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Photo from thegrio.com

Photo from thegrio.com

The 2014 Miami Art Week, which includes Art Basel Miami Beach and over 20 satellite fairs, is, as usual, taking place during the first week of December. It attracted approximately 75,000 visitors from around the world in December 2013. A combination of art fairs, museum, gallery exhibits, events, cultural programs and parties will make this week frenetic and somehow overwhelming considering that there is no possible way one can view or experience most of what Miami has to offer in a 7 day time period. For those wondering which art fair takes place where and when, click here. Some of this year’s highlights or changes are :

1 ) MOCA North Miami has a new director since last summer. Following a months-long litigation between the City of North Miami and the former MOCA board, the board has left the museum to open ICA, the Institute of Contemporary Art, which unveils its temporary space this week in The Moore Building in the Design District.

2 ) Chinese painter and choreographer Shen Wei, who choreographed the opening ceremony at the 2008 Beijing olympic games, is having his first US museum solo exhibition and performance; “In black, white and grey “ at the Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami. His show will offer a combination of dance performance and an exhibition of the artist’s paintings.

3 ) After years of showcasing at the Ice Palace, Pulse art fair will be held this year under a tent in Indian Beach Park in Miami Beach ( 4601 Collins Avenue ).

4 ) Art Basel has partnered with Kickstarter in crowdfunding programs to help fund outstanding non-commercial arts projects from around the world.

5 ) As the gentrification of Wynwood is moving forward, rents have much increased. As a result, a few galleries and artist studios are leaving the area and moving further North to the Little River or Little Haiti neighborhoods or further South, near Downtown Miami.

6 ) The fairs are spreading out to various areas such as Miami Beach, Midtown and more recently to Downtown Miami ( Miami River Art Fair, Miami Street Photography Fair etc… ).

7 ) The traditional Art Basel Miami Beach MAM Ball has been replaced by a very sophisticated dinner and art experience that will take place at PAMM ( Perez Art Museum ), later in January 2015.

The future Faena Forum  ( Photo from Faena and OMA )

The future Faena Forum
( Photo from Faena and OMA )

Of course, many parties are taking place…after all, this is Miami ! Parties are organized by local museums, art collectors, gallery owners or by developers such the one that will be coordinated by Argentinian developer Alan Faena. Faena seeks to promote the Faena House and Residences, a six-block development in Miami Beach designed by Foster + Partners, which will include the former Saxony Hotel, the Versailles, the Claridge hotels, luxury residences, retail and garage spaces. It was also recently announced that the Faena Forum ( whis is apparently a temporary name ), an event and cultural program venue designed by architect Rem Koolhaas, will also be added to the mixed-used development. It will be the equivalent of the Faena Art Center located in Buenos Aires. Happy Art Basel Miami Beach week !

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Exhibit - installation from Olafur Eliasson

Exhibit – installation from Olafur Eliasson

Here’s this exciting time of the year again, just 2-3 days before the Art Basel Miami Beach week begins ( this year : December 2-8th ), when Miami and Miami Beach are still fairly quiet but trucks bringing art and tent installation materials are already blocking the roads here and there causing massive traffic. Visitors are arriving. However, museum exhibits and educational programs, artist studio and art collection tours, over 20 art fairs and hundreds of parties start on Monday December 2nd. An average of 50,000 visitors are expected, from all over the world, trying to get a grasp of the multitude of exhibits and events taking place in less than a week . Too much to see in such a little time but getting a share of this year’s feast of the senses ( 12th edition already ) should be good enough. Most of the art fairs and exhibits will take place between Miami Beach and Midtown/Wynwood.

