A Curated Guide to Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach

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Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls’ Opening Night event, “The Art of Collaboration,” brings global street artists Swoon, Case, and longtime Walls artist Kenny Scharf together to create new murals at the famed outdoor art museum. At 5 p.m., the City of Miami will dedicate 26th Street and NW 2nd Avenue as “Tony Goldman Way.”

Open to the public Tuesday, Dec. 2. from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; thewynwoodwalls.com.

Street Art Takeover

The Bakehouse Art Complex is hosting party to celebrate the transformation of Jose de Diego Middle School’s once plain exterior next door to the art complex in Wynwood. Large-scale murals with support from Project Wynwood were completed by more than 30 artists such as Anthony Lister, Magnus Sodamin, Trek 6, Ryca, and Diana Contreras, among others. 

Open to the public: Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.
BAC, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami; bacfl.org.

Indie Gallery Events

Group Show at Primary

Primary Projects in downtown Miami is showing works by more than a dozen artists including Jim Drain, Asif Farooq, Kenton Parker, Beatriz Monteavaro, and Autumn Casey in its “International Friendship Exhibition.” The group show  attempts to deconstruct the contradictions plaguing a museum, or “gift pavilion,” in North Korea.

Opening reception Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.
Primary Projects, 151 NE 7th St., Miami; thisisprimary.com

Auto Body

See what happens when one of Miami’s most provocative art houses presents a four-day video and performance project with 33 female artists in a former auto body and paint shop warehouse in Miami Beach. “Auto Body at Giant Motors” will feature 25 videos and a robust performance program produced by Spinello Projects.

Open to the public: Thursday, Dec. 4 – Friday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Giant Motors, 1750 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; autobody-movement.com.


Local Museum Flair

New Museum

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA MIA) unveils its inaugural exhibitions Wednesday, Dec. 3 with free admission (every day of the year) in the Design District’s landmark Moore Building. In the new museum’s second floor galleries, Pedro Reyes invites guests to his performative project mixing art and psychology. “Sanatorium” was first presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2011. Click here to be trained by Pedro Reyes and volunteer as a “therapist” for the Sanatorium project. The museum’s atrium gallery holds new and recent works by New York-based artist Andra Ursuta exploring the psychology of power through patriotism and protest.

Open to the public: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
ICA Miami, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; icamiami.org.


The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) turns one and reveals the highly anticipated exhibition by Mario Garcia Torres, “R.R. and the Expansion of the Tropics,” on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Brazilian abstract artist Beatriz Milhazes, whose retrospective “Jardim Botanico” is on view now, will host a book signing on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Special Miami Art Week Hours: Monday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; pamm.org.

Peter Marino at Bass

“One Way: Peter Marino” at the Bass Museum of Art curated Jérôme Sans. This exhibit explores the renowned American architect’s multifaceted relationship with art. Recognized as a pioneer of cross-disciplinary practice, Marino has been applauded over the past four decades for his forward-thinking work that exists at the intersection of art, fashion and architectural design. Funded by Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton with additional support provided by Gagosian Gallery, Almine Rech Gallery, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte and Galerie Thaddeus Ropac.

Open to the public starting Thursday, Dec. 4.
Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; bassmuseum.org.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

The Jewish Museum of Florida in South Beach is hosting its annual “Basel, Lox, and Cream Cheese Brunch” Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon with a lecture by designer Stuart Geller on designing spaces for clients with extensive art collections. The museum’s current exhibition, The Chosen, curated by pioneering galleries Bernice Steinbaum, is on view and will be discussed as it features art works from many of the most prominent personal art collections in the state.

JMOF-FIU, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; jmof.fiu.edu. Admission is $18 for members and $25 for non-members. RSVP to info@jewishmuseum.com or call 786-972-3175.


Top-Tier Art Fairs

Art Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach, which launched here in 2002, is the big momma of all art fairs in the United States. Step inside 267 galleries from around the world alongside more than 70,000 visitors. Galleries from Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa make up the impressive list of participants at the show every year.

Open to the public: Thursday, Dec. 4 from 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7 from noon to 6 p.m.

Vernissage: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only)

ABMB at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; artbasel.com.

Design Miami/

Design Miami/ kicks off its 10th anniversary at Art Basel as a global forum and marketplace for high-end design. New initiatives include the inaugural Design Visionary award, which will be presented to Peter Marino “for his achievements as an architect, for his knowledge and status as a collector of design, art and the decorative arts.” Concurrently, Marino’s exhibit “One Way” is on view at the Bass Museum. 

Hometown Highlight: Local artist and designer Emmett Moore, represented by Gallery Diet in Wynwood, is showing in a solo booth at Design Miami/. This is a first in two ways, according to gallery owner Nina Johnson-Milewski: This is the first time Design Miami/ is exhibiting the work of a Miami-based designer and it’s also the first time a Miami gallery has been accepted to the prestigious fair.

Open to the public: Wednesday, Dec. 3 – Thursday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Dec. 6 – 7 from noon to 8 p.m.

Vernissage: Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 6 –
8 p.m. (by invitation only)

Design Miami/ is adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center at Meridian Ave. & 19th St., Miami Beach; designmiami.com.


Untitled takes place on the sandy beaches of Miami Beach, literally. It’s a must-see curated art fair for international galleries and non-profit art spaces with a focus on emerging and mid-career contemporary art.

