Street murals, pop-up fairs, installations depicting a post-rising-seas Miami and even a portal to the far reaches of the planet will stretch along Miami Beach and across the causeways for the annual art week frenzy that begins Monday. Here’s our list of Best Bets for art viewing available this week only. For a list of events and tips for navigating the city, see page 8M. and check out our mobile-friendly events site at MiamiHerald.com/artbasel/ and our new free Art Finder Miami app in the Apple and Google Play stores.
Star art dealers Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian are sometimes competitors. But for this year’s art week, they’re collaborating for the first time on “UNREALISM,” a one-time exploration of contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The exhibition brings together more than 100 works by 50 artists, placing new work — most of it for sale — in a historical context through the four floors surrounding the atrium of the Moore Building in the Design District. As Deitch knows all too well, art trends are cyclical, and figurative was bound to rise in popularity: “It’s interesting to see how every generation makes it contemporary.” Look for work by Tala Madani, Emily Mae Smith and Jonathan Gardner, among others. 191 NE 40th Street,, Miami Design District. Free. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday.
The Sagamore is known as the Art Hotel because of its permanent and changing exhibitions. But this year’s highlight, The Portal, is designed to foster understanding in ways far beyond the visual. For 20 minutes at a time, visitors can step inside a gold, internet-enabled shipping container and talk with an individual in Afghanistan, Cuba or Iran. The year-old project was founded by Amar Bakshi, a former journalist who wanted others to experience the kind of meaningful interactions with strangers he had while traveling. “We’re creating a space where people encounter one another with no particular purpose” — a kind of global public square. Language won’t be an issue; each portal is staffed with both a translator and a local curator. Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Open 8 a.m. to midnight, Tuesday-Sunday. Connected to Tehran, Iran, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; to Mexico City or El Progreso, Honduras, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.; to Havana or El Progreso, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; to Herat, Afghanistan, 9:30 p.m. to midnight daily. Free. Walk in or sign up at sharestudios.com/miami.
100+ DEGREES IN THE SHADE
Independent curator Jane Hart, formerly of the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, has succeeded in creating an art fair that Basel week has always needed. 100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art, brings together the work of more than 150 local artists in nine venues stretching from Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale to Bridge Red Studios in North Miami, the Design District and downtown Miami. Most venues showcase work by multiple artists; Frederic Snitzer is presenting a solo show of work by Kenny Sharf. Times and days vary; find a schedule and download a map at 100degressintheshade.com.
LITTLEST SISTER FAIR
Gallerist Anthony Spinello launches his Little River space with the fourth Littlest Sister, a “faux” invitation art fair featuring 10 unrepresented women-identified Miami artists in a presentation curated by Sofia Bastidas. Each artist has a solo booth; the fair also includes a sector on sound and performance presentations and a series of critical panels exploring arts and real estate, writing, design and collecting. 7221 NW Second Ave.; littlestsister.com. 8-11 p.m. Monday; noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free.
Rocker Lenny Kravitz, who has already conquered the music and design worlds, turns his talents to photography. Flash, a 50-photo collection, represents Kravitz’s professional debut in the medium, exploring what it means to be a musician in the public’s eye public — and a fave of paparazzi. 160 NE 40th Street, Miami Design District. Free. Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Though Martha Friedman’s dramatic Pore exhibition will be on display through Jan. 9, this week is the last chance to catch New York choreographer / dancer Silas Riener’s performance as he interacts with the installation. 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami Design District. Performances Monday-Sunday; for times see locustprojects.org. Free.
SPENCER FINCH ICE CREAM TRUCK
SPENCER FINCH ICE CREAM TRUCK
For fans of edible art, American artist Spencer Finch is bringing his solar-powered ice cream truck to the Hyde Midtown, where he’ll scooping out soft-serve cones in sunset-hued “edible monochromes.” 3401 NE First Ave., Midtown Miami. Free. 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, 1-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.
ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
Don’t be put off by the traffic. The Big Fair, as regulars call it, is a showcase for what is arguably the very best artwork for sale on the planet — at least in December. Even if you’re not a deep-pocketed buyer, Art Basel Miami Beach offers a remarkable opportunity to survey modern and contemporary art in a single space, without having troop from city to city. Look for works by Bill Viola, Fred Tomaselli and John Cage at the James Cohan booth, a salon-style hanging of contemporary masterpieces curated by former Guggenheim curator Germano Celant at Galerie Gmurzynska, and work by El Anatsuit, Nick Cave and Carrie Mae Weems at Jack Shainman. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Open 3-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $47 one-day, $30 students/senior; artbasel.com.
If bigger is better, the sculptures offered at this year’s Art Miami fair in Midtown are a must-see. Ultra high-net worth individuals have been scooping them up for their grand estates, but even those with mere cubby holes can appreciate Alexander Calder’s 6,000-pound Spiral (No to Frank Lloyd Wright) and Antony Gormley’s futuristic Domain XV, measuring in at 75 inches is only slightly shorter than D-Wade. The Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Midtown. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $40. artmiamifair.com.
THE QUIET ROOMS
Art-ed out? Casper, a mattress and bedding company, is setting up a relaxation zone featuring four tented installations on the St. Moritz lawn of the Loews Miami Beach. Inside each tent is a video by New York artist Colin Snapp. Reserve in advance or walk in. Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. quietrooms.casper.com.
Any true car buff will argue that a sleekly designed automobile is art. To underscore the point, Elo, founder of the London Motor Museum, is staging a daylong promenade of more than 60 exotic cars. The event is a preview to Miami Supercar Rooms, a rare auto museum and unusual dining concept that allows six people to dine privately with a one-of-a-kind car in a custom-built aluminum pod; it’s slated to open in February. NW First Court between NW 20th and 23rd streets, Wynwood. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free.
Jordan Levin and Audra D.S. Burch contributed to this report.