Art Basel Miami Beach

Miami Basel 2018 Must See

Miami Basel is a beast and for good reason, it’s the largest contemporary art festival in the country. Now in it’s 17th year, it seems like the entire art world, along with the fashion and music crowd, descends upon South Beach. Even if you’re a seasoned Baseler, between the shows, the events, parties, pop ups and frosé, it can get overwhelming planning what to see. The struggle is real but we’ve got you covered.

The main fair, Art Basel is in the newly renovated Miami convention center and starts from Dec. 5-9th. The fair attracts 70,000+ collectors, directors, international institutions, curators and art lovers showing the most recognized names in art in the world. If you haven’t been I definitely recommend it and since there’s a lot to cover, also add one or two from these heavy hitter shows Untitled, Scope, Pulse, Context, and Art Miami .

It’s wise to get your priorities in order beforehand, start with outlining 3-5 shows that you don’t want to miss. Miami Art Week is action packed during the day and filled with fun events, performances, parties in the evening, don’t guilt yourself if you miss something, unfortunately, it’s impossible to see it all.

Written & Curated by Cara Araneta for Trendland

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I highly suggest prioritizing the satellite fairs and exhibits, they feel fresh and I find the people watching really fun.

NADA Miami

Dec. 6-9 at Ice Palace Studios
The New Art Dealers Alliance’s goal is to showcase new or underexposed contemporary artists. This show is always fascinating, with over 100 exhibitors from 16 countries this year, you’ll get a collective taste of what’s happening in the indie art scene.

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em>Dec. 6-8 at Indian Beach Parks
For this year’s Pulse Contemporary Art Fair selected five artists to showcase works on “A Violence” in the PLAY video division. This theme was left open to interpretation, and the art demonstrates just how broad violence is today.

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Louis Vuitton / Lexus & Design Miami
Dec. 5-9 Meridian Ave & 19th Street
Myself, like most New Yorkers, are obsessed with objects and light fixtures, which is why I love Design Miami. It’s the only show that exhibits architecture and design. This exhibit features collector type furniture and interior objects. They’re partnering with Lexus this year and featuring the LF-1 Limitless future concept vehicle to Design Miami/ along with a projected mapping installation in a space designed by Japanese architect Socha Ichikawa. Also, Louis Vuitton is presenting an installation compose of emblematic creations some made specifically for Design Miami. Furniture and interior lovers take note.


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Banksy’s “Flower Thrower” is one of the artists’ most famous artworks.

Bansky Exhibit
Opening Dec. 1st Magic Studios
The prolific artist that destroyed his own 1.4 million dollar painting back in October has an exhibit showing 80 pieces of original artwork and not to miss.

José Carlos Martinat. American Echo Chamber, 2018. Motors, LEDs, microcontroller, and radio module. Dimensions variable. © José Carlos Martinat. Courtesy PAMM, the artist and Revolver Galería.

Jose Carlos American Echo Chamber

José Carlos Martinat Dec. 4th – Jan. 26th PAMM Museum
This museum is stunning and worth coming to see the space and the views alone. On feature is one of Peru’s most famous artists, Martinat, who will present American Echo Chamber, an exhibition of large-scale light sculptures inspired by symbols of both American and Peruvian cultures, ranging from historical images such as the political cartoon “Join, or Die” attributed to founding father Benjamin Franklin to popular internet memes.

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Africoba at MOCA

Nov. 27 – April 7th
The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami will present a groundbreaking exhibition celebrating the founding of AFRICOBRA – the black artist collective that defined the visual aesthetic of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the collective, which came out of Chicago.

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Roy Lichtenstein, Entablature #4, 1971 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Pop Minimalism Minimalist Pop Presented by Gagosian & Jeffery Deitch
The Moore Building, 191 NE 40th Street
December 5-9
These are the nyc cool kids of the blue chip contemporary art world and collaborating for the 5th time. This group exhibition explores the intersections and legacies of two major American art movements of the 60s—Pop art and Minimalism—and the ways in which features of Minimalism have been incorporated into a variety of contemporary art practices. They’ll be showing work by Jeff Koons, Adam McEwen, Sarah Morris, and Richard Prince.

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Basel House fuses art, nightlife and fun activations over the course of a weekend. Check out 40 large-scale murals and installations, shop a series of local pop-ups and get your hands dirty in one numerous graffiti workshops offered throughout the event. Expect plenty of music, cocktails and food to keep you fueled.

Dec 7-9
A new project space dedicated to culture, art and motion, invites artists to reflect on mobility today. Projects include The Wild Bunch with Adel Abdessemed, Gianni Motti and Franck Perrin, Free Money with ‘Hotmess’ Luka Sabbat & Noah Dillon, and a curated selection of artworks and editions around car culture by Sylvie Fleury, Daniel Arsham, Mathieu Cesar, and Alexandra Bircken.
DATES: Opening reception December 6 from 6 to 8 pm, December 7-9 11 am. to 8 pm

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Opens Dec. 8
This 15,000 square-foot space will house nearly a dozen interactive rooms covered in moving digital projections. Prepare the Instagram stories.

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Craig Robins collection at Dacra offices in Miami Design District
The Craig Robins Collection
Dec. 6-7 3841 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400
The Craig Robins Collection features works by top contemporary artists from around the world, alongside post-war, limited-edition design pieces. Exhibited at the corporate offices of Dacra, the collection exemplifies the thesis that art enhanced spaces foster vibrant communities. Artists exhibited this year include Urs Fischer, Njideka Akuyili-Crosby, Christina Quarles and Jorge Pardo among others.


Artist Suzy Kellems Dominik Basel 2017
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Suzy Kellems Dominik’s INVISIBLE
Nautilus South Beach
Suzy Kellems Dominik’s forthcoming exhibition, INVISIBLE, a monumental sculptural installation that surrealistically presents the female body and investigates the social and cultural implications of beauty and age. On Wednesday, December 5th at 12 PM, there will be an open all-female panel discussion inside of the lobby bar.


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Primo’s NYC
Dec 5 – 8
TriBeca’s ‘IT’ wateringhole – brings New York Nightlife to Art Basel with its pop-up location at Sophie’s, Miami’s soon-to-debut French-inspired cocktail lounge in the SoFi district of South Beach. Walking the line between cocktail bar and nightclub, Primo’s 4-night arrival will give a glimpse to what Miamians can expect to find at Sophie’s upon its opening.

Surf Lodge
December 5 – 7th at the 1930’s House at the Confidante
The Montauk hotel invades Miami every year with fun events and rose sessions.

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The Prada Double Club Miami 2017, designed by artist Carsten Höller. Courtesy Prada/Casey Kelbaugh
Prada Mode

Dec. 4-6

Prada Mode is the club from the Italian label, plenty of late-night music and dancing. There will also be a site-specific “intervention” by artist Theaster Gates, who will be joined by the Black Monks of Mississippi for a live set.

The days are just as packed as the nights. From performances, party hopping, or evening installations. Accept that you may be sleep-deprived some days. Hydrate, down a green juice or whatever your self-care routine is and avoid the Basel flu. Locals coined this term, it’s getting sick from too much Basel fun (from first hand, this is real). With the amount of artworks, sculptures, new media, and cultural exhibits there’s no doubt this will be a dear diary experience. Remember if there’s anything you missed, there’s always next year.

Written & Curated by Cara Araneta for Trendland