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Your Daily Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach

Party people! Check in daily this week for our comprehensive guide of everything that's happening at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Monday, December 2nd

  • The UNTITLED fair is back on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street in South Beach, with two big VIP previews: Monday, December 2nd, 7 to 9 p.m. hosted by Marina Abramovic to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Marina Abramovic Institute (this is the one that Lady Gaga is rumored to be attending) and Tuesday, December 3rd from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring performances by TM Sisters and Jacolby Satterwhite.  The fair is open to the public from December 4th to the 8th.

  • Miami gallery Primary Projects  is relocating to 151 NE 7th Street downtown on December 2nd, and they're showing new works from Kenton Parker until January 24th. The opening reception is December 6, 6 to 10 p.m.


  • Heineken Light, the Tecne Collective, New Times and the Miami Light Project are hosting several big events during the week starting with a "Light Your Night Challenge" for VIPs at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th Street, Miami) on Tuesday, December 3.  Five multi-media artists from South Florida will "transform the warehouse into a maze of light installations" plus DJs Mr. Pauer and Ess & Emm are spinning. On the 5th, they're showcasing an interactive kinetic motion installation by Tecne Collective at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd Street, Miami) and on Saturday, December 7th, there's a video installation and video mapping event at Grand Central (679 North Miami Avenue, Miami) for the Basel Castle after-party.
  • The Wynwood Art Building (2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami) kicks off the week with a big gallery night -- catered by Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Tanduay and Vita Coco -- on Monday, December 2nd from 6 to 10 p.m.  All the galleries in the building, including m+v ART, ArtMedia, Cienfuegos, Ricart, etc. will showcase their new exhibitions. Other galleries in the Wynwood Arts District will also be open on the same night, so if you're going to be in Miami on Monday, be sure to head over for a sneak preview before the crowds invade later in the week.


  • The Mayfair Hotel (3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove) is hosting "Miami Says Art II" with Martin Kreloff's series of portraits of some of Miami's art pioneers (see Arnold Lehman above). There's also an installation called "Art Euphoria" that Kreloff put together with Miami artist Gustavo Oviedo.  It's all on view December 2nd to the 8th, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and admission is free.
  • The sands of South Beach are getting another fair this year when the Scope Miami pavilion moves to 1000 Ocean Drive at 10th Street. Their "Platinum Preview Gala" takes place on Monday night, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. and there's a VIP opening on Tuesday. The public is invited to attend from December 4 to 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Again this year, Scope has partnered with VH1 with a big indoor lounge and a massive party on Friday night from 8 p.m. to midnight featuring a performance by "one of today's hottest musical artists." We'll let you know who as soon as we find out.


  • One of the original "concept" retail stores, colette, is coming to Art Basel for a week-long pop-up collab with Miami's Alchemist shop at 1111 Lincoln Road. Since 1997, the Parisian store has attracted shoppers from around the world with their mix of high-fashion, streetwear, CDs, magazines, and more. The "Colette Art Drive-Thru at Alchemist" will be open from December 2nd to the 8th.


Street art and graffiti are going to be all over town again this year in the fairs and galleries and, of course, on the walls of Wynwood. The Miami neighborhood has been filled with incredible murals by international artists since 2007 when Primary Flight invited 35 artists to paint on strategically located walls.  By 2009, the late Tony Goldman joined the party with his "Wynwood Walls" project centered around 25th and 26th Streets. The whole Wynwood Arts District has grown so large that it is hard to keep track of all the incredible works, but now there's a great interactive map that shows who painted what, plus there's a photo of each piece. Check it out here.


  • Art cars and luxury cars are another big theme this year, with an exhibition, "Piston Head," of 14 cars transformed into art since 1970 happening on the top floor of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed parking garage at 111 Lincoln Road in South Beach, sponsored by Ferrari.  And Maserati will be celebrating the debut of its new Ghibli, and they're driving VIPs and collectors around all during the week, plus sponsoring a VIP lounge in the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and another lounge at Art Miami. Yo, we're arriving on the 2nd, so pick us up at MIA.
  • A giant floating, fabric sculpture by the German artist Angela Glajcar called "Light and Paper" will be on view in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton (One Lincoln Road, South Beach).  While you're there, check out the hotel's collection of contemporary Latin American and European works on loan from Miami's Diana Lowenstein Gallery.
  • Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek will create a large-scale installation using recycled wood and champagne boxes provided by Ruinart Champagne.  The work will be on view all week in the AB/MB Art Collector's Lounge.
  • Red Bull's "Canvas Cooler Project" is now on a national tour and will be on view at SCOPE's Miami pavilion all week.  You're invited to choose one lucky artist to join the exhibit by casting your vote here.
  • Seven artists including Daniel Arsham and Wim Delvoye are designing limited-edition yoga mats for classes at the Delano, Mondrian and Shore Club hotels.


