What To See And Do At (And Around) Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

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Art Basel returns to Miami Beach December 5-8 once again serving as centerpiece for the biggest week of art in America.

A major highlight of this year’s fair will be the debut of a new sector, “Meridians,” presenting large-scale sculptures, paintings, installations, film and video projections and live performances in the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center’s new Grand Ballroom.

Also not to be missed during this 18th edition is Pippy Houldsworth Gallery’s solo show of works by Faith Ringgold. The focus of the exhibition will be a selection of work examining America’s racial history and politics by means of the artist’s own story.

Ringold has taken a central position in the global art world this fall following the hanging of her American People Series #20: Die (1967), oil on canvas, two panel tour-de-force next to Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon–arguably the most important painting in Modern art–at the completely reinstalled Museum of Modern Art in New York.

With 269 galleries from around the world participating in Art Basel, there’s far more art here than any one person could see in the fair’s four days. That hasn’t stopped the event from spinning off an entirely separate solar system of fairs, exhibits and openings throughout Miami which comprise Miami Art Week (December 2-8), an overstuffed, high octane, you can sleep when you’re dead, wonderland of contemporary art.

The opening of the Rubell Museum’s new home on December 4 would be reason enough to visit Miami, Art Basel or no. Previously located within a 45,000-square-foot repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility under the Rubell Family Collection moniker, the private museum’s new  100,000-square-foot campus loaded with 7,200 works by 1,000 artists can be found in the city’s Allapattah neighborhood (1100 Northwest 23rd Street) less than a mile from the former location and a short walk from the Santa Clara Metrorail stop.

Established in 1964 in New York City by Mera and Don Rubell, the couple’s collection now stands as one of the world’s largest, privately owned, publicly accessible contemporary art collections with works from contemporary art superstars including Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Rashid Johnson, Cecily Brown and Mickalene Thomas to drop just a few names.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), received its holiday gift early in the form of 46 artworks from Los Angeles-based collector, scholar and advocate Gordon W. Bailey earlier this summer. The works encompass a variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture and join artworks Bailey gifted in 2016, increasing his total contribution to 60 objects.

Baily’s recent gift leans heavily on artists from the southern United States including Sam Doyle, Purvis Young, Thornton Dial, Herbert Singleton, Clementine Hunter and Sister Gertrude Morgan.

What Carried Us Over: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey, on view through April 19, 2020, features selections from these gifts.

Thirty miles north of Miami Beach, another museum exhibit demands attention. Nova Southeastern University Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale presents I Paint My Reality, an examination of the Surrealism Movement in Latin America.

Drawn exclusively from NSU Art Museum’s collection of Latin American art and promised gifts from the Stanley and Pearl Goodman collection, the exhibition features paintings by Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Wifredo Lam and Rufino Tamayo among others. The show, on view through fall of 2020, follows the development of the Surrealist movement in Latin America in the 1930s and examines its continued influence today.

Back in Miami Beach, the PULSE Art Fair at Indian Beach Park (Collins Avenue and 46th Street) has direct access from the beach and the boardwalk. Consider this an escape from the mania of Art Basel. Offering “calm in the palms,” PULSE Art Fair, now in its 15th year, lures guests with cocktails in hammocks along with stimulating artwork.

A highlight of the fair will be Ralph Ziman’s SPOEK 1, a restored 11-ton decommissioned, apartheid-era Casspir vehicle. The work will be located at the entrance to PULSE Art Fair where it can be viewed December 5-8 during fair hours. Restored and refitted, the Casspir has been transformed into a work of art, its surfaces covered in 70 million elaborate and brightly-colored glass beads, arrayed in panels of traditional patterns.

Casspirs are armored, bulletproof, mine-proof, all-terrain vehicles developed in South Africa in the 1970s. They were used extensively by the South African Police, as well as the South African Defense Force, against civilians in urban township areas from the late 1970s through early 1990s during apartheid.

In the iconic South Beach neighborhood find UNTITLED, ART Miami Beach. This international, curated art fair, now in its eighth year, brings a dynamic roster of 126 international exhibitors from 28 countries and 57 cities to the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street.

