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.
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.
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.
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.