Art Basel

Art Basel Week 2015 guide: At the museums

The NSU Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale explores the nostalgic past of television in its exhibit, “Revolution of the Eye Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.”
The NSU Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale explores the nostalgic past of television in its exhibit, “Revolution of the Eye Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.” The Jewish Museum


ArtCenter/South Florida

Having closed its flagship space on South Beach, ArtCenter is nomadic this year. At what it is calling the ArtCenter Little River Edition, it will host the U.S. debut of the powerful work of Israeli artist Dina Shenhavt, an installation of a hunting lodge made entirely of mattress foam — the rifles, knives and traps crafted from the soft material of a bed. Opening Nov. 29. 7252 NW Miami Ct., Little River;

Bass Museum of Art

Although the museum is closed for renovations, the neighboring library is filling in, hosting BassX solo art projects. Sylvie Fleury is a performance from the Geneva, Switzerland-based artist based on a sound and dance piece she premiered in Paris last year that incorporates the sounds from sensors fitted to female actors, which Fleury than turns into a live composition. Opening Dec. 3. 227 22nd St., Miami Beach;; 305-535-4219


The Cisneros Fontanals-funded exhibition space breaks from its history of group shows for a solo exhibit of Cuban artist Gustavo Pérez Monzón’s work. In Tramas, more than 70 works from the 1980s, including drawings and installations, focus on his exploration of geometric abstraction and spatial interplay. It is a collaboration with the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana. Opening Dec. 2. 1018 N. Miami Ave., downtown Miami;; 305-415-6343

De La Cruz Collection

The title You’ve Got To Know the Rules . . . To Break Them lets us in on what will be presented in this expansive group show: Works from the de la Cruz collection that disclose how well-known contemporary artists, informed by minimalism, conceptualism and abstract expressionism, then bent and expanded the boundaries. Germans — a specialty in the de la Cruz collection — including Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlin and Sigmar Polke join Mark Bradford, Alex Katz, Glenn Ligon and others in this rule-breaking trek. On the third floor, works by the standards of the space, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Ana Mendieta, will again be on display. 23 NW 41st St., Design District;; 305-576-6112

Frost Art Museum-Florida International University

Hans Hofmann, a master of the Abstract Expressionist movement, pushed the boundaries of spatial dynamics and color. Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann is limited to his underappreciated mural projects, including those in Peru. Migration is a theme in another exhibit, Carola Bravo: Blurred Borders, with her fascinating animated videos projected within wooden frames. 10975 SW 17th St., West Miami-Dade;; 305-348-2890

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)

The latest entry to the pantheon of Miami museums, ICA wants to make an imprint with vanguard new-media art — which will be well-represented by a solo outing of video and performance from Alex Bag. Set in the Dodge vehicle in which it was initially filmed, The Van will be screened while visitors can sit on furry pink seats and watch the artist depict three art-world personae. Opening Dec. 1. 4040 NE Second Ave., Design District;; 305-901-5272

Lowe Art Museum-University of Miami

Portraiture is one of the most popular art forms, from its early days depicting the rich and famous to its later iterations revealing more-subtle, inner lives. That trajectory is explored in The Portrait Transformed: Drawings & Oil Sketches From Jacques Louis David to Lucien Freud. From the 18th century on, portraits became psychological studies, culminating in the works of Freud and highlighted here, the unique profile of Alfred Hitchcock. 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables;; 305-284-3535

The Margulies Collection

The profound and powerful German artist Anselm Keifer is already well-represented at the Margulies exhibition space, but this year he gets the place almost to himself, with a survey of his monumental paintings, sculptures and installations. Sculptural works from the stellar collection — Eliasson, Flavin, Judd, Lewitt —will add to the experience. 591 NW 27th Ave., Wynwood;; 305-57i6-1051

Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design

Two New York brothers have used their familial heritage to create meticulous hand-sewn boxes — 13 years in the making — that, when dismantled performance-style, reveal the contents of their lives in an exhibit that combines art, craft, design and memory. Steven and William Ladd: Mary Queen of the Universe opens Dec. 2. 300 NE Second Ave., downtown Miami;; 305-237-7700

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

Carlos Salas is one of Colombia’s best-known contemporary painters, and some of his monumental abstract paintings will be included in this semi-survey, Carlos Salas: Latin America and the Global Imagination, which also addresses questions of cross-cultural traditions in today’s art. A documentary on the artist will debut Dec. 4. Opening Dec. 2. 770 NE 125th St., North Miami;; 305-891-1472

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Another great fit for Miami’s flagship museum, Nari Ward: Sun Splashed follows issues of migration and cultural transplantation through the use of found objects and a variety of multimedia materials from Jamaican-born, New York native Ward in his largest mid-career survey to date. Also on view, No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Art, featuring nine Aboriginal artists whose work is both rooted in ancient tradition and amazingly connected to Western abstraction. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., downtown Miami;; 305-375-3000

Rubell Family Collection

As the famous collecting couple of Don and Mera Rubell continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary, they will highlight some of their best pieces on the second floor, from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons to Richard Prince and Elizabeth Peyton. On the first floor, six artists have been commissioned to make large-scale, site-specific works for a fresh take on contemporary art — the first time the collection has launched such an ambitious program. Opening Dec. 3. 95 NW 29th St., Wynwood;; 305-573-6090

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

The third annual performance-based show will take place amid the incredible landscape of the Vizcaya estate for a week, featuring David Rohn, Miseal Soto, Dona Altemus, Cara Despain and seven other artists in a roster of all-local performers. Opening Nov. 30 and running through Dec. 5. 3251 S. Miami Ave., Coