Every Miami native knows that Art Basel marks the official beginning of ‘season’, full of events, tourism, art shows and 5 months of general shenanigans in Miami Beach. This year is no different than years past except with the notable exception of more tech oriented projects and the transition of several art festivals down to Herald Square from Midtown Miami. Without further or due check out our ongoing list of must to Art Basel 2017 Miami activities, and check in daily for updates!
Tuesday, December 5th
The Blind Portrait
The Blind Portrait experience will come to life at The Miami Beach EDITION for Art Basel. Meet interdisciplinary artist Moral Turgeman and participate in a ten minute exercise where she will illustrate an intuitive portrait of each connection using one singular line. With a strong reputation for production and execution, Turgeman’s installations have been featured in some of the world’s most significant cultural events and luxurious establishments.
IRL (In Reel Life) Pop-up Art Exhibit
Miami Beach’s own Jacober Creative, an award-winning design and marketing studio, invites the public to a FREE Art Basel kick-off party and pop-up art exhibit, IRL (In Reel Life): From Celluloid to Cellular, Recasting the Classics Through Graphic Design, at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. With favorite films from the 1940s through the 1990s to serve as the agency’s inspiration, Jacober Creative placed their graphic design spin on American film culture, as filtered through the lens of the usually disposable medium of Instagram, recast onto everyday “objects of desire.” On display at the Cinematheque will be a unique range of 3-D showcases for the graphic designs, such as Bkr water bottles with Carrie inspired graphics, Vans sneakers with a design that is a tribute to The Birds, and a lunch box with a Breakfast at Tiffany’s-style graphic.
And while a run-in with James Bond is unlikely in the Cinematheque’s bathroom, film fans can still expect to encounter a Diamond Are Forever-inspired concept, featuring 50 maneki-neko cats, mirrors and lasers. IRL (In Reel Life) will open with a party (DJ and all) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5. The exhibit will run through December 31 including during Art Basel, and is free and open to the public. All proceeds will be contributed to the HOMY Collective (Housing Our Miami Youth.
Red Bull Sound Select at The Ground
Get a first look at under-the-radar Miami artists who we expect to be blowing up the scene soon. It’s only $3 if you RSVP.
Wednesday, December 6th
Wellington_Miami’s Art Basel Opening Night Soirée.
A place where sexy curves turn into sexy frames. Stop by Zthea Eyewear at 2611 N Miami Ave. and check out some of your favorite photographer’s recent projects which have taken him from the sands of South Beach to the sands of Nevada.
Louis Vuitton Objet Nomades
Louis Vuitton will be presenting their ever popular Objets Nomades limited-edition collection of travel-inspired furniture and home accessories, created in collaboration with international designers during Design Miami/. This year, Louis Vuitton will present an exclusive never-before-seen edition of the Bomboca Sofa, a new piece designed in partnership with the Campana Brothers, Fernando and Humberto Campana, who drew inspiration from the city of Miami. This modular piece is made up of a rigid shell featuring the same leather Louis Vuitton uses for its bags, along with cushions made of textured fabrics and velvet in five different shades of blue and turquoise. Other Objet’s making their Design Miami/ debut include pieces created by Atelier Oï such as the Swing Boat, the Belt Chair and the Spiral Lamp with its twisted straps of leather. Additional pieces to be presented include Patricia Urquiola’s Palaver Chair in a mix of wood and woven sheets of perforated leather, India Mahdavi’s Talisman Table in leather marquetry, and Marcel Wanders’ rocking Lune Chair and leather Diamond Screen. Inspired by the House’s historic Art of Travel, Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades limited-edition collectible furniture will be on view at the Miami Design District store and Design Miami/ fair from December 6th – December 10th.
COS X Studio Swine Present New Spring
For the first time ever, COS will be hosting a large scale exhibition taking place throughout Miami Art Week designed by London-based design duo Studio Swine (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers) formed by Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist, Alexander Groves. New Spring, an interactive multisensory installation which won the award for Most Engaging Exhibition during Salone del Mobile in Milan, will be an official Satellite of the design fair and will be reconceived to a greater scale, in a bright, light-filled environment designed by Studio Swine, housed in a historic art deco building (1415 Euclid Avenue).
