It’s that time of year again – in two days Art Basel, the surrounding satellite fairs, art happenings, talks, films and events, will hit Miami Beach. Over 250 of the world’s leading galleries participate, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year. Leading international galleries show work from masters of Modern and contemporary art as well as pieces by newly emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display, while ambitious artworks and performances become part of the landscape at nearby beaches and parks.
According to Huffington Post, there are many events that simply can’t be missed. Ten of them are listed below:
1. Saya Woolfalk’s “No Place” at SCOPE – Woolfalk crafts an alternate reality where the artificial and the anthropological merge into cultural hybrids. Enter Woolfalk’s color-drenched worlds and you’re greeted with a mixture of a child’s playroom, an eccentric consumer’s den and an archaeological treasure trove, guaranteed to make you question the solidity of your identity and the adequacy of your wardrobe.
2. “Tracey Emin: Angel Without You” at MOCA, North Miami – Emin’s first American solo museum exhibition explores the YBA artist’s relationship with neon, beginning with her earlier confessional works and evolving into something not so easily categorizable.
3. The FAILE BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2013 Miami Beach Presented by Perrier – Street art duo FAILE is transforming the arcade experience into an interactive aesthetic feast, full of video game machine artworks you can actually play, from psychedelic foosball to pinball machines. The arcade installation will take over a vacant storefront on the corner of 16th Street and Washington Avenue.
4. Doug Aitken Artist Talk – Aitken sits down with Artforum editor Michelle Kuo to discuss his nomadic train trip extravaganza, “Station to Station,” which brought site-specific happenings to happy ports across the U.S. December 4 from 10-11:30 am at MBCC.
5. Artist Talk: Beyond Post-Black – Artist Rashaad Newsome, whose work hit the New Orleans Museum of Art this year, discusses the possibility of a post-black world with Paul Goodwin, Independent Curator and Professor at Chelsea College of Art and Design. December 5 at 5 pm at MBCC.
6. Club Silencio – David Lynch’s brainchild of a nightclub, Silencio, hosted by Pharrell Williams, featuring video by Takashi Murakami as well as a surprise performance. December 4. Doors open at 11pm. The location is undisclosed.
7. “A Portrait Of Marina Abramovic” – Matthu Placek’s “Portrait” is a six-minute, one-shot, three-dimensional portrait of Ms. Abramovic, nude, doing her best “Marina stare” inside her upcoming performance center. The short film will show at the stained glass Wynwood pavilion called the Jewel Box. December 4-7, every 15 minutes, from 6 pm to 3 am at the Jewel Box on the YoungArts campus. Free.
8. Kendrick Lamar Live – Kendrick Lamar, rapper of 2013 and self proclaimed “King of New York” is playing a private show at MOCA. It’s by invitation & confirmed RSVP only, but it’s a whole lot cheaper than tickets to the Yeezus tour. December 4 at MOCA North Miami. Doors open at 10 pm.
9. Vanessa Beecroft Retrospective Performance – Beecroft’s piece will feature replicas from her past performances, from 1994 to 2008, and one new work, which will feature 140 women acting as a choir in a Greek Tragedy. Also, Kanye West is participating. December 4 from 6-10 pm at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd Street.
10. Designing The Broad – L.A. art collector, philanthropist and billionaire Eli Broad will discuss his impending $140 million museum — which will offer free admission — with Diller Scofidio + Renfro founding principal Elizabeth Diller and Joanne Heyler, the museum’s founding director. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger will moderate. December 4 at 9:30 am at the New World Center. Reservations required.
Stay tuned for more reports on Art Basel.