Here are our picks of projects and exhibits happening during Miami Art Week. We’ve listed them by neighborhood so that you can plan your visits to the galleries and spaces accordingly. We hope this saves you some time driving around town, and gives you more time for ART! With so many sick parties going down, you may have forgotten, but that’s what it’s all about, after all!
There’s a shit ton of dope art being showcased, and we get new projects sent to us every day. That being said, we’ll be updating this list! Check back in soon for more exhibits and projects. Oh, and tell you friends about our sweet guides!
ART ON THE MOVE
Locust Projects has been commissioned artist, Angel Otero, to create a work for Art on the Move, part of an ongoing public commissions initiative. The New York-based Puerto Rican artist embeds personal history in his densely stratified abstract paintings. Otero’s investigational process begins with thickly layered compositions painted on large planes of glass. These “oil skins” are then scraped off in sheets and draped onto canvas, revealing layers of under painting and distorting the original image. Otero’s artwork will appear on the backs of Miami Beach buses and at Miami Metro Rail stops in December 2013.
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE
Locust Projects presents Welcome to the Future, a major site-specific installation by Daniel Arsham. For the installation, Arsham transforms the gallery into an excavation site, digging trench in the gallery’s floor that holds thousands of calcified artifacts—a muted cacophony of 20th century media devices. Mounds of boom boxes, electric guitars, SLR cameras, Blackberries, game controllers, VHS tapes, Walkmans, film projectors, and portable televisions, rendered in crystal, volcanic ash, and other minerals fill the pit, collapsing linear narratives of past, present, and future.
Departure, by Miami-based artist Yuri Tuma features works in that like most of Tuma’s oeuvre, re-shaped and re-contextualized photographs, they represent a literal departure from the intricate, ornate mosaics of his earlier collections. With this Basel exhibition, the artist explores materiality, motion and color.
“The new space represents an even clearer direction for Butter, and Yuri’s work is one of the best examples of this change” De La Torre.
LEAPS & BOUNDS
YoMiami partnered with NY-based Boundless Brooklyn and local retailer, Elemental, to present Leaps and Bounds. The show features 48 custom-painted Brooklyn water tower scale models. Whether you’re from NY originally or have only visited, the iconic towers will be immediately recognizable from the rooftops they populate above the city. The towers were created by a roster of Miami artists including: Atomik, Claudio Picasso (CP1), Aquarela Sabol, Raul Santos II , GG, Kazilla, Krave, Nate Dee, STYLE (Luis Berros), Ruben Ubiera, and Trek 6.
GRAFFITI IN THE DARK AGE OF GENTRIFICATION
Robwyn-Hood is a group exhibition about graffiti, the gentrification of Wynwood, and the cultivation of identity as a myth. In order to have a critical conversation, the show gathers local, out of state, and international artists to share insight through painting, graffiti, installation, photography, performance, happenings, all while having as much fun as possible. In fact, “it will be the most fun anyone has ever had.” A statement that is a deliberate marketing ploy and a promise that is impossible to keep. The title is a dual reference to the Robin Hood myth, and the socioeconomic tensions surrounding Wynwood. What begins as a show of graffiti becomes a show about the bastardization of a neighborhood’s people and culture, and this beckons a more universal-doubt. In a town that has been claimed by artists, real-estate “pioneers”, and then by a flood of tourists, Robwyn-Hood returns ownership and identity to the realm of imagination. It’s a conversation, it’s a circus of voices, it’s the wild west. Behold: The Myth, The Legend, the “most fun anyone has ever had.”
Artists: Atomiko, Johnny Blues, Kemeys Goethe, Randy Burman, Ryan Alters, Jesse James, Jeff Huntington, Stefano Corbo, Judy Horowitz, Ania Urbanski, Ignacio Alcázar, Lavera, Virginia Valere.
FROM ARGENTINA WITH LOVE
x PARADISE IS WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW
Vice Gallery presents “From Argentina With Love” headlined by Martin Ron, recently named by GQ UK as one of the world’s Top 10 street artists. We agree!!! Joining him are another three Argentine artists – Diego Roa, Ramiro Smith Estrada, and Magda Love. The second show happening at Vice Gallery is a solo exhibition by Marcela Moujan (also Argentine) called “Paradise Is Where You Are Right Now”.