To celebrate the installation in their Miami Design District boutique (3915 NE 1ST Avenue, Miami) COS will screen a short film of the project within the Design District store. Committed to both timeless design and innovation, COS support the arts through collaborations with established and emerging artists, galleries and creative studios. Installation be open December 6-10 at 1415 Euclid Avenue, Miami Beach.
L’appartement Concept Store
Located in the most artistic neighborhood of Miami – Wynwood – L’appartement Concept Store is designed to be the ideal image of an authentic Parisian apartment, offering an exclusive range of home decor, indoor and outdoor furniture, accessories and art. Join us Wednesday, December 6th, from 6-9PM for an exclusive Art Basel exhibition – Curiosity Cabinet of Design – that will feature the bold, graphic wallpaper designs of Aimee Wilder, and the elegant and glass domes of The Darwin Sect. Live entertainment, refreshments and passed hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
The Box at Faena Theater
The self-proclaimed theater of varieties is coming for 3 days to the Faena Theater. With much mystery and little information besides a carnie style website delivered by Seth Browarnik of World Red Eye and lo-fi vintage video of a previous performance this event could very well be the most undercover smash of Basel since Madonna showed up at Faena last year.
Thursday, December 7th
Phillip Ayler’s Pool Party
Featuring an art collaboration with Miami native and world renowned artist Jona Cerwinske, musician and designer Ayler Young presents his Philip Ayler collection at SIXTY Nautilus’ heated saltwater beachfront pool as guests enjoy Art Basel-inspired Ron Barceló Rum cocktails and glasses of Rosè Piscine – the first ever French Rosé made to be served over ice. DJs rotating on decks include DJ MOS, DJ Ruckus, DJ Reid Waters, DJ Proper Kid, Oli Benz, Chloe Caillet and Auntie G.
BRK out that cocktail for ICBRKR’s big launch party at Art Basel Miami. Discover how their vision will help you take your socializing and networking to the next level while you enjoy Jan Blomqvist’s addictive beats, admire local artist MOKIBABY’s interactive vintage art installation, and sip on delicious Kombrewcha cocktails. Come make your Happy Hour an experience to remember.
An Installation by Es Devlin, Presented by American Express Platinum (Open to the public in the Forum of the Miami Beach EDITION)– Award-winning artist and stage designer Es Devlin reimagines the physical and psychological space of the Miami Beach EDITION hotel through a site-specific, experiential installation featuring a vaulted elliptical mirror maze, soundscapes and video. The work utilizes the physical characteristics of hotel design to explore the psychology of human experience within these spaces, and the everyday acts of magic and imagination that allow them to function.
All Woman Fair
One of the must-see fairs this Art Basel is taking a stand for equality with the first all-women fair in Miami. Fair. at Brickell City Centre, an art fair that’s free to the public, where no art is for sale, is set to be a be a historic convening of some of the world’s most iconic and trailblazing women artists, including works by Yoko Ono, the famously anonymous Guerilla Girls (on display in Miami for the first time ever) and 50+ additional women artists and performers, all coming together to flip the art fair model on its head and smash the modern day patriarchy by displaying art with a social purpose.
Vegas: Alter Your Reality Experiential Gallery Exhibit
High tech meets stylized art at Zadok Gallery during this upcoming Miami Art Week with Vegas: Alter Your Reality. Open to the public December 7 – 9 from 1– 9PM, Sin City arrives in Wynwood with an experiential art gallery. LVCVA (Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority) partnered up with five internationally-renowned artists to share their individual interpretations of Las Vegas in a 360° virtual reality art form after their visits to the adult playground. Using Samsung Gear VR, artists participating include Brazilian artist Adhemas Batista, English street artist Insa, French artist Fafi, Canadian visual artist Signal Noise and digital artist Beeple.
