As the year draws to a close, Miami hots up. In December, the alluring palm-fringed art deco beach resort offers an expanding cultural utopia. Culture vultures flock in for the two fairs – Art Basel Miami Beach (5-8 December) and Design Miami/ (3-8 December), all the while uncovering satellite showcases ablaze throughout the city, including outdoor beach installations, new museums, fashion drops and hotel collaborations. From Faena District to Downtown, to the Design District and South Beach, our guide helps you navigate through the glamorous urban sprawl, landing you in the shows with monumental impact...
Art Basel Miami Beach The fair’s Miami Beach edition is welcoming 20 new exhibitors to the 269-strong fold this year, including New York gallery Karma and Hong Kong-based 10 Chancery Lane Gallery. Also making its debut this year is the Meridians sector, comprising large-scale projects by Mario Merz, Theaster Gates and Adam Pendleton and others, which will be staged in MMBC’s new Grand Ballroom. Highlights include a pseudo-Miami travel agency by Laure Provoust, and a nine-screen film installation by Isaac Julien exploring Lina Bo Bardi’s architectural legacy.
5-8 December, Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive. artbasel.com
Design Miami The fair is gaining a new curatorial direction from Aric Chen, who has set a theme for 2019 – the fair’s 15th edition. Named ‘Elements: Water’, it’s a continuation of his Basel offering, ‘Elements: Earth’, in which he curated a range of projects that investigated the future of materials, resources and making. Aligning with the theme is Porky Hefer’s inhabitable sculptures for Southern Guild Gallery, while showing for the first time is Melbourne gallery Broached Commissions who will reveal contemporary versions of Victorian antiques. Elsewhere, collaboration highlights to look out for include Fendi and Studio Kueng Caputo; Cosentino and Patternity; and Analogia Project for Perrier-Jouët.
3-8 December, Convention Center Drive between 18th and 19th Streets, Miami Beach. miami2019.designmiami.com
Pierre Jeanneret at Berluti Seventeen original pieces by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret will be showcased at Berluti’s showroom in the Design District in a collaboration between Kris Van Assche, creative director of the luxury leather brand, and François Laffanour, founder of Paris’ Laffanour Galerie Downtown. These modernist marvels were created in the 1950s to furnish the administrative buildings of Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex, and have been restored by Laffanour and upholstered with Berluti’s emblematic ‘Venezia’ leather. Read more here.
Fernando Laposse: Pink Beasts Splashing colour onto the Design District is this year’s neighbourhood commission by Mexican designer Fernando Laposse. Public spaces have been devised by Laposse, in collaboration with designer Angela Damman, using pink sisal tassels, naturally dyed with cochineals insects. The pink landscape will also will see hammocks created between the palm trees, offering areas of repose during the Design Miami and Art Week bustle.
Until January; Palm Court (NE 39th Street), Jade Alley (NE 40th Street) and Frei Otto Tent (NE 41st Street). miamidesigndistrict.net
Casacor Miami For the third year running, Casacor will transform a 25,000 sq m space inside Brickell City Center into a liveable haven with an a showcase of 20 emerging and established designers. Taking cues from our current climate and the urban infrastructure of Miami, an eclectic array of vignettes will be created by the likes of local studios Moniomi and Edge Collection, and international firms newly presenting at the exhibition, including Ukraine-based Yodezeen. Curator Lina Hargrett is introducing panel talks to the Casacor line up for the first time, centreing the conversation around sustainability and the urban environment.
2-21 December, 700 Brickell Avenue, Miami. casacormiami.com
El Espacio 23 Forty years in the making, El Espacio 23 is a new private museum dedicated to philanthropist and entrepreneur Jorge M Pérez’s vast art collection. A passion project of the billionaire, the space is housed in a repurposed 28,000 sq ft warehouse in Miami’s Allapattah neighbourhood and designed by Pérez himself who sees it as an extension of his home (amenities include a library, living room and bar area to entertain guests). The inaugural exhibition, ‘Time for Change’, explores conflicts and contradictions in contemporary social spheres, with close to 100 works by 80 artists on display. Open to the public from 9am – 5pm during Miami Art Week, with private tours available upon request.
5-8 December; 2270 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33142. elespacio23.com
Instagram and Studio Swine Tech institution Instagram is taking timeout from the feed to curate its first Design Miami hub – a bubble-shaped recyclable PVC installation realised by Studio Swine. Promoting the brand’s #designforall campaign that champions inclusive design, four projects will be housed inside the structure, curated by Fabienne Stephan, with additions from Alleles Design Studio, Kano, Deva Pardue and Yona Care. Read more here.