Perez Art Museum opening in Downtown Miami

Perez Art Museum opening in Downtown Miami

This year’s highlights include : the first edition of Brazil Art Fair, showcasing Brazilian galleries ( Just South of the Design District ), The opening of the new PAMM or Perez Art Museum Miami ( facing the bay, just left of the American Airlines Arena ), which access is free on the week of December 2 for Miami-Dade residents, offering an exhibition of work from Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei ( It is suggested to check the museum website to find out about access and parking ), artist talks at the Art Basel Miami Beach fair ( Miami Beach Convention Center ) with Berlin/Copenhagen-based artist Olafur Eliasson ( December 5th, 3 pm ) and with NY/LA-based artist Doug Aitken ( December 5th, 10 am ), the YoungArts organization exhibits and installations ( at the YoungArts campus, previously known as the Bacardi building, 2100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami ) and an exhibition on “The art of looting” and “What happens to looted art after a regime is ousted ?”, held at The Jewish Museum ( 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach ). To find out about this week’s key events : here or there.

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South Beach ACE project

South Beach ACE project

After a few years of non-construction in residential and mixed-used projects, retail and office inventory has been going down in many key areas of Miami-Miami Beach. There is now so much going on and so many urban and suburban developments taking place or in the pipeline that I have decided to break them down into a series of posts. Each part will be presenting a new project which will be transforming the area forever.

PART 1 presents the new Miami Beach Convention Center project, which I wrote about not too long ago. This is the one making the news right now as one of the final bidders, South Beach ACE, just won the competition . Also, the project has been raising some vivid reactions in a few layers of the community. South Beach ACE, who gathers architects Dan Tishman, who is behind the One World Trade Center in New York, Rem Koolhaas, Dutch architect and professor in Architecture and Design at the graduate school of Harvard University and local developer Robert Wennett, who is behind the garage and retail stores at 1111 Lincoln Road. The ambitious 52 acre, over $1 billion development will redevelop the convention center as well a create a hotel, parks, parking garage and possibly new residential and retail spaces. The controversy surrounding the project partly lies on the fact that some Miami Beach residents, politicians and activists are questioning the fact that the City of Miami Beach would be leasing the land where the project will be built to South Beach ACE, leaving the new landlord with a lot of power to decide on the land use. A referendum will be taking place on November 5. If new retail spaces are created, they will add competition to the current Lincoln Road stores, which already hosts some big names such as Apple, BCBG Max Azria, Desigual, H&M, Forever 21 and should welcome a ZARA flagship store in the upcoming months. Also, the new residential units would add freshly built condos to a neighborhood where most of the homes are Art Deco apartments and houses built between the Thirties and the Fifties.

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Art Miami tent

Happy Art-Baseling ! I love this time of the year, when South Florida weather becomes cooler and the small Art Basel Miami Beach flags are spread out around Miami streets, announcing the upcoming week of art fairs, art related events, special exhibits, public art installations and parties. This is such an exciting time and despite the heavy traffic during the first few days of December, Miami gets filled with thousands of art gallery owners and art collectors flying in from all over the world. You can easily tell who is visiting; they just look different. Of course, it is impossible to do it all in just a few days, there is just too much to do and see. I will not be able to describe half of what will be happening this year but let’s try to focus on a few art fairs and events not to be missed. The main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, will take place as always at the Miami Beach Convention Center ( December 6-10 ), the second major fair; Art Miami ( Dec 5-9 ) will take place in a tent in Midtown and is adding a sister fair this year, Context Art Miami. This new fair will take place in a neighboring tent and will showcase galleries representing emerging and mid-career artists. The Overture art fair will also be hosted in a tent in Midtown, presenting 100 works of art from Warhol. It has been a few years now that most of the fairs take place between South Beach ( Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami…) and Midtown ( Art Miami, Context, Scope, Red Dot etc…) with the exception of a few great ones located in North of Downtown Miami ( Pulse ) and on 67th and Collins ( Nada ). In addition to its 257 art galleries from all over the world, Art Basel Miami Beach will keep on offering public events and art installations such as Art Video, presenting videos created by artists and projected from dawn to dusk on the New World Center SoundScape ( large outdoor screen on 17th and Collins ) and Art Public, featuring art installations in Collins Park. For further information about the galleries and multitude of events organized by Art Basel Miami Beach, check out the public program featured on their website or download their very cool new smartphone app.

