Welcome to The Scoop’s first of two editions for Miami art week. The art-filled extravaganza, which commences on November 29 this year, marks the unofficial start to peak season here in South Florida. Its main fair Art Basel Miami Beach ushered in a new era for our region when it debuted in 2002. Throughout the years, several satellite fairs, luxury brands of all types, and art galleries outside the area have joined the annual pilgrimage that attracts art dealers, collectors, curators and enthusiastic crowds from around the world. Here’s a start for where to go and what to see during this wonderful week.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art Basel Miami Beach’s in-person fair returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center with invitation-only previews from November 30-December 1, and public days from December 2-4. Among 253 international galleries, nearly 45 are making their debut here. Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo director curates the Meridians sector’s large-scale projects, while dealer and author Edward Winkleman curates Conversations.
It makes us so proud that Design Miami/ was born right here in our city. Located in Pride Park (across from Art Basel Miami Beach), the premier design fair hosts its preview on November 30 before opening to the public through December 5. New curatorial director Wava Carpenter chose “Human Kind” as this year’s timely theme for programming.
Dior’s Medallion Chair Exhibition
The design obsessed will also want to check out the U.S. debut of Dior’s Medallion Chair Exhibition at Superblue art space from November 30-December 5. The ongoing series of artists’ reinterpretations of the house’s signature Louis XVI-style chair goes all the way back to namesake founding designer Christian Dior’s fashion shows.
“Shattered Glass” Show
Already home to many art galleries, the Miami Design District’s roster swells this week with out-of-towners’ pop ups. Jeffrey Deitch Gallery presents an expanded version of “Shattered Glass,” its incredibly well-received group show featuring new works by U.S.-based artists of color that premiered in Los Angeles in spring. Miami’s iteration adds 15 new artists.
Among all of the Miami Beach hotels that host Basel exhibits and events, Faena always has something cooking. In addition to commissioning site-specific installations such as Andrés Reisinger’s “The Smell of Pink” and Pilar Zeta’s “Hatch” and “Hall of Visions,” it’s hosting the poolside unveiling of Refik Anadol’s “Machine Hallucinations: Coral” on November 30.