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…
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.
Primary Projects’ never disappoints and always brings it during Basel with nothing short of memorable installations and intelligent exhibits. This year, they have not one but three exhibitions going on around town – Asifs Guns, a pop-up solo exhibit by Asif Faroq in Wynwood, Parker Soho, an installation by Kenton Parker across the bridge at SoHo Beach House, and RANEYTOWNby Rebeca Raney at their project space in the Design District.