Of course everyone knows Art Basel by the goliath tents set up in Wynwood and on the beach, and the massive gallery and warehouse takeovers that draw most of the crowds. However the small, personal galleries – the ones that rule the day during the monthly Wynwood Art Walk – worked just as hard this year. One of the most impressive was a modest gallery at the end of the NW 2nd Avenue strip used for Wynwood Art Walk: Atelier 1022.
Miami-based artist Lucila Garcia De Onrubia is the creator of Deon Rubi, a refined yet playful brand of wearable art objects. The artist is debuting the latest collection of hand-crafted accessories at the opening of the new Perez Art Museum (PAMM) Gift Shop. The inaugural gift shop collection will showcase Deon Rubi’s jewelry, which is fabricated from up-cycled materials. The new collection offers limited edition earrings, unique bracelets, and necklaces for passionate patrons of the arts. Deon Rubi’s pieces embody the fine traditions of jewelry from the edge of modern design.
Beau Stanton‘s exhibition and animated installation, “Message in a Bottle,” was presented by the Quattlebaum Foretich Gallery curated by Lori Zimmer at SCOPE Miami Beach. Viewers were “invited into a maritime ship chandlery, where contemporary artists have created their own message for the ages, captured inside bottles and waiting to be unlocked by their new owners.”
After wandering through the endless booths containing world class up-and-coming artists’ work, the installation for “Message in a Bottle” stood before us. Photographer Najee Forbes and I were greeted by a booth where the walls were vertically paneled with worn old-looking wood. The ship chandlery thing made sense now. The wood was adorned with shelves holding various artistic messages within different kinds of bottles and jars. They were all interpretations by a collection of artists of their version of a message in a bottle.
I dunno about all of ya’ll but a small part of me is relieved that Basel is over! Nonetheless, we had an amazing time and saw even more amazing artworks. Although the fairs and hordes of tourist have packed up and gone away, Miami’s local culture shines on! There are several ongoing exhibitions at local galleries and museums to visit (minus the traffic and insanity). That ain’t it! There are many more local cultural events and exhibitions already on our calendar for the upcoming New Year.
Here’s a short list of “Tropicult Approved” ongoing/upcoming art exhibitions/events…
Last week, Miami-Dade County residents received free museum admission to the newly opened Pérez Art Museum (PAMM). Naturally, we jumped on the opportunity to visit the new museum and snapped some photos, in case you missed it…
Primary Projects presents Contender, a selection of new works from Kenton Parker during Art Basel Miami at their new project space in Downtown Miami. In a solo show dedicated to self-portraiture through sculpture, painting, installation and photography, the artist challenges the viewer with a swell of raw emotions. On location at Milk Studios (Los Angeles), Parker calls on long-time friend and photographer, Patrick Hoelck, to capture the madness that makes-up the artist’s multiple personalities. Parker tacked on the roles of producer, director, editor and subject for this exhibition, exposing his various states of being behind and in front of the lens.
Contender is the most extensive, self-referential and personal body of work of Parker’s career, revealing a narrative that ultimately speaks to the human condition.
We all know Art Basel is, well… about art. But when the melting pot of art and fashion comes together into one giant fair-hopping party scene, the outfits are just as much the stars as the gallery paintings. For some style in your art-filled days, make sure to check out some of these FREE fashion + art related events throughout the city….