ends of the world; an idea can be sparked over breakfast and a changing streetscape; a restless soul can be momentarily at peace during a detoxifying herbal wrap; and more visceral needs can be sated with a special someone in the privacy of a room of one’s own.

Happily, we’re not the only ones who think this way. The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened their Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life exhibition and you have until September 15 to check it out. It explores the hotel from the beginning –- when it was simply a utilitarian place to rest your head –- to what it is today: a center of design, a social hub and, sometimes, a destination unto itself.

The Grand Hotel exhibit is broken down into four themes: Travel, Social, Design, and Culture. Here’s our take on what these themes mean. It’s a bit esoteric but that’s art, right? (If you’d like to see how these themes play out in real life, check out our sister site HotelChatter.)

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Easy Day Trips from Paris: Monet's Gardens at Giverny

Where: Giverny, France
May 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

For most people, Paris is such a dream destination that the idea of leaving town sounds anticlimactic. However, even lifelong Parisiens know the value of occasionally getting out of the city. This week, we'll be looking at four daytrips—or even two-day trips—that you can take from the City of Light.

Today's destination: Giverny.

Though the village of Giverny is quite charming, the reason that 99% of tourists come here is to visit the house and gardens of artist Claude Monet. Unlike Versailles and Fontainebleau, Giverny is quite difficult to reach via public transit from Paris; the best option is either to rent a car or join up with one of the many tour companies which ferry visitors there and back (Citylink, located near the Eiffel Tower, is a good option with both full and half day tours that are quite hands-off and no leaders with giant flags in sight).

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Neighborhoods to Know and Go: Brooklyn's Gowanus

May 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Someone told us the other day that the word 'Brooklyn' has entered the French lexicon—as an adjective, used to describe something that's super trendy. While we think that's going overboard, nobody can deny how fashionable the borough has become over the past 10 years, and that popularity isn't likely to dwindle anytime soon.

Most tourists tend to migrate towards northern Brooklyn when they visit, and while we love us some Williamsburg and Bushwick, there's another new 'hood that's emerging as a ground zero for art, culture and lip-smackin' good eats: Gowanus.

For better or worse, the neighborhood is best known as the home of the Gowanus Canal—a.k.a. one of the most toxic bodies of water in the country—though that's all about to change, as city officials recently announced a multi-million dollar project to clean up the gunky waterway and make Gowanus a little easier on the eyes (and the nose).

This is all great news for visitors, though locals have been tuned into this spot—with its growing artillery of cool performance venues, cozy coffeeshops, and (yes) clam shacks—for quite some time.

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