MDD Free, Public Art Tour Led by Craig Robins
As a special Miami Art Week edition of the District’s ongoing FREE public art tours, Craig Robins, founder and CEO of Dacra, Miami Design District developer and Design Miami/ co-founder will personally host a guided tour of the Miami Design District’s public art collection on world-class architecture. The tour will be led alongside CULTURED Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Sarah Harrelson and give guests an inside look and personal insight into each public art piece. The tour will take place Thursday, December 7th from 2-3PM starting from Paradise Plaza. Guests who wish to join must RSVP in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Truffle Dinner Brunch at Yardbird
In celebration of Art Basel, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar will host a very special, four-course Truffle Dinner event Thursday, December 7th, at 11:30 PM. For one night only, the house of worship to classic southern-style cuisine and hospitality will offer an exclusive chef’s table experience featuring high-end menu items paired with hand-selected Italian wine. Curated by Patrick Rebholz, the pre-fixe tasting menu focuses on delicacies such as truffle and caviar. Guests will enjoy tastings like smoked Stone Crab & English Pea Ravioli, Seared Foie Gras and a special rendition of Yardbird’s world-renowned Fried Chicken.
SuperFine Miami Love Opening
Miami’s finest will mix and mingle to the sounds of hometown heroes Afrobeta in the backyard garden as local mainstays Naomi’s Garden and The Pool Bar at The Vagabond sling updated Kreyol fare and craft cocktails. Local favorite KRELwear by Karelle Levy will host a backyard pop-up souk with ready-to-wear tropical knit fashions as well as a see-it-to-believe-it performance art piece of KRELwear-clad models interacting with attendees in the garden. A local favorite, Inhale Miami, will also start the day off right with yoga in the backyard lounge beginning at 4:30pm.
Scratches That Matter
Las Rosas is hosting the annual Scratches That Matter fundraising event. They will be showcasing female identified scratch djs and live artists in order to raise money to provide scholarships for underprivileged children to attend The Scratch DJ Academy Summer Camp 2018 in Miami. 100% of the door proceeds go directly towards the scholarships. The event is from 9pm-4am featuring female djs from various cities across the country.
Friday, December 8th
L’appartement Concept Store
On Friday, December 8, from 4-6PM, L’appartement will be hosting a design talk and discussion with renowned French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance on The Value of Beauty and Sensitivity to Space. Mr. Duchaufour-Lawarance is a critically acclaimed French interior and product designer with an array of awards including the Elle Deco International Design Prize, Wallpaper Design Award and the GQ Best Designer Prize. Refreshments and passed hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
Gran Centenario x Kelsey Montague
Known for her viral angel wings mural pieces, artist Kelsey Montague partners up with Gran Centenario Tequila to showcase a white and gold angel wings mural, which will be auctioned off for proceeds to benefit Mexican Relief charities. Encouraging guests to join the movement, Nautilus South Beach will display her wings at the Nautilus Lobby, and another set at the Art Basel tent, for guests to take photos and post on social media during Art Basel. For every picture posted to the hashtag, Gran Centenario will donate $10 to charity to benefit families and victims of the earthquake in Mexico City.
The House of Creed
This month, Creed will open the brand’s third U.S. boutique in the Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza. Join The House of Creed in celebration of their boutique grand opening, with special appearance by Seventh Generation Perfumer, Erwin Creed. Passed from father to son spanning seven generations since its London founding in 1760, The House of Creed has been handcrafting uncommon fragrances for royal houses and discerning patrons for over 250 years. The House of Creed welcomes Art Basel Miami Beach guests to view the collection with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres in their new Design District location (151 NE 41st Street, Suite 143).
A “pop up” recreation of the 1950’s-60’s vibe that was born at the world famous Club Palladium, which introduced one of Cuba’s most famous music and dancing style to the world, thus marking one of the greatest eras in music history. A time and place where the music was non-stop, starting with the orchestras of the “Big Three”: Machito, Tito Rodríguez, and Tito Puente. Legendary artists such as Arsenio Rodríguez, Celia Cruz, Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, La Lupe, and countless others as huge crowds attended eager to learn this sensational dance creating the MAMBO MADNESS! Show starts at 10pm.
UNFRAMED presents Sub Chroma. This mixed media and lighting exhibit with musical lineup will be headlined by Hot Creations’ Lee Foss supported by Drama Duo, TrqpiTeca, Miami’s DJ Laz and Statik Selectah, who will release his latest project at Basel House. Basel House Mural Festival is a three-day, first-of-its-kind mural festival based around the legendary walls of the iconic RC Cola Plant in Miami’s Wynwood Art District during Miami Art Week 2017. Throughout the festival, invited local and international artists will transform an often-overlooked section of the neighborhood into an open-air art museum.