While on Miami Beach’s south end, just blocks from the Convention Center, keep an eye out for 13 monumental bronze sculptures from Colombian artist Fernando Botero along Lincoln Road’s world-famous shopping district. Botero’s groundbreaking outdoor sculptures have been exhibited in the most prominent locations throughout the world including the Champs-Élysées in Paris and Park Avenue in New York.

More of Botero’s work can be seen at the Gary Nader Art Center in the heart of the Wynwood neighborhood across Biscayne Bay from Miami Beach. With four decades of dedication to supporting Latin American art, Gary Nader Art Centre now features 55,000-square-feet of exhibition space including the most important collection of Botero sculptures, paintings and drawings in the world. 

Wynwood boasts the largest concentration of street art in the country. This effort was sparked in 2009 by Wynwood Walls which celebrates its 10th anniversary of bringing the world’s greatest street art to Miami through December 8.

Doubling down on this history, the Museum of Graffiti, the first institution of its kind presenting the history of the global graffiti art movement, holds its grand opening ceremony here on December 5 (299 NW 25th Street).

Countless other openings, parties and events during Art Week in Wynwood make it an essential destination.

Just north of the Wynwood neighborhood sits Miami’s Little Haiti and Little River Art District. Here you’ll find Etra Fine Art (6942 NE 4th Avenue) which exhibits Ciudades (cities). This multimedia exhibition offers paintings, music, an installation, sculptures, photography, videos, poetry and essays.

Along with fairs, galleries and museums, a commitment to public art has transformed the Miami area into a global contemporary art hotbed. The City of Miami Beach has one of the largest percent-for-art expenditures in the country, with its Art in Public Places program allocating 2% of capital construction costs to the commissioning of site-specific works of public art. 

The latest project spawned by this program is a monumental new site-specific installation, Order of Importance, by Argentinean conceptual artist Leandro Erlich. Taking place December 1–15, Erlich’s installation for Miami Beach presents the 21st century traffic jam as 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks queued at an imaginary stand still on the oceanfront at Lincoln Road.

Order of Importance will be situated on the shore of Miami Beach’s popular beachfront at Lincoln Road, a short walk from the Convention Center.

Two blocks from the Convention Center stands one of Miami Beach’s most historic Art Deco hotels, Nautilus by Arlo. In celebration of Miami Art Week it presents Universal Playground, what it’s billing as “an uninhibited experience of public art, a collection of famed parties from across the U.S. and risqué performances.”

Amp up your Art Basel experience at Arlo Beach Club’s on-the-beach tent featuring luxe lounge decor, jungle-esque foliage and direct beach access. Renowned international nightlife trailblazer Up&Down takes over the tent, the only open-to-the-public beach tent, during Art Week on a nightly basis, ushering in an electrifying lineup of DJs, celebrity hosts and performance art.

In the property’s backyard, Spanish multidisciplinary artist Marianda Makaroff presents her latest “Sexhibition” (December 3-8) introducing spectators to the world of women’s desires. Viewers discover a universe appreciative of Eve as the savior of pleasure.

Just steps from Nautilus by Arlo, the newly-designed Raleigh Gardens plans for the largest ever outdoor public exhibition of work from the late Claude Lalanne and François-Xavier Lalanne, the artistic duo known together as Les Lalanne. The exhibition, presented by Michael Shvo, is on public display in a lush, beach-side tropical garden, free and open to the public through February 29, 2020.

Finally, venture downtown to the Brickell City Center for Conversations with Nature, an exhibition aimed to inspire environmental action. Also free and open to the public, the exhibition pays homage to Mother Nature through multiple art installations which take over the 500,000-square-foot open-air shopping center. 

Visitors are invited to step into a utopia of installation art, soundscapes and meditation, all aimed to inspire guests to explore their connection to the natural world.

Brickell City Center also hosts CASACOR Miamithe most complete architecture, interior and landscaping design exhibition in North America. The latest interior furnishings, art, color trends, textiles, lighting, home accessories and global culture is shown off as visitors move from micro-environments to vignettes inside the Center’s 25,000-square-foot residential sales gallery (700 Brickell Avenue). Tickets start at $30 with the event running December 2-21.

