The Must-See-and-Do of Miami Art Week 2018
The first week of December draws tout le monde in art and design to Miami, where there are a dizzying amount of exhibitions, fairs, and installations as Art Basel, Design Miami/, and Art Miami converge. It is impossible to see it all, but T&C has an eye on a few can't miss events...
Art Basel in Miami Beach
One of the original stalwarts of Miami Art Week, Art Basel will present over 200 galleries this year. Among them, Lévy Gorvy will display some of New York pop artist Keith Haring’s most iconic works, replete with the original wallpaper from Haring’s Pop Shop. Galerie Gmurzynska will pay tribute to artist Robert Indiana, who passed away earlier this year, with a survey of American artists. December 6–9, Miami Beach Convention Center.
Ferngully by the Hass Brothers at The Bass
Los Angeles–based Nikolai and Simon Haas
Approaching its 30th anniversary next year, Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami are one of the original anchors of Miami Art Week. While the offerings tend to lean toward greatest hits in the broad swath of art collecting, it is worth seeing notable works by the likes of Marc Chagall, Frank Stella, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, and Yayoi Kusama, among many others. December 4–9, One Miami Herald Plaza.
Inaugural Faena Festival
Alan Faena, founder of the aforementioned Faena Hotel, steps into the ring with the first-ever Faena Festival, curated by Zoe Lukov. Artists such as Wu Trang, Isabel Lewis, and Derrick Adams were brought in to create works centered on the theme of This Is Not America, which is named for the seminal work by Alfredo Jaar and meant to represent the diversity and changing face of Miami. December 3–9, the Faena Design District.
Occurring alongside Art Basel, Design Miami/ presents a vibrant programming of furniture, lighting, and home décor. This year promises to be one of the most diverse yet, with
Prada Mode Club
Prada is debuting Prada Mode, a club made in collaboration with the artist Theaster Gates, who created a site-specific installation. Held at Freehand Miami, Prada Mode will host events with music, food, and entertainment. Other coveted pop-up clubs are being hosted by the Blond and Rec Room at the Gale Hotel South Beach and The Surf Lodge at the Confidante Miami Beach. From December 4–6 at 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach.
Louis Vuitton, Objets Nomades
Since Louis Vuitton stepped into the furniture scene six years ago with its
Maison de la Luz Pop-Up
Take it easy over at the lounge at UNTITLED, which offers a preview at the upcoming New Orleans lifestyle hotel Maison de la Luz, designed by Atelier Ace and Studio Shamshiri (the same folks behind Ace Hotel and Sister City). Events—rife with flowing cocktails and jazz bands—will occur throughout the week. December 4–9, Ocean Drive and 12th Street.
Judy Chicago: A Reckoning at ICA Miami
Miami’s Institute for Contemporary Art opens a retrospective on feminist artist Judy Chicago, highlighting her contributions to modernism. Chicago, whose career spans over 50 years, creates powerful works that examine gendered perspectives, sexuality, and society. Max Mara, one of the exhibition’s sponsors, is releasing a limited-edition shirt alongside the opening. December 4–April 21, ICA Miami.
What Goes Around Comes Around x Bentley at Versace Mansion
Along with Bentley and What Goes Around Comes Around, T&C contributing editor Erica Wertheim Zohar is hosting a party at the Versace Mansion with a retrospective of Versace fashion from the 1990s and two bespoke Bentleys. December 8, Versace Mansion.
Bulgari x Art Production Fund
Bulgari and the Art Production Fund partnered to present a sculpture by Raúl De Nieves at the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. The sculpture, inspired by Bulgari’s Italian heritage, incorporate Roman myth and ancient traditions in the theme of metamorphosis. December 5–10, the Faena Hotel.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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