I am thrilled to be headed back to Art Basel Miami next week this year for a brief stint to take in the art fairs. Art has always reflected the time and place in which it is made. It is fascinating to see what the artists choose to express and watch overriding themes throughout the fair. Artists have been called the “canaries in the coalmine” reacting to current events before they enter mainstream culture. I have been researching my favorite sources to come up with my “HOT LIST” for this year and wondering how I can cram all this culture into a mere 72 hours.
The main fair, Art Basel Miami, features 267 galleries from 32 countries showing work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall.
Nearby in Collins Park, PUBLIC enlisted 26 artists to create site-specific installations and performances including a monumental deer lawn ornament by Tony Tasset, a jeweled “Healing Pavilion” by Sam Falls; a group of tall chairs from the original production Robert Wilson’s “Einstein on the Beach;” a giant set of red lips by Sterling Ruby.
Located behind the convention center, Design Miami selected a student team from Harvard to design the fair entrance. “UNBUILT,” a collection of foam models of unrealized design projects hovers above fair goers. Yves Behar is the recipient of the 2015 Design Miami “Design Visionary Award” and he’ll be honored with a special exhibit in the D/M venue behind the convention center from December 2 through 6. Expect thirty five exhibitors including Firma Casa from Brazil, showing new works by the Campana Brothers, and Italian gallery Secondome,with hand-crafted limited editions.
Wynwood Walls is featuring “Walls of Change” with 14 new murals and installations and the debut of a new adjacent space called “The Wynwood Walls Garden.” The walls are by Case, Crash, Cryptik, el Seed, Erenest Zacharevic, Fafi, Hueman, INTI, The London Police, Logan Hicks and Ryan McGinness. Over in the “garden,” the Spanish art duo Pichi & Avo are doing a mural on stacked shipping containers and in the events space, Magnus Sodamin will be painting the floors and walls. The VIP opening is on December 1st in the early evening, but then it’s open to the public from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
X Contemporary also joins the crowd with their inaugural edition in Wynwood running from December 2nd through Sunday, and a VIP opening on December 1st from 5 to 10 p.m. Twenty eight exhibitiors will be on hand, plus special projects including “Grace Hartigan: 1960 – 1965” presented by Michael Klein Arts; a look at the “genesis of street art” curated by Pamela Willoughby; and “Colombia N.O.W.” presented by TIMEBAG.
The Rubell Family Collection will present a big exhibition called “No Man’s Land” featuring women artists from their extensive collection including paintings, sculptures, photos and videos by over 100 female artists. Jennifer Rubell will present her twelfth large-scale, food-based installation,”Devotion,” on December 3rd, 9 to 11 a.m. She’ll be using “bread, butter, and a couple engaged to be married” as her media.
ELLE DECOR will unveil its 2015 Modern Life Concept House on December 1. The project will be located in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District at 250 Wynwood, a 6,000 square-foot, one-of-a-kind condominium home, and will feature the work of four leading designers hand-selected by ELLE DECOR editor-in-chief, Michael Boodro The designers—Matthew MacDonald, Elizabeth Martin, Sam Robin and Fernando Wong—designed and decorated the space in a way that fits in with the artistic and creative spirit of the Wynwood district.
Miami’s Wynwood Arts District will soon be home to a “living laboratory” for design, the Wynwood Design Lab, where carefully curated artwork, furniture, decor, accessories and appliances will be showcased for interior designers, landscape architects, and luxury buyers and builders in quarterly vignettes. The multi-purpose mecca for design, opening in November, will be comprised of the lab’s 2,500 square foot indoor space, plus an outdoor garden, a gallery, and a live art demonstration area, which can be viewed from the street.
The Lab has so far partnered with designer Erinn Valencich and landscape architect David Font, who will provide architecture for, design and curate the Lab’s settings, which will be re-envisioned each quarter. “The Wynwood Design Lab is not a retail store, nor is it intended to be a design center,” explains Christi Tasker, co-owner of the Lab. “Rather, it is a living laboratory where a constantly transitioning duo of landscape architects and renowned interior designers will collaborate to give key luxury buyers and specifiers the best that the world of home furnishings and building materials has to offer, and to see it in real lifestyle applications.”
A new residential and arts district by Argentine developer Alan Faena’s between 32nd and 36th Streets on Collins Avenue will be finished in April 2016. For this year’s fair, they’ve planned a series of events including: A roller-disco installation by assume vivid astro focus that will be open to the public daily on the beach and feature local and international DJs; a “theater curtain” installation called “A Site To Behold” by Spanish artist Almudena Lober that lets visitors play alternate roles of “actor” and “performer”; and a site-specific “sand and light” installation by Jim Denevan.
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“Make sure to keep a glass of champagne handy at all times. The week is known to get overwhelming.” -The Huffington Post
This year I decided to sit out Art Basel and I am TOTALLY regretting it, especially when a friend just texted me she literally bumped into Leonardo DeCaprio…only in South Beach! I have been reading up on all of the amazing events that are taking place over the next few days….If I were flying south tomorrow, here are the things I would NOT miss…
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Pritzker prize winning Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s stunning building opens this week during the fair. The hanging gardens and museum setting cater to the city’s climate and bring the park to the museum in new and innovative ways.
Next stop, the Museum of Contemporary Art for the Tracy Emin retrospective. Her works in neon speak to the “vulnerability of making human connections.” This is her first American retrospective of her work.
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The obligatory exhibition halls would be next on the agenda to see all the heavy hitters…
One of THE MOST CREATIVE experiences I have ever had was being a part of Jennifer Rubell’s food installations. Each year, she stages a breakfast at The Rubell Family Collection. This year’s theme is “FAITH” and I cannot wait to see what she has planned.
The Rubell Family Collection is always featuring cutting-edge contemporary art. This year’s exhibition is “28 Chinese,” a show that was researched over 6 trips to China between 2001-2012. The family visited over 100 artists’s studios to bring the exemplary works together for this exhibition.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a mandatory stop for anyone. 45,000 square feet of temporary and permanent exhibition space including Willem de Kooning, Donaled Judd, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Isamu Noguchi among many many others….
Poolside at The Mondrian will feature the work of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. This inflatable exhibit ” creates the intention of transcending the viewer to an enhanced state of happiness and self-healing.”
The street art duo FAILLE is transforming the arcade experience into the highest art form from psychedelic foosball to pinball machines.
Jeffrey Deitch of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art is curating this year’s Wynnewood walls with a focus on female graffiti artists from around the world.
I never made it to Juvia last year, and it is definitely on the list for the next trip. Vertical garden by Patrick LeBlanc.
Colette is teaming up with the Alchemist for the first ever Art drive through. You can purchase anything from Zaha Hadid cuffs to Damien Hirst Olympia LeTan book clutches.
Artist and film maker David Lynch is creating his uber popular Club Silencio once again. Last year, the pop- up nightclub was held in the basement of the Delano. This year, the location will be in the design district, but has yet to be announced. The Parisian based nightclub has recruited Pharrell to host the festivities once they have let us in on the location.