The Ultimate Insiders’ Guide to Parties and Shows at Art Basel in Miami Beach
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While most Americans are still recovering from gorging themselves on turkeys and baking apple pies, the art world is gearing up for Art Basel in Miami Beach, set to kick off December 2. The first edition helmed by former Armory Show director Noah Horowitz and the last before the Miami Beach Convention Center is scheduled to undergo major renovations, the Art Basel brings with it a whole slew of satellite fairs (19 of them, to be exact); a crazy party scene, and countless exhibitions and events at pop-up galleries, museums, hotels, and private collections. Here is artnet News’s guide to everything to see and do while you’re down in Miami.
Art Basel Public at Collins Park
This year’s Public sector will bring 27 large-scale public artworks, including works by Katharina Grosse, Sterling Ruby, and Olaf Breuning to Collins Park, just outside the Bass Museum. Curated by Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of New York’s Public Art Fund, Public will open with an evening of performances by Ryan Gander, Pope.L, Xavier Cha, and Yan Xing.
Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, December 2, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
James Crump, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art at Art Basel in Miami Beach Film
The headlining event in Art Basel’s film program, curated by Marian Masone under the theme “Our Hidden Futures,” is James Crump’s land art documentary. There are interviews with Walter De Maria on The Lightning Field, Michael Heizer on Double Negative, and Robert Smithson on Spiral Jetty (which is possibly endangered due to the ongoing drought). In addition to the main screening on Friday night, short films will be screened throughout the week at locations including SoundScape Park and the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, December 4, 8:30 p.m.
Shortlist Salon: Art on Film, with a screening of Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict at the Miami Beach Edition
Lisa Immordino-Vreeland’s documentary on the legendary art collector, which has already made a splash in New York, debuting earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and showing in November at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, seems likely to be a hit with the jet-setting Art Basel crowd. The screening will follow a panel discussion with artist and hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, founding Paper magazine editor David Hershkovits, and the film’s producer, David Koh.
Miami Beach Edition, 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, December 1, 6:00 p.m.
Ossessione Vezzoli screening presented by Interview Magazine and Uta Fine Arts at the Nautilus Hotel
It’s been a big year for celebrity-loving artist Francesco Vezzoli, who kicked off this fall’s Performa 15 with the surprisingly un-star-studded Fortuna Desperata. Alessandra Galletta’s documentary covers his controversial collaborations with the rich and famous, who include Lady Gaga and Natalie Portman.
The Nautilus Hotel, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, December 2, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Dimensions, by Devonté Hynes and Ryan McNamara at the Pérez Art Museum Miami
For his latest performance piece, McNamara is teaming with with musician and producer Hynes (better known as Blood Orange) to blend sculpture, choreography, and sound for the Pérez’s big Miami Art Week celebration. The pair have been working for a year on the project as part of the museum’s Researcher-in-Residence program, and have been inspired by unusual architectural several sites in South Florida. The party will also offer ample viewing opportunity to check out the institution’s current slate of expeditions, which is headlined by the retrospective “Nari Ward: Sun Splashed.” (Last year museum programming during Art Basel week included Beatriz Milhazes and Mario Garcia Torres.)
Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, December 3, 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
“Artist Theater Program” by Erika Vogt, Shannon Ebner, and Dylan Mira at ICA, Miami
The inaugural event in the museum’s new performance series has been produced in partnership with Performa 15, and is paired with “A Public Character,” a solo exhibition at the ICA featuring Ebner’s photography, sculpture, installation, and video. All three artists are incorporating elements from their own practice into a new site-specific piece that looks to bridge the gap between performance and visual art.
The Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District, December 3, 4:00 p.m.
Alex Bag, “The Van (Redux)” at ICA, Miami
After last year’s successful debut following its dramatic schism with the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the ICA will present Alex Bag’s The Van, a 2001 video work that will be restaged with a site-specific installation. The original customized Dodge vehicle that provided the setting for the film will serve as an unconventional screening room at the ICA. The museum also recently broke ground on its new home, which looks to open just in time for the 2016 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach.
The Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District, December 1, 2015–January 31, 2016. Opening December 1, 7:00 p.m., members-only after party featuring Shamir & @poorgrrl at 10:00 p.m.
