With Art Basel and Miami Art Week on the horizon, there’s news of a new work by Kenny Scharf, large-scale sculptures by Jeff Koons and Carol A. Feuerman, murals and installations by international artists at Wynwood Walls — and more.
▪ To commemorate its 10th anniversary season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts selected artist Kenny Scharf to create a unique piece for its 10@10 celebration and for the third installment of its Knight Masterworks Print Collection, which already includes works by Hernan Bas and Donald Sultan. The unveiling for Scharf’s Miamor is Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, 1540 NE Miami Ct., during a special reception for Scharf’s larger Art Basel exhibit opening in the same gallery. The Arsht Center and Fredric Snitzer are now collaborating to unite the visual and performing arts in Miami. To purchase a piece of the collection, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-448-8976. To view the art, visit prior to performances or during free behind-the-scenes tours on Mondays and Saturdays at noon. For more information, visit arshtcenter.org.
▪ The arts and culture platform for South Florida Ford known as Fordistas is launching “Unreserved,” an immersive audio experience mobile app, during Miami Art Week (Dec. 1-6). Through the free app, artists and the general public are encouraged to contribute to a sound collage of voices, street sounds and musical elements. The project is a collaboration with sound artist Halsey Burgund, a fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab and creator of Roundware. That’s an experimental, GPS-enabled, open-source, mobile audio platform that is the backbone for the app. He hopes to engage the community in forming part of this interactive auditory experience by eliminating the barriers to participation during art week. For more information, visit fordistas.com.
▪ The Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale presents an Art Basel-themed package featuring an exclusive tour of the fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center with Bonnie Clearwater, museum director and chief curator of the NSU Art Museum; two seats at the museum’s brunch; three nights in an oceanfront suite; and transportation to and from the tour and the museum’s brunch. The cost per couple is $2,500 and there are only five packages available. Bookings must go through Pelican Grand’s reservations department, 2000 N. Ocean Blvd. Call 954-568-9431, ext. 205 or 221, or visit pelicanbeach.com.
▪ Wynwood Walls is set to debut 14 new large-scale murals and installations by famed street artists during Miami Art Week. Curated by the Goldman family since 2012, this year’s program is dubbed “Walls of Change” to reflect the neighborhood’s growth. Artists include Case (Germany), Crash (USA), Cryptik (USA), el Seed (France), Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Fafi (France), Hueman (USA), INTI (Chile), The London Police (UK), and Logan Hicks (USA). Spanish artist duo Pichi & Avo will create their mural on stacked shipping containers in the newly minted Wynwood Walls Garden, while Miami’s own Magnus Sodamin will paint the floors and walls of the Wynwood Walls’ new gallery/events space, along with Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico) creating a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Wynwood Walls is located at 2520 NW Second Ave. between NW 25th and NW 26th Streets. Free and open to the public, The Walls will be open Miami Art Week from 10 a.m. to midnight. For more, visit thewynwoodwalls.com or follow @wynwoodwallsofficial on Instagram.
▪ Letter16 Press unveiled a new hardcover book of vintage photographs by Miami native and former chairman of Miami Dade College’s photography department Charles Hashim, with an accompanying gallery show at Bridge Red Project Space, 12425 NE 13th Ave., No. 3, North Miami. Hashim’s book We are Everywhere and We Shall be Free is filled with previously unseen photographs taken from 1977 to 1983 as Miami became a more socially diverse and progressive place to live. All images were transferred from Hashim’s original black and white 35mm negatives. The exhibition is on view through Jan. 3. For more information, call 305-978-4856 or visit bridgeredstudios.com.
▪ In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bal Harbour Shops, Oceana Bal Harbour gifted Pluto and Proserpina, an 11-foot-tall, mirror-polished, stainless-steel sculpture by Jeff Koons (considered the highest-paid living artist in the world). The multimillion-dollar piece evoking a Baroque marble sculpture made by Bernini nearly 400 years ago recently completed a yearlong exhibition tour that took it from the Whitney Museum in New York City to the Pompidou in Paris. The luxury shopping mall’s porte-cochere (near the valet and Le Zoo) will function as its temporary home until the residential development is completed in 2016. Bal Harbour Shops is located at 9700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For more information, visit oceanabalharbour.com.
▪ The National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, is hosting hyperrealist artist Carole A. Feuerman’s monumental bronze sculptures at various points inside and around the property. In collaboration with Markowicz Fine Art in the Design District, Golden Mean is currently positioned in front of the hotel’s entrance. It’s the first in a series of divers and swimmers to appear throughout Miami Art Week. Feuerman will sign copies of her new book Swimmers and have silkscreen prints for sale at the exhibit’s launch party on Dec. 2 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Golden Mean is a male diver representing the struggles to achieve perfect balance; it’s on display in front of The National through November 2016. To RSVP to the Art Basel party, email email@example.com or call 305-758-1110. For more information about the artist, visit carolefeuerman.com.
▪ The Four Seasons Hotel is showcasing 17 canvases by beloved Spanish artist Antonio Dominguez de Haro in a public exhibition on view from Monday through Dec. 6. The 87-year-old artist has painted the beauty of the flora and fauna of the sea for more than 70 years. This marks the first time in 30 years that his work will appear in the U.S., and the first time in Miami. The Four Seasons is located at 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami. For information, call 305-358-3535 or visit fourseasons.com/miami.
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