Miami artists sometimes overlooked at Art Basel Miami Beach


In the madness of Art Basel Miami Beach, work from Miami artists sometimes gets lost in the heap of art and the hype of it all. But a number of our most intriguing artists (along with several former residents) will pop up in a variety of venues this year. As you traipse through the fairs, galleries, centers and museums, make it a mission to scout out the latest creations from these artists.


The Argentine native has been working with the Spinello Projects almost since she arrived here in 2004, and will be one of the few locally based artists actually in the main convention hall this year. Her artwork is hard to pinpoint – you may have run across her stuffed animal skin rugs, or her globes, or her hair brushes. She considers herself a social activist. She intervenes in a space with these familiar items, and also is a performance artist, asking the viewer to join in the environments she makes. Woodgate and curator Anthony Spinello recently took off to Berlin, Germany to create the Kulturpark interactive public initiative. Now she will be the artist highlighted by Spinello in the Art Positions section of ABMB, in “New Landscapes,” where she will feature positive and negative “matter” from Planet Earth.

At Spinello Projects, Art Positions Booth P7, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach; Dec. 6-9.

Carlos Rigau

The artist raised in Little Havana is becoming one of the most interesting of Miami’s artists, and one to keep an eye on. His work is often non-linear and complex, involving video, photography, text, music, collage and his own philosophy. This year, his varied work can be found in appropriately varied venues, including a solo show in the Pulse fair booth of his New York gallery, LMAK Projects; he will also have an outdoor sculpture at that fair. His video will be featured at the NADA fair, as part of the Video Lounge in the jazz club in the Deauville Hotel, where NADA takes place. And Rigau and his art collaborative General Practice will likely host an impromptu performance night in the Design District.

At LMAK Projects booth in Pulse Miami, the Ice Palace, 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; Dec. 6-9.

Elisabeth Condon

The paintings of Condon can almost seem cartoonish – not in a silly way, but in their bold colors and expressions. While not technically a resident of Miami, her work may as well be, as so much of it appears here on a regular basis (she is represented by the Dorsch Gallery). This Art Basel is no exception: Condon’s painting and drawing will make up the solo exhibit at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, called The Seven Seas, a series based on the glitter and punk scene of Los Angeles in the 1980s (the Seas was a nightclub). Her work will also be featured at the Dorsch booth at the Pulse fair.

At the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood; through Jan. 13.

At the Dorsch Gallery booth in Pulse Miami, the Ice Palace, 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; Dec. 6-9.

Edouard Duval-Carrie

The Haitian-born artist may be one of Miami’s best known, and best-loved of our contemporary crowd. His intensely beautiful, mystical and myth-based paintings and sculptures hit a chord in this immigrant heavy city, where loss of home and culture make up part of the psyche, an emotion Duval-Carrie’s paintings reflect. He’s also a community leader. His hand will be seen as the curator of the fourth Global Caribbean exhibition at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, which focuses on work from the French Caribbean nations. His own work will show up at Pan American Projects booth at Art Miami. Those familiar with his work – most of us – won’t mistake it.

At Pan American Projects booth at Art Miami, 3101 N.E. 1st Ave., Midtown Miami; Dec. 5-9.

Burt Rodriguez

The conceptual artist has always made his art with a big dose of wit. He also was one of our first local participants at the Whitney Biennial; unfortunately, he is also one of the latest artists to decamp to Los Angeles. He is still represented here by the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, and as his Cuban roots are deep, returns often. He will be appearing with his new L.A. gallery OHWOW, as part of that organization’s It Ain’t Fair (another departed artist Daniel Arsham is also in the exhibit). Rodriguez has always been known to add commentary to his work – whether literally in neon lights, or in the titles. His latest self-portrait photography – this time as a creepy Joker-like face — in this fair is no exception. It’s called The Man Who Laughs from the “It’s Not You. It’s Me” series.

At It Ain’t Fair, 1601 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach; Dec. 6-9.

Wendy Wischer

A long-time New World School of the Arts instructor whose works have regularly appeared in local galleries and museums, Wischer recently become a professor in Salt Lake City. But her imprint remains. Having shown with Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts and David Castillo Gallery, along with permanent pieces in collections and the Miami Art Museum, this time around one of her shimmering works will be on display in the window of the new ArtCenter/South Florida space. Known for working with mylar and glass, with light and reflection, a piece in that line will be visible on Lincoln Road. The nine-foot sculpture will loosely resemble a flock of birds, flitting and swirling above the pedestrian zone. Part of a group show called “Migrating Inwards,” the exhibit will also include sculptor Luis Garcia-Nerey and performance and video artist Antonia Wright.

At ArtCenter/South Florida Project 924 space, 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; Dec. 5-26.

Michael Loveland

This long-time Miami artist and teacher sometimes gets overlooked, and shouldn’t be. He takes inspiration from our literal surroundings, from the chaotic and eclectic building blocks of the neighborhoods and streets of this unique city. He then builds his own structures and collages, without shying away from their often-decaying states (he recently had a large outdoor sculpture at the Deering Estate made from channel markers from Biscayne Bay). Represented by the Diana Lowenstein Fine Art gallery, he will be part of that gallery’s booth show at Pulse.

At Diana Lowenstein Fine Art booth in Pulse Miami, the Ice Palace, 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; Dec. 6-9.

Enrique Martinez Celaya

The Cuban-born painter and sculptor was likely better known across the globe than he was here, until he transplanted to Miami several years ago. Since then, his work has been exhibited all over town, from a Beethoven-inspired singular installation piece at the Miami Art Museum, to a prime wall at the Sagamore Hotel and at his local gallery, the sprawling space of Gary Nader. His works are often melancholic and wistful, of times and places that are impossible to return to (youth, the Romantic Era, or an island to our south). Now, an outdoor sculpture has just been unveiled in front of the iconic Freedom Tower, called The Tower of Snow (it actually has nothing to do with snow, but a version of it was also installed in St. Petersburg, Russia). It is in fact a giant bronze sculpture of a boy on crutches carrying a house on his back, a reference to the Pedro Pan exodus of children from Cuba to the United States back in the early 1960s.

Outside the MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; permanent.

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