“Carlos Salas: Latin America and the Global Imagination” at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
For its part, MoCA North Miami offers painting and sculpture from Salas, who, according to the rather dense exhibition description on the museum website, views his work as “a site for exploration of the boundaries in which human subjectivity is located.” Salas work will also be included in “Intersections: Trans-Cultural Expressions,” an exhibition presented at Miami Ironside gallery (7610 NE 4th Ct, Miami, December 3–6, 2015) by Swerdlow Art Group.
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami. Opening reception December 2, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Breakfast in the Park at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
The museum’s annual Miami Art Week breakfast honors American sculptor Alice Aycock, who will show one of her large-scale works at the Frost’s Sculpture Park for the occasion. The institution’s current slate of exhibitions include four shows by Miami-based artists, among them Carola Bravo, who offers a contemporary take on Jacob Lawrence‘s “The Migration Series” (1940–41) in the solo show “Blurred Borders.” Other programming includes “Walls of Color,” the first show dedicated to abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann‘s murals.
The Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th Street. Miami, December 6, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Directors Brunch at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
Bonnie Clearwater hosts this VIP and members-only brunch at the Fort Lauderdale museum, offering the chance to check out shows like “To Be Continued: Television as Art,” a video art exhibition featuring work by Vito Acconci, Cory Arcangel, Dara Birnbaum, Ceal Floyer, and Yoko Ono; and “The Indestructible Lee Miller.”
The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 1 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, December 5, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
“No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection” at the Rubell Family Collection
On tap at the private museum of Miami mega-collectors Don and Mera Rubell this year is a celebration of work by over a 100 female artists, including Yayoi Kusama, Rineke Dijkstra, Rosemarie Trockel, and the couple’s daughter, Jennifer Rubell (who once posed nude during an interview with artnet News), among others. A breakfast marking the exhibition’s opening will be held December 3. The event will feature Devotion, Jennifer’s 12th annual large-scale edible Miami art installation. Her breakfasts have grown increasingly conceptual over the years, and this one will feature an engaged couple (Alban de Pury and Fanny Karst) and mass quantities of buttered bread.
The Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th Street, Miami, December 2, 2015–May 28, 2016. Opening breakfast December 3, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
“You’ve Got to Know the Rules… to Break Them” at the de la Cruz Collection
This survey of the collection of Rose and Carlos de la Cruz focuses on the influence of technology and consumerism in contemporary art, with work ranging from minimalism, conceptualism, and abstract expressionism. Featured artists will include Allora & Calzadilla, Alex Katz, and Dan Colen, The third floor will contain ruminations on memory and portraiture from Félix González-Torres, Ana Mendieta, and Rob Pruitt.
The de la Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41st Street, Miami Design District, December 2, 2015–November 12, 2016.
“Anselm Kiefer: Paintings, Sculpture, Installation” and “Susan Philipsz: Immersive Sound Installation” at the Margulies Collection
The Margulies claims that their 18,000-square-foot Kiefer show is the artist’s largest solo exhibition ever held in the country. It will include several monumental works, including a site-specific piece based on his contribution to Monumenta in 2007. Turner Prize-winner Philipsz, who haunted Governors Island in summer 2014 with Day Is Done, the faint sound of “Taps” playing across the former military base each evening, brings her signature sound work to the museum, this time inspired by German emigrant artists who were blacklisted during McCarthyism.
The Margulies Collection, 591 NW 27th Street, Wynwood, Miami, October 28, 2015–April 30, 2016. Daily breakfast, December 2–4, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
“Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas” at the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection (CIFO)
Perfectly-timed to the improvement of US/Cuba relations, Cuban-born collector Ella Fontanals-Cisneros‘s private museum will present the first US solo exhibition for Cuban artist Gustavo Pérez Monzón. The show previously appeared at this year’s Havana Biennial. Born in 1956, Pérez Monzón first gained recognition for his drawings, installations, and site-specific works in the late 1970s. He later gave up making art and moved to Mexico, where he now directs the Academia Morelense de las Artes (Fine Arts Academy in Morelos State) in Cuernavaca.
The Ella Fontanal-Cisneros Collection, 1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami, December 2, 2015–May 1, 2016. Private opening December 4.
