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Notes from Art Basel Miami 2018: 10 Highlights

Another Art Basel fair comes to a close. Every first week of December, the international art world and art lovers descend upon Miami. It may have infiltrated your social media with highlights from Alexander Calder to the Haas Brothers. Here we’ve narrowed it down to these 10 notables.

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Design Miami, a fair focused on global design.
1. Mexican husband-and-wife duo Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes. Fernández showing her is sustainability-focused fashion line made with indigenous communities across the country. Reyes, an architect turned artist and sculpture, showing pieces like a three-legged wooden chairs, built using 3,000-year-old techniques.

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2. Fendi commissioned designer Sabine Marcelis to create 10 resin fountains to celebrate the brand’s 10-year participation at Design Miami. The collection, called Shapes of Water, Marcelis wanted to use water as a design tool, as well as creating an escape from the bustle of the fair. Read more here

3. The Office by Harry Nuriev was on par with the logo mania trend, featuring typical office furniture with each item branded with Balenciaga’s recognizable logo.

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(Photo from The Bass Museum)

4. The Bass Museum:
The Italian artist Paola Pivi has put a lot of animals — real and fake — in odd situations: a donkey in a rowboat, zebras in the snow, horses at the Eiffel Tower.

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(Photo from The Bass Museum)

5. Fun and colorful from the Haas Brothers’ first retrospective Named Ferngully after a 1992 animated film.

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Nada, is probably the alternative to Basel, showing new and up and coming artists.
6. Myrlande Constant, a Haitian based artist who uses tambour, a French wedding dress technique makes beautiful handmade flags with images inspired by the voodoo tradition.

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7. Raul de Nieves piece is titled When I Look Into Your Eyes I See the Sun, a carousel of incredible beaded figures at the Faena commissioned by Bulgari.

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8. Christian Louboutin, Kasseem ‘Swizz Beats’ Dean, and PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans celebrated artist Ebony G. Patterson with a special ‘Supper Party’ experience in honor of her exhibition . . . while the dew is still on the roses. . .

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(Photo from Louboutin)

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(photo City Bodega from Robb Report)

Art Basel the mammoth of fairs, busting at the seams with your Piccaso’s, Calders, and Basquiats.
9. Tschabalala Self’s Take on the City Bodega

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10. Art Miami felt particularly elevated and well curated. Here a Barberini & Gunnell artwork resembling a molecular structure.

Written & curated for Trendland by Cara Araneta.