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Whitewaller has put together the ultimate guide to Art Basel, Design Miami/, and the rest of the fairs happening these upcoming weeks in Miami.
Art Basel in Miami Beach
The 17th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach brings together 268 galleries from 34 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. On view at the newly renovated Miami Beach
Convention Center will be top modern and contemporary artworks from today’s leading artists.
A strong list of returning exhibitors makes up the main sector of the show, joined by 12 galleries that previously participated in Nova, Positions, or Survey: Boers-Li Gallery, Canada, David Castillo Gallery, DC Moore Gallery, Essex Street, Tanya Leighton, mor charpentier, Proyectos Monclova, Ratio 3, Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte, Travesía Cuatro, and Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois. New to the fair are galleries like Kayne Griffin Corcoran and Cardi Gallery, joined by 27 other first-timers.
Kabinett will present 31 curated exhibitions. On view will be work by Washington Barcala at Jorge Mara – La Ruche, Ellen Cantor’s paintings at P.P.O.W., early works by Mildred Thompson at Galerie Lelong & Co., works by Ja’Tovia Gary at galerie frank elbaz, photographs by Zanele Muholi at Stevenson, and even a group exhibition of works by Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Francis, Franz Kline, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock from the collection of Richard and Mary Gray.
Partners include UBS, Audemars Piguet, Douglas Elliman, Ruinart, and La Prairie.
Design Miami/ brings together 33 exhibitors this year. On view from the world’s top galleries are 20th- and 21st-century objects, furniture, lighting, and collectibles. Participants for 2018 include Carpenters Workshop Gallery, CONVERSO, Friedman Benda, The Future Perfect, Galerie Patrick Seguin, Gallery ALL, Kasmin, LEBRETON, R & Company, Salon 94 Design, Southern Guild, Side Gallery, and Thomas Fritsch. New this year are Didier Ltd. of London, Etage Projects of Copenhagen, and Functional Art Gallery of Berlin.
Design Miami/’s newest platform, Curio, returns with 11 participants this year, allowing gallerists, designers, curators, and innovators to create cabinets of curiosity to be displayed on the fair floor, interspersed with the main exhibitors. Other collaborations, the recurring site-specific commission, talks, programming, and satellite projects will also be on view.
This year’s annual Design Miami/ Visionary Award goes to Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández. The award results in an exhibition at this year’s fair, as well as the design of the 2018 graphic identity. A retrospective of the couple’s collaborative work will coexist with pieces like Reyes’s Metate chairs and Disarm musical instruments, as well as Fernández’s textiles. “The exhibition offers us a chance to present to the attendees at Design Miami/, pieces where design has a social dimension, either by addressing social justice and peacemaking, as well as the importance of handcrafted products in a world where most processes are being automated and millions of people are losing their jobs,” said Reyes.
Untitled Art, Miami Beach
For its seventh edition, Untitled Art, Miami Beach returns to its sandy location at Ocean Drive and 12th Street. The international fair includes 133 exhibitors from 30 countries.
Since its inception, Untitled Art has taken a curated approach, and this year is no different, under the leadership of artistic director Omar Lopez-Chahoud and executive director Manuela Mozo, working with the guest curator, artist-run curatorial platform AGUAS.
A whopping 46 galleries will be presenting at the fair for the first time, including exhibitors from Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Italy, Peru, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe. Don’t miss Edel Assanti of London, HILO galería of Buenos Aires, Davidson Gallery of New York, and Zalucky Gallery of Toronto.
Solo presentations are a hallmark of Untitled Art, Miami Beach. This year we’re looking forward to work by Maia Naveriani at Project Artbeat, Robert Kelly at FRAMELESS GALLERY, Devan Shimoyama at De Buck Gallery, and Kim Dorland at Beers London.
Special projects include Michael Joo’s Huff Wall for Single Breath Transfer, presented by LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University; Pep Duran’s Backlot Constructions, presented by RocioSantaCruz; Felice Grodin’s Mezzbug, presented by PAMM; and Kelley Johnson’s Slow Dance, presented by Upfor.