“ABMB Artist + Curator Brunch” at the Girls’ Club
At its annual Miami Art Week brunch, the Girls’ Club will showcase its current exhibition, “Self-Proliferation,” in which curator Micaela Giovannotti presents work by 30 women artists created in multiples. The Elements Conspire to Find Me 2015, a new site-specific mural by Miami-based artist Vickie Pierre, is on display outside. The museum is also one of the venues for “100+ Degrees in the Shade,” a massive survey of Southern Florida art organized by independent curator Jane Hart.
Girls’s Club, 117 NE 2nd Street, Ft. Lauderdale December 5, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Per Kirkeby, “Echo of the Light” at the Gallery at Windsor
A bit further a field from Miami proper, the Gallery at Windsor, home to the George Weston Collection, is presenting a selection of Kirkeby’s abstract paintings curated by Olivier Berggruen and Kadee Robbins. The Danish artist’s work is largely inspired by his interactions with nature during expeditions to Greenland and the Arctic.
The Gallery at Windsor, 3125 Windsor Boulevard, Vero Beach, Florida, December 5, 2015–April 29, 2016.
“Unrealism” at the Moore Building
Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian, two titans of the gallery world, are teaming up to host a highly-anticipated exhibition of figurative painting and sculpture. Jamian Juliano-Villani, David Salle, Ella Kruglyanskaya, John Currin, Elizabeth Peyton, and Urs Fischer are among the artists whose work will be on view in a 20,000-square-foot space in the historic Design District building that also currently houses the ICA, Miami.
The Moore Building, 191 NE 40th Street, Miami Design District, December 1–6, 2015, with opening reception December 1, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Rashaad Newsome, King of Arms Krew Mass Processional Performance in the Design District
Newsome will mark the opening of “Unrealism” by restaging his King of Arms Krew parade, first held in New Orleans in 2013, and most recently seen in Bushwick. Expect the Florida Memorial marching band playing an original score by Newsome and outrageous motor bike and ATV stunts performed by the Miami Bike Life Crew. Newsome’s New York-based vogue crew, the King of Arms Vogue Knights, will also perform, and there will be a King of Arms Float.
Originating at the De La Cruz Collection and ending in the courtyard of the Design and Architecture Senior High School, December 1, 6:30 p.m.-7:30pm. Trap Wars after party hosted by DeBuck Gallery at Haven Lounge, 1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 9:00 p.m. until late.
Highlights from three private art collections at Mana Contemporary
Over 60 works from the collection of Jorge M. Pérez (of PAMM) will be on view in “A Sense of Place,” while “Everything You Are I Am Not” will showcase Latin American art from the Tiroche DeLeon collection. “Made in California” will feature works from Frederick R. Weisman’s Art Foundation, amassed as California rose to prominence as an arts center in the 1960s. Highlights will include John Baldessari, Sam Francis, Robert Irwin, and Ed Ruscha, among others.
Mana Contemporary, 318 NW 23rd Street, Wynwood, Miami, December 3–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1.
JR, Ellis, at the Melin Building
Galerie Perrotin will showcase the French street artist’s new 14-minute film starring Robert De Niro in a pop-up exhibition in Miami. The show also features photographs of JR‘s ongoing installation “Unframed—Ellis Island,” the first art exhibition ever shown at the island’s abandoned hospital complex. JR pasted archival images of 19th and 20th century immigrants on the facility’s crumbling walls, then shot De Niro walking amid the ruins, with a poignant script about a migrant turned away from America.
Melin Building, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 201, Design District, Miami, December 2–7, 2015.
Larry Bell, 6 x 6 An Improvisation at the Melin Building
The California Light and Space artist will present a standing wall sculpture with 30 glass panels, some clear, some gray, and some partially-coated in nickel-chrome, at an off-site project for White Cube. The work, which was previously on view at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, takes on different appearances based on on the time of day and the quality of light.
Melin Building, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 201, Design District, Miami, December 1, 2015–January 9, 2015.
Casa BACARDI at Wynwood, curated by Swizz Beatz from the Dean Collection
Swizz Beatz (who cruated booths at SCOPE Miami beach in 2014) has curated a three-day no-commission art fair from the Dean Collection. Artists such as KAWS, Swoon, Dustin Yellin, and Mickelene Thomas will exhibit their work free of charge, collecting 100 percent of the proceeds form any sales. Each day will wrap up with the Untameable Concert Series, with musical acts who include Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa (who is DJing), and Swizz himself, with DMX.
Casa Bacardi 35 NE 29th St, Miami, December 3–5, 2015, fair 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., concert series 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. VIP Preview, December 2, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Urban Art Block Party at the former RC Cola Plant
Mana Urban Arts and the Bushwick Collective are teaming up to host a free street art exhibition with Basel House. Over 50 artists, including Ghost, Pixel Pancho, GIZ, Case Maclaim, and Trek6, will transform an old soda factory into one massive work of art, curated by Bushwick Collective founder Joe Ficalora.
The former RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th Street, Wynwood, Miami, December 3–6, 2015.
In 2009, Goldman Properties brought street art to Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, enlisting artists to use the warehouse district as a canvas (Jeffrey Deitch was the founding co-curator, which goes a long way toward explaining his much-maligned collaboration with Thor Equities on the similar Coney Island Walls). This year’s edition is titled “Walls of Change” and adds 14 new murals and installations, as well as the Wynwood Walls Garden to the project. Among the participating artists are Case, el Seed, and Ryan McGinness.
2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood, Miami. VIP opening December 1, 9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., followed by public hours until 2:00 a.m.
assume vivid astro focus, Roller Disco, at Faena Beach
Faena Forum, Miami Beach’s new Ximena Caminos-led, Rem Koolhaas-designed art space, is one step closer to completion this Miami Art Week. The 2015 programming will be lead by AVAF’s free roller disco, and yes, the skates are provided. (The duo previously staged such a party on wheels at Buenos Aires’s Faena Arts Center in 2014.) This past year, a three-day barbecue luncheon series featuring a chef flown in from Argentina wetted fairgoers appetites for Alan Faena‘s latest art and real estate venture. For 2015, Faena is also hosting two beach-side art installations: Jim Denevan‘s illuminated performance/land art work, Solar Light Geometry (December 1–3, 2015), and Americas of a Sight to Behold, a beachside theater from Spanish artist Almudena Lobera (December 1–6, 2015).
Faena Beach, between 32nd and 36th Streets, Miami Beach, December 3–6, 2015. Faena Art +W Party, December 2, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Faena Forum Sneak Peak, 3300 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, December 3, 10:00 a.m.
Martha Friedman, “Pore” at Locust Projects
Friedman created this site-specific installation by pouring nearly 1000 pounds of brightly colored rubber onto the floor of the non-profit exhibition space, and hanging the sheets from the rafters. Each sculpture is based on one of the traditional four humors of western medicine, and is accompanied by a matching costume. During Miami Art Week, choreographer and dancer Silas Riener will collaborate with Friedman on a performance piece wearing the costumes. Locust Projects is also sprinkling public art projects throughout the city, as part of “Art on the Move,” featuring artist Martine Syms.
3852 North Miami Avenue, Design District, Miami, November 7, 2015–January 9, 2016, opening December 1, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Jordan Matter at Miami City Ballet
Matter’s creatively posed photographs of the company dancers from the Miami City Ballet posing on the city’s sands and streets will be on display at the ballet studios’ lobby for Miami Art Week. Framed limited edition prints are being sold during the exhibition to benefit the company’s retired dancers as part of MCB’s Career Transition Fund.
Miami City Ballet, 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, December 4–Dec. 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Opening party December 3.
Spencer Finch, Ice Cream Truck at Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences
Even if there are cloudy skies over Miami this week, visitors to the city can still get a taste of a spectacular sunset, courtesy of Finch’s “edible monochrome.” After entrancing New Yorkers in Central Park this summer as part of Creative Time’s “Drifting in Daylight,” the artist’s solar-powered ice cream truck will be handing out free cones in a rainbow of sunset-colored hues.
Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences, 3401 NE 1st Ave., Miami, December 1, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
“Objets Nomades” at Louis Vuitton
The latest additions to the luxury designer’s “Objets Nomades” collection of foldable furniture and travel accessories will be on display in the exhibition space at Louis Vuitton’s Design District store, with new pieces by Marcel Wanders, Gwenaël Nicolas, and Damien Langlois-Meurinne. To mark the show’s opening, Louis Vuitton and the Public Art Fund are hosting a champagne brunch honoring Tony Oursler, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Hank Willis Thomas on their participation in Art Basel Public.
Louis Vuitton, 140 NE 39th Street, third floor, Design District, Miami, December 3, 2015–February 10, 2016. VIP opening December 2, champagne brunch, December 3, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Sean Kelly x Chrome Hearts at Chrome Hearts
Fashion brand Chrome Hearts is collaborating with its New York neighbor, Sean Kelly gallery, for a special project in Miami. The store’s second floor is hosting an exhibition with work from Marina Abramović, Mariko Mori, and Kehinde Wiley, among other artists.
Chrome Hearts, 4025 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District, December –January 2016. Public opening December 1, 2015 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Anthony Haden-Guest’s Enchanted Hour at Omar’s Cabana Club
Art world bon vivant and artnet News contributor Haden-Guest will be celebrating the release of Whitehot magazine’s Art Basel Miami Beach issue with an evening of readings and performances. The party will also include a screening of the first part of Boo in the Otherworlds, an animated movie by Haden-Guest and animator Christopher Fequiere.
Omar’s Cabana Club, 2401 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach, December 2, 2015.
“VISIONAIRE65FREE” at Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Visionaire’s newest issue, published in partnership with Stella Artois, is being released in poster form. That means free limited-edition works of art by 36 artists who include Marilyn Minter, Mickalene Thomas, and last year’s surprise Art Basel in Miami Beach sensation, pop star-turned sculptor Miley Cyrus. Definitely worth a look.
The Collaboratory at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Collins Ave. at 36th Street on the beach, December 3–6; opening December 3, 2015, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
“Wanted” at Lulu Laboratorium
Organized by Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata, this pop-up exhibition is making headlines for featuring a selection of works by Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody. In his first-ever exhibition, Brody will debut a series of pop art paintings titled “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Handguns.”
Lulu Laboratorium, 173 NW 23rd St, Miami 33127, December 2, 7:00 p.m. dinner, 10:00 p.m. party.
Daniel Arsham, “The Future Was Written,” at the National YoungArts Foundation
A son of Miami returns home this Miami Art Week with a new interactive installation curated by Franklin Sirmans. Arsham, who received a visual art award from YoungArts in 1999 as a high school student, has created nearly 2,000 chalk “Future Relics” that visitors can use to paint on the exhibition’s chalkboard-painted walls.
The National YoungArts Foundation, 2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.
Dina Shenhav, “D.O.A.” at ArtCenter South Florida
This faux hunter’s lodge is filled with Shenhav’s convincing-looking sculptures of rifles, knives, guns, tree stumps, ammunition, traps, and taxidermy deer heads, all carved from soft yellow mattress foam.
ArtCenter South Florida, 7252 NW Miami Court, Little River, Little Haiti, Miami, November 29, 2015–January 31, 2016. VIP breakfast December 5, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Daniel Buren, “Miami” at Bortolami Gallery
Eschewing the traditional five-week gallery show, Bortolami is introducing a new year-long exhibition platform that will provide artists with an experimental alternative for presenting their work. The Buren show, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the artist’s striped fabric works, is the first in the series, which will allow Bortolami to expand to other cities without opening full-fledged permanent gallery spaces. Buren will contribute new works to the show throughout the year.
The M Building, 194 NW 30th Street, Wynwood, Miami.
A Blade of Grass, FIELDWORKS: Season One, at O Cinema Wynwood
Dedicated to showcasing socially-engaged art, A Blade of Grass is screening the first season of FIELDWORKS, its documentary series on the beauty and power of such work, produced by RAVA Films and One Hundred Seconds. The short, roughly-five minute long episodes cover such artist projects as Mel Chin‘s “Operation Paydirt,” a nationwide initiative to end childhood lead poisoning, and Jody Wood‘s mobile beauty salon, which services New York city homeless shelters.
O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St, Wynwood, Miami, December 3 and 4, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Alec Monopoly, mobile sticker pack for Viber
Why is street artist Alec Monopoly decorating a massive wall in Wynwood with stickers inspired by Miami? It’s part of a “global design initiative” for Viber, a messenging app.
2407 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood, Miami, December 3, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Prince Lorenzo De’Medici, “Royal Grand Art Exhibition”
One of the more intriguing exhibitions on the docket, Prince Lorenzo De’Medici, the alleged heir to the famous Florentine rulers and art patrons and self-styled “Renaissance pop artist” will be exhibiting his private art collection. No idea whether or not this guy’s the real deal, or whether he’s showing art he’s bought, or his personal works, which seem mainly to be modern takes on his ancestors’ portraits.
Nina Torres Fine Art, 1800 N. Bayshore Drive, Suite CP1, Miami, November 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Andy Warhol, “The Skateroom” at Delano South Beach
We’ve already seen Warhol converses, sunglasses, and surfboards, so customized skateboards from the Pop artist were probably inevitable. Luckily, the Andy Warhol Foundation and the MoMA Design Store have teamed up to do them right, featuring such iconic Warhol prints as the Marilyn, the Campbell’s soup can, and the “fright wig” self-portrait. The exhibition/pop-up store, MoMA’s first during Miami Art Week, marks the hotel’s 20th anniversary, with a kick-off party DJ’d by Mia Moretti. The Delano also plays host to “Alpha-Ation,” a performance piece by Walter & Zoniel, that will shoot custom, hand-colored portraits of high-profile hotel guests (like Lindsay Lohan) using a large, hand-built camera, and an Antony Gormley sculpture, on hand to be auctioned to raise funds for Water for People at a benefit gala hosted by Sean Kelly, Paddle8, and Absolut Elyx.
Delano South Beach, a Morgans Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave, South Beach, November 30–December 5, 2015. Opening party December 2, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Benefit gala December 3, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m .
Amar Bakshi, “Portals Exhibition” and other art installations at the Sagamore Hotel
There’s a reason the Sagamore bills itself as Miami’s “art hotel,” and it’s not just its Cricket Taplin Collection of contemporary art. There’s Bakshi’s “Portals,” a golden shipping container that is hooked up via live video link to similar spaces in Tehran, Havana, Mexico City, and Herat, Afghanistan, allowing visitors to interact with people in distant countries as if they were in the same room. Alan Sonfist has also created an environmental sculpture made using elements from nature sourced from around the hotel, and New York-based arts nonprofit Electronic Arts Intermix has installed a selection of video art curated by Lori Zippay throughout the hotel’s public spaces. Finally, don’t miss the swanky Saturday brunch, which is welcoming Art Basel VIPs for the 14th straight year.
The Sagamore, 1671 Collins Avenue, South Beach. Opening luncheon December 2, 2:00 p.m. VIP brunch December 5, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Jim Drain, Donk at the Standard Miami
Drain, a Miami-based artist, has created the latest work from the Posters, an e-commerce company that sells original lithography to support urban arts education programs. The Donk poster will be available exclusively at the Standard for just $55, and will also benefit the Miami Children’s Museum.
The Standard Miami, 40 Island Avenue, South Beach.
“Artsy Projects: Nautilus” at the Nautilus Hotel
Miami’s newest hotel is going all out with art during Miami Art Week, with a full suite of installations curated by Artsy‘s Elena Soboleva. Highlights will include Chloe Wise‘s delightful luxury accessories made from various delicious foodstuffs, fashioned from oil paint and urethane; a painting by Katherine Bernhardt at the bottom of a pool; and Dan Colen‘s M&M Candy Boulders. The hotel lobby will also be home to WONDERWHEEL, a year-long installation from Italian curatorial and editorial platform CURA and LA-based nonprofit the Depart Foundation featuring videos, paintings, sculptures, and installation works by international artists.
The Nautilus Hotel, 1825 Collins Avenue, South Beach.
“Refuge” at 1 Hotel South Beach
Architectural Digest has teamed with the hotel to commission five outdoor art installations from contemporary artists, curated by Camille Obering. Phillipe Malouin‘s Movements includes a 12-piece swingset and handmade planters crafted from sand, while Michele Oka Doner was inspired by the South Floridian mangrove tree to create Mangrove Retreat, a welcoming environment for Art Basel fairgoers. The 1 Rooftop will also be home to 3-D graffiti sculpture from London artist Zeus, as part of the “CANVAS Art Presentation” (December 1–4).
The Beach Club at 1 Hotel South Beach 2341 Collins Avenue, December 1–6, 2015. Press preview December 1, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., VIP preview December 1, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Pop-Up Gallery at the Bungalow 252 at the Miami Beach Edition
The Edition welcomes Bill Powers’s Half Gallery, Harper’s Books, and Louis B James Gallery for its second Miami Art Week pop up. The first floor will include Tom Sachs sculptures, hand-painted books from Justin Adian, and new material from Richard Prince. Upstairs, Louis B James is showing Somewhere on Mars it’s Daytime and the Wind is Blowing Dust Down from a Mountain and Into a Valley, an intense virtual reality work by Jeremy Couillard. The hotel’s Basement will also showcase “Future Memories,” a permanent installation from Nashville-born artist Olivia Steele.
Bungalow 252 Miami Beach Edition, 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, December 3–6, 2015, by appointment only. Press preview December 3.
Bosco Sodi at the Shelborne Hotel
Hotel owners and collectors Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos are adding six newly commissioned works by Mexico-born Brooklyn-based artist Sodi, known for his colorfully-textured site-specific works, to the Shelborne’s permanent collection. The hotel will also showcase Will Ryman‘s Freedom, a life-size Harley Davidson motorcycle sculpture created from Bounty paper towels, resin, and glue.
Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, opening November 30.
Laura Kimpton, “Myths, Words and Fire” and other art installations at SLS South Beach Hotel
Paintings, sculptures, and video works by Kimpton will take over the entirety of the hotel’s first floor and façade. Kimpton’s large-scale word sculptures, created for Burning Man, will be joined by a propane-ignited tree titled Celtic Forest, and a number of 2-D mixed media pieces displayed on easels by the pool, among other works. Four never-before-exhibited Andy Warhol works will also be on display at the hotel’s Sam’s Lounge, courtesy Rudolf Budja Galerie, while the pool will be home to an installation from Jared Ryan Shaw, or J.Open Heart, whose work is inspired by his open heart surgery.
SLS South Beach Hotel, 1701 Collins Avenue, from December 1–31, 2015. VIP party December 5.
William Mackrell, live painting at the Mondrian South Beach
Details are scant on this one: all we know is that Mackrell’s live painting will be unveiled at a sunset cocktail party hosted by GEN ART, Flaunt Magazine, and Dawn of Man.
Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach, December 2, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
HENSE, “Pure Abstraction” at the Mandarin Oriental Miami
The hotel has teamed up with Peruvian gallery MORBO to host work by Peruvian street artist Alex Brewer, aka HENSE, who straddles the line between abstract painting and graffiti. The art will be on view in the Mandarin’s restaurant, which serves—you guessed it—Peruvian food. Composer Pauchi Sasaki will be on hand for the exhibition’s VIP opening, wearing her wearable sound sculpture dress made from speakers and playing the violin.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, December 3–6, 2015. VIP opening December 2, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Antonio Dominguez de Haro at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami
You know landscapes and seascapes, but 87-year-old Spanish painter Dominguez de Haro is a master of the waterscape, creating dreamy Impressionistic works of sea life for over 70 years. Here in his first US show in 30 years, he presents 17 underwater canvases in the hope of promoting environmental conservation, particularly of the ocean.
14-Thirty-Five Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 7th floor, 1435 Brickell Avenue, November 30–December 6, 2015. VIP reception December 3, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Pamela Hanson, “Icons” at Fasano Hotel + Residences
Hanson, known for her fashion and celebrity photography, is displaying a selection of vintage shots from the early 1990s, like Kate Moss in Italian Glamour and Naomi Campbell and Billy Baldwin in Rolling Stone. Brazilian art collective Jacaranda will also host curate an installation in the hotel’s penthouse with an opening cocktail party on December 2.
Fasano Hotel + Residences at Shore Club, 1901 Collins, Miami Beach, December 2–6, 2015. VIP opening, December 1, 6:30 p.m.