  • BENETTON, South Beach (670 Collins Avenue, South Beach) hosts a party to celebrate their collab with the artist Trey Speegle on Monday December 2nd from 7 to 9 p.m. Speegle's work will be on view in the store until December 8th.
  • The University of Miami is hosting the sixth annual "CANE FAIR" from December 2nd to January 24th in their gallery in the Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami).  On view will be works from students in the school's MFA program.


Tuesday, December 3rd


  • The FAILE/BAST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2013 Miami Beach will be open from December 3rd to the 7th in an abandoned storefront near the corner of Washington Avenue and 16th Street in South Beach.  There will be "unconventional video games, tricked-out pinball machines and foosball made psychedelic" -- all sponsored by Perrier.
  • There's a press preview of Paris gallery Glow at Wynwood's Alchemy Concept Space ( 310 N.W. 26th St.) Tuesday from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be works on display from Atmos, Chrysopoeia, Bride, Evanesco Joaillerie, Fleche, Panacea, Gold Grills, Magnus Opus, Phoenix, Pearl and Evanesco Falls.

  • We hear that somebody is planning to shoot a man out of a cannon behind the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). at midnight on December 3rd, following the annual White Cube bash.  Any volunteers?


  • The street-arts quarterly publication FRESCO put together a group show called "Hang 'em High" that will be up from December 3rd at 5 p.m., to the 8th at 97 NW 25th Street, Miami, and includes works by Banksy, Faile, KAWS, Swoon, Dface, BAST, Retna and Ryan McGinness.
  • David Colman's "participatory performance piece," "The Santa Confessional," happens on December 3rd and 4th in the Collins Park Rotunda.


  • Nightlife impresario Jeffrey Jah is throwing a Basel kick-off party at the W Hotel with a night of Brazilian music and DJ sets by Ruen and Reid Waters at the W South Beach.
  • Art Miami -- now in its 24th year -- returns to Midtown Miami in the Wynwood Arts District from December 3rd to the 8th. They're bringing back their CONTEXT fair in an adjacent pavilion along with an Art Video Lounge curated by LaRete Art Projects, plus several solo installations and a special section with six galleries called Art From Berlin.  A VIP preview on December 3rd, 5:30 to 10 p.m., benefits the new Perez Art Museum Miami.
  • Harper's BAZAAR magazine is bringing back their pop-up shop, ShopBAZAAR, to the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) from December 3rd to the 5th.  Look for designer brands, limited editions, a Gevalia coffee station, plus several beauty bars.
  • The big media preview for the new-fair-on-the-block, Brazil ArtFair (3501 NE Midtown Blvd., Miami) is on the 3rd from 3 to 5 p.m. The VIP preview's after that, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The fair is open to the public daily from December 4th to the 8th.


  • Fans of the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron will be able check out the architects' Perez Art Museum Miami when it officially opens during AB/MB. The museum -- formerly know as the Miami Art Museum -- is moving into a brand new building in Museum Park just off of downtown Miami's Biscayne Boulvard. On view during the week, there's a big survey of works by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and shows by Cuban painter Amelia Pelaez and Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes. It all kicks off with a member-only preview on December 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. with L.A.-based artists Los Jaichackers and music by Total Freedom. Then on Saturday night, December 7, there's the official premiere gala.


  • Swarovski Crystal Palace is collab'ing with the Brazilian architect and designer Guilherme Torres to create an installation "inspired by water conservation and stewardship." It's called "Mangue Groove" and will up in the Design Miami from December 4 to 8. There's a VIP preview on December 3rd.
  • Brazil will be getting lots of attention this year with over 40 galleries exhibiting at the new Brazil ArtFair running from December 3 to 8 in Woodson Park on NW 36th Street in Midtown. Their goal is "to go beyond your everyday art fair...with a private initiative for the promotion and internationalization of Brazil's art market," the fair's founder Michel Serebrinsky explained to Art Info.
  • If you're heading down to Miami earlier in the week, the Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction -- they're raising money for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- takes place on Tuesday, December 3rd. It's hosted by Stephanie Seymour Brant, Peter Brant, Alina & Anthony K. Shriver and Sara & Ugo Colombo.

Homepage photo: Evan Gruzis' "Monument to Fashion" from last year's Villa Vecchia.

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