The Fashion World Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach

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10 ways to get your fashion fix at Miami Art Week. Courtesy of Bottega Veneta

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Art Basel Miami Beach is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and celebrations surrounding Miami Art Week's flagship fair appear to be bigger than ever. While ABMB at the Miami Beach Beach Convention Center doesn't officially open to the public until Thursday, the annual post-Thanksgiving bacchanalia for art (and fashion and design) begins today, with a plethora of pop-up galleries, museum shows, satellite fairs, store openings, and Shopping events around Miami Beach and in the Miami Design District on the mainland. From public art to sit on to sofas to stretch out on, there is so much to see and explore. Why not choose your own adventure?
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1. Prelude to a museum show
Nina Chanel Abney's Mama Gotta Have A Life Too, 2022 Courtesy of Nina Chanel Abney and Pace Prints
Start the week with a museum show. On Monday, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, presents Nina Chanel Abney: Big Butch Energy, a series of new large-scale pastel works by the painter, in which she references Greek life, baroque portraiture and rewrites scenes from college comedy films Animal House and Porky's to spotlight queer black characters with their signature stylized, cubist gestures. On Tuesday, the Perez Art Museum, Miami unveils "Leandro Erlich: Liminal," an interactive survey featuring the Argentine artist's famous swimming pool installation, which gives a cool impression of being completely submerged. immersion
2. Buy "clothes" for your home
Gaetano Pesce's Come Stai? ChairCourtesy of Bottega Veneta
The Miami Design District is the Magic City's high-fashion mecca, and thanks to a trio of Italian house openings this week, it's also a great place to shop for Alta Moda furniture. The Dolce&Gabbana Casa pop-up opens on Monday and showcases examples of the fashion brand's fine Italian craftsmanship, such as Murano glassware, hand-painted ceramics, jacquard sofas and armchairs upholstered in petit point embroidery.
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On Wednesday, Fendi will open its first Fendi Casa US flagship, a sun-drenched space where Arabescato Vagli's elegant marble and concrete surfaces complement pieces by established and emerging designers, such as Marcel Wanders' O'Lock aluminum mirror and Matrice bookcase made of steel and crystal by Dimorestudio. Also on Wednesday, Bottega Veneta will host Come Stai? unveil, a new site-specific installation of the 400 resin-dipped cotton sail chairs artist Gaetano Pesce originally created for the brand's Milan Fashion Week in September. This time, the coveted seats can be purchased.
3. Check out an art exhibition in a former car dealership
Naomi Fisher's Chrome Mermaid, 2022 Courtesy of Naomi Fisher
The Miami Design District is also becoming a destination of sorts for pop-up gallery shows and curator-led presentations open to the public. 100 Years, the seventh annual group show co-hosted by blue-chip galleries Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, opens Tuesday through Sunday at the historic Buick Building. The former automobile showroom will feature works by artists such as Theaster Gates, Taryn Simon and Urs Fischer, whose work explores the interplay of past, present and future through a range of media.
Around the Corner, Boil, Toil + Trouble, the first group exhibition organized by curator Zoe Lukov and cultural producer Abby Pucker about their nonprofit Art in Common, opens Tuesday through December 11. Playing on rising sea levels and other climate change threats, it features 46 artists whose practice explores magic, ritual and water, including acclaimed works by Marina Abramović and Ana Mendieta, as well as new commissions from Naomi Fisher, Loni Johnson, Jillian Mayer , Nereida Patricia and Jamilah Sabur.
4. Get styled for the perfect art selfie
Rendering of Germane Barnes' Rock | Rolle, 2022 Courtesy of Studio Germane Barnes
Before you pose in front of Fly's Eye's geodesic dome — or one of the new super colorful and super grammatical carnival-inspired feathered seat pods designed by Germane Barnes, 2022 winner of the Miami Design District's annual Neighborhood Commission — why Don't get a festive new fit from one of the area's boutiques?
To celebrate the launch of Giorgio Armani LOVE genderless capsule collection, which includes solid knitwear, jewel-toned sweatshirts and Bermuda shorts, four whimsical blue animal sculptures by Italian artist Marcantonio are hidden in the Miami District district. Scan a QR code to join these creatures in an augmented reality adventure that ends - spoiler alert - in Giorgio Armani's shop. If sparkling finishes are more your thing, the Valentino shop is ready to party artistically with the Party 2022 collection, featuring iridescent brocade kaftans, mini dresses with sequin embroidery and feathers, platform sandals with crystal appliqués and much more.
5. Talk about Madonna's sex
Courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent Left Bank
Three decades after its release, Madonna's Sex - famed for its LGBTQ+-inclusive erotic content and liberated views on sexual self-expression - is still making waves. To mark the big 3-0, Madonna and Saint Laurent Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello are teaming up to exhibit large format prints from the illustrated book with a Steven Meisel lens at a short-lived gallery on the beach Tuesday through Sunday. T-shirts and tote bags adorned with the tome's iconic BDSM imagery and a special reissue of 800 copies will also be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting Raising Malawi, Madonna's pediatric AIDS charity.
