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Art Basel Miami 2019 Must See

It’s that time of the year again – The craziness of Miami Art Basel with all the amazing shows, events and brand activations… A very busy time for art lovers and collectors. We recap’ below some of the most interesting events and shows we’ve heard about so far. SAVE THIS LINK as we are going to update it frequently with last minute shows and events – And don’t guilt yourself if you miss something, unfortunately, it’s impossible to see it all…


Design Miami courtesy of Design Miami image by James Harris

DESIGN MIAMI | Dec. 3-8 at Convention Center Drive between 18th and 19th Streets |

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ART BASEL | Dec. 3-8 at Convention Center Drive between 18th and 19th Streets |

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SCOPE | Dec. 3-8 at 801 Ocean Drive |

Celebrating its 19th edition, SCOPE Miami Beach returns to its bespoke pavilion on the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street. Honoring its perpetual mission to provide a platform for discovery, SCOPE will welcome 134 diverse contemporary exhibitors featuring The New Contemporary, a genre that stands as a critical contribution to both global politics and local community engagement.

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NADA | Dec. 5-8 at Ice Palace Studios |

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PULSE | Dec. 5-8 at Indian Beach Park 4601 Collins Avenue |

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UNTITLED, ART | Dec. 4-8 at Ocean Drive and 12th Street |

UNTITLED, ART is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art.


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The Design District has chosen London based Mexican designer for the 2019 Neighborhood Commission. The installation will consist of strands of pink sisal tassels suspended through the trees guiding visitors to discover a collection of pink hairy sloths hanging from ropes, trees and arches. In collaboration with designer Angela Damman, the installation will also incorporate ten sculptural hammocks which will hang on metal structures and directly on palm trees for public use.

The mesmerizing pink landscape of Pink Beasts is achieved by dying the sisal fibers with natural dyes made from cochineals, tiny parasitic insects native to central Mexico which grow on the Opuntia cactus. Producing the world’s brightest natural red dye, the cochineals used in ?Pink Beasts are from an organic farm in the mountains of Oaxaca and handmade by a community of Mayan women weavers of Sacabah, Yucatan, including the production, cleaning and dying of the sisal. By interacting with ‘Pink Beasts’, visitors can be reminded that there are still sustainable and organic ways of achieving vibrant color. Moreover, Pink Beasts showcases the versatility of Fernando Laposse’s work.

Locations: Palm Court (NE 39th St.), Jade Alley (NE 40th St.) & Frei Otto Tent (NE 41st St.)


Celebrating the symbiosis between Art & Design, Italian luxury interiors power-player Visionnaire chooses Miami for the official unveiling of Il Pavone. The capsule collection designed by Franco-Italian Artist and Designer Marc Ange is an ode to the romantic and seductive beauty of the peacock. The collection will be presented for the first time at the Visionnaire showroom in Wynnewood this December 2019, with an exhibit entitled The Garden of Beauty, paying tribute to both Design Miami and Art Basel.

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In bringing this “Garden of Beauty” concept to life, Marc Ange will transform the newly renovated Visionnaire showroom into a lush garden, where ancient beauty will merge harmoniously with modernity. The capsule collection on display, Il Pavone, will feature Il Pavone Throne and five Pavone Armchairs. A personification of the peacock, the pieces will depict the animal’s resplendent beauty using Visionnaire’s bespoke fabrics and materials.


Situated in Jade Alley, “SHE COMES FIRST” is a site specific public art installation by Jill C. Weisberg honoring breast cancer awareness. Using feminist text and thousands of round pink reflective sequins, this unique installation explores the idea of shifting context by the means of double entendre.

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By integrating type with eye-catching materials, SHE COMES FIRST intends to evoke a strong emotional response and dialogue about equality.

Location: Jade Alley, 160 NE 41st Street

Rooms Studio artists Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia [ DESIGN MIAMI ]

There are two Bus Stop Benches featured in this exhibition: one comprised of wood that visitors will interact with on-site by carving their own names and messages.

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The second bench is made of stone and was created in collaboration with Georgian Hip hop and Visual Artist, Max Machaidze.



Thom Browne will unveil his first large-scale public artwork on Thursday, December 5th, at The Moore Building during Art Basel Miami Beach. Palm Tree I (2019)—a twenty-one-foot tall palm tree constructed from yellow, green, and pink seersucker, pincord, and gingham oxford—evokes the iconic and unmistakable palette of an American summer. The installation will be curated by Deana Haggag, the President and CEO of United States Artists.

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Palm Tree I conjures the American dream as a primarily aesthetic idea in the cultural psyche, questioning the value of success as it relates to rest and leisure. In this work, Browne summons the disembodied ensemble of Americans on holiday, investigating the disturbing similarities between the workplace and vacation with recognizable uniforms, tasks, and schedules on both ends. The sculpture looms large in the space, as does the iconography of the tropical plant in the collective imagination as a symbol of paradise and relaxation. Situated between a black mirror and sandpit, the piece gestures at the interiority of a vacation experience as well as the performative nature of it. While Palm Tree I operates as cheerful pop art, it is also a meditation on hegemonic ideas of work and play sublimated in notions of Americana.

