Thursday, October 23, 2014

Miami - Tourist Town To World Cultural Center In A Dozen Years

It is said that it takes 200 years for a city to become a cultural center like New York or Paris. 

Until the 1980s Miami was a town for tourism in retirement. Art museums were few and fr between,with uninspiring collections and galleries almost nonexistent. 

Then Cocadollars sitting in garages were put to work building a skyline. Shortly thereafter Miami Vice became the most popular show on TV. And people discovered Art Deco. 


Sophisticated clientele began arriving from Manhattan - then from European and South American capitals as well. 

But still , it was all about the party and the beaches. 

In 2002 Art Basel arrived.Admission was $ 5 and people walked out with Picassos to take home to their Art Deco houses and condos. 


The Show began to grow exponentially. 

                                                 Big Money Started To Change Hands

                                                        Miami was becoming beyond cool.

                                                         Miami was becoming cultured.

                                                           Art Basel Was The Impetus.


                                                The Largest Modern Art Fair In The World.

                                   Art Acceleration. Everyone in the Art World has to have a Miami plan.

And while Miami is a very new reinvented city.

Miami Became The Center of the Modern Art World.
A Cultural Center In 12 Years , Not 200. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Art Basel - A 2013 Retrospective

Art Basel Miami Beach opens for the 12th year in a row on Thursday, December 5th and runs through Sunday, December 8th. Miami Conquistador and Miami Metroblogging have attended every year since 2002, when the show took up only half of Hall D at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Art Basel is like going to the greatest modern art museum in the world - where you can buy whatever you like right off the walls. Selections range from the sublime -

To the controversial.

                                    To the Bizarre. This walking exhibit is not for sale.

All ages are welcome, though some parents may need to be open minded. 

Modern art does not mean just from yesterday - it can really go back to 1900 or so - when Picasso got his start. Keith Haring's work , over 30 years old ,is still considered relatively new. 

Best of all - Ar Basel has put Miami on the culture map - and Jet Setters from round the world fly in for the world's biggest modern art fair. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Surfcomber !

Here Is This Year's Lineup: 

Saturday March 16th: 
All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party Presented by EVOLUTION Featuring Pete Tong and Friends


Sunday March 17th:
Hierbas Ibicencas Launch Party Starring Funkagenda , Robbie Rivera, Norman Doray, David Tort, Wally Lopez, David Solano and Anna Lunoe

Tuesday March 19th: 
2GTHR with Joris Voorn, Nic Fanciulli, Stacey Pullen vs Josh Wink, Guti vs Reboot, Martin Buttrich vs Subb-an, Robert Dietz vs Luca Baccetti, Heidi vs Huxley, Ida Engberg vs Andrea Oliva, Mark Fanciulli vs Edwin Oosterwal, Maher Daniel vs Daniel Dubb
Hosted By BPM Magazine

Thursday March 21st: 
Circoloco Miami Starring Seth Troxler Maceo Plex, Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann, Tania Vulcano, Ellen Allien, Dyed Soundorom, Dan Ghenacia, Tale of Us, The Martinez Brothers and Clive Henry

Friday March 22nd;
All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party Presented by EVOLUTION Featuring Pete Tong and Friends

Saturday March 23rd:
9th Annual Get Wet Pool Party Starring Boris, Roger Sanchez, Chus and Ceballos and Louie Corrales

Sunday March 24th: 
MMC Closing Featuring Loco Dice and Friends Presented by Hierbas Ibicencas Starring LOCO DICE, MARTIN BUTTRICH, tINI, GUTI, JUS- ED, ROBERT DIETZ, YAYA

Saturday, March 9, 2013

WMC Events

Here's A Heads Up For Upcoming WMC Events

Paul Oakenfold

March 16National Pool
March 21-  Soho House
March 22Clevelander (Perfecto & APA Pool party) 
March 22Arkadia
March 23Fifty Miami (Electric Splash Rooftop Pool party)
March 24 - Mekka (Mixology closing party)

Steve Angello

March 15 - LIV
March 21 – Size Matters @ Fontainebleau Pool
March 23 - Size Party @ Wall

Thomas Gold

March 15Space – Thomas Gold Presents Fanfare (w/ special guests Feenixpawl & Otto Knows)
March 16Wall – Thomas Gold & Friends (w/ special guests Sick Individuals & Deniz Koyu)
March 17 – Ultra Megastructure Stage
March 20Fanfare Bus
March 21Fontainebleau – Size Matters (w/ Steve Angello + more)
March 23 - Mynt – Thomas Gold & Friends (w/ special guests CLMD, Arno Cost & Norman Doray)
March 24Ultra Main Stage


