Our Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2014: Part 4

by Gary Pini
[Photo of Jean Prouvé's 8x8 Demountable House on view at Design Miami in 2013. Image courtesy of Galerie Patrick Seguin]

Bally will be unveiling a house designed by Jean Prouve and Pierre Jeanneret in the garden behind The Delano (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach). The house was originally commissioned by the French government in 1944 and recently underwent a 6-month restoration. During AB/MB it will be used for an art installation called "Triangle Walks" featuring works by Zak Kitnick and the art-duo, KOLKOZ, plus selected pieces from Bally's collection of modernist furniture. There's a VIP-only reception on December 3rd, but then it's open to the public by appointment from December 4th to the 7th, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Design Miami returns to a tent behind the convention center at Meridian and 19th Street with their VIP preview happening on Tuesday, December 2nd, and then it's open to the public from December 3rd to the 7th. This year's "10th anniversary" pavilion was created by the Minneapolis-based designer Jonathan Muecke and the fair will also be honoring Peter Marino with their first Design Visionary award.

The Thompson Miami Beach (4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) is now expected to be open in time for AB/MB and we hear that Peter Brant, Stephanie Seymour and Jean-Marc Pontroue, CEO of luxury watchmaker Roger Dubuis, are hosting a super-private dinner and afterparty with Dom Perignon at the new hotel on December 3rd. In case you haven't heard, Jason Pomeranc recently sold all of his interest in the Thompson Hotel chain -- including the Thompson name -- to John Pritzker's Commune Hotels and the Pomeranc properties are now called Sixty Hotels.

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" featuring Walter 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.

Ryan McGinley, Prairie (Pond), 2014. C-print, 90 x 60 inches (Courtesy of the artist and Team, New York)

The UNTITLED 2014 art fair hosts their "by invitation only" opening on Monday, December 1st, from 6 to 9 p.m. in a tent on the beach just off Ocean Drive near 12th Street. The opening is a benefit for the AIDS research and education organization ACRIA and will be hosted by Ryan McGinley. The New York artist donated an edition of three prints of his large-format photo, Prairie (Pond), 2014, to the cause. ACRIA will also be offering other objects and prints for sale in a booth at the fair. The VIP preview is on Tuesday, December 2, 3 to 7 p.m., and then they're open to the public from December 3rd to the 7th.

Scottish artist Georgia Russell -- she's known for slicing and dicing old books, newspapers etc. -- is creating limited-edition "ornaments" to display bottles of Ruinart Champagne's Blanc de Blancs that are inspired by the etchings in Maison Ruinart's chalk quarries. She also crafted a large sculptural version of Ruinart's 18th-Century ledger. The artist sees the works as "a continuation of my practice of cutting paper to bring the past into the present." Ruinart Champagne and Public Art Fund are hosting a private brunch in her honor at Morimoto in the Shelborne Wyndam Grand South Beach (1801 Collins Avenue, South Beach).

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The Miami Ad School (571 NW 28th Street, Wynwood, Miami) will be celebrating the grand opening of their new campus location in Wynwood on Friday, December 5th, 7 to 10 p.m. with a big party called "SoakUp." There will be interactive installations and activities featuring several international street artists including Kislow, NYCHOS, Dome, Omen, Aber and others.

The Frost Art Museum (10975 SW 17th Street, Miami) will have several gigantic photo-murals on view during AB/MB in a show called "Adinfinitum" by the Chinese artist Wang Qingsong; plus there's also a group show, "A Global Exchange: Geometric Abstraction Since 1950," with over 30 works "integral to the development of geometric art." Both are up until January 2015. The museum's annual "Breakfast in the Park" will feature guest speaker Daniel Arsham in their outdoor sculpture park on Sunday, December 7th, from 9:30 a.m. until noon.

Gary Nader, Miami art collector and owner of the self-professed "biggest gallery in the world" in the Wynwood neighborhood at 62 NE 27th Street, has just opened a branch here in New York City on 57th Street featuring Latin American art. He has now announced plans to build a $50 million museum on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, designed by the Mexican architect Fernando Romero. A model of the museum, as well as several selections from his private collection, will be on view during AB/MB in the Wynwood space.

Part 1 of Our Mega Guide is HERE, Part 2 is HERE and Part 3 is HERE.

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