We’re sure everyone’s relieved we all survived Basel, but the FOMO still has a right to creep in. This year’s Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach was one for the ages, and a perfect way to end the decade in style. From Kanye West’s Sunday Service, to Leandro Erlich’s traffic jam in the sand, there was a lot to feast our eyes on. Here are some of the best artists, shows, and performances of the week:
As the purveyors of a self-proclaimed Arts District, Faena naturally throws it down during Miami Art Week. This year, their beach was taken over for a colossal dinner series called “The Last Supper” where hundreds of people had a seat at a round table with performance art, food by world-renown chefs, and a look at Zhang Huan’s 20-ft, steel “Miami Buddha”. They closed it all out with a breathtaking, astrological-inspired “Vision Feast” for Women in the World right on the sand.
Outstanding in the Field
For those of us who aren’t cool enough to have a Soho membership, here’s another reason to hate the elites: Lykke Li performed a passionate set poolside to kick Basel off. It was jam-packed, but even among the Miami crowd, the Swedish singer delivered a memorable show. Bonus: That very same night, Tank & The Bangas threw it down just a few floors away and we were heartbroken to not have known.
Among the famous names and recognizable pieces at the actual Art Basel Miami Beach show at the convention center was a splatter of color that immediately attracted festivalgoers. A white corner booth was cut out to reveal and vibrant, pattern-fueled installation by Portia Munson represented by NYC’s P.P.O.W gallery. It invited spectators to jump in an interact with the endless variety of nostalgic memorabilia, found objects, flora, and fun fabrics draped everywhere the eye could see.
Probably one of the most entrancing pieces of art on display at Art Miami was a series by British Artist, Anthony James. A mix of wall-mounted and stand-alone pieces, his work makes infinity mirrors and neon strip lights come together for a hypnotic experience. We loved his larger-than-life icosahedron that pushed us to get lost in ourselves with every glance.
The food and beverage experience at nearly every art fair seems to always be an afterthought by event producers. There is almost never enough space, prices are ridiculous, and options are minimal. This year, Untitled changed the game by partnering with Taquiza to create a beachfront lounge that urged everyone in attendance– high-level collector or otherwise–to wait in the same line and enjoy the same delicious food we all love. Fresh sushi and poke, tacos, Zak the Baker treats, and coffee hub, and the rug-filled beach house vibes you wouldn’t expect from a fair, but now we’ll expect nothing less. All produced by our homies at H&C.
In a few short years, Rakastella has become a Miami Art Week staple, taking over Virginia Key Beach Park for a one-day celebration of underground music in our very own tropical oasis. This year, Motor City Drum Ensemble stole the show. The German house pioneer blew away the minds of everyone in attendance by dropping one of the most high-octane, disco-fueled sets every in existence. Our legs are still sore.
Miami New Times
Design Miami has long-since been one of the art world’s favorite satellite fairs to frequent during Art Basel Miami Beach mainly because of its refusal to break into the mainstream and dedication to its initial focus of spotlight’s leading designers across many fields. Things changed this year, however, as news widely spread that the fair was THE one to beat. Some of the world’s greatest galleries, interior houses, and fashion brands created roomscapes of all genres, and vied for real estate on Instagram feeds.
R & Company
The 17th edition of NADA Miami took over Ice Palace Studios, showcasing new art and spotlighting some of the world’s most promising emerging artists. It’s like the “indie” art fair where you won’t see or experience the same thing year after year, unlike some of the bigger fairs that take over the city. It’s refreshing and entirely different, something that we feel revives what Miami Art Week and Art Basel were originally meant to do.
One of the world’s most influential families of art collectors, The Rubell‘s moved their famed collection from Wynwood to their new home in Allapattah, and this year’s Miami Art Week marked the gran opening of the highly-anticipated new art museum. For the entire week, visitors were able to access the gargantuan museum for free, to see works from greats like Keith Haring and Jeff Koons in the stark white halls.
The New York Times
On one of the week’s busiest nights, an emotional band made a big splash: Rhye took over the North Beach Bandshell for one of the most moving performances Miami experienced all year. Canadian frontman, Mike Milosh stole our hearts with every lyric while the band’s high technical caliber was the stuff of (surprisingly funky) musical legend. As usual, the Bandshell was a perfect venue for them as the crowd stayed quiet and the wind in the palm trees brought everyone even closer to the touching phenomenon before them.
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Cover Photo: Anthony James