Pop-Up Piano Miami will present eight pianos painted by various artists and placed in outdoor spots in Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District. The UR1 Music & Art Festival will take place in Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami, on December 8th and 9th, offering musical performances of singers such as Kanye West as well as art installations. Another new addition to this year’s performances is the 90-foot-long alligator head that will be floating around Biscayne Bay waters…interesting ! Of course, each local gallery and museum has prepared specific exhibits and their must-be-seen-at VIP opening parties. Local art collectors are opening their exhibition spaces to the public. As always, art and extravaganza will be everywhere in Miami during the first few days of December ( December 1-10 ).

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This exciting time of the year in South Florida is back again. From November 29th to December 4th, 2011, South Florida is celebrating the 10th anniversary of  Art Basel Miami Beach ( the Art Basel Miami Beach fair actually takes place between December 1st and December 4th with Vernissage on November 30th ). The contemporary art fair is coming back with its week of traffic jams and hunting for places to park, its thousands of art dealers and visitors flying in South Florida from around the world, the Art Basel Miami Beach fair taking place at the rejuvenated Miami Beach Convention Center, its dozen satellite fairs,  gallery, private collection and museum exhibitions, local artist studio tours,  public art projects and its must-be-seen-at private parties. This is the time when we may get nervous about the heavy traffic in Miami Beach, in the Miami Design District, Midtown and Wynwood areas but this week also crystallizes our pride to be in Miami, witnessing how its art scene has reached an international recognition.

Photo of the Wynwood Walls from Shinsekai blog

Once again the art fair, which is considered the most prestigious art show in the Americas, will be presenting more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa and showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Since Miami Beach hosted its first Art Basel Miami Beach fair, the sister fair to the highly respected Art Basel contemporary art fair taking place every year in June in Basel, Switzerland, ten years ago, Miami’s cultural community has highly expanded. From the explosion of South Florida artists being recognized on the national and international levels, the growing number of art galleries located in Wynwood, the development of street art ( including the Wynwood Walls, offering 50 or more wall paintings in Wynwood ), the new facility of the New World Center designed by Franck Ghery, the new Arsht Performing Art Center near Downtown Miami, the new Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, the new South Dade Cultural Center, the current construction of the new Miami Art Museum designed by Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuronart is everywhere now and everybody wants to be a part of it.

For its 10th year celebration, Art Basel Miami Beach is launching two new partnerships : the first  is organized with the Miami Beach-based Bass Museum of Art. Public art,  installations and performances will take place on Collins Park, next to the museum. Art Public Opening Night on Wednesday November 30th will feature special performances by Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi, Sanford Biggers and Moon Medicine and the Alalaô collective presenting Ronald Duarte. The second partnerhip is coordinated with the New World Center, as videos will be projected on the sf 7,000 projection wall of the Soundscape wall and park. Art Video will feature film and video works by today’s most exciting international artists, presented by the galleries of Art Basel Miami Beach and organized in association with London’s Artprojx.

It will surely be a challenge to be able to see it all, as usual, since the Art Basel Miami Beach fair is just one of the highlights of this first week of December. Most exhibits and events take place in South Beach and in the Design District/Midtown/Wynwood areas, except for the Nada art fair, showcased at the Deauville Beach Resort on Collins Avenue and 64th street. South Beach gathers Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Design Miami and a few fairs including the second edition of Arts For A Better World which moved from Wynwood to the Surfcomber Hotel.  The Design District/Midtown/Wynwood areas host a few fairs including  Art Miami and Scope, Miami collectors exhibition spaces, the Wynwood art galleries and the Wynwood Walls. Further South, heading towards Downtown, another fair and additional cultural hot spots are the Cifo exhibition space, Pulse art fair and the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Also, as a yearly ritual, every South Florida museum and cultural institution organizes public and/or private events during this socially and culturally invigorating first week of December, such as the  famous elite event MAM “Crash the ball” event gathering leading art patrons and organized at the Fountainebleau hotel on Saturday December 3rd, 2011.

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