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Want to see some Warhol for free? Head to W South Beach
Art Basel in Miami may have come and gone, but the lobby (affectionately called “Living Room”) artwork of W South Beach-- a thriving hub of year-round artistic activity-- still remains on the walls for all curious eyes to see. The pieces are by famous names including Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Dustin Yellin, and the celebrity pop photographer Danny Clinch. All these pieces, including Warhol’s unmistakable acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas piece Seismograph, share a common thread: they are part of the ever burgeoning art collection of German-born real estate tycoon Aby Rosen. “I’ve always wanted to pay tribute to Andy Warhol,” Rosen said during a recent e-mail interview. “In previous years the Living Room at W South Beach has showcased young and emerging artists during Art Basel Miami Beach, and this year we decided to honor the master, the one who continues to influence and inspire today’s artists. Warhol’s work is distinct in that it has been a force in the art industry while still resonating with the average aficionado,” he said. There is that charm of the banal and even childlike themes with Warhol (e.g. Howdy Doody, Paratrooper Boots) that appeals to a wide audience, from adults to kids. And the W South Beach, with its glass balconies and sophisticated dining vibe (headed by chef Andrew Carmellini), is actually the ideal spot to house this type of pop art, with the slightly gaudy atmosphere outside of gold Lamborghinis, tight Speedos and skimpy bikinis.
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