what you need to know about Art Basel Miami
Art Basel stages the world’s premier Modern and contemporary art shows, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has been a driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of visual arts.
In addition to showing exciting works by world-renowned artists, Art Basel is always innovating, thus expanding its platform for new artists who represent the vanguard of the visual arts. Its worldwide reputation – earned over the last forty years – for showing work of the highest merit, and attracting the world’s leading gallerists and collectors, has made Art Basel the place where the artworld meets. With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America’s most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the artworld with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event.
This year’s event is going to be held December 4-7 at at nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park in Miami. For 2014, ABMB launches a new sector called Survey, featuring “art-historical projects” from thirteen galleries including two rare “Tir-Assemblages” by Niki de Saint Phalle, outsider art by Henry Darger, mid-twentieth century works by the Brazilian artist Alfredo Volpe and more. The original “sectors” will also return, including Nova, Positions and Kabinet, Miami Beach Convention Center ; plus all the big outdoor, public art projects in Collins Park and the films in SoundScape Park and at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road.
Due to an on-going fight between two factions of Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th Street, North Miami) several members of the museum’s board resigned and started a new museum called the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Moore Building (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) in the Design District. MOCA is still alive, and they’re having an opening reception for an exhibition called “Shifting the Paradigm: The Art of George Edozie” featuring works by the Nigerian artist on December 2nd at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Design District is rapidly morphing into “the luxury fashion district” with an incredible transformation of the entire area still underway. Lots of stores are already open including Prada, Marni, Rick Owens, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Louboutin, Cartier, Celine, Pucci, Dior etc. and many more are on the way. And there’s a new “Palm Court” featuring a Buckminster Fuller dome, an enormous underground parking garage and plans for a condominium building to be designed by Chicago starchitect Jeanne Gang. You can follow the progress HERE.
To take advantage of all the “luxury” in town for ABMB, The New York Times is hosting an “International Luxury Conference” at the Mandarian Oriental Hotel from December 1st to 3rd with guest speakers including Francois-Henri Pinault, Diane Von Furstenberg, Frida Giannini, Tom Sachs, Diego Della Valle and many more. Tickets are $4250.
The third edition of the SELECT art fair is making a bold move up to North Miami Beach where they plan to set up a 40,000 square-foot tent to hold over 50 galleries on the beach at 72nd Street. They’ll also use the art deco amphitheater already on the site for installations, performances and exhibitions. Just a few blocks south at 67th Street and Collins Avenue, the NADA fair is back in the Deauville Beach Resort. The whole strip of Miami Beach from the W Hotel on 23rd Street up to the SoHo Beach House on 43rd Street is the hottest new, high-end real estate in town. This year should see the opening of Ian Schrager’sMiami Beach Edition hotel (rooms are over $1,000 a night during ABMB) on 29th Street; and construction is also well under way at Alan Faena’s massive $1 billion hotel, condo and art museum complex at 32nd Street with buildings designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA and Norman Foster. If your budget won’t cover any of these mid-beach, mega resorts, we suggest the super-cool and trendyFreehand Miami on 27th Street were a co-ed dorm room goes for around $115 per person a night.
The Bass Museum of Art (2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a big gala on November 1st and, during ABMB, they’re planning an exhibition called “One Way: Peter Marino” curated by Jerome Sans. Marino is a renowned American architect and designer and this show will include art from his private collection plus site-specific installations, an opera collaboration and a series of his bronze boxes. The opening VIP reception is the evening of December 3rd and it will be open to the public from the 4th until March 29, 2015.
Fridge Art Fair returns for second year, this time at The 3rd Street Garage (300 SW 12th Avenue, Miami) from December 4 to 9. Their “Mega Mango Miami: The Great Opening” preview is on Thursday, December 4, from 2 to 8 p.m., with an afterparty at the infamous “den of iniquity,” The Ball & Chain(1513 SW 8th Street, Miami) in Little Havana starting at 9 p.m. This fair started in NYC’s LES in 2013 and founder Eric Ginsburg has the right attitude: “People should not be afraid to go and see art, and it should not cost a fortune.”
A new fair called Concept will be held aboard the Seafair mega-yacht, docked downtown at Bayfront Park (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami) from December 3 to 7 with VIP previews on the 2nd from 6 to 10 p.m. Over 35 international galleries are expected.
The Gale Hotel (1690 Collins Avenue, South Beach) — that’s the spot that hosted PAPER’s “Tiki Disco” pop-up last year — will open a special “rooftop” edition of the Disaronno Terrace from 7 to 10 p.m. on December 4th. DJs are TBA.
As we mentioned two weeks ago, the SELECT art fair is moving to a tent on the beach at 72nd Street and they’ve enlisted Solange to curate a bunch of performances — including one by herself — nightly from Wednesday thru Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. She’s expected to book several acts from her label, Saint Heron Records, that will appear in the on-site, deco amphitheater. The shows are open to the public and admission is FREE. When we hear who’s playing (and when), we’ll fill you in.
AB/MB and Performa are hosting an immersive performance by artist Ryan McNamara called “MEEM 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet” on December 3rd and 4th at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at the Miami Grand Theater at Castle Beach Resort (5445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). RoseLee Goldberg, Performa’s founder and director, describes the work by the Brooklyn-based artist: “This piece is far more complex than it first appears, because it unfolds as one surprise after another. The viewer is both totally in the moment and yet spends hours thinking about it afterward.”
$30, tickets are available HERE. Note to VIPs: There’s also an “invitation only” preview on Tuesday.
The NADA art fair at the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) will host their “invite only” opening preview on Thursday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After that, admission is free and it’s open to the public daily through December 7th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can also preview the fair onArtsy. This year, they’ve partnered with Contemporary Art Daily, Print All Over Me and the 15th Artadia Award. Print All Over Me will be doing special “artist editions” of clothing using images created by Jose Lerma, Amy Yao and Sarah Braman.