6. Fall in love with the biggest heart in the animal kingdom
Petroc Sesti's Heart of Okeanos, 2022 Courtesy of Petroc Sesti
Faena Art's Miami Art Week program, which runs Tuesday through Sunday, features public artwork installed throughout Miami Beach's Faena Arts District. These include three projects on the sand: Paula de Solminihac, winner of the 2022 Faena Art Prize, the pink-and-green wooden climbing structure Morning Glory, named for the flowering liana seen on Florida beaches; light sculpture Patria y Vida by artist duo Wright Millares; and The Living Room, a new experimental installation using Web3 technology from Rain Room creators Random International.
Andrés Reisinger's dazzling pink floating meditation buoys beckon just offshore, while Heart of Okeanos, Petroc Sesti's 1.5m scale model of a blue whale heart, mesmerizes visitors to Hotel Lobby Faena. The later piece, made from a carbon-binding sculpting material called CarbonXinc, will return to the sea next spring as part of ReefLine, a planned 7-mile underwater sculpture park.
7. Discover art everywhere
Zanele Muholis Phaphama at Cassilhaus North Carolina, 2016 Courtesy City of Miami Beach
Miami Art Week may only last one week a year, but the Magic City is home to world-class public art year-round. Dejha Carrington, an independent curator and co-founder of Commissioner, an arts membership program that helps people collect the work of contemporary artists in their cities, will lead a daily On Art Walk in Miami Beach Tuesday through Saturday. The 1-hour guided tour, which is free with advance booking, begins in Collins Canal Park and features 12 public art gems, including a monumental 13-by-19-foot decal of photographer and LGBTQ+ visual activist Zanele Muholi's self-portrait at Miami Beach City Hall and Erin Thurlow's DONT GO, a crossroads sign outside the Bass Museum of Art programmed with poignant phrases written by schoolchildren. Participants can take On's Cloudaway sneakers home for a test run.
8. Visit a satellite art fair
Joe Zaldivar's The Kimpton Surfcomber, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 2022 Courtesy Tierra del Sol Gallery
Art Basel Miami Beach may be the city's premier fair, but it's far from the only one, with more than 20 art fairs opening their doors in the greater Miami area this week. Some notable ones are: Untitled Art, open Tuesday through Saturday, which added a Nest sector to offer subsidized booths to emerging galleries coming from outside mainstream art hubs; Prizm, open Tuesday through December 11, exhibition of black artists from across Africa and the global African diaspora; and the 20th edition of NADA Miami, open Wednesday through Saturday and featuring a curated Spotlight area hosted by Jack Shainman Gallery Director and We Buy Gold Founder Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, showcasing diverse voices.
9. Consider the similarities between jewelry and sofas
Leena Similus I Love How You Go From Zero to One Hundred, 2022 Courtesy of Future Perfect
Open Wednesday through Sunday, Design Miami/ – the furniture, lighting and arts and crafts fair that runs alongside Art Basel Miami Beach – is looking more and more like a fashion week thanks to the number of fashion brands and designers attending. Artist Lukas Gschwandtner has created a series of wearable canvas sculptures for Fendi that reference historical portraits of women reclining on chaise longues, day beds and other soft furnishings.
Dolce & Gabbana is presenting its Alta Gioielleria Haute Joaillerie collection for the first time at the show and is hosting a panel discussion on Friday with jewelry historian Carol Wooton, curator Emily Stoehrer and gallery owner Elisabetta Cipriani entitled "High Jewelry Design: An Ancient Art in a modern world.” And designer-turned-ceramist Leena Similu (a graduate of Stella McCartney and Jil Sander) will be showcasing her new collection of glazed stoneware figurines at the Future Perfect stand.
10. Save the best for last
Louis Vuitton's Art Basel Miami Beach exhibitionMartin Colombeg
Art Basel Miami Beach opens at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Thursday, a day later than usual (preview days are Tuesday and Wednesday). And it's worth the wait. Miami Art Week's flagship fair, now in its 20th year, is bigger than ever, with 283 world-class galleries from 38 countries and territories presenting, 26 of which are participating for the first time. Highlights include solo presentations of vibrant new work by painter Tonia Nneji at Rele Gallery in Lagos and Los Angeles, and never-before-seen photography and sculpture by artist (and Harper's BAZAAR collaborator) John Edmonds at New York's Company Gallery.
Louis Vuitton will showcase a curated selection of creative collaborations and original artworks from starry friends of the brand, including paintings by Alex Katz and Richard Prince, two wax self-portraits by Yayoi Kusama, a skate deck and trunk by Stephen Sprouse, and a finished panda sculpture by Takashi Murakami . A preview selection of tracks from the house's new 10th anniversary Kusama collaboration will also be attending the party.
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