Love it or not, once again Miami Art Week is upon us. A remarkable hotchpotch of art, traffic, events and other mind elevating or, pending your tolerance level, numbing experiences is set to refocus our attention on culture centric activations that will give everyone a lot to chew on. Should you opt out of the madness, Aventura Mall’s very own, world-class art collection that incorporates a range of mediums by renowned international as well as local Miami artists may well satisfy your art craving. Several of these works are site-specific commissions created exclusively for the mall. For staunch culturattis, here are some of the week’s art standouts.
The main event: Art Basel is the anchor of the festivities, occupying the sprawling Miami Beach Convention Center smack in the middle of Miami Beach island. 1901 Convention Center Drive, December 6–9. artbasel.com
Conveniently located just adjacent to Art Basel’s convention center, the tented design fair runs concurrently to the art event, but is much smaller in scale. In addition to the collectible design on display, this year’s iteration includes a lineup of interesting talks. Especially piquing our interest are “A Sense of Place: The African American Home at the Intersection of Art, Design, and Culture,” on Friday at 11 A.M., and “Lighting Fires: Design Education for a Changing World,” on Friday at 3 P.M. Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, December 6–9. designmiami.com
The Haas Brothers, “Ferngully” at The Bass
Artists/designers Nikolai and Simon Haas (whose Gorillas in the Mist can be experienced at Aventura Mall, will present a show of their amorphous, animal-like furnishings at the museum, bridging the gap between art and furniture to spotlight their creative use of craftsmanship and imagination. If you’re looking to take a piece of the duo’s creativity home, good news: The Haas Brothers will debut their 65-piece collection with L’Objet in a pop-up shop at the museum. 2100 Collins Avenue, Opening December 5. thebass.org
Gorillas in the Mist at Aventura Mall
AfriCOBRA 50th Anniversary at MOCA
AfriCOBRA, the pioneering black artist collective that originated in Chicago, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA). “AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People” features work from the movement’s founding members—Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu and Gerald Williams—and five early members—Sherman Beck, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Omar Lama, Carolyn Mims Lawrence and Nelson Stevens—created both in the early days of AfriCOBRA and more recently. As such, the show serves as a demonstration of the group’s evolution as well as a sort of referendum on surrounding culture over the past 50 years. 770 NE 125th Street. Through April 7. mocanomi.org
Pulse Art Fair
Pulse presents a selection of contemporary art. It also comprises several collaborative programs, such as “Knot Expected: Elevating the Everyday,” an installation of artist Windy Chien’s knots presented in collaboration with Sunbrella, whose fabrics Chien will use for the show. Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Ave, December 6 –9. pulseartfair.com
Now in its 26th edition, this fair offers another destination for 20th- and 21st-century art—in case you didn’t get enough of it at Basel. One Miami Herald Plaza, December 4–9. artmiami.com
Context Art Miami
If your wallet isn’t quite flush enough for some of the more blue-chip works in the city this week, Context is a slightly more accessible alternative. Now in its seventh year, the sister fair to Art Miami focuses on emerging and midcareer artists. One Miami Herald Plaza, December 4–9. contextartmiami.com
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