Date: Thursday, December 5th | Location: Moore Atrium, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue


The heroic adventures of Torpedo Boy and his battles in the Moundverse continue at Locust Projects with a new site-specific installation by Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock–his first project since opening his major survey at MASSMOCA earlier this spring. Hancock’s Moundverse is an epic and fantastical creation myth he started at age 10 with the creation of Torpedo Boy, a well-intentioned, deeply flawed alter-ego superhero who attempts to save the gentle Mounds from the evil Vegans.

Trenton Doyle Hancock Courtesy Tony Luong _ Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

His narratives–told through paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, video and installation–explore good and evil, authority, race, class, moral relativism, politics and religion, as well as making unapologetic nods to comic books, illustrations, animations, horror films, and toys.

Dates: Tuesday – Saturday from 11AM – 5PM | Location: 3852 N Miami Avenue

VIRGIL ABLOH SCULPTURE: “Dollar a Gallon” III, 2019

“Dollar a Gallon”is a sculpture by artist Virgil Abloh presenting a window into the artist’s study and research of the effect of advertising on the impressionable. The work serves as a comprehensive lighthouse of mixed media.

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The framework is reminiscent of a gasoline sign relaying information about various types of gasoline and the respective pricing, while also being the commodity of an advertised sponsor. The series of global occurrences of this work was considered specifically for the Miami Design District, where its final positioning implies the concept of commerce and necessity re-packaged as a brand — while underscoring the relevancy via location. Ultimately the work is a signature of Abloh’s multi-lauded artistic logic emanating in a physical form not limited to any specific medium.

Dates: On view now until – December 2020 | Location: Paseo Ponti, Between NE 40th & 41st



Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch are pleased to present The Extreme Present, the fifth in their series of thematic exhibitions presented at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District during the December art week.

Dates: December 3rd from 5PM – 8PM; December 4th-7th from 11AM – 8PM; December 8th from 12PM – 6PM | Location: Moore Building, 191 NE40th Street


The Miami Design District is excited to welcome the Prestige Imports Pop-up to the neighborhood, an exhibit comprised of an exclusive curated collection of Supercars and Hypercars from luxury auto dealer, Prestige Imports. The space serves as a museum, showcasing automotive art and a rotating roster of automobiles ranging in price in total value from $10 million to over $50 million. Additionally, the pop-up features architectural pieces from Luminaire and select art from David Rosen Galleries, which will also be changed on a rotating basis. For select occasions, the gallery will invite artists to paint live for an even more engaging and unforgettable experience.

Prestige Imports Pop up

The Prestige Imports Pop-up will celebrate Pagani during Art Basel with a presentation of “The History of Pagani Through the Years”, an exhibition which will allow guests the exclusive opportunity to walk through the last 20 years of Zonda. The pop-up, which is also available for partnerships with like-minded brands, also displays various other art, books and car parts shipped in directly from Pagani Automobili S.p.A.–which are rarely available to be viewed by spectators.

Dates: Daily from 11AM – 6PM | Location: Buick Building, 3841 NE 2nd Ave, Ground Floor


A new exhibition by Versace and friend of the House, interior designer, Sasha Bikoff will debut during Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami.

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Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces designed by Bikoff will be displayed together with the archive looks they reference. Versace’s Miami Design District boutique will also showcase three settings designed by Sasha, first presented at FuoriSalone during Milan Design Week 2019.

Dates: December 6th and 7th from 11AM – 8PM; December 8th from 12PM – 6PM Location: ?Palm Court Event Space, 140 NE 39th Street, 3rd Floor


White Cube is pleased to present an off-site exhibition by Cerith Wyn Evans (b. 1958, Wales), organized to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach.

Featuring sculpture and installation, highlights include the seminal neon work The Illuminating Gas… (after Oculist Witnesses) (2015).

Dates: December 3rd from 5PM – 8PM; December 4th to 8th from 10AM – 8PM | Location: 3802 NE 1st Avenue


ICA Miami presents a special off-site exhibition by pioneering installation artist Yayoi Kusama. On view from October 12 through January 31, 2019 in the Miami Design District, Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016) marks the first time that one of Kusama’s signature “Infinity Mirror Rooms” will be on view in Miami.

Yayoi Kusama All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins _ at ICA Miami

Dates: October 12, 2019 to January 31, 2020 from 11AM – 5PM | Location: ?112 NE 41st St., Suite 106


The progressive House of Suntory ‘Tiny House’ is a transportable and elegant Japanese bar that is currently traveling to various locations around the U.S., where guests both inside and outside the structure are treated to the highest form of omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality. The unique and immersive experience highlights the next generation of Japanese spirits from the legendary Suntory brand – Toki Whisky, Haku Vodka and Roku Gin – while educating guests on the unique culture that inspired these spirits and the refreshing nature of the traditional Japanese highball cocktails.

Dates: December 4th to 8th from 6PM – 9PM Location: Jungle Plaza, ?3801 NE 1st Ave