Leandro Erlich: Order of Importance Leandro Erlich is bringing Miami to a standstill by way of a colossal installation that recasts the modern traffic jam as 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks in sand. Commissioned by the City of Miami Beach and curated by Ximena Caminos, the largest work produced by the Argentinian artist to date is a timely reflection on the current climate crisis. The work will take shape on the beachfront at Lincoln Road, a short walk from the Miami Beach Convention Center. Read more here. 1 – 15 December. leandroerlich.art
Cerith Wyn Evans Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans will light up Miami Design District for an off-site sculpture and installation exhibition staged by White Cube, adjacent to City View Parking Garage. Highlights include his seminal neon work from 2015, The Illuminating Gas... (after Oculist Witnesses).
Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires Argentine artists Matías Duville, Graciela Hasper, Marie Orensanz, Pablo Reinoso, Marcela Sinclair and Agustina Woodgate will disrupt Collins Park with a series of large-scale sculptures. Curated by Diana Wechsler and Florencia Battiti, the intervention marks the final chapter of the three-year Art Basel Cities initiative, which sought to amplify Buenos Aires’ cultural ecosystem internationally.
3-8 December, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. artbasel.com
Virgil Abloh: Dollar a Gallon The ever-tenacious Virgil Abloh is rounding off a blockbuster year with a site-specific outdoor sculpture commissioned as part of Miami Design District’s public art programme. Located in Jade Alley, the work – a Sunoco beacon positioned as a sinking ship – considers the role of advertising and mass communication in modern culture.
Paseo Ponti, between NE40th and 41st Streets, Miami. miamidesigndistrict.net
Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch Present: The Extreme Present Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch have made an annual tradition of joint thematic exhibitions at the Moore Building, and this year is no exception. The fifth in the collaborative series is titled ‘The Extreme Present’, taking inspiration from recent publication, The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Thom Browne: Palm Tree I American fashion designer Thom Browne is still dreaming of summer, evidently. He’s erected a 21ft tall palm street artwork in the atrium of the Moore Building, realised in a dreamy palette of yellow, green, and pink seersucker, pincord, and gingham oxford. Palm Tree I opens to the public on 5 December.
Loewe: Chance Encounters V The Loewe Foundation has tapped British artist Hilary Lloyd for the fifth edition of its ‘Chance Encounters’ exhibitions She will present a major site-specific textile, sound and video installation that will strike a dialogue with the monumental 18th-century Portuguese granary permanently installed in Loewe’s Miami boutique. Large-scale ceramic sculptures by Ewen Henderson will also be on view.
3 December – 21 January 2020, 110 NE 39th Street, Miami. loewecraftprize.com
Rubell Museum Mera and Don Rubell began collecting 54 years ago, having since amassed an enviable collection of 7,200 works by more than one thousand artists – and counting. Together with their son Jason, the family will open a new museum in a 100,000 sq ft facility (80 per cent will be publicly accessible) in Miami’s Allapattah neighbourhood. The former industrial building has undergone a transformation by Selldorf Architects ahead of the museum’s opening on 4 December.
1100 Northwest 23rd Street, Miami. rfc.museum
Les Lalanne at The Raleigh Gardens The Raleigh Hotel is paying homage to the late, great Les Lalanne, with the largest outdoor exhibition of the French artists’ whimsical work to date. Initiated by real estate developer and investor Michael Shvo (a longtime friend of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne), the sculptural menagerie will be on display in a new, immersive tropical garden designed by architect Peter Marino and Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles.
22 November – February 29 2020, 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. raleighhotel.com
Faena Festival: The Last Supper After a thrilling debut in 2018, Alan Faena’s festival is back for its second edition. Much to the delight of gourmands, this year’s Faena Festival takes the kitchen as its departure point, positing the shared meal as the crux of social interaction and community. Faena Art chief curator Zoe Lukov is serving up a smorgasbord of new commissions and artist projects, as well as a mobile LED billboard that will screen video installations on Miami’s waterways.
2-8 December, various locations. faenaart.org
Pulse There’s a smorgasbord of satellite art fairs that run concurrently to the circus that is known as Art Basel Miami Beach. The 15th edition of Pulse might just be an oasis in the chaos given this year’s theme: ‘The Calm in the Palms’ (some 3,000 sq ft of the fair is devoted to wellness). Newly minted fair director Cristina Salmastrelli is leading the international showcase of contemporary art in Indian Beach Park.
5-8 December, Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. pulseartfair.com
Scope Miami Beach This year’s Scope fair introduces a new experiential multidisciplinary programme – dubbed Oasis – that features large-scale installations, music performances and panel discussions during the day. It’s not just about the art, however: fairgoers can indulge in an array of wellness offerings, including morning healing, guided meditation and CBD spa treatments, against the backdrop of South Beach.
3-8 December, 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. scope-art.com