Miami Beach, FL – November 18, 2009 – Sagamore, the Art Hotel, Miami Beach’s premier boutique oceanfront resort, will exhibit two new video installations during Art Basel 2009. Both works are collaborations between the artist Simon Lee and the musician Algis Kizys. Where is the Black Beast, an episodic film based around Ted Hughes’ set of poems ‘CROW: From The Life and Songs of the Crow' and Timetable of Trains.

For Where is the Black Beast, Lee has set Hughes’ poetry to a mesmerizing animation of amateur found snapshots for which Kizys has composed a compelling and lyrical score. Although many of the photographs depict holidays, birthdays, and celebrations, digging beneath the gestures and expressions reveals the egos, fears and disappointments that Hughes so chillingly portrayed with his metaphoric use of a crow to stand for humanity.

Mafia Walk from Where is the Black Beast? Simon Lee 2009
Timetable of Trains is a 3-channel video projection of the shadow of a freight train rushing through the Orchid Room. In double silhouette, the train bashes in with a charging rhythmic sound over the more delicate tones of railroad lines played as percussive instruments. It's as if the train is playing its own melody, creating an audible break with reality coupled with the high contrasted, ephemeral image of the train. The result is a bright, booming and exhilarating intervention.
Timetable of Trains Simon Lee 2009
Started in 2001, the Sagamore’s annual Art Basel Brunch brings together people from all aspects of the art world to share in the festivities of the Art Basel weekend. The brunch is hosted by Sagamore owners Martin and Cricket Taplin, and renowned art collector, Marty Margulies and his wife Constance Margulies, along with Miami-area art museums (The Bass Museum of Art, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Lowe Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lowe Art Museum, The Wolfsonian at Florida International University, Miami Art Museum) and Lincoln Center in New York. The 2009 Art Basel Brunch will take place on Saturday, December 5th from 9AM – 12PM.

The “Arts for Learning (A4L)” student art installation features three panels of student artwork – The Jungle, Outer Space, and The City – inspired by the diversity of people living in Miami and the overlapping graffiti found in public spaces. The installation is a collaboration of artwork from 40 students in the first through fifth grades at Biscayne Elementary School in Miami Beach and “Arts for Learning” teaching artist Luis Valle.

Valle worked with approximately 40 students on each piece in groups of ten during “Arts for Learning” after-school sessions over a period of 6 weeks. Valle felt that this is a way of creating a project where many people are passing through a common place, touching an object and leaving their mark while at the same time making something unique for people to see. It looks at how different hands can affect that object and make it special.


Guests staying or visiting Sagamore Hotel during Art Basel will have an opportunity to enjoy the Sagamore Collection of contemporary art. Since its inception in 1992, the Sagamore Collection has showcased works by an international roster of more than 500 artists. The collection continues to grow and in 2008, Cricket Taplin curated “The Stairwell Project” - a vertical visual experience that spans the hotel’s six-story stairwell case, created by the next generation of contemporary artists from Miami’s New World School of the Arts.

During Art Basel 2009, the Sagamore Collection will be on view including works by: Olafur Eliasson, Katherine Bowling, Olaf Breuning, Thomas Hirschhorn, Cuny Janssen, Amanda Burnham, Bernard Prinz, Rafael Salazar, Louis Stettner, Erwin Wurm, Kenji Yanobe, Spencer Tunick, Juliana Romano, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pablo Cano and Ralph Goings .

Hotel guests and visitors are invited to visit the Sagamore Collection and special video art screenings daily from 10AM to 10PM.

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South Beach Post Modern meets world-class contemporary art in the imaginative and sexy 93-suite Sagamore, “The Art Hotel.” Providing visitors with crisp minimalist aesthetics that serve as a backdrop for innovative cuisine and contemporary art, the hotel’s interior and exterior grounds are distinguished by its collection of works by recognized and emerging artists from around the world – a gallery in its own right. The art collection, known as the Sagamore Collection, is around every corner of this luxury boutique hotel featuring works of contemporary art, including painting, works on paper, photography, mixed media, sculpture and video art by recognized, emerging and world-renowned artists. The Collection has evolved over the past 20 years and includes works by many artists from this country, as well as artists from Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Israel, South Africa, the United Kingdom, China, and other countries around the world. Both an enlightening and romantic stay, the Sagamore offers romantic and private rooms including the 2 story bungalows featuring balconies overlooking the pool area and video art garden, state of the art kitchens, contemporary living rooms, and a private garden with sliding glass doors on the lower level; and the Penthouse - a 1500 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite with marble floors, private elevator access, and 1600 sq. ft. rooftop terrace that overlooks the ocean. For additional information or reservations, please call 877.242.6673 or visit