Art Basel Miami: A Week of Great Art and Parties
With all the fairs, installations and art openings, art collectors complained that it was impossible to see everything. Below is what Art Privée felt were the top ten exceptional art experiences.
The Best of ABMB 20014:1. The Rubells’ 50th Anniversary celebration. Black tie and bites of cake at 9:00 in the morning.
2.Do-Ho Suh at the Margulies Collection: A full scale replica of his apartment corridor made of translucent nylon.
3. Marina Abramović: In the main convention hall, we were shocked to see colorful blankets on cots where people were sleeping with noise eliminating headphones. Marina Abramović partnered with the Beyeler Foundation to present one of her mind bending installations.
4. “One Way: Peter Marino”: Peter Marino’s newly opened collection at the Bass Museum is beautiful and edgy. The installations were created in the most unique way. As you walk the ramp to the gallery, his collections of painting are encased by a black wall frame. A unique and exciting art experience.
5. Jugofresh: We were delighted to discover this juice bar, that has a mural of The Last Supper behind the counter. Delicious!
6. Pérez Art Museum Miami: PAMM is currently showing a Beatriz Milhazes retrospective, with room after room of color and patterns — very joyful! They hosted a one-year anniversary party Thursday night in what is the best museum event space we’ve ever seen!
7. Decobikes Getting around South Beach proved to be a real challenge, as traffic was horrendous and Uber/Lyft rates were often double to quadruple the standard. The solution: Decobikes, Miami’s bike sharing system sponsored by Citibike. For $4 per half hour, it’s a great way to circumvent traffic and get some exercise!
8. Hypersalon: The brainchild of Hyperallergic, Transfer and XPO Gallery, Hypersalon offered ABMB visitors daily artist talks and exhibitions exploring “networked culture in contemporary art.” One of our favorite pieces on view was Carla Gannis’s delightfully tongue-in-cheek “Garden of Emoji Delights.
9. Daniel Arsham, “Welcome to the Future” at Locust Projects: Arsham created a huge excavation site, filling an enormous pit in the gallery floor with 20th century “artifacts” such as boom boxes, Walkman’s, VHS tapes, electric guitars, portable televisions and more.
10. UNITLED: In its third year, this beach-side satellite fair closed with a record attendance of 32,000 visitors. Untitled was dubbed one of the“Hidden Gems of Miami’s Satellite Art Fairs” by Artnet. One of many highlights: Ebony G. Patterson’s vibrant Bling Funeral series at Monique Meloche Gallery, depicting coffin sculptures on sticks.
View more private museums and read about many other fabulous art experiences at www.artprivee.org.