Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 Week – Post-Election Funk Casts a Shadow on the Hottest Art Fair Week of the Year

After a particularly nasty and grueling U.S. election season complete with shocking outcome, I have to admit my usual Art Basel – Miami Beach Week excitement had been smushed a few notches.

As the invites rolled in, I found myself confronting a post-election malaise. I wondered if I should just take a pass this year from the many fabulous contemporary art and design world events and Netflix binge instead, sequestering myself in a dark room hoping that this all was a bad dream.

I am so very glad I did not go down the path of least movement but instead ventured out to commiserate with fellow attendees, exhibitors, designers, curators, artists and journalists at the temporary crossroads of the best in contemporary art and collectible design.

Wherever I went, no matter the happening, event or exhibition, I had the best conversations with complete strangers or people who “knew” me from my social media channels but hadn’t met me in person yet.  I took tons of photos and  some videos (not as much as I would have liked). 

While I did not get to see everything I wanted to see, I did see a lot, so stay tuned for upcoming posts! 

 

 

 

SCAD at Miami Presents Theater of Self featuring Daniel Lismore

The use of clothes to define, defend and defy societal conventions is at the center of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) presents SCAD AT MIAMI – Theater of Self: An Exploration of Identity, featuring works by  Daniel Lismore and photography by SCAD graduate student Bin Feng (M.F.A. Photography) that I previewed last week.  

The core of the exhibition is a phalanx of 20 Daniel Lismore life-size mannequins festooned in his spectacularly designed creations that are accompanied by five light boxes of photos of Lismore taken by New York-based photographer Colin Douglas Gray. These five featured looks are also included in Lismore’s upcoming monograph, published by Skira Rizzoli in collaboration with SCAD entitled Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken, due out for international release in February 2017.

As I walked around each exciting ensemble, I realized that I could spend hours looking at Daniel Lismore ‘s creations and still not be able to fathom all the intricacies involved in creating them.   

Accompanying Limore’s works, Bin Feng’s self-portraits of himself living a stylized version of the  “American Dream” offer profound insights to the subjects of class, race and gender from a non-Western perspective. This inclusion of Feng’s works could not have been more timely as the recent brutal election season has shown that we Americans have vastly different interpretations of what those “dreams” mean as well how we should attain them. 

Also included are works from SCAD graduates including exquisite furniture designed Kalin Asenov and Eny Lee Parker,  thrilling paintings by Whitney Wood Bailey and  gorgeous lighting fixtures with embroidered cotton corded shades by April Rivers Locke.   

In addition to all this, SCAD AT MIAMI also is showcasing the world’s first ever virtual reality musical “Say It With Music”, produced &* written by Joshua Howard and directed and performed by SCAD students.  Fortunately, Howard was on hand along with SCAD student Lubomir Kocka to walk me through the process of getting set up and viewing this amazing production.

This totally immersive experience was extraordinary – it felt like I was not watching a musical as so much as being a silent participant .  While you will have to go to the exhibition to experience this, you can see a “behind the scenes” look here .

Here are more pics from the exhibition: 

Details are as follows (corrected from original post on 12/11/16):

Theater of Self

Dec. 2-13

11–6 p.m. daily

SCAD AT MIAMI

1601 N. Miami Ave.

Miami, Florida

Make sure to see this before it closes if you are in the area! 

Photo Credit: Simone Todd 

Upcoming Event: Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

Art Basel-Miami Beach 2016 Nov 30 – Dec 4 features works of art from over 250 of the world’s leading international galleries from 29 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  

Contemporary and Modern paintings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, digital art, art-historical showcases and projects, limited edition collaborations and more are all represented. 

 

2016 marks the fifteenth edition of the Miami Beach show, which has expanded over the years to include dedicated sections for film, outdoor sculpture, works in edition and curated shows of historical significance. The show has always offered both exploration – with new works created by emerging artists – and a continuity of a high quality international roster. Over 85 galleries exhibiting this year also tookPlus, not to be missed, is the Conversations and Salon Talks programming where prominent figures from the art world artists, curators, critics and collectors engage in thoughtful and highly engaging discussions. 

