Though Art Basel Miami Beach, the US edition of the international contemporary art fair, technically doesn't throw open its doors until this Thursday, locals fondly refer to the entire first week of December as Miami Art Week. In reality, they should call it "Art and Fashion Week," considering all the major brands who have gotten in on the fun over the years. Through collaborations, parties, and special events galore, fashion houses have proven their talent for fêting the arts through their consistent presence at the annual event.
This year, Dior is kicking off Art Basel Miami Beach’s festivities by presenting their latest men’s collection from the mind of Kim Jones, and labels from Loewe through Valentino have their own festivities planned. Whether you are heading to Florida yourself or are an armchair traveler, below is a comprehensive guide to what to do and what to see at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach.
NADA Miami opens on December 5th. The anti-establishment fair is famous for highlighting young talent, and it predominantly features artists that will soon graduate to the main Art Basel Miami Beach fair. In its 17th year, emerging galleries from Lima, LA, Detroit, Copenhagen, San Juan, Mexico City, and Tokyo will all be bringing works from their rising talents to Miami.
Untitled, Art also features a heavy dose of new and emerging artists. However, the art at this fair comes together thanks to a special curatorial team, which puts select works in dialogue with architecture for an interdisciplinary experience. This year, they’ve tapped San Francisco-based curator Jordan Stein, who has curated a selection of works by Everglades- and South Florida-based artists.
On December 5th, famed artist Shepard Fairey will unveil a new outdoor artwork in an undisclosed space in Wynwood, and then will be hosting a private luncheon to celebrate the work and Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot. Hublot is having a big week in Miami with the unveiling of a new watch and the reopening of their boutique in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, and it will be exciting to see the house once again work with the street artist after collaborating on a watch in 2018.
The Miami Design District welcomes London-based Mexican artist Fernando Laposse for the 2019 Design Commission. Laposse has created a charming set of pink, hairy sloths from strands of sisal, which will be hanging from the trees and archways throughout the district. Titled Pink Beasts, the installation will also feature a selection of hammocks on which visitors can rest, turning the neighborhood into a millennial pink mecca of artsy relaxation.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their iconic logo, Italian sportswear brand Kappa is teaming up with artist Vanessa Beecroft to stage her first co-ed live performance. The work, which will also include photography and video, takes inspiration from the brand's unisex nature and will be staged at Miami’s new Lot 11 skatepark. The full project will open on December 5.
After wading into New York Fashion Week by sponsoring the VFiles show, cool-kid favorite retailer Depop is making its Art Basel Miami Beach debut by presenting an exhibit by New York-based creative @slumpykev.
Lastly, if you plan to be in Miami for the weekend, the place to be Saturday night is surely The Edition. Actor and DJ Idris Elba will be on the decks at the hotel's Basement nightclub, along with Diplo.