FORDISTAS FRIENDS & FAMILY
Friends and Family is something greater than a group exhibition in a shared space. Featuring 2501, 2Alas, Alexis Diaz, Elian, Pastel, Jufe, Ever Siempre and Franco Fasoli Jaz – the concept emerged during Miami Art Week 2013 through equal parts opportunity,inspiration and impulse. They began as colleagues and collaborators who frequently crossed paths through international street art circles and beyond, but forged actual bonds that grew over the years along with their careers and reputations. At its core, Friends and Family is an opportunity for the public to see artists who have clearly outgrown the street moniker and can only accurately be described as world class – all under one roof.
MARINE STADIUM MURAL PROJECT
Unique work and prints by artists that have been part of the ART History – Friends of Miami Marine Stadium Mural Project which was curated by Logan Hicks
Artists: Stinkfish, Axel Void, Douglas Hoekzema aka Hoxxo, Tatiana Suarez, Ricky Mastrapa, Abstrk, Pixel Pancho, Logan Hicks, Joe Iurato, Ian Kuali’i, Doze Green, RISK, ELBOW-TOE, Evoca1, Luis Berros, Rone, Dabs Myla, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, John “Crash” Matos, Reinier Gamboa, The London Police – Official, Johnny Robles, Jose Mertz.
Presented in collaboration with emerging, high-profile artists and partners, Freedom, a 5 day series of art installations, exhibitions and events, to celebrate the meanings behind all forms of “freedom.” Featured works will be showcased through several of mediums, including large-format art displays, live performances and encounters with emerging technologies. 5 days and 5 nights of Freedom will take place in and around a breathtaking 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse space in the heart of Wynwood Arts District.
Artist Include: Baghead, Brian Butler, Lorena Maranon, Sucklord, Ryan The Wheelbarrow, Dale Zine, Flamigo Dingo.Assembly is a pop-up shop/art event featuring 10-12 local artists and brands. There are will also be a few simultaneous art events happening outside of the space hosted by Secret Walls and Monorex.
Fri. Dec. 5th 12-6 Check out this Pop-Up event! Sick line up that includes @sucklord @upperhandart @lorenamaranon @flamingodingo @dale_zine @ryanwheelbarrow Follow @assemblesociety for more info. I will be releasing a very limited amount of EXCLUSIVE TEES & SILK SCREENED PRINTS! I’ll also have zines, stickers, custom toys, and hand drawn cards! #assemblemiami #popup #artbasel #miami #basel #art #artist A photo posted by Baghead バッグヘッド Cabeza De Bolsa (@baghead) on
BACK ON EARTH
“In a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land.” The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus
Emerson Dorsch announces an exhibition by Brandon Opalka and Hugo Montoya, BACK ON EARTH, a tragicomedy in two parts. Featuring entirely new bodies of work by each artist, the show will include large-scale installations, sculptures, paintings, video, and an interactive immersive-environment. Amidst a volley between evidence and lyricism, the gallery and the artists construct and present parallel stories.
Cemeterium is a sculpture garden based on the layout and form of a cemetery featuring work by over thirty artists, Cemeterium is a hybrid form that takes inspiration from both art fairs and cemeteries, to create a critical context that celebrates the persistence of objects beyond this one week and beyond an artists’ lifetime. Each artist was invited to to present an object, installation or performance on a four by eight foot plot within a fifty by fifty foot yard.
Miami creative initiative MGKAT presents #IHAITIBASEL, an arts showcase and interactive project with digital and physical components, set to debut in Little Haiti during Miami Art Week. MGKAT hopes to support, connect, and contribute to the neighborhood’s already-existing creative community. Events will include performances by local artists, as well as Zebra Katz and Richard Kennedy of Hercules and Love Affair, among others. MGKAT functions as a support system for creative projects and the specific conditions for their development and existence.
FOLDING THE BLACK FLAG
A historical ‘Folding’ of Dadaist, Anarchist, and Post-Deconstructionist Non-Philosophies. Bodies in varying states of medical dissonance and decay stand as analog reflections of capitalist collapse paradigms, a series of Death Marches through the organs of the beast, the construction and installation of hypertextualized totems throughout the urban landscape, a serialized Noise Opera. The paintings, intervened items, text assemblages and combines of the polycephalous AOS body simultaneously desacralize and reify the crumbling detritus of self-cannibalizing refuse-culture into a phoenix of asocial third gender euphoria. A collaboration of James Concannon and Kalan Sherrard with site-specific installations, impromptu gatherings and a series of performance interventions throughout Miami proper and its art markets.
Artist: Catalina Ayubi, Gabrielle Baez, Fernanda Torcida, Willie Avendano, and Blaze Villanueva.Prisma speaks to the geometric incongruities of space, structure, and modality. A group show featuring all new work by all Miami artists including photography, video, drawings, jewelry, and collage. The minimal ethos and simplicity of work create congruent lines of narratives. When light is shone through Prisma, the spectrum of media emits itself outward, encapsulating the space of knowledge.
and gallery presents Lifted, a solo exhibition by Belaxis Buil.
