Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 opens today for VIPs, media and collectors. Last year the fair attracted 73,000 visitors to the Miami Beach Convention Center and this year's 14th edition looks to be even bigger and better, with 267 galleries from 32 countries exhibiting through Sunday, December 6th -- plus the former head of NYC's Armory Show, Noah Horowitz, is now running the fair.
All the AB/MB side-sectors return, including SURVEY with 14 booths showing "historically informed" works; NOVA, where you'll find 34 younger galleries showing new works; and sixteen POSITIONS galleries focusing on emerging artists, including Villa Design Group's () installation of 10 doorways derived from the scene of the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace on Ocean Drive and, " Polyrhythm Technoir," a filmed "allegory to contemporary electronic music" by Henning Fehr, Danji Buck-Moore and Phillip Ruhr, presented by Galerie Max Mayer.
Tonight, December 2nd, 5 to 7 p.m., PAPER Magazine's Kim Hastreiter and Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale & China Forbes are hosting a "sing-a-long" with various artists, designers and musicians including Yves Behar and Mickalene Thomas -- and you! It's happening in Airbnb's "Belong. Here. Now." installation, next to the Design Miami pavilion behind the convention center. Come by and join the fun! A souvenir "Songbook" will be provided, so you'll know all the lyrics.
From December 2 to 4, SCOPE hosts a Breaks Lounge in their beach pavilion at 8th Street in South Beach to celebrate the film " The Breaks" -- a celebration of old-school hip hop -- premiering on VH1 on January 4th. There's a private VIP reception for the film's star Mack Wilds on December 1st, and he's doing a live show at the official VH1 + SCOPE party on Friday night at Nikki Beach. Invite only. (btw: The film was inspired by Dan Charnas' fantastic book "The Big Payback.")
The Rubell Family Collection () (95 NW 29th Street, Miami) will present a big exhibition called "No Man's Land" featuring women artists from their extensive collection. It's up from December 2nd until the end of May and will include paintings, sculptures, photos and videos by over 100 female artists. Because of the large number of works, artworks will be rotated throughout the course of the show. Jennifer Rubell will present her twelfth large-scale, food-based installation,"Devotion," on December 3rd, 9 to 11 a.m. She'll be using "bread, butter, and a couple engaged to be married" as her media.
The INK Miami Art Fair celebrates their 10th anniversary and maintains an exclusive focus on printmaking and works on paper. They're back in the Suites of Dorchester (1850 Collins Avenue, South Beach) from Wednesday, December 2nd, through Sunday. Highlights include a lithograph by Louis Lozowick called "Subway Station, NYC" (1936) at Susan Teller Gallery's booth and "A World in a Box" (2015) by Mark Dion published by Graphicstudio/U.S.F.
New York-based branding and event collective FAME is popping-up in Miami from December 2 to 6 with their " Superfine! House of Art & Design" () (8300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) in Little Haiti. They're promising "the arty party of the year" with a big opening night December 2nd, 6 to 10 p.m, featuring a gigantic chandelier installation by Diego Montoya and music all week from Gilligan Moss, Lauv and more TBA. Plus, Afrobeta plays on Friday at a party hosted by PAPER fave, textile artist Karelle Levy.Insert link
Adrien Brody is showing several of his paintings during AB/MB in a show called "Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns" at Lulu Laboratorium (173 NW 23rd Street, Miami) in Wynwood. The show was curated by Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata and the big opening party starts at 10 p.m. on December 2nd.
Chrome Hearts celebrates their new collaborators, Laduree and Sean Kelly Gallery, on December 2nd, 8 to 11 p.m., at Chrome Hearts (4025 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) in the Design District with a private, VIP party featuring works by Sean Kelly artists including Marina Abramovic, Los Carpinteros, Jose Davila, Robert Mapplethorpe and many more. Also there's a special performance by Abstrakto and DJ set from Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor.
