This time of the year can really be seen as overwhelming. There is so much going on! We just finished stuffing our faces at Thanksgiving and spending time with your family and friends, but now it’s really time to get into Art Basel. Every year tons of people flock to Miami from all over the world to experience almost 300 art galleries, installations, and much more. It’s really a pretty awesome time to be in Miami, if you don’t mind the insane traffic.
Here are a few exhibitions, galleries and foodie events you should check out if you are thinking about making it out to Art Basel this year.
1901 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
On Friday and Saturday from 9-12pm the Shore Club will have DJs and a Pool Party (DJs to be selected by Shore Club). There will be inflatable pool installations, printed takeaways and visuals provided by Iridescence. Party is open to the public at no cover. There will be a cocktail hour expected capacity, and a pool party!
Mondrian South Beach
1100 West Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
They will have a DJ at Sunset Lounge every night during Basel (Wed. - Saturday) and Thursday - Sunday there will be DJs at the pool where guests can become part of the Dawn of Man exhibit. The Saturday Sunset Lounge will feature DJ Maseo of De la Soul. The party culminates Sunday with the Sunshine Vibes BBQ (Art Basel Edition) featuring a rotating set of DJs from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
2235 NW 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33127
These guys are a new boutique art gallery and retail space on NW 2nd Ave in Wynwood. They are debuting an original film by Creative Director Steve Yancar called b u r n e r and is throwing a movie premiere party featuring craft beer by saltwater brewery. SWGR will also present a new mural on their storefront by artist Iena Cruz, who will be painting on-site Friday and Saturday.
309 23rd St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Stellar Art Foundation will pay tribute to Paresh Maity, India’s greatest living artist, and unveil a new, limited edition book – Paresh Maity World of Colours – at a cocktail reception December 2 at Villa Azur Restaurant and Lounge. Maity is best known for his vibrant and colorful paintings that have been displayed around the world in some of the most prestigious private and public collections. These include the British Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and the Vatican Embassy in New Delhi. His speech at Villa Azur will be one of his relatively few public appearances in the U.S.
St. Regis Bal Harbour
9703 Collins Ave. | Bal Harbour, FL 33154
St. Regis Bal Harbour, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Rosenbaum Contemporary are presenting Breaking Through—Miami, featuring artists Omar Hassan and Helidon Xhixha, on Thursday, December 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the new BH Burger Bar at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in support of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRI). During the event, Omar Hassan will create a new painting in his Breaking Through series which will be auctioned off to benefit the DRI immediately upon its completion. Helidon Xhixha is also donating his sculpture Monolite d’acciaio to the charity auction. Media will have the opportunity to meet and speak with the artists. Kindly RSVP by Monday, November 30th to Kristina.Ustinova@stregis.com.
Mana Urban Arts Project
594 NW 23rd St. | Miami, FL 33127
This year, Mana Wynwood, Mana Contemporary and the Bushwick Collective have teamed up to launch the Mana Urban Arts Project at the iconic RC Cola Plant in Miami. To celebrate this historic occasion, they joined forces with Basel House to host a free, four-day block party during Art Basel Week. The Block Party will showcase some of the world’s top street artists including Ghost (NY), GIZ (NY), Case Maclaim (Germany), Shok1 (England), Atomik (Florida), Lola Blu (Florida), Crash One TATS CRU (NY), Don Rimx (Florida), Sipros (Brazil), James Cochran (Australia), Aiko (US/Japan), SPOK (Spain), Hoxxoh (Florida) and Trek6 (Florida), to name a few. In addition, The Heineken® Mobile Art Experience will make a stop with their branded truck, which will feature a rotating canvas on the outside and a fully stocked art store and gallery on the inside. In addition, a free concert series featuring Fat Joe and other hip hop legends will add to the colorful backdrop. DJ’s, arts & craft vendors will also be present. It wouldn’t be Wynwood without the Food Trucks, so Basel House has secured a swarm of South Florida favorites; from lobster to hot dogs, you name it, they’ll be serving it up! Here are the dates: Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 12PM – 2AM; Friday, Dec 4, 2015, 12PM – 2AM; Saturday, Dec 5, 2015, 12PM – 2AM; and, Sunday, Dec 6, 2015, 12PM – 9PM.
2250 NW 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33127
Miami Art Week enthusiasts will make a beeline to HIVE, a free, five-day experience located in the center hub of Wynwood, offering five unique art forms that will simultaneously tantalize the senses. Behind the Bar, presented by Miami Club Rum, will serve as the central colony at HIVE. Guests can order a one-of-a-kind cocktail and take part in a series of mixology demos by popular bartenders. From here, other HIVE elements will add to the swarm, including Music featuring daily acoustic acts from a wide range of musicians and eventually DJ performances at night; Art en Vivo, featuring the largest outdoor art installations with live art programming, Arts & Craft Village, with over 40 artisans showcasing original, high-end, works of art; and a Pop Up Restaurant featuring a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen unit and the ultimate culinary creations from Chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco / Naked Lunch. Here are the dates: Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015, 4PM – midnight; Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 4PM – 2AM; Friday, Dec 4, 2015, 12PM – 2AM; Saturday, Dec 5, 2015, 12PM –2AM; and, Sunday, Dec 6, 2015, 12PM – 9PM.
Gale South Beach
1690 Collins Ave. | Miami Beach, FL 33139
On December 5th, LDV Hospitality’s Gale Rooftop will host an interactive 3D art show, Eddy Bogaert’s 3D Universe Art Basel. From 6 p.m. – midnight, guests will receive 3D glasses and enjoy a unique experience by New York City artist Eddy Bogaert, whose art comes to life with the glasses equipped. The night will also feature a Sara Shala jewelry showcase and live swimsuit model body painting, with DJ’s Irene Pardo and Harper setting the mood. RSVPing is recommended and should be sent to GaleRooftopRSVP@gmail.com.
8373 NE 2nd Ave. | Miami, FL 33138
FU Gallery’s Grand opening will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7p.m. and is open to the public. Valeria Fiñana and Miguel Ullivarri, the owners of FU Gallery, placed their bets on Little Haiti in order to bring to the community a gallery that’s inclusive, focused on the rich local culture and proud to feature homegrown and Latin-American artists. The opening exhibit will highlight the works of Mexican fine and graffiti artist Ciler. This solo show, called “PONZOÑA,” is the second one he’s had in the U.S and prior to that his work has appeared in various galleries around the world including Barcelona, Italy, Mexico, London and New York City. Ciler’s unapologetic work is best known for the defacement and manipulation of existing images with an often-dark archaeological intent to unearth today’s dysfunctional society. His unique use of collages, paintings, drawings and installation work are filled with death, drama and violence.
Cantina La Veinte
495 Brickell Ave. | Miami, FL 33131
These guys are having a pre-fixed lunch and dinner menu to celebrate Art Basel, which is being prepared by Chef Santiago Gomez. The theme? Well, the first course is named Rufina Tamayo, which is a grilled calamari and watermelon salad. Then for your second course, the Friday Kahlo, you’ll have the roasted pork belly in a macadamia mole. And, for dessert, the Leonora Carrington, you’ll be tasting a chocolate ganache and with hibiscus foam. All for $55.