Max Fish Celebrates Twentieth Birthday in Miami

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Max Fish: Miami Photo: Courtesy of Max Fish

Starting tomorrow through December 6, legendary Lower East Side bar Max Fish is setting up temporary shop in Miami. The pop-up Max Fish is the brainchild of Aaron Bondaroff (“The Downtown Don”) and Al Moran, the creative directors of OHWOW, an Art Basel Miami Beach satellite fair known for showing the work of downtown darlings like Terence Koh, Nate Lowman, Dan Colen, Agathe Snow, and Ryan McGinley.

Regulars at Max Fish in New York, Bondaroff and Moran knew the dive’s twentieth anniversary would coincide with Art Basel and its attendant debauchery, and so approached owner Ulli Rimkas about bringing it south for the week. Bondaroff rented out a small bar that had just closed up shop, and Rimkas agreed to staff the space with all of his regular New York bartenders. Max Fish in Miami will be outfitted with artwork by patrons of the regular Max Fish scene, including Neck Face, Mark Gonzales, Steve Powers, Angela Boatwright, Andrew Kou, and Wes Lang, and will feature live performances by bands like Gang Gang Dance (Saturday night promises a “special secret performance”). The bar will also host the after parties for OHWOW’s “It Ain’t Fair,” which features work by Rita Ackermann, KAWS, and Harmony Korine, among many others, as well as for Lance Armstrong and Nike's “Stages” show, which makes a stop in Miami this week.

Max Fish, 28 N.E. 14th St., Miami, Florida. Open December 2 through December 6, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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