The preeminent art show, Art Basel, returns to Miami Beach Dec. 4-7, 2014 and we’ve got the inside scoop on what to see, hear and do during the four-day luxe event. We turned to several industry insiders to find out what’s new and what’s haute. The folks at Artsy.net gave us their picks for must-see shows, galleries and museums; while Seth Semilof of Haute Living revealed his short list of must-go-to parties. Whether your obsession is art, fashion, design, luxury or simply a good time, you’ll be well-covered with our curated guide below.
Artists to Watch:
From the New York-based studio she founded in 2006, Lindsey Adelman creates lighting fixtures by blending hand-blown glass, knotted-up lengths of rope, brass and bronze accents, metal clamps and chains, wood, and porcelain. Her pieces have a handcrafted feel, while still appearing precisely made and supremely elegant. Inspired by naturally occurring forms, Adelman’s signature piece is her branching chandelier, with spindly, mechanical metal arms extending in every direction, presenting organic hand-blown glass orbs at their points. Adelman’s industrial take on nature has since grown to include vessels, jewelry, tiles, and even wallpaper.
Read the complete list of artists to watch at Artsy.com.
NADA Miami Beach: Petra Cortright at Foxy Production
L.A.-based Cortright tops the list of artists Artsy curator Elena Soboleva is currently most excited about. While Cortright’s recent collaboration with fashion designer Stella McCartney and wedding to fellow artist Marc Horowitz have been a treat to follow on Instagram, her practice continues to evolve with conceptual spontaneity and freshness. She is a new addition to the Foxy Production Gallery roster in New York, which will be highlighting her webcam videos and digital paintings at NADA.
Read Elena Soboleva’s complete list of new NADA artists to watch at Artsy.com.
Performances, Projects and Installations:
i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin at Mana Wynwood
If you missed Outkast’s great revival tour (during which André 3000 wore 47 different jumpsuits), you’re in luck: all 47 will be on public display as part of the mixed-media exhibit “i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin,” coming to Mana Wynwood, from Dec. 3-Dec. 14. The custom jumpsuits have socially charged (and sometimes funky) messages like “children of the cornbread,” “make love like war” and “passionate about compassion.” A rapper-turned-high-fashion-icon? It’s one of the many hybrid art-meets-anything shows that are now part of the Art Basel culture.
Snarkitecture x Alchemist, “AIRBALL” and the Marble Run at the Delano South Beach
Fancy yourself a basketball fan? Then head on over to the Snarkitecture-designed court, “AIRBALL,” presented in collaboration with Miami Beach clothing retailer Alchemist. Located near Alchemist’s storefront at the Herzog & de Meuron-designed carpark at 1111 Lincoln Road, the space has been customized by Snarkitecture (the art and architecture collective of Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen), who reinterpreted the traditional basketball court into an all-white arena with bleachers where you can hang out and watch the action. Alchemist has also invited a group of artists and designers—including Kehinde Wiley and Rick Owens—to create a limited run of products for “AIRBALL.” Snarkitecture has also invaded the lobby of the Delano South Beach, installing a ten-foot-tall, all-white (as always) marble run perched on a mirrored plinth, where visitors are invited to drop black marbles in at different points and watch them follow the gigantic toy’s winding paths. AIRBALL, at 1111 Lincoln Road and the Marble Run at the Delano South Beach, 1695 Collins Ave. are open Dec. 1–7.
Artsy.com has the complete list of must-see performances and projects.
“Mana Miami” at Mana Contemporary
This year marks Mana Contemporary’s Miami fair debut, and the Jersey City-based gallery is filling a 140,000-square-foot facility sprawled over 22 acres in the Wynwood arts district with three different projects—“Mana Monumental,” “Dirty Geometry,” and “GLE at Mana.” With works by some 50 artists, Mana Miami is geared towards promoting collaboration and community amongst artists and viewers. “Mana Monumental” will unite a selection of large-scale works by a varied group of 21 artists.
The complete list of Artsy’s gallery picks can be found here.
Initially presented at the Guggenheim in 2011, Pedro Reyes‘ “Sanatorium” has morphed over the years with each new installation, while still adhering to the tenets stated in the project’s manifesto. For its latest iteration, Reyes has created a makeshift clinic within the second floor galleries of the ICA Miami, where receptionists and faux-therapists—whom the artist has trained specifically for the exhibit—welcome and attend to visitors through various interactive activities. Upon entrance, visitors are interviewed, “diagnosed,” and then sent off through the different groups. The attendants of the “Sanatorium” use a combination of Gestalt psychology, psychodrama, hypnosis, trust-building and conflict-resolution exercises, and even theater warm-up games calibrated to visitors’ specific needs. The installation also includes props and relational objects, which can also be seen at Lisson Gallery’s booth at Art Basel in Miami Beach.
The complete list of Artsy’s musuem picks can be found here.
Bass Museum Honoring Peter Marino – December 3
On Wednesday, Peter Marino will take over the Bass Museum with a sprawling exhibition of works by and inspired by the designer and architect clad in black leather, but he’s also getting the inaugural Design Visionary Award from Design Miami/. The invitation-only party will be a “great don’t-miss event,” reveals Semilof, “it will undoubtedly have some high-net-worth art collectors in the audience.”
Aby Rosen Dinner and Dom Perignon After Party – December 4
Aby Rosen’s annual Art Basel dinner party at his W South Beach hotel “has been the best dinner for Art Basel for sometime,” reveals Semilof. “The guestlist is always A-list, and it’s impossible to get in, unless you are invited to the dinner, of course.”
Hublot Mr. Brainwash at Loren Ridinger Estate – December 5
Haute Magazine’s event with Brainwash and Hublot for Eva Longoria will have “star power,” Semilof promises. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the venue: the Ridinger’s Miami Beach estate is one of the city’s most enviable.
Exploring the Art of Luxury at Terra Veritatis – December 6
Hosted by Haute Living and Coldwell Banker Previews International®, this special 10th anniversary celebration at the legendary Terra Veritatis mansion will include co-sponsors such as Hublot and Dom Perignon, as well as an art installation by street artist Swoon curated by rapper Swizz Beatz. “The who’s who of luxury and luxury real estate will be there,” says Semilof.