NADA Miami returns to Ice Palace Studios for its 16th edition, bringing together 125 exhibitors from 23 countries. The international fair includes 37 first-timers, as well as 26 project spaces, in addition to the NADA member participants.
We’re looking forward to seeing Artadia, Hannah Barry Gallery, Shane Campbell Gallery, DOCUMENT, James Fuentes, half gallery, Invisible-Exports, LAND, Martos Gallery, PATRON, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Reyes Projects, Sargent’s Daughters, Sculpture Center, Rachel Uffner Gallery, White Columns, and more. New this year will be Wschód Gallery of Warsaw, Bombon projects of Barcelona, and HOUSING of New York.
Several galleries have chosen to showcase solo booths, including work by Hamishi Farah at Chateau Shatto, Tyree Guyton at Martos Gallery, Keti Kapanadze at Project ArtBeat, Tabboo! at Gordon Robichaux, and Purvis Young at James Fuentes.
NADA Miami 2018 Projects will be presented by 56 Henry, BAD REPUTATION, Frank Kaka, Hotel Art Pavilion, Independent Curators International, Know Wave, Lulu, Mrs., Rawson Projects, Soft Opening, and more.
PULSE Miami Beach
PULSE Miami Beach takes over Indian Beach Park again this year with its signature two tents. On view will be presentations from 70 international galleries.
This is the second year the fair is under the leadership of director Katelijne De Backer. “Our visitors will have a real opportunity to collect the most relevant and compelling contemporary art being produced today,” she said in a recent statement.
Included in the show are 26 galleries who are new to the fair, like Allouche Gallery of New York, Arusha
Gallery of Edinburgh, Galerie Koo of Hong Kong, In The Gallery of Copenhagen, Gallery LEE & BAE of Busan, Molin Corvo Gallery of Paris, Rademakers Gallery of Amsterdam, and Voloshyn Gallery of Kiev.
Don’t miss solo booths with work by Charlotte Keates at Arusha Gallery, Armando Marino at Coates & Scarry, Joseph Guay at Hathaway, Shai Kremer at Julie M. Gallery, Winnie Truong at VIVIANEART, and Juliane Hundertmark at Heissingart. Curators Jasmine Wahi and
Rebecca Pauline Jampol of Project for Empty Space return to curate this year’s PULSE PLAY, entitled “A Violence.”
SCOPE Miami Beach
SCOPE Miami Beach celebrates its 18th edition this year, taking place at Ocean Drive and 8th Street. A large and diverse group of exhibitors will present bold and colorful work from today’s up-and-coming artists.
With a strong focus on what’s happening now, the fair debuts its New Contemporary section, including an
exciting group of emerging galleries. SCOPE Miami Beach will also include VIP programming, immersive Special Projects, and dynamic brand and institutional integrations.
Artists Okuda, Hot Tea, and AJ Fosik will transform the fair tent, in collaboration with the publication HI-FRUCTOSE. The fair has also invited Andrew Hosner to curate a selection of new contemporary and street art–leaning exhibitors.
Other highlights include a VIP Car Service courtesy of Porsche, a lounge by artist-run Superchief Gallery, and a series of compelling panel discussions.
BACARDI x The Dean Collection Present: No Commission Art Fair, a global contemporary art experience conceptualized by BACARDI and Swizz Beatz’s The Dean Collection, returns to Miami this year. First launched in 2015, the event flips the art fair model on its head, by making it all about the artists and
making art accessible to everyone. No Commission provides exhibition space at no cost to both emerging and established artists alike, and all presenting artists retain 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their work. The concept is nothing short of revolutionary.
This year the fair will focus on photography. Previous No Commission artists include Dustin Yellin, Hebru
Brantley, Kehinde Wiley, KAWS, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Nina Chanel Abney, and Todd James.
Expect some surprise moments in celebration of the fair, as past iterations saw performances by Swizz Beatz himself, Alicia Keys, Pusha T, A$AP Rocky, Q-Tip, DJ Khaled, and more. As always, “It’s a celebration
for the artists,” Dean has said. “No Commission is about letting the artists be free.”