When you’re faced with fairs measured in dozens, visiting every Miami Art Week offering isn’t feasible if you really want to enjoy it. Our suggestion: Check their social feeds or websites and pick a couple fairs that speak to you. Each one is going to offer some surprises. And even in repeat visits to events like Art Miami and Spectrum Miami, we saw gems that eluded us the first time around.
Enormous works—and in particular, sculptures and installations—tend to garner the biggest crowds at these fairs. But tucked away in several corners across Miami Art Week are gems worthy of recognition. Below, we’ve highlighted two more fairs that deserve a visit if you’re in Miami this week—both with an emphasis on curation.
In this installment, we focus on the big one. As daunting and seemingly endless as Art Basel Miami Beach can seem, the the 500,000 square-feet of exhibition space yields opportunities to see both worthy emerging and trusted talent alongside the other. The sampling size is quite massive: more than 4,000 artists and more than 200 galleries represented.
Mia Brownell, a Chicago-based artist and daughter of a sculptor and biophysicist, has a new body of work that she says “simultaneously draw on scientific images of platelets (tiny blood cells shaped like plates) and the history of the painted food still life.” The new series is called “Plate to Platelets: and other things that travel and bind,” and it features several new palette paintings. Brownell is featured in the Hi-Fructose Collected 4 Boxset.
Since its debut 15 years ago, Art Basel Miami Beach has spawned and spread across Miami and Miami Beach, with dozens of new fairs and events in tow. This year, we’re visiting some of these efforts. It can be a bit daunting (and a bit cringey) to navigate at times, but in these diaries, we’re going to take a look at some of the work that, for better or worse, made us pause during walks down those long hallways.
The textile work of Sabine Feliciano may recall a past biology class for some, as her “dissections” of animals play with the vibrant and textural possibilities of the form. Her “Wild Textile World” takes us inside varying creatures of the natural world. And each takes the traditionally gruesome and adds something new, even lighthearted, to these explorations.