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Art Basel returns to Miami Beach December 5-8 once again serving as centerpiece for the biggest week of art in America.

A major highlight of this year’s fair will be the debut of a new sector, “Meridians,” presenting large-scale sculptures, paintings, installations, film and video projections and live performances in the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center’s new Grand Ballroom.

Also not to be missed during this 18th edition is Pippy Houldsworth Gallery’s solo show of works by Faith Ringgold. The focus of the exhibition will be a selection of work examining America’s racial history and politics by means of the artist’s own story.

Ringold has taken a central position in the global art world this fall following the hanging of her American People Series #20: Die (1967), oil on canvas, two panel tour-de-force next to Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon–arguably the most important painting in Modern art–at the completely reinstalled Museum of Modern Art in New York.

With 269 galleries from around the world participating in Art Basel, there’s far more art here than any one person could see in the fair’s four days. That hasn’t stopped the event from spinning off an entirely separate solar system of fairs, exhibits and openings throughout Miami which comprise Miami Art Week (December 2-8), an overstuffed, high octane, you can sleep when you’re dead, wonderland of contemporary art.

The opening of the Rubell Museum’s new home on December 4 would be reason enough to visit Miami, Art Basel or no. Previously located within a 45,000-square-foot repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility under the Rubell Family Collection moniker, the private museum’s new  100,000-square-foot campus loaded with 7,200 works by 1,000 artists can be found in the city’s Allapattah neighborhood (1100 Northwest 23rd Street) less than a mile from the former location and a short walk from the Santa Clara Metrorail stop.

Established in 1964 in New York City by Mera and Don Rubell, the couple’s collection now stands as one of the world’s largest, privately owned, publicly accessible contemporary art collections with works from contemporary art superstars including Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Rashid Johnson, Cecily Brown and Mickalene Thomas to drop just a few names.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), received its holiday gift early in the form of 46 artworks from Los Angeles-based collector, scholar and advocate Gordon W. Bailey earlier this summer. The works encompass a variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture and join artworks Bailey gifted in 2016, increasing his total contribution to 60 objects.

Baily’s recent gift leans heavily on artists from the southern United States including Sam Doyle, Purvis Young, Thornton Dial, Herbert Singleton, Clementine Hunter and Sister Gertrude Morgan.

What Carried Us Over: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey, on view through April 19, 2020, features selections from these gifts.

Thirty miles north of Miami Beach, another museum exhibit demands attention. Nova Southeastern University Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale presents I Paint My Reality, an examination of the Surrealism Movement in Latin America.

Drawn exclusively from NSU Art Museum’s collection of Latin American art and promised gifts from the Stanley and Pearl Goodman collection, the exhibition features paintings by Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Wifredo Lam and Rufino Tamayo among others. The show, on view through fall of 2020, follows the development of the Surrealist movement in Latin America in the 1930s and examines its continued influence today.

Back in Miami Beach, the PULSE Art Fair at Indian Beach Park (Collins Avenue and 46th Street) has direct access from the beach and the boardwalk. Consider this an escape from the mania of Art Basel. Offering “calm in the palms,” PULSE Art Fair, now in its 15th year, lures guests with cocktails in hammocks along with stimulating artwork.

A highlight of the fair will be Ralph Ziman’s SPOEK 1, a restored 11-ton decommissioned, apartheid-era Casspir vehicle. The work will be located at the entrance to PULSE Art Fair where it can be viewed December 5-8 during fair hours. Restored and refitted, the Casspir has been transformed into a work of art, its surfaces covered in 70 million elaborate and brightly-colored glass beads, arrayed in panels of traditional patterns.

Casspirs are armored, bulletproof, mine-proof, all-terrain vehicles developed in South Africa in the 1970s. They were used extensively by the South African Police, as well as the South African Defense Force, against civilians in urban township areas from the late 1970s through early 1990s during apartheid.

In the iconic South Beach neighborhood find UNTITLED, ART Miami Beach. This international, curated art fair, now in its eighth year, brings a dynamic roster of 126 international exhibitors from 28 countries and 57 cities to the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street.

