Rather than the obvious major art fairs, here are my picks for other events and happenings at Art Basel Miami 2019. Check them out: “hot’ new Wynwood store described as a “retail destination and culture creator”, art week workshop and private tours, two of my favorite ‘other’ art fairs, stylish shopping and art nail popups at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and new private art museums opening this week. Note the first event is this Sunday!
Kudos to Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles for offering a valuable art workshop and private guided tours to Art Basel, Design Miami and Untitled fairs. They’re held in collaboration with art expert Betty Briceno of Couturista Travel. And if you go to the Resort, be sure to check out their art collection in AQ Bar. The rundown:
On Monday, December 2 from 6pm to 7:30pm, Guide Betty will lead a workshop titled, “Mapping the Art World: Structures and Networks” and introduce the different players from museums and institutions to curators and writers. Held at Acqualina Resort and priced at $250 per person, guests will gain general knowledge about the networks, structure and terminology of today’s art world.
On Wednesday, December 4 from 2pm to 7pm, Betty will lead a VIP guided tour to the Vernissage openings (by invitation only) of Art Basel and Design Miami fairs. A second guided tour will be available on Sunday, December 8 from 10am to 6pm and include visits to Art Basel, Design Miami and Untitled fairs. Prices include one-way transportation leaving from Acqualina Resort, full-day guided tour and tickets to the select fairs. The December 4 tour is priced at $1200 per person while the December 8 tour is $700 per person. There is a maximum of 6 people per tour and reservations must be made at least one week prior to the tour date.
For reservations, call Concierge at 866.985.0163 or visit www.acqualinaresort.com.
One of my favorite fairs for its well curated selection of works and international artists is SCOPE Miami Beach with 134 diverse contemporary exhibitors. On the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street, this year the fair features several new highlights:
- OASIS, an experiential multidisciplinary program with large scale installations, music performances, and panel discussions.
- Morning healing programming, guided meditation, and CBD spa treatments, against the backdrop of South Beach.
- Thinking global and working local, SCOPE Miami Beach presents FOCUS | ART CHINA, the new premier showcase of Chinese Contemporary Art in Miami. This program celebrates the global expansion of the genre by presenting museum quality cutting-edge work from both established and emerging artists spanning across disciplines.
- Award-winning Miami-based fashion designer Julian Chang will present a curated “Capsule Fashion Showcase”. Julian’s designs have been inspired by the art installations, and several additional fashions will be displayed on pedestals throughout the pavilion.
Holiday Bazaar and celebrity art inspired nails at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
MO Market Holiday Bazaar
- On Sunday, December 1, guests can sip, shop and spa at the first annual MO Market Holiday Bazaar, from 2 – 6 pm. Vendors include Sonder & Holliday, Samba Sol, Krel Wear, Smudged, Rock + Bone, Band De Osh, Lahnthropy, Anatomie, Danialli. Shoppers can indulge in polish changes, chair massages, Chakra Readings by Zen & Hair Braiding Station with JGS Salon.
Art Week Nail Art
- Guests of the spa can turn their nails into real works of art with a special Nail Art offering at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami available from Dec. 3 through Dec. 7, by appointment only. The nail designs will be created by local celebrity nail artist Rose Barron @RoseB and are inspired by the the exhibit on display entitled, “Bliss,” curated by actress Brooke Shields and supermodel Helena Christensen, courtesy of the New York Academy of Art. Call the spa to make your appointment, 305.913.8332 (Price starting at 90 USD)
A new place for limited edition products, collaborations and sneaker releases, UNKNWN, is opening in Wynwood on Thursday December 5, 2019 at 11AM EDT. Co-founded by LeBron James, Jaron Kanfer, and Frankie Walker Jr., UNKNWN describes itself as ” a Miami-based retail destination and culture creator within the worlds of art, fashion, sports, and music”. The company was built with the objective to reinvent shopping by connecting brands to consumers through experiences and curated products. It offers an authentic assortment of covetable sneakers, collectable items, contemporary ready-to-wear, and designer apparel. To coincide with the unveiling of the Wynwood location the following day and through the weekend, @UNKNWN has revealed a list of limited edition products dropping every day of the opening weekend including exclusive collaboration items with Bape, Just Don, Chinatown Market, Pleasures, New Era, BornxRaised, Psychworld, New York Sunshine, as well as exclusive re-releases with Nike, Jordan, Vans x Rhude, Bearbrick, etc. UNKNWN, 261 NW 26th Street.
One of my other favorite fairs is INK Miami Art Fair. In the Suites of Dorchester hotel, the Fair is unique among Miami’s fairs for its focus on modern and contemporary works on paper by internationally renowned artists. The Fair is presented by the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) and exhibitors are selected for their outstanding ability to offer collectors a diverse survey of 20th century masterworks and just-published editions by leading contemporary artists.
New Private Museum Openings
El Espacio 23, the new private museum of Jorge M. Perez, is opening this week in a 28,000-square-foot warehouse at 2270 NW 23rd Street. The museum will open with an exhibition called “Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Peréz Collection.” Headed by Colombian curator Jose Roca, the show, which is organized into six “nuclei” with names such as “Extraction and Flows” and “State Terror,” will present works that “due to their size or complexity have never been exhibited.” Promising 100 pieces by over 80 artists, “Time for Change” aims to “explore the conflicts and contradictions of contemporary society, as well as analyze historical events and reframe them within the present.” Locally based artists such as Edouard Duval-Carrié will be exhibited alongside international stars such as William Kentridge, Alfredo Jaar, and Ai Weiwei.
The Rubell Museum’s new campus will open on December 4, 2019 with a museum-wide installation of works that chronicle key artists, moments, and movements in vital arts centers over the past 50 years, from the East Village to Beijing, Los Angeles to Leipzig, and São Paulo to Tokyo. The inaugural exhibition encompasses more than 300 works by 100 artists in 40 galleries. Drawn entirely from their expansive collection of over 7,200 works by more than 1,000 artists, the exhibition features defining and seminal works by artists whom the Rubells championed as they were first emerging (often becoming the first collectors to acquire their work) and those who had been overlooked. The new Rubell Museum is located in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami, less than a mile from its original home in Wynwood. Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23rd Street.