Art Basel 2015

Audrey Armitage

Paintings, masks and mixed media fills two floors of the Lyric Theatre as Overtown celebrates Miami Art Week with the annual Art Africa Miami Arts Fair.

The exhibition, organized by The Urban Collective, features work from local and international artists.

Art Basel Week Live Music: No Velvet Ropes

Dec 3, 2015
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Live music has been a part of Art Basel week since the early years, but often it's been a side dish of the visual art shows or served with a heap of art-world exclusivity.

Over the years, music promoters have built a music-festival component to Miami Art Week meant to welcome crowds regardless of their standing in the world of art collection.

Audrey Armitage

 

Jennifer Rubell celebrated love with bread and butter at her 13th annual Art Basel breakfast in Wynwood on Thursday. Each year, the artist and daughter of prominent art collectors  Don and Mera Rubell,  feeds guests with a new food-related performance art piece.

Art Basel Heat Map: Where Are Galleries Coming From?

Dec 3, 2015
Heat map illustrates the original locations of Art Basel's participating art galleries.
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Art Basel celebrates its 13th year in Miami Beach through Sunday (Dec. 6). Artists from across the globe are filling the streets, walls and venues of Miami with paintings, sculptures, photographs, films and installations of contemporary and modern art.

 

The heat map below illustrates where the 267 participating art galleries are based. 

 

Miami Beach Prepares For Art Basel Traffic, Raises Parking Rates

Dec 3, 2015
Traffic in Miami Beach.
Carl Juste / Miami Herald

You can expect traffic delays in Miami Beach this week. Art Basel began on Thursday and runs through Sunday.

 

  Miami Beach transportation director José González expects the number of cars coming in for the event to be similar to previous years. “Between the MacArthur Causeway and the Julia Tuttle Causeway, vehicular volumes go from about 200,000 to about 350,000 vehicles a day.”

Art Miami

Among the elaborate parties and gallery exhibits that come to South Florida every year for Miami Art Week, last year an usual heist became it’s own cause célèbre.

Art crimes make up a $6 billion industry worldwide and, in general, if stolen art doesn’t turn up within the first few months, it could be be a long time before it does. 

THE THEFT

Art Miami 2014 was David Smith’s fifth time at the art fair with his Amsterdam-based Gallery, Leslie Smith. 

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The renaissance of Miami's Little Haiti has made it a popular destination for Art Basel lovers. A major new Basel satellite show debuted there Wednesday night called “Superfine! House of Art and Design" - and it's also a major homecoming for an artist raised in Little Haiti itself. 

Indie rock music stars like Baio performed at the Citadel building in Little Haiti for the Superfine! launch. The interactive event was created by the New York art collective FAME, and it showcases the buregeoning intersection of art and design.

Cendino Teme

As the art world’s eyes are fixated on Miami for Miami Art Week and Art Basel, several galleries and artists are using their platforms to spur conversations around the Black Lives Matter movement, social justice and race.

Yeelen Art Gallery

A curated group exhibit entitled “what’s INSIDE HER never dies...a Black Woman’s Legacy,” explores what it means to be a black woman in the U.S.

Jose Iglesias / Miami Herald

A woman in a beautiful red sari sits on a small stool; She holds a basket full of bright orange persimmons and tries to sell her wares. In a matter of seconds, though, water has risen to her calves, then her hips and then above her head.

Her clothes swirl around her as she tries to grab the floating fruit.

All of this happens in an elevator-sized tank for a performance art piece called Holoscenes  at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College.

Audrey Armitage

Eight South Florida artists put up their work throughout Wynwood on Monday,as part of Save Art Space’s first installation in Miami. During Miami Art Week, these works are being shown on three billboards and five bus stop shelters.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

It’s been almost a year since President Obama announced the U.S. was normalizing relations with communist Cuba. Some Cuban dissidents embrace the move. But others - including artist Danilo Maldonado, known as "El Sexto" - say it’s done little to improve human rights on the island.

“El Sexto" (which means "the Sixth" in Spanish) just got out of prison in Cuba and is visiting Miami this week to convey that message.

Tom Hudson

When Art Basel first came to Miami Beach phones weren’t smart, Latin American economies were just beginning to pull themselves out of economic crises and South Florida’s creative reputation -- for most people -- was limited to pastels on a canceled network television show or supermodels on the beach.

Little Haiti's Street Art, Before The Wynwood Era

Nov 30, 2015
Maria Murriel / WLRN

Click through the slideshow to see more of Little Haiti's utilitarian street art.

Miami's Wynwood Arts District has been South Florida's street-art mecca for years. And as the neighborhood's rents rise and galleries migrate to its surroundings, news outlets and the art community itself have implied art is moving into Little Haiti.

But Little Haiti has been speckled with art since at least 1994. It may have just been mistaken as signage.

WLRN Twitter Robot Explores: What Is Art?

Dec 2, 2014
Nadege Green / WLRN

Every December, South Florida welcomes artists and becomes a canvas for Art Basel. And with so much art surrounding us this week, we want to know how you distinguish masterpieces from mounds of junk.

We made a Twitter robot @WhatIsArtWLRN that shares photos of art taken during Miami Art Week and asks you: What is art? Does this count as art to you? Join the game by sharing interesting pieces you see on Instagram or Twitter. Tell us what you think of these works and we'll share your impressions.