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Your Must Sees for Miami Art Week

Your Must Sees for Miami Art Week

It’s that time of year again when, having banked some energy over thanksgiving, we gird our loins for Art Basel Miami Beach – the annual US edition of the world-renowned Suisse art fair – and potentially the most glamourous ‘art week’ on the cultural calendar. Located at the nexus between North and Latin America, the huge show brings together over 250 galleries from across the globe, presenting the work of thousands of artists and pulling in around 75,000 visitors each year, attracted by the artistic scope, as well as the fair’s stimulating workshops and talks programme. Art Basel Miami Beach has inspired dozens of collateral art and design fairs, events, cultural happenings, so to help you navigate what’s on offer and ensure you don’t miss out on the best of this busy week, we’ve put together a top 10 of things to do and see. Team LCD will decamp to Miami Beach from the 1st December, so make sure to get in touch if you’re in town and would like to meet – to find out more about who we are, plot a collaboration or just come play: florian@leadingculturedestinations.com



1. Design Miami

Design Miami is an object and design focused fair and forum that responds to the Art Basel annually, both in Miami and Switzerland, and has become a fixture for many of the art fair’s attendees for its museum quality exhibitions of objets d’art and collectable design. This year, the fair exhibits (and discusses) a broad spectrum of pieces, presented by galleries and organisations from around the world. Fantastic mid-century furniture from Casati Gallery Chicago can be found alongside design lighting from Southern Guild Cape Town and sketches and plans by Frank Lloyd Wright from Edward Cella Art+Architecture, Los Angeles. The collection of displays is international, innovative, and celebratory, and a must see for anyone looking to discover or collect design objects.


2. NADA Art Fair Miami Beach

Organized by the New Art Dealers Alliance, NADA Art Fair Miami Beach has been running for just over a decade, and will be held this year in the Ballrooms of the Deauville beachside resort – neighbouring the city’s Art Deco district and the convention centre, which houses Art Basel Miami Beach. This free fair is definitely worth the short trip from the main fair and offers one an insight into the bredth Miami’s burgeoning art scene – from the edgier, emerging, independent galleries to the shimmering glitz of the established, global behemoths. As a counter balance to the glamour of the week, it’s important to note that NADA is the only American art fair to be run by a non-profit organisation, and aims to present contemporary works and galleries that are ‘underexposed’ by the larger fairs. We’re particularly excited about this year’s inclusion of London’s Seventeen Gallery and its display of work by video artist Hannah Perry, as well as the offering from White Columns, New York.




 3. Casa Elyx

Casa Elyx is a pop-up private club created by Absolut Elyx – Absolut’s new single-estate, luxury vodka – in the penthouse of Miami’s new Edition Hotel. With cocktails by John Lermayer on the 2000sq ft roofdeck overlooking the ocean, this is the ultimate spot for getting into the Miami spirit. Absolut, an official sponsor of Art Basel, will also be celebrating Miami’s position as a connection point between North and South America, by hosting collaborative projects with some of South America’s most exciting artists and curators, such as Janaiana Tschape, Oskar Metsavaht, and Naziha Mestaoui, as well as a celebration of Inhotim – the Brazilian contemporary art centre. We’ve got a pair of exclusive passes Casa Elyx to give away to a lucky friend of LCD – find out more here (link).


4. Select Art Fair

Select Art Fair, another staple of the Miami Art Week calendar, will hold its first event its new 72nd Street and Collins Avenue location, this year – a 40,000 sq/ft tent that includes an adjunct amphitheatre for performances. This means that as well presenting 50+ galleries, this fair will also host nightly events and a live music programme, curated by Solange Knowles. The international exhibitors are still the main draw though, and you can expect another fantastic selection of organisations showcasing a range of early to mid-career artists. We especially recommend Gazelli Art House’s display at booth B1, where you’ll find dazzling photographic works by Walter Hugo & Zoniel and Alinka Echeverria, as well as mind-boggling sculpture from Recycle Group, Aron Demetz and James Ostrer.


5. Art Markit @Mondrian South Beach

For smaller art-inspired purchases, head to high end, artist designed, merchandiser Art Markit, at their pop-up store in the Mondrian hotel, South Beach. The poolside displays will make for a truly chic shopping experience the variety of art inspired items on offer, including skateboards designed by Jeff Koons, sunglasses by Barbara Kruger and towels adorned with images from Ryan McGinley, Yayoi Kusama and John Baldessari, make this the ideal place to kick-off your Christmas shopping.


6. Untitled Art Fair

A younger fair that is now in its third year, Untitled is a more open and approachable option, which acts as a great introduction for anyone feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by the scale the of events and art works around the city. The welcoming curatorial approach sees the traditional fair set-up opened up, with gallery spaces positioned side by side and less segregation. It also makes an attempt to contextualise the works exhibited, with literature and clear labelling. All these considered details create a relaxed, informative and accessible exhibition, highlights of which, this year, include digital work from Sandra Vaka Olsen and photographs by Jack Siegel, at Loyal Gallery, Stockholm.




7. DJ Richie Hawtin for Dior

Miami is renowned for its incredible nightlife, and never more so than during Art Basel Miami Beach. Soho House Group’s Soho Beach House, is a social and creative hotspot year round, so suitably extends its programming – in particular its ‘late gatherings’ – to celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach. This year it will host one of the most highly-anticipated events of the season, with renowned techno DJ Richie Hawtin creating a live soundtrack, to an exclusive presentation by Dior.


8. ICA Miami

The local creative communities of Miami are thriving, so there’s much more to see and experience beyond the exhibitions of the temporary visitors. The arts district of Wynwood, packed with galleries, studios and street art, is well worth exploring, and one of the lynchpins of the neighbourhood is ICA Miami. An important international platform for the work of local, emerging artists, and experimentation with contemporary display, this institution consistently shows innovative exhibitions, and will open two solo exhibitions on December 3rd. The first, Pedro Reyes’ Sanatorium, was originally shown at the Guggenheim in 2011, and the second is a specially curated show of new sculpture and installations by Andra Ursuta. The ICA will also throw a number of parties and events during the week, including an opening night celebration hosted by Interview Magazine for members, and Art Basel VIPs.


9. Public @ Bass Museum of Art

Another fantastic permanent cultural presence in Miami, the Bass Museum of Art, will host a temporary outdoor exhibition of sculpture, entitled Public. Collins Park, near the museum, will be transformed with the installation of 26 works from international artists, including several site-specific pieces from artists such as Georg Baselitz, Yinka Shonibare and Elmgreen & Dragset. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy both the art and cityscape itself.


10. Scope Miami Beach

Having held over 65 international art fairs over the past decade, Scope is now recognised as one of the world’s biggest and most significant arts organisations, and their Miami Beach edition is one of their biggest, most exciting events. Welcoming around 100 international exhibitors, to their 70,000 sq. ft. pavilion on the historic, beachside, Ocean Drive, this is one of the most expansive presentations of the week, in one of the most beautiful locations. As well as displays from Chalk Horse Sydney, Fresh Eggs Berlin, and Ohshima Fine Art Tokyo, you can expect selections curated by Juxtapoz Magazine and Red Bull, as well as Heineken House, a ‘live art pyramid’ and bar.

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