“In this body of work, I view space as a void wanting to be filled, but reflect our society’s compulsion to overdo it. Whether I, the “Overstuffed Girl”, fill space with food to the point of gluttony, fill my lungs with toxic, polluted air, use materialism to fill my ego, or friends to fill a void of emptiness. It all boils down to aloof mass consumption. In “Adipose Tissue”, of the Overstuffed Girl series, this character, is so self absorbed in her desires, her wants, that she becomes into this gargantuan woman, detached to what is happening around her. “
LOVE STRENGTH & SOUL
Collective project and visual art, architecture, design exhibition. Meetinghouse is a collective project and Yeelen Gallery presents “Love, Strength, and Soul,” a series of works by Brooklyn-based portrait artist, Tim Okamura. Known for his hyper-realistic, large-scale portraits of African-American women, this exhibition will feature both as-yet-unseen new pieces alongside more familiar works, functioning as an introductory whirlwind to Okamura’s oeuvre. With an aim to curate a program that is both a reflection of and an international mouthpiece for underrepresented communities, Yeelen gallerist Karla Ferguson is interested in the way Okamura’s work raises broader questions about Black portraiture, female subjects and their place in contemporary art practice.
THE BODY SHOP
“Right or Wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time” Fyodor Dostoevsky
A body shop’s main goal is the assurance of change or overhaul to the battered remains given to them for repair. Body shops give new life to a car and sand down previous histories that have existed. They can fix dreams or repair problems; that is their promise. The transition from Buwalda’s previous work is manifest as he expands out into the realm of rebuilding and customization, using both as a metaphor for art. Our continued desire to create cars as an extension of personality and ourselves relate directly to the artist’s desire to express her/himself with both additions and subtractions within painting. The Body Shop is rife with both questions and metaphor. The notion that we can salvage a dream or create one is a powerful symbol for our cultural philosophy. The body shop offers an opportunity to erase history or control our experiences and it’s an enticing proposition. Buwalda implores us to take a closer look at how we internalize these ideas of broken fantasies and constructed realities.
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP EXHIBIT
Primary Projects, in association with Family, presents “International Friendship Exhibition,” a group show of 19 artists, titled in reference to Kim Jong-il’s gift pavilion of the same name. The exhibition pays homage to the nature of contradiction, a concept ironically exemplified in the aforementioned kitsch-and-propaganda-filled pavilion in North Korea. While gifts from the Communist party and Michael Jordan-signed basketballs are hardly fair guise for North Korea’s complex history, the interplay of tawdry and fear is a testament to the power of contradiction itself—its own history has informed the very fabric of the universe, from mathematical equations to politics and philosophy.
Collective project and visual art, architecture, design exhibition. Meetinghouse is a collective project and exhibition driven to create a visual dialog based on object-making in the arts, architecture and design.
Artists : Moira Holohan, Stuart Sheldon, John Bailly, Pip Brant, Kathleen Hudspeth, Frances Trombly, Robert Thiele, Austin Matheson, Jacob Brillhart, Molly McGreevy, Tamara Gubernat, Carolina Moscoso, Jenny Brillhart, Sebastian Gray, Ralph Provisero, Kristen Thiele, Kerry Ware, Lisa DiPetto, Alice Raymond, Juana Valdes, Tom Virgin, Jeff Brillhart, Chris Page, Veruska Vasconez, Philip Bonnery, Alexandra Katzman, Rocco Ceo, Benji Cospolite.
TRANSPOSITION: OVER MANY MILES
Artist, Paula Crown debuts a site-specific installation in the Miami Design District. Transposition: Over Many Miles, features an interactive sculpture in the Miami Design District, a mixed-use neighborhood and urban community that functions as a creative lab. The work was fabricated in collaboration with Theaster Gates’ Studio and the Design Apprenticeship Program at the Arts Incubator at the University of Chicago in Washington Park. Studio Gang Architects served as the consulting architect. Transposition features a 25’ x 6’ x 4’ perforation sculpture from the series by Crown, based on a 3D derivation of torn edges of sketchbook paper.
DEATH OF A PRINTED STORY
Death of a Printed Story is a comment and personal reaction to the inexorable massive presence of printed propaganda in our everyday existence. In a predominantly visual culture that overproduces printed material, the piece explores the relationship between reality and simulacra, creating a scenario where media begin to reign in contradictory and conflicting rivalry with themselves.