While on Miami Beach’s south end, just blocks from the Convention Center, keep an eye out for 13 monumental bronze sculptures from Colombian artist Fernando Botero along Lincoln Road’s world-famous shopping district. Botero’s groundbreaking outdoor sculptures have been exhibited in the most prominent locations throughout the world including the Champs-Élysées in Paris and Park Avenue in New York.

More of Botero’s work can be seen at the Gary Nader Art Center in the heart of the Wynwood neighborhood across Biscayne Bay from Miami Beach. With four decades of dedication to supporting Latin American art, Gary Nader Art Centre now features 55,000-square-feet of exhibition space including the most important collection of Botero sculptures, paintings and drawings in the world. 

Wynwood boasts the largest concentration of street art in the country. This effort was sparked in 2009 by Wynwood Walls which celebrates its 10th anniversary of bringing the world’s greatest street art to Miami through December 8.

Doubling down on this history, the Museum of Graffiti, the first institution of its kind presenting the history of the global graffiti art movement, holds its grand opening ceremony here on December 5 (299 NW 25th Street).

Countless other openings, parties and events during Art Week in Wynwood make it an essential destination.

Just north of the Wynwood neighborhood sits Miami’s Little Haiti and Little River Art District. Here you’ll find Etra Fine Art (6942 NE 4th Avenue) which exhibits Ciudades (cities). This multimedia exhibition offers paintings, music, an installation, sculptures, photography, videos, poetry and essays.

Along with fairs, galleries and museums, a commitment to public art has transformed the Miami area into a global contemporary art hotbed. The City of Miami Beach has one of the largest percent-for-art expenditures in the country, with its Art in Public Places program allocating 2% of capital construction costs to the commissioning of site-specific works of public art. 

The latest project spawned by this program is a monumental new site-specific installation, Order of Importance, by Argentinean conceptual artist Leandro Erlich. Taking place December 1–15, Erlich’s installation for Miami Beach presents the 21st century traffic jam as 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks queued at an imaginary stand still on the oceanfront at Lincoln Road.

Order of Importance will be situated on the shore of Miami Beach’s popular beachfront at Lincoln Road, a short walk from the Convention Center.

Two blocks from the Convention Center stands one of Miami Beach’s most historic Art Deco hotels, Nautilus by Arlo. In celebration of Miami Art Week it presents Universal Playground, what it’s billing as “an uninhibited experience of public art, a collection of famed parties from across the U.S. and risqué performances.”

Amp up your Art Basel experience at Arlo Beach Club’s on-the-beach tent featuring luxe lounge decor, jungle-esque foliage and direct beach access. Renowned international nightlife trailblazer Up&Down takes over the tent, the only open-to-the-public beach tent, during Art Week on a nightly basis, ushering in an electrifying lineup of DJs, celebrity hosts and performance art.

In the property’s backyard, Spanish multidisciplinary artist Marianda Makaroff presents her latest “Sexhibition” (December 3-8) introducing spectators to the world of women’s desires. Viewers discover a universe appreciative of Eve as the savior of pleasure.

Just steps from Nautilus by Arlo, the newly-designed Raleigh Gardens plans for the largest ever outdoor public exhibition of work from the late Claude Lalanne and François-Xavier Lalanne, the artistic duo known together as Les Lalanne. The exhibition, presented by Michael Shvo, is on public display in a lush, beach-side tropical garden, free and open to the public through February 29, 2020.

Finally, venture downtown to the Brickell City Center for Conversations with Nature, an exhibition aimed to inspire environmental action. Also free and open to the public, the exhibition pays homage to Mother Nature through multiple art installations which take over the 500,000-square-foot open-air shopping center. 

Visitors are invited to step into a utopia of installation art, soundscapes and meditation, all aimed to inspire guests to explore their connection to the natural world.

Brickell City Center also hosts CASACOR Miamithe most complete architecture, interior and landscaping design exhibition in North America. The latest interior furnishings, art, color trends, textiles, lighting, home accessories and global culture is shown off as visitors move from micro-environments to vignettes inside the Center’s 25,000-square-foot residential sales gallery (700 Brickell Avenue). Tickets start at $30 with the event running December 2-21.

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