With Basel crowds gone, locals can take in the art without stress

Julio Le Parc’s “Sphère rouge (Red Sphere),” 2001, now at Perez Art Museum Miami. André Morin

Art Basel has vacated Miami, but the residual effects are yours to enjoy during the holiday season as many of our local arts institutions are still exhibiting the shows they debuted during the Miami Art Week chaos. Now it’s your turn to take it all in without fighting the crowds. 

Julio Le Parc’s “Continuel- lumière cylindre (Continuous Light Cylinder)” 1962/2013.

Julio Le Parc: Form into Action

Argentine artist Julio Le Parc’s exhibit at the PAMM is a dazzling spectacle that has been on view since early November and was celebrated during Art Basel with a funky throwdown featuring Uncle Luke. The show features 100 works created by the master of kinetic art between 1958 and 2013. Most of the works were created almost 50 years ago, yet the interplay with light, movement, shape and color feels all too contemporary. The show consists of large-scale installations which are Instagram magic, plus rarely seen works on paper and archival material. 

Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.pamm.org; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday; Admission $12-$16.

The artist outside his Wynwood pop-up gallery. 

Hebru Brantley: Theories from the Low End

Chicago-based artist Hebru Brantley made his Basel debut with an exhibition highlighting his pop-infused contemporary work inspired by Japanese anime, superheroes and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers like Jean Michel Basquiat, Kaws and Keith Haring. Brantley’s exhibit is sticking around in a pop-up gallery in Wynwood where he has set up shop through January. 

2450 NW Second Ave., Miami; open through Jan. 7, 2017. 

Wynwood Walls

The hip outdoor street art museum always gets a fresh coat of paint at the end of the year and the exhibit, dubbed “Fear Less,” features 12 new murals, all thematically linked. Also on display are carved boulders by Ken Hiratsuka, a pioneering Japanese street artist known for chiseling intricate patterns into New York sidewalks in the 1980s, plus original works of art by many of the Wynwood Walls’ artists. 

Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW Second Ave., Miami; www.thewynwoodwalls.com; free

Miami Mountain

Public Art 

  • If you take a stroll down Biscayne Boulevard you can catch the Nader Art Museum Latin America’s installation of large-scale sculptures by world-renowned artists in Bayfront Park through Dec. 17. On display are several bodacious bodies of Fernando Botero, the geometric works of Rafael Barrios, the romantic marble works Pablo Atchugarry and many more. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; free. 
  • Just north in Museum Park, take a look at Spanish sculptor Juan Garaizabal’s giant work, “Havana’s Balcony,” a steel outline of the facade of a building in Havana’s Plaza de las Armas which is positioned to face south to our neighbors across the Florida Straights. The work will stand in Museum Park until hurricane season picks up in 2016. 
  • Next door at the Perez Art Museum is Jaume Plensa’s “Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda,” a 40-foot-tall sculpture of a woman’s head made of stainless steel, polyester resin and marble dust. The work was purchased by Miami developer Jorge Perez and will be on display for two years at PAMM before moving to the Auberge Miami residence at Biscayne and 14th Street. But it will only be on loan there; eventually it, and the rest of Perez’s personal collection, will return to PAMM. 
  • While the Bass Museum on Miami Beach is still closed for remodeling through March 2017, Ugo Rondinone’s “Miami Mountain,” which debuted as part of Art Basel’s Art Public exhibition. The work, towering 42 feet tall, is permanently installed in Collins Park and is meant to herald in the launch of The Bass’ new acquisitions initiative, a ten year program to acquire contemporary works into the permanent collection. 

Wifredo Lam: Blurring Boundaries 

The Gary Nader Art Centre presents masterworks from throughout the career of one of Cuba’s most celebrated artists with an emphasis on Lam’s exploration of Afro-Cuban iconography and his legacy as a pioneering figure of twentieth century modernism. The show is still on display through Dec. 15 

Gary Nader Art Centre, 62 NE 27th St., Miami; 305-576-0256 or www.garynader.com; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday – Saturday; Sundays closed; Free

Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism

The man responsible for the glamorous looks of Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker and other fashion-foward power women gets his own couture retrospective featuring 40 garments and purses along with works of art that illustrate the process behind Rodriguez’s minimalistic designs. Alex Gonzalez, the Creative Director of ELLE Magazine co-curated the exhibition, in partnership with the Frost’s curator Klaudio Rodriguez.

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami; thefrost.fiu.edu; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday; free. 

Cold War Car Culture

The emergence of the metropolis of Miami coincided with the love affair with the car in post-World War II America — and both signified a new freedom and new beginnings. But the ubiquitous automobile culture also grew up in the tension of the Cold War. “Autopia: Road Trips from the Cold War to the Present” looks, through the eyes of artists, at the impact cars had on Miami, on Cuba (those 1950s relics that still putter along), on economies, sprawl and expanded travel throughout the world. Through January 13. 

Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 Northwest 32nd Street, Miami; 305-576-2828; bacfl.org. 

Cuba now and next

In the post-Fidel, post-election phase, what happens next in Cuba is anyone’s guess. Nine Cuban artists add their perspectives on contemporary Cuba in the current exhibition, “Q & A, Nine Contemporary Cuban Artists,” on display through Jan. 15 at Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art & Design in the Freedom Tower. Havana-based curator Cristina Vives organized the show of paintings, sculptures, photographs and video installations by Alexandre Arrechea, Alejandro Campins, Javier Castro, Humberto Díaz, Fidel García, Alejandro González, Lorena Gutiérrez, Tony Labat, and Fernando Rodríguez — a mirror, of sorts, of how Cubans see themselves. 

Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Avenue, downtown Miami; 305-237-7700; mdcmoad.org. 

Margulies Warehouse

Along with expanding its already impressive artworks of Anselm Kiefer, this season Margulies Collection at the Warehouse has added major works from Greek-born Jannis Kounellis, who created elaborate installations mixing all sorts of genres and became associated with Arte Povera, a boundary-defying 1960s movement that utilized unconventional materials. Its art is also well-represented in the Collection. Through May 2017. 

591 Northwest 27th Street; 305-576-1051; margulieswarehouse.com.

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