The PULSE fair is moving to Indian Beach Park (4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) up by the Eden Roc Hotel for their 10th year in Miami. Their private preview brunch is on Thursday, December 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then it’s open daily through the 7th. As part of their PULSE Projects, they are featuring a work by the Ontario-based artist Shayne Dark called “Tangle Wood” and also an audio installation by Jenna Spevack called “Birds of Brooklyn.” Their new media and video art section, PULSE Play, will be presented by Tumblr and curated by Lindsay Howard. Tickets are available HERE.
Meanwhile over in the Design District, Miami’s new “luxury shopping” destination, a hybrid fashion store/design exhibition/art installation called “The World of Mr. Somebody & Mr. Nobody” featuringWalter Van Beirdendonck and Bernhard Willhelm will be open from December 1st to 15th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 91 NE 40th Street. Fashion from the Belgian “mavericks” will be juxtaposed with photography by Miles Ladin, graphic works by Peet Pienaar and clothes by Superella in an extravaganza hosted by Craig Robins, Sharon Lombard and Cathy Leff. The VIP opening is on December 4th with music by Dirk Bonn and drinks by Chris Adamo.
Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes headlines the AB/MB film program with a special screening on December 5th, 8:30 p.m., at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road. It’s the story of Walter Keane, the mysterious painter of waifs with “big eyes,” who’s works turned out to have actually been made by his wife Margaret (played by Amy Adams). The screening is free, but get there super early. Many other films submitted by participating galleries will be shown in a new, specially-designed screening room inside the convention center and nightly in SoundScape Park outside the New World Symphony (500 17th Street, South Beach). The complete schedule is HERE.
Russell and Danny Simmons celebrate the 5th anniversary of their “Artisan Series” with a big party for the 2014 finalists and winner — and a special performance by Miguel — at Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Thursday, December 4th. Since 2010, they’ve searched for and helped emerging artists by showcasing their work during AB/MB. This year’s big winner will also receive a solo show during SCOPE NYC in March 2015. Bombay Sapphire has collab’d and sponsored since the inception.
Ian Schrager (and Marriott) launch their latest Edition hotel (2901 Collins Avenue at 29th Street) with parties from top to bottom. On December 3rd, there’s a private dance party with London’s Horse Meat Disco DJs in the basement in honor of the hotel’s designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg. And in the penthouse, Absolut Elyx will create an private, pop-up club called Casa Elyx with cocktail parties, book launches etc. happening all week. We can’t wait to check out this new hotel and are happy to hear that Ben Pundole is involved. Supposedly there’s a bowling alley in the basement.
Christie’s and the Marriott hotel group are hosting a pop-up gallery featuring original works by Andy Warhol on December 3rd and 4th in the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (255 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). All the works — including paintings, photos, prints and works on paper — are from the Andy Warhol Foundation, with proceeds benefiting their grant-making program. Stop by the hotel’s fifth floor and have a look between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days. There’s also a private VIP lunch and panel discussion on Tuesday.
If you’re heading down to Miami early in the week, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) plus FLAUNT and Paddle8 are having their big gala on Monday, December 1st, 7 p.m., at the Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Avenue, South Beach). They’ll be celebrating “innovative women in arts and culture” with dinner and dancing and a big auction of works by artists including Hernan Bas, Sam Falls, Brendan Fowler, Rashid Johnson, Raymond Pettibon and others. Tickets are available HERE.
The fab FREEHAND Miami (2727 Indian Creek Drive, Mid Beach, Miami) hotel has an action-packed schedule for the week, including cool installations from Bushwick’s Signal Gallery and the LA project space Metro PCS presented by UOVO Fine Art Storage and the NEWD Art Show; a party to celebrate the re-launch of the NYC-based streetware company British Knights on Thursday, December 4th from 10 p.m. to midnight; a “Dreamcatcher Workshop” to benefit Free Arts NY on Friday, December 6th, from 4 to 6 p.m. (tickets are HERE) and a big launch party for a new art and culture mag called Nah/No Magazine on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 6 p.m.
Questlove has invited an intimate group of his friends to a private home in Miami on December 6th for a “Food Salon” with three chefs — Daniel Patterson, Dave Beran and Christina Tosi — who will each prepare one dish. The lucky attendees will eat, relax and “discuss art, commerce, and the balance of it all.”
The STANDARD (40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach) hotel and spa launch the latest “artist” beach towels — designed this year by James Rosenquist and Glenn Lignon — with a private garden picnic on December 2nd. Sales of the towels benefit the Art Production Fund. Pick one up in the hotel’s gift shop, where Sight Unseen and Print All Over Me will also be selling a new collection of “beachy” items designed by various artists.
The STANDARD also has a bunch of super-private, VIP dinners and parties all week, including parties for Le Baron, Andre Saraiva, Nordstrom, Rosario Dawson and Jose Parla. The annual Lazy Sunday BBQ is poolside on December 7th from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). hosts a private BBQ with Island Records’ founder Chris Blackwell on Thursday with fresh fish, reggae sounds and rum cocktails. Also, check out the backgammon boards designed by Daniel Chadwick.
On Monday night, December 1st, 7 to 9 p.m. the Mayfair Hotel (3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove) hosts a big benefit party for the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Individuals Living with Paralysis featuring an exhibition of 50 portraits by Miami’s Henry Perez called “La Force de Femmes au Naturel.” It’s FREE and open to the public and a raffle of selected works from the show will benefit SCF.
Jeremy Scott and Moschino are having a party with Barbie on December 4th, 9 p.m. to midnight, at the Thompson Miami Beach (4041 Collins Avenue). RSVP mandatory.