Since its inception in 2002, Miami Art Week has grown to become an overwhelming city-wide cultural phenomenon with a serious penchant for private soirées. This year is no exception. Sought-after invitations include the Miami premiere of artist Ryan McNamara’s Performa project at the former Playboy Theater; vernissage events at Art Basel and Design Miami; the launch party for Ian Schrager’s new beach front hotel and dance club (the Basement); and opening night for CONCEPT Art Fair. Situated on a mega yacht docked at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, CONCEPT features the premiere of Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally’s 2014 Pull of the Moon Film, on view in a 50’ digital dome.
Fresh Art International recommends this gorgeous array of FREE public events and viewing opportunities:
Wed, 3 Dec
3pm-5pm: Art Basel Kickstarter Meet and Greet
Find out how the first projects achieved funding and begin to plot your own proposal. 3pm-5pm, daily, 3 Dec through 7 Dec.
@ the Botanical Garden across from the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
6pm-8pm: Art Basel Film Sector begins with Scraped and Bowed, a sound project by Stephen Vitiello. Fresh Talk: Stephen Vitiello is an episode in our 2013 podcast series.
The 3-7 Dec film series curated by David Gryn, Director of Londonʼs Artprojx, features short films by and about artists. On view from 8-11pm nightly.
@ SoundScape Park, Miami Beach
8pm-11pm: Art Basel Public Sector Opening
Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, selected 26 large-scale installations by 13 international artists for Fieldwork, Art Basel’s 2014 Public sector.
@ Collins Park, Miami Beach
Thu, 4 Dec
10am-11am: Premiere Salon — Conversation with legendary artist Lynda Benglis
Pink Lady, by Lynda Benglis, is now on view in Art Public at Collins Park.
@Convention Center, Hall C auditorium, entrance through Lobby C, Miami Beach
1pm: Cheryl Pope‘s Up Against performance opens AUTO BODY
Staged in a former paint and body shop on Miami Beach, the four-day video and performance project spotlights work by 33 international female artists, with a focus on Miami based artists. Daily live performances. Viewing hours: 11am-6pm Dec 4/5; 11am-11pm Dec 6/7
@1750 Bay Road, Miami Beach
Fri, 5 Dec
8:30pm: Tim Burton: Big Eyes (2014)
The highlight of Art Basel’s Film Sector, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane, a plagiarist who became known in the 1950s and 60s for his wife Barbara Keane‘s paintings of waifs with enormous eyes.
@Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Sat, 6 Dec 6
9am-1pm: Curator Brunch featuring The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona.
Contemporary drawing, painting, video, and new media reveal the staying power of storytelling. Julie Davidow, Pictured in our photo gallery, Julie Davidow is in the process of completing the mural Site Survey #1.
@ Girl’s Club, 117 NE 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale (RSVP recommended)
8pm-11pm Vizaya-fy or Bust!
Students of Florida International University’s College of Architecture and the Arts and local artists Felecia Carlisle, Adler Guerrier, Brookhart Jonquil, Jillian Mayer, Emmett Moore, Christina Pettersson, and Magnus Sigurdarson are collaborating on projects for which Vizcaya-fy becomes a verb for the notion of rewriting history.
NOTE: Fresh Talk: Jillian Mayer, a recent podcast on Fresh Art International is the most popular Fresh Talk in 2014.
We recorded Fresh Talk: A Futurist Evening at Vizcaya at Art Basel 2013 during the Futurist Evening in the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. We highly recommend this RSVP-Only event!
@ Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami
Featured in our photo gallery, Miami artist Michelle Weinberg’s scheme for dazzle painting The Wolfsonian at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.