Fashion Event at Wynwood Yard
This is the perfect Basel pregame to your big Friday night out. Meet us at the Wynwood Yard for fashion, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the most Insta-worthy mural that you actually get to paint from 6 to 8 p.m. This is influencers and VIPs only. Spanish leather shoe designer Pikolinos is partnering with local graffiti artist DaveL for an evening of fashion and design.
Saturday, December 9th
Hammer and Nails Grooms Art
As this is Art Basel week, Hammer & Nails Grooming Shop For Guys has partnered with art dealer Dreams Fine Art to host artworks by Miami-based pop artist Paulina del Mar. This Saturday, December 9th, between 7pm and 9pm stop in for a complimentary beverage, snacks, and an opportunity to meet and collect from one of Miami’s top up and coming pop artists, Paulina del Mar.
Where: Hammer & Nails – Grooming Shop For Guys.
The Shops at Midtown.
122 Buena Vista Boulevard. Miami FL 33127
Phil Collins’ Dreaming on the Beach Gala
Benefiting young aspiring talent without the means to achieve their goals, Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning music legend Phil Collins and wife Orianne Collins, are proud to announce GRAMMY® Award-winning Italian artist Laura Pausini, GRAMMY® Award nominee rock singer KT Tunstall, Latin pop Venezuelan singer Nacho, Spanish soul artist Pitingo, and Miami-based rock band 5800 will perform at the 3rd annual Dreaming on the Beach Gala on Saturday, December 9, 2017. As headliner of the Gala, Phil will also serve as host and celebrity emcee along with co-founder Orianne Collins, philanthropist and designer of Orianne Collins Jewelry.
Paris Hilton DJs LIVE at Wall Miami Beach
Miami Beach’s premier hospitality firm KNR Hospitality Group announce their exciting Art Basel lineup for WALL at W South Beach. The recognized and reputable destination release their 5-day lineup consisting of top artists making their annual return to kick off the artsy weekend. Festivities begin Tuesday (December 5) with Favela Beach Nightlife Is Beautiful hosted by Mr. Brainwash. The week continues with the annual Behrouz & Friends with music by Guy Gerber, Behrouz and more on Wednesday (December 6). David Squillace, Rony Seikaly and Jean Claude Ades spin on Friday (December 8) and on Saturday (December 9) Paris Hilton returns as host and Dj for the 4th year. The week’s lineup concludes with the annual Art Basel closing party Director’s Cut hosted by Tolga on Sunday (December 10).
UNFRAMED presents Rolling Stone Live Miami.
Celebrating Rolling Stone’s 50th anniversary with A-Trak with Chromeo’s Dave-1 as The Brothers Macklovitch, OVO Sound’s Majid Jordan (90 Minute DJ Set), Trqpiteca, Bread Doe and Ezikel. Basel House Mural Festival is a three-day, first-of-its-kind mural festival based around the legendary walls of the iconic RC Cola Plant in Miami’s Wynwood Art District during Miami Art Week 2017. Throughout the festival, invited local and international artists will transform an often-overlooked section of the neighborhood into an open-air art museum.
Sunday, December 10th
Avant Gallery 10th Anniversary Closing Party
Avant Gallery will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary with complimentary rosé for gallery guests at its newly integrated LaMuse Café – from Monday, December 4 to Sunday, December 10 during Art Basel, presented by Whispering Angel, which is also celebrating its decade-long milestone of the Rosé All Day concept it pioneered.
The gallery will also debut its latest exhibition with featured artists including Skyler Grey, BNS, Florian Eymann, DAIN, and Alec Monopoly.
UNFRAMED presents the CHILLIN’ BASEL CLOSING PARTY.
This Caribbean block party will be hosted by Wright Image x The KGN with Silent Addy and it will feature special guests in the Reggae, Dancehall, Soca genre. Basel House Mural Festival is a three-day, first-of-its-kind mural festival based around the legendary walls of the iconic RC Cola Plant in Miami’s Wynwood Art District during Miami Art Week 2017. Throughout the festival, invited local and international artists will transform an often-overlooked section of the neighborhood into an open-air art museum.