The MoMA Design Store and online skate deck site, , will open a pop-up in the Delano (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach) from November 30th to December 6th. The "immersive installation" will sell limited-edition skateboard decks featuring Andy Warhol artworks including his Campbell's Soup cans, Guns, Car Crash etc. A portion of the proceeds will go to Skateistan, a non-profit org that uses skateboarding to empower youth. The private VIP opening is December 2, 8 to 11 p.m.
AB/MB sector, PUBLIC, features 26 artists doing site-specific installations and performances all week in Collins Park. Several caught our eye: a jemstone-encrusted "Healing Pavilion" enhanced with "metaphysical properties" by Sam Falls; a group of tall chairs from the original production Robert Wilson's "Einstein on the Beach;" a giant set of red lips by Sterling Ruby; and a monumental deer lawn ornament by Tony Tasset. Opening night is Wednesday, December 2nd, 7 to 9 p.m., and it features a female tai chi master, male bodybuilders, men on skateboards, a dandy hobo and an evening performance by Yan Xing.
SCOPE returns to South Beach from December 2 to 6, with 120 exhibitors from 22 countries, plus several special sections including Juxtapoz Presents, the Breeder Program for new galleries and FEATURE, showcasing photography. For a fourth year, the fair collabs with VH1 on a music series featuring up-and-coming artists. There's also an invite-only party with recording artists Mack Wilds and Lil' Dicky on Friday night at Nikki Beach, sponsored by SCOPE, VH1 and BMI.
Spanish luxury fashion house LOEWE (110 NE 39th Street, Miami) opens a group show called "Close Encounters" on Wednesday, December 2nd, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The artists are Anthea Hamilton, Paul Nash, Lucie Rie and Rose Wylie; and the hosts for the evening are Jonathan Anderson, creative director of Loewe, with Don and Mira Rubell. Invite only.
Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum is celebrating Michael Chow and their upcoming "Voice For My Father" exhibition honoring Chow's father, Zhou Xinfang, with a private party at Mr. Chow in the W South Beach (2201 Collins Avenue, South Beach) on December 2. The exhibition, opening in February 2016, includes Michael's (aka Zhou Yinghua) paintings, plus portraits and imagery of Xinfang, the late grandmaster of the Beijing Opera. Christie's and Dom Perignon co-sponsor this "Night at the Opera."
Charo Oquet's non-profit arts org EDGE ZONES presents "In Between," a series of site-specific performances at ArtCenter South Florida (924 Lincoln Road, South Beach)on December 2nd, 7 to 10 p.m. The show was curated byLiz Ferrer and the artists include Jon Konkol, Sleeper, Bow Ty, Local Honey and many more.
The Nautilus Hotel (1825 Collins Avenue, South Beach) is collab'ing with Artsy on a series of projects all week featuring artists including Dan Colen, Katherine Bernhardt, Mira Dancy, Nicolas Lobo, Eddie Peake, Scott & Tyson Reader and Chloe Wise. There's a super-private dinner for the artists tonight in the hotel's Driftwood Room; and Interview, Sandro and Artsy co-host a party in their Cabana Club on Saturday with music by the Art Department; and NYC fashion designers TOME are doing a lunch hosted by Solange Knowles on Friday. New York developer Jason Pomeranc just took over and updated the property, originally designed in the 50's by Morris Lapidus.
Burberry and Art Loves Fashion host the private opening night of the Spectrum Miami Art Fair (1700 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami) on Wednesday, December 2, 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a capsule fashion show at 8 p.m. with Burberry Prorsum and other couture collections in a showcase produced by Erik Rosete. After the show, Chris Cab will perform. The fair is open from December 2 to 6 in Midtown Miami with international contemporary art.
Lenny Kravitz is showing black & white photographs he shot while travelling the globe over the last few years in an exhibition called "FLASH" in the Design District at 160 NE 40th Street, Miami. It's up from December 2 to 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and it's open to all. A similar show of his photos in Vienna recently sold out.
Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch is driving his solar-powered ice cream truck cross-country to Miami to deliver "edible monochrome" cones all week. The flavors and colors were inspired by a sunset over Central Park here in NYC. The truck will park near Hyde Midtown (3401 NE 1st Avenue, Miami) from 1 to 8 p.m. daily, December 2 to 5.
The New York-based arts org A Blade of Grass was formed to "nurture socially engaged art." They'll be down in Miami on December 2 and 3 hosting screenings of their short documentary series called "Fieldworks" at O Cinema Wynwood (90 NW 29th Street, Miami). Go HERE to check out all the details, times etc. and to RSVP for the free screenings.
FENDI (150 NE 40th Street, Miami) celebrates the opening of their new Design District boutique with an invite-only party on Wednesday, December 2nd, 7 to 9 p.m. Solange Knowles will DJ, plus music by Chelsea Leyland.
House of Bacardi (35 NE 29th Street, Miami) hosts the "No Commission Art Fair" curated by Swizz Beatz, Nicola Vassell and The Dean Collection from December 2 to 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, featuring artists including Shepard Fairey, SWOON, Todd James, Dustin Yellin and more. They've also got an "Untamable Concert Series" each night from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Jeremy Scott's annual party is tonight at the Surf Lodge pop-up in The Hall Hotel (1500 Collins Avenue, South Beach).
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos, owners of the Shelborne ,commissioned New York artist Will Ryman to install his life-size sculpture "Freedom" in the hotel for AB/MB. The work is a Harley Davidson motorcycle made of paper towels, resin and glue. Also check out several works by the Mexican-born artist Bosco Sodi placed around the hotel.
NYC's celebrated pastry chef Dominique Ansel is doing a pop-up, soft serve ice cream stand in The Setai (2001 Collins Avenue, South Beach) on December 2nd and 3rd. Two flavors, caramel stout and burrata, will be for sale (free to hotel guests) noon to midnight daily -- or until they sell out.
Davidoff's private cocktail reception is in The Raleigh Hotel on Wednesday, December 2, with a welcome address by CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard. Strictly invitation only. Their Art Initiative book launch for "Under the Sun: Caribbean Voices in Contemporary Art" is in the convention center's collector's lounge on December 2, 4 p.m.
Nadja Swarovski , Laure Heriard-Dubreuil and Yves Behar host a private cocktail party and book signing for "Swarovski: A History of Collaborations" (Rizzoli) on December 2nd at The Webster (1220 Collins Avenue, South Beach).
Babel and Whitewall host a night of "Art Fever" featuring DJ Harvey in the EDITION Miami's BASEMENT nightclub on December 2nd, 11 p.m. until late.
Del Toro celebrates their limited edition collab with artist Rob Pruitt tonight, 5 to 7, on The Webster's rooftop.
Armani hosts a private cocktail party tonight for Giorgio Armani's self-titled book at their Design District store
QIC Global Real Estate and Farfetch host a private dinner to celebrate House of Voltaire, staged by designer Roksanda Illincic and artist Ella Kruglyanskaya.
Architectural Digest hosts "Refuge," curated by Camille Obering, on view all week in The 1 Hotel's Beach Club (2341 Collins Avenue, South Beach). Also check out new works by Zeus on view on their rooftop.
There's a private preview of the PINTA Miami art fair in Wynwood this afternoon featuring a conversation on the topic "Miami: The Bridge to Latin American Art" hosted by the fair's founder Diego Costa Peuser and ONE Sotheby's Mayi de la Vega.
Tina Brown hosts a super-private dinner with Ian Schrager and the Whitney's Adam Weinberg at the Miami EDITION Hotel.
1 Hotel South Beach hosts a private reception with artist Daniel Mazzone tonight, 8 to midnight.
There's a projection mapping and light exhibition called "Form+Substance" opening on December 2, 6:30 to 9:30, at the InterContinental Miami (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami) with a live audio visual performance by MeLo-X. It's open to the public thru the 5th.