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.
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.
It’s the year 2045. The climate is changing, causing a dramatic rise and fall of sea levels and violent storms at alarming rates. This is artist Daniel Arsham’s vision of the future as he presents it in his film series, “Future Relic”, the 4th installment of which debuted at the Miami Beach EDITION hotel last week. The Brooklyn based artist is best known for the wit of his sculptures and stage settings, created using materials like minerals and volcanic ash, and his art has been a fixture in the Miami fairs. “Future Relic 04” is a continuation of Arsham’s latest venture into cinema, a segmented film that will be released as a full-length feature in 2017.
The number of events cashing in on Miami Art Week was extensive and impossible to list, but one that stood out was Sarah Potter and Hannah Stouffer’s prismatic “IRIDESCENCE” exhibit. The show took place in the 3rd floor Gallery at the Shore Club South Beach, where a friendly mermaid in the lobby pointed you to a futuristic installation featuring international artists including Justin Lovato, Adam Friedman, Lala Abaddon, Francesco Locastro, Gustavo Torres (KidMoGraph), Ultramajic, Jose Di Gregorio, Jonny Alexander, and Hilary White.
There was no escaping the madness that was Miami Art Week. While collectors and art fans alike were inside taking in all of the fairs and staying dry, more street artists than ever before descended upon the Wynwood area to leave their mark. Heavy rains and wind posed a challenge for most, but that could not keep artists like D*Face, Twoone, Nychos, Tristan Eaton, Boxhead, 1010, Caratoes, and countless others from killing several large-scale walls and collaborations. Take a look at our highlights from Wynwood after the jump!
One of the first fairs to open during Miami Art Week was UNTITLED. Now in its fourth year, the fair showcases big and small scale works from over 130 galleries in its white beachfront tent- a place where you could find some of the most experimental and surprising uses of media this week. Among the booths we bee-lined for was Eric Firestone Gallery’s, which featured a large and psychedelic new piece from artist Jen Stark, now recognized by many for the wormhole and animated dripping entrance that she created for Miley Cyrus at the 2015 MTV VMAs. Take a look at more of our highlights from UNTITLED after the jump!