SEEN & UNSEEN: FROM THOUGHT TO PRINT
Adamar Fine Arts will exhibit never before seen original Warhol works that show how the artist developed a concept through to the final silkscreen. The gallery will have two of Warhol’s printers who worked for Warhol discuss their involvement and experience in the studio and lecture on the topic.
THE WORLD OF MR. SOMEBODY & MR. NOBODY
Internationally acclaimed fashion designers, Antwerp-based Walter Van Beirendonck (of the “Antwerp Six”) and Los Angeles-based Bernhard Willhelm, will make their mark in Miami as part of The World of Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody, a group stall/installation curated by Heidi Chisholm, Cathy Leff, and Sharon Lombard. The World of Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody is part art show, part fashion store, part design exhibition, and part global bazaar.
Apt606 and Spinello Projects present new works by TYPOE. With a new vision in store, Apt606, has executed a clean new look to their conceptual menswear boutique, which provides an exclusive collection in minimalistic nature featuring some of today’s most coveted designers.
#101ManMade seeks to foster connection by engaging disparate practices with each other through common ideologies: the importance of craftsmanship, partnership, and the undeniable truth that a dialogue about design is, ultimately, a dialogue about community. Spurred by the efforts of three continents working together to showcase new talent in the design industry, the result in turn perpetuates an ongoing sense of collaboration between the display of designers, viewers, and potential users alike.
OCEANS OF NOTIONS
Oceans of Notions focuses on the essential nature of our intrinsic dependence on water, the inhospitable allure of the oceans and our collective earthbound human psyche. Oceans of Notions is the curatorial debut of the father and daughter collaboration of Oliver and Lucia Sanchez.
SMELL THE MAGIC
Spinello Projects and GUCCI present Smell The Magic, a solo exhibition from Toronto-based artist Kris Knight. This pop-up exhibition will take place in the heart of the Miami Design District, kicking off Miami Art Week 2014. The artist will be present for the opening, which coincides with the release of his first published catalog. Gentle, almost delicate portraits of young men are a parade of characters that Knight continuously inhabits in metaphor; physical manifestations of the full array of the artist’s internal psychological tones.
BENEATH THE SPACE
The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space is privately funded by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz. The primary purpose of this museum is to exhibit their collection and provide education in the visual arts. Since its inception in 2009, the de la Cruz Collection has organized multiple exhibitions, provided artist residencies and collaborated with other institutions.
THE MODERN UTOPIA
Making its debut in Brickell’s MO Bar + Lounge, “The Modern Utopia” celebrates the hotel’s Asian roots and reflects the expanding cultural interest and influence of eastern art. Organized by Lexing Zhang of ART LEXÏNG Gallery Miami, the exhibit will feature original paintings that showcase ancient Chinese traditions and western influences. On view will be works by acclaimed Chinese ￼￼￼artist Lu Chengxiang, who treads the boundary between old and new: his ink paintings subtly introduce the restlessness of modernity into traditionally-inspired scenarios.
SLOW MOTION WALK
YoungArts and Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) to present the Slow Motion Walk, a MAI exercise designed by performance artist Marina Abramovic. Members of the public are encouraged to join performance artist, dancer and YoungArts alumna Brittany Bailey (2008, Dance), and trained facilitators to participate.
YoungArts and MoMA PS1 partner once again, this time to present Zero Tolerance: Miami curated by MoMA PS1 Director and Chief Curator at Large of MoMA, Klaus Biesenbach, with MoMA PS1 Curatorial Assistant Margaret Aldredge. Named for the 1990s policy under which New York City took a tough stance against vice and crime, Zero Tolerance: Miami brings together works by artists from across the globe that address tensions between freedom and control.
AS MEMORY SERVES
The Warrior Poet, Anthony F Pepe, will be displaying ALL of his oil paintings at the famous Chelsea Hotel in South Beach. Friday, December 5th Teri Catlin Shandra Hurt will be playing live. Additionally, the artist will be displaying his lead flowers sculptures, and will be holding the release party for his first solo book of poetry, “As Memory Serves – 11 months and 11 days of poetry”
Auto Body presents performance as a powerful vehicle for transcendence, movement and transformation. By examining the political and economic inequalities of the art world, Auto Body serves as a platform for a variety of female voices. Focusing on time based practices as an alternative to an object driven market, this exhibition presents the body as language. From budding YoungArts U.S. Presidential Scholar Paloma Izquierdo to 2014 Whitney Biennial artist A.L. Steiner, Auto Body will present a multi-generational scope of artists.