Art Basel Miami Beach

Every year that I get to attend, it feels like the world’s largest museum of contemporary and modern art has set itself up in proximity to me, albeit for a very limited time period.

It is not to be missed, so if you can be there, be there.

Media Reception
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 9.30am, Collectors Lounge

Private View
Wednesday November 30, 2016, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only)

Vernissage
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only)

Public opening dates and hours:

Thursday December 1, 2016, 3pm to 8pm
Friday, December 2, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12noon to 6pm

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

*All images by Simone Todd (2015)

Upcoming Event: Red Dot Miami Nov 30 – Dec 4

The 10th edition of Red Dot Miami Nov 30 – Dec 6 launches under new ownership by the Redwood Media Group and will feature up to 75 international galleries exhibiting paintings, sculpture, photography, and secondary market works.

The theme for Red Dot Miami 2016 is [EVOLVE]: At every turn, the art world is shifting. Galleries, artists, and collectors alike are continuously evolving, in turn imploring us to expand our perspectives.

Site-specific Art Lab projects, Art Talks, specially selected Spotlight Galleries and special events are some of the reasons why Red Dot Dot Miami has made my Miami Art Week Must-See List!

Also, Red Dot Miami tickets will grant you additional access to Spectrum Miami and a percentage of all ticket sales go to benefit LIFE is ART, a local Miami-based charity.

SHOW HOURS:
Opening Night Preview Party: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 6 – 10pm

General Public Show Hours:
Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 12 – 5pm

VENUE:
Red Dot Miami Tent
1700 NE 2nd Ave. at NE 17th St.
Miami, FL 33132

ADMISSION COST
Opening Night/5-Day Pass: $75 online / $85 at event
Opening Night Preview Pass: $50 online / $60 at event
General Admission, 1-Day Pass: $25 online / $30 at event
Seniors, 1-Day Pass: $15 online / $20 at event
Students, 1-Day Pass: $10 online / $20 at event

Upcoming Event: Spectrum Miami Art Show Nov 30 – Dec 4

The Spectrum Miami Art Show Nov 30 -Dec 4 is on my Miami Art Week Must-See List because this juried contemporary art show, in the heart of the Arts and Entertainment District, features fine art from top galleries and artists from across the U.S. and internationally, along with entertainment, curated projects, and evening events.

The theme for Spectrum Miami 2015 is [ELEVATE]: Heightening your senses at the hub of the art world. Spectrum Miami features specially curated programs that are informed by the theme, including site-specific Art Lab projects, Art Talks, a specially selected emerging LaunchPad Artist, and a selection of Spotlight Artists. These programs provide a dynamic experience for attendees, allowing them to view and interact with works by leading national and international artists and view exhibitions and events that showcase the thriving art landscape of Miami.

SHOW HOURS:
Opening Night Preview Party: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 6 – 10pm

General Public Show Hours:
Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 12 – 5pm

VENUE:
Spectrum Miami Tent
1700 NE 2nd Ave. at NE 17th St.
Miami, FL 33132

ADMISSION COST
Opening Night/5-Day Pass: $75 online / $85 at event
Opening Night Preview Pass: $50 online / $60 at event
General Admission, 1-Day Pass: $25 online / $30 at event
Seniors, 1-Day Pass: $15 online / $20 at event
Students, 1-Day Pass: $10 online / $20 at event

Rewind: UNTITLED Miami Beach 2015

While I loved attending UNTITLED Miami Beach 2015, I don’t have as many pics or any video as I should cause I did not pay heed to the cardinal rule of Miami Art Week: always, always, always have backup batteries for your camera and smartphone!!!!!

IF my batteries would have lasted, you would have seen more pics of the 127 international exhibitors, galleries, non-profit organizations and institutions, and artist-run exhibition spaces from over 20 countries as well as pics from Untitled-Radio on Wynwood Radio.

This year I promise not to make that error again when I go to UNTITLED Miami Beach 2016!