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The Riviera South Beach was pretty proud of themselves for having scored some precious Banksy grafitti art tiles that are used in some of the public spaces, including lavatories, of their newest hotel addition. But The Miami New Times has discovered that these Banksy tiles are actually fake.
Apparently, the tiles were acquired from a Spanish company, Peronda, who has told the Miami New Times that the tiles are "Banksy-inspired" but are not actually his work. That's why the tiles are called, "Bansky." However, the Riviera South Beach's owners, the father-son team, Nathan and Alan Lieberman, believed that the tiles were really done by Banksy. In an email to the New Times' Ciara LaVelle, Alan Liberman wrotethe following:
Banksy was commissioned to do a series of different large tiles. There are a dozen different graffiti drawings of his most familiar and popular work. I was aware of his art being made available and contacted his agent and then placed the tiles throughout the new Riviera South Beach Hotel building's common areas.
Yet Banksy's own publicist has weighed in on the matter calling the tiles "fake." Whoops.
We're awaiting a reply from the hotel's PR rep but in the meantime, just know that you aren't in the presence of Banksy when going to the loo at the Riviera.
[Photo: Riviera South Beach]
Heading to Art Basel in Miami? Think about all those parties you’ll want to hit up (or crash). Then think about the mornings after when you have to drag yourself out of bed, pull together an art-world-approved outfit, and be able to mingle and say insightful things about all that art. You know what will make it easier? Staying as close as possible to the Miami Beach Convention Center, where most of the Art Basel exhibitions take place. This will minimize your morning angst— but if you want even more help figuring out how to navigate art browsing and shopping, the Riviera South Beach can do that too.
One of the hip South Beach Group properties, the Riviera is owned by local art collectors Alan and Diane Lieberman and was designed with art in mind. “I pulled inspiration from legendary designer Dorothy Draper and my personal love of art and design,” says Alan Lieberman. “I wanted to create a posh, hip hotel that’s affordable in the most happening neighborhood in South Beach.”