Open to the public: Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 3 – 7 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located on the beach at Ocean Dr. and 12th St. in a temporary structure designed by architecture firm K/R.

Party Scene

DP at Wall

Strictly invitation-only: The Dom Perignon “Metamorphosis” party at Wall starts at 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. This event is known as the most exclusive party of the week and the hardest to get in to. This year there will be an added layer of security with a secret access pass for guests. Good luck!

Wall at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; wsouthbeach.com.

Swig ‘n’ Swine

Head to The Broken Shaker for Swig ’n’ Swine, a brilliant party for a good cause hosted by The Bon Vivants from San Francisco, Esquire and Imbibe. Major players in the cocktail world, the collective led by Josh Harris and Scott Baird has organized fundraisers like this (aka Pig & Punch) for years in New Orleans during Tales of the Cocktail, in Portland during Portland Cocktail Week, at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and now for Art Basel in Miami Beach. Around 5,100 hours of volunteer labor and lots o’ pork have raised more than $135,000 for various nonprofit organizations. The Basel edition of the charity barbecue will provide guests with generous portions of pork and unlimited punch prepared with support from local chefs Michael Pirolo of Macchialina, Jose Mendin of Pubbelly, and Danny Grant of 50 Eggs Restaurant Group. $30 at the door includes food, drinks and a limited edition S&S tank top. Proceeds benefit The Overtown Youth Center.

Open to the public with ticket: Sunday, Dec. 7 from 2 to 7 p.m.
The Broken Shaker at Freehand, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; freehandmiami.com.


Must-See Exhibitions

Faena District Miami Beach

Design models, notes, and creative research tracing the construction of the Faena Forum, a 50,000 square-foot cultural institution currently in progress at 33rd Street and Collins Avenue, will be on view during Art Basel at the Faena Collaboratory pavilion at 3425 Collins Ave. See a preview of the center designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA and the vision of founder Alan Faena and executive director Ximena Caminos, who also oversees the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires. Faena Forum’s experimental programming across artistic, intellectual and geographic boundaries will take place in flexible spaces in a building shaped like a cylinder and cube. The cylinder takes inspiration from the Pantheon in Rome with a central glazed oculus atop an open, soaring space; whereas the cube is informed by the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Faena Forum is the centerpiece of the new Faena District Miami Beach, which encompasses six blocks of mixed-use development.

Faena will also unveil site-specific commissions by Studio Job (Faena Collaboratory), Manuel Ameztoy (Casa Claridge), and Gonzalo Fuenmayor (Faena Collaboratory) throughout the Faena District, Wednesday, Dec. 3 – 6. Call 305-779-2461 for availability as access is limited.

Faena Collaboratory, 3425 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; faena.com.

Kehinde Wiley

Grey Goose Le Melon presents a solo exhibition of Kehinde Wiley’s portraits in the lobby of the Redbury South Beach. The New York-based artist is acclaimed for his reinterpretation of classic Western art in which the typical white faces of nobility are replaced by African American athletes, hip hop artists, and children. In this case, a series of custom portraits called “Modern Kings of Culture” honors Spike Lee, Swizz Beats and Carmelo Anthony and is on view prior to a private Sotheby’s auction benefiting each “king’s” charity of choice.

Open to the public: Monday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Redbury South Beach, 1776 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; kehindewiley.com.

Cristina Lei Rodriguez Installations On View

Miami-based artist Cristina Lei Rodriguez, in collaboration with Edge Collections, presents five site-specific installations at various locations during Miami Art Week. Lei Rodriguez’s work will culminate in a new line of wall coverings for Edge, a local design and manufacturing company specializing in luxurious large-format custom wallpaper, tiles, and textiles.

Limestone Bearing Gold Veins, Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; through Jan. 11, 2015.
David Castillo Gallery Pop-up, 430 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; Dec. 1 – 7.
Gold Mine, Faena Art, Casa Claridge, 3599 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Dec. 1 – 7.
Prismatic, Frank Gehry–designed parking garage, New World Symphony, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach; Dec. 1 – 7.

Edge Collections, 877-271-6787 or edge-collections.com.

Purvis Young at Historic Lyric Theater

The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida presents “A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming” at Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater. The salon-style exhibition includes nearly 200 works by Purvis Young, a self-taught urban expressionist or street artist who was born in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood in 1943. Overtown was Young’s muse as he depicted city life and the African American experience for more than three decades until his death in 2010.

Open to the public:  Daily during Miami Art Week from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., starting Thursday, Dec. 4 at The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; free. For more information, visit theblackarchives.org.


Official Studio Visits

This sanctioned Art Basel Miami Beach offering is undoubtedly one of the coolest opportunities of the week. Visit a select group of local artists as they open their studios to curious eyes and minds.

For a complete schedule, visit artbasel.com. Email artiststudiovisit2014@gmail.com for more information.

Our picks:

Thursday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. – noon

Magnus Sigurdarson, 2628 NW 2nd Ave., 2nd floor, Miami.

Friday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. – noon

Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares, 19 NW S. River Dr., Miami.
Dimensions Variable and the Studios of Adler Guerrier, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Frances Trembly, TM Sisters and Christina Pettersson, 100 NE 11th St., Miami.

Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. – noon

Carlos Betancourt’s studio in El Portal, 2
83 NE 86th St., Miami.
Agustina Woodgate’s studio, 300 NW 73rd St., Miami.
Lynne Golob Gelfman, 9401 Kerwood Ct., Coral Gables.