“Motocinema’s Picture Start” at the Epic Hotel
The Morrison Hotel Gallery is bringing a slice of rock and roll history to Miami in this photo exhibition curated by Loretta Harms and Motocinema. Highlights will include a selection of work by Norman Seeff, known for his photographs of such artists as the Rolling Stones, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol; and the second-ever American exhibition of photos of David Bowie by Japan’s Masayoshi Sukita, the man behind the cover of Bowie‘s Heroes album cover.
Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Downtown Miami, December 2–6, 2015. VIP opening, December 1, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
“MIA: Light + Space” at the Surf Club
Fifteen works by seven Los Angeles Light and Space artists come together at the Surf Club, a new Richard Meier-designed condominium right on Miami Beach. The exhibition, which will feature works by Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Mary Corse, and John McCracken, among others, is organized by Parallel, Terry Riley, Joachim Pissaro, and John Keenan’s new art consultancy group that curates with an architectural eye.
The Surf Club, 9011 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 1–12. Opening reception December 2, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Jeff Koons, Pluto and Proserpina at Bal Harbour Shops
In a way, isn’t a Miami Beach shopping center the perfect place for a gigantic, shiny Koons sculpture? The work, which debuted at the artist’s big Whitney retrospective in New York, is the first and only Koons to be publicly displayed in the city. Fittingly, Pluto and Proserpina is destined for a permanent home at Oceana Bal Harbour, a “ultra-luxury residential development.”
Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.
Paresh Maity book release party at the Villa Azur Restaurant and Lounge
Called by some India’s greatest living artist, Maity is making a rare public appearance in the US on the occasion of the release of his new book, Paresh Maity World of Colours.
Villa Azur Restaurant and Lounge, 309 23rd Street, Miami Beach, December 2, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Adrien Missika, “Open Art Project” at Natuzzi Italia
Missika, a French artist, is bringing an immersive site specific installation of a leather hammock to Natuzzi Italia’s new Design District store, as part of the Italian design brand’s new contemporary art project, Natuzzi Open Art. Alexandra Richards, daughter of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, will be on hand to DJ the opening party, which will feature a specially designed cocktail by Di Saronno.
Natuzzi Italia, 3800 N Miami Ave, Design District, Miami, December 2, 8:00 p.m.
Miami Art Masters on Hibiscus Island
Housed in a 12,000-square-foot private home designed by Touzet Studio to reimagine the classic Parisian Hôtel Particulier for the 21st century, this new appointment-only art fair promises to blend Old Masters such as Jean-Honoré Fragonard, contemporary artists including Tracey Emin, and designers like Ralph Pucci—if you can snag an invitation.
Hibiscus Island (between Miami and South Beach), December 2–6, 2015. VIP preview Tuesday, December 1.
Cynthia Daignault performance, at Lisa Cooley’s Boat Party
There’s a lot of art being made in preparation for the Miami festivities, but Daignault’s plans are all about destruction: she’ll be burning the first painting in her series “Everyone You Ever Loved Will Some Day Die” on board a boat during Lisa Cooley’s boat party. She plans to eventually destroy the entire series, replacing each painting with a plaque marking the fatal date.
December 4. Party begins at 8:00 p.m., performance begins at 9:00 p.m.
“France Art & Romance” at the France Pavilion
Even France’s Official Tourism Agency is getting in on the act, with its “Fall for France” campaign featuring photographer Braden Summers and artists such as Richard Orlinski. France’s Miami pavilion will also feature work by Thierry Alet, artist founder of the now-defunct Miami PooL Art Fair, and Guadaloupean designer Myriam Maxo. Don’t miss the opening with French wines and regional hors d’oeuvres.
309 23rd Street, Miami Beach, November 30–December 6, 2015. Opening December 1, 7:00 p.m.
RETNA “ARTCELERATION” at Macaya Gallery
Last seen smashing sculpture in LA, graffiti artist RETNA will be performing a live exhibition in Miami, transforming a luxury Ferrari F430 vehicle into a canvas for his Middle Eastern- and Asian-infused designs. Presented by New York’s Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, the “ARTCELERATION” car will be up for auction during Miami Art Week, with some of the proceeds going toward charity.
Macaya Gallery, 145 NW 36th Street, Wynwood, Miami, November 30, 2015. VIP opening 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., party 9:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
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