Detroit Talent Flies South for Art Basel

Artists, musicians, and cultural influencers around the world (and from Detroit) are making their way to Miami for Art Basel.

The annual event is a notorious gathering point for contemporary art collectors with deep pockets, creators and industry leaders. The official event is Thursday, December 7 through Sunday, December 10. Unofficially, Art Basel is a week-long event with pre-parties, VIP previews and exclusive pop-ups starting as early as Monday, December, 4.

After finding out Haute to Death, Los Lobos, and Denial will be bringing their talent from Detroit to Miami for the week, I signed myself up to be your official J’adore Detroit correspondent for the fair… or something like that.

Photo of Loren and Andrew Barren from Andrew Barren

Photo of Loren and Andrew Barren from Andrew Barren

On Thursday, Detroit group, Los Lobos, will be playing U.N.U.M at Wynwood 5th Avenue. The event is from 5PM to 5AM and showcases 21 up-and-coming techno crews across the country. 

Known individually in Detroit as Loren, Andrew Barren, Mathias and Jorissen, the four are coming together as “Los Lobos” for the event.

If anyone can represent the heart, soul, and grime of Detroit techno, it’s Los Lobos. Loren, Andrew, Mathias, and Jorissen are staples on the scene and regularly play TV Lounge, Northern Lights, and Whiskey Disco.

I wonder what’s going to be hotter, the Miami heat or Detroit beats? 

Haute to Death at Satellite and The Anderson

Haute to Death is on their usual A-game.

The art, music, party and dance collective ran by husband + wife dream team, Jon Dones and Ash Nowak, will be one of the featured exhibitors at Satellite from Thursday to Sunday.

Photo from Jon Dones //  Haute to Death  

Photo from Jon Dones // Haute to Death 

The show takes place at a vacant hotel that is scheduled to be torn down after Basel.  

Jon explains, “Each exhibitor gets a room in the hotel, and because of its imminent demolition, artists are free to modify the rooms to their vision, leading to a lot of installation base work not possible at most other fairs.”

Photo from  Haute to Death  

Photo from Haute to Death 

Ash and Jon have curated the work of three Detroit artists; Jade Lauren, John Bain Griffith and Lindsay Cashews to incorporate in their exhibition and contextualize Haute to Death.  Ultimately, the exhibition will capture the internal exploration / external catharsis that club culture can have on one’s identity and self-actualization.

In addition to their exhibition at Satellite, Haute to Death will be returning to their residency at The Anderson, on Saturday night, to put their music where their mouth is and show you what a real dance floor feels like.

Denial at Scope Art Fair and Live Painting

Photo of Denial's Eastern Market Mural on Russell Street courtesy of  Murals in the Market

Photo of Denial's Eastern Market Mural on Russell Street courtesy of Murals in the Market

Daniel Bombardier a.k.a. Denial is a Murals in the Market regular, Windsor native, and longtime friend of Detroit. Listen to my interview with Denial at Murals in the Market, here. He will be painting a new mural in Wynwood at 2214 NW 1st Place on Thursday & Friday. His work will also be shown at Scope Art Fair with Upart Studio.

Stay tuned for onsite interviews, party pics and whatever else happens after a week of creative inspiration in the sunshine. 

Will you be in Miami this week? Let me know, I would love to link up!


Stay Gold,

Boho Barbie


*Cover Photo from Jon Dones// Haute to Death*