March 23 SLS – Pool party
March 24 - Set – Official Involver 3 release party

Sander van Doorn

March 16 Ultra
March 16 LIV
March 24 Ultra (main stage)

Robbie Rivera

March 21 - Juicy Beach @ Nikki Beach
March 24 - Cameo

Laidback Luke

March 16Ultra
March 20LIV - Super You & Me
March 23Ultra Main Stage

John Dahlbäck

Kevin Saunderson

March 20 – Tree House (Detroit Premiere artist showcase)
March 22 – Ultra (headlines the techno stage)


Junior Sanchez

March 17Shelborne (w/ AN21 & Max Vangeli)
March 23 - Size Party @ Wall (Tim Mason, Third Party, Qulinez, Wayne & Woods, Junior)


March 17Mansion (w/ Morgan Page, Mord Fustang and Beltek)
March 23Ultra (A State Of Trance Stage)

Sandro Silva

Oliver Twizt

March 20LIV - Super You & Me


March 19The Shelborne (w/ AN21 & Max Vangeli)
March 23Set – Together We Are
March 23MYNT (w/ Thomas Gold, Arno Cost and Norman Doray)


March 19Mansion (w/ Morgan Page, W&W and Mord Fustang)
March 23Ultra

The Flexican

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Popular Blog Returns to Life

After several months of dormancy, due to other projects , I decided to look over statistics for this blog. To my pleasant surprise, over 7000 visits have been made to the site in the past month,even without any posts. People are  looking for the real Miami action and we are going to give it to you, especially as Ultra and the Winter Music Conference begin to heat up. This March ,with Two Ultra Weekends and 15 days of top DJs and their followers from all over the world,will be the wildest Miami has ever seen. Miami Conquistador is on the ground and ready to go.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

                                  Art Basel 2012 !

By Morris Thorpe                                                                            Photo/ Moscow Correspondent

Art Basel officially opens Thursday, but Miami Conquistador will be on the scene this evening to preview the latest and greatest on the world art market. This year, with the economy already looking up ( Miami is always ahead of the curve ) , the art and social scene will heat up to levels of years past, much more so than last year's more subdued environment.

Miami Conquistador will update hourly beginning this evening, so stay tuned !

Art Basel официально открывается в четверг, но Майами Conquistador будет на сцене в этот вечер для просмотра последних и самых больших на рынке мирового искусства. В этом году, когда экономика уже смотрит вверх (Майами всегда впереди кривой), искусства и общественной жизни нагреется до уровня прошлых лет, гораздо больше, чем в прошлом году более сдержанно окружающей среды.

Майами Conquistador будет обновляться ежечасно начале этого вечера, так что следите за обновлениями!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Art Basel - A Retrospective

Miami Conquistador has attended every Art Basel Miami Beach since it began in 2002. In the weeks leading up to Art Basel 2011, will begin a retrospective of years past.  Above, is a painting from 2006.

                                                                      WorldView 2006.

                                                                        Botero 2006.

Night Parties - Decadence at the Delano 2006. 




                                                                   Haring 2008

                                                            Fat Drunk Tourist 2008

                                                                   Burma 2009

                                                                        Realistic 2010

                                                           China Old And New 2010

Art Basel 2011 , beginning on December 1st, will be the most spectacular ever. Miami Conquistador will be first on the scene, with up to date hourly reports.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Roger Sanchez/ Junior Sanchez @ The W !

Roger Sanchez rips it in this incredible version of Together at a private party hosted by Belvedere Vodka at the W Hotel in Miami Beach on March 25,2011.The party was around the exclusive private pool area - though a few Spring Breakers managed to sneak in. Hundreds of thousands of people were in town to rave at the 3 day Ultra Music Festival. Be sure to watch the video in 1080p for maximum quality.

Afterwards, Junior Sanchez  takes over. Be sure to watch the video in 1080p for maximum quality.

On Saturday, after battling monster traffic jams ,Miami Conquistador returned to the W to catch Ruckus on stage.  

The Party scene lasted until dark. Belvedere Vodka provided delicious refreshments. At that point Miami Conquistador moved on to a high rise parry over looking Ultra itself. Pictures to follow.