What we’re looking forward to at Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel in Miami Beach last year. Photo courtesy of Art Basel

Looks like 100 paint cans went off all at once.

What is happening: Art Basel is gearing up to host its biggest art exhibition yet in Miami Beach in just weeks, and art fairs will start popping up across Miami for the city’s Art Week this month. .

  • It can sound daunting, so we wanted to cut through the noise and share some of the Art Basel exhibitions and events we’re most excited about:

The Meridians sector: Here you’ll find 20 large-scale projects – ranging from physical performances to virtual works of art – curated by Magalí Arriola, director of the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City.

  • “Let the mermaids flirt with me”: The stained glass windows by New York artist, author and playwright Christopher Myers are placed in light boxes and installed in a free-standing chapel-like structure. The piece, accompanied by a performance, is meant to explore “the relationships between black bodies, the diaspora and the ocean”.
  • “Day of Christopher Columbus”: Created by Native American artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation, this work consists of 24 primary ink monoprints and 24 “ghost prints” made with the ink left over from the plates. ‘impression. They illustrate how Indigenous communities are often seen as disappearing or fading away.
  • “Silla”: Colombian artist María José Arjona’s installation of chairs suspended from the ceiling and a daily 6-hour performance unveil “the objectivity, experience and critical role of the body in movement as a form of political choreography “.

Galleries: This main sector of the fair showcases works from 212 galleries, including paintings, sculptures and installations.

  • “Peach Mask Face Carafe” by Atlanta-based artist Jiha Moon is a colorful earthenware jug decorated with a smiling mouth and peaches, all made of clay.

Nova: This space is dedicated to galleries presenting new works by a maximum of three artists. This year, it will offer 22 presentations from 23 galleries.

  • Tenacious support” by Canadian artist Sharona Franklin looks like a cane at first sight. But its base is made of expired pills, a syringe, mixed herbs and more suspended in a gelatin mold. Franklin, a disability activist, called her gelatin sculptures “bio-sanctuariesto the medical treatment she received during her lifetime.

If you are going to: Art Basel runs from December 1-3. Day tickets are $70.

Be smart: Check other art fairs happening in Miami for Art Week, which includes:

  • Refrigerator Art Fair in Esquina de Abuela in Allapattah. (The theme is “Art Camp,” and the fair is billed as the most dog-friendly.)
  • ArtMiami and Miami Art Background at One Herald Plaza.
  • Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami at Mana Wynwood, which will span over 100,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space.
  • Nada Art Fair at Ice Palace Studios.
  • Pinta Miami at the Coconut Grove Hangar, which will feature Latin American and Spanish designers.
  • Untitled Art on the sands of South Beach, which will host more than 100 international contemporary galleries.
A yellow clay jug decorated with a clay mouth and peaches.
“Peach Mask Face Jug” by artist Jiha Moon. Image courtesy of Derek Eller Gallery
A man holding his hand over his heart with blue light on him and spots flying around him.
“Vinson”, by artist Carrie Mae Weems. Image courtesy of Galerie Barbara Thumm and Jack Shainman Gallery
A painting of a woman wearing a bright green skirt sitting on a washing machine.
“Cold Water” by Robyn Tsinnajinnie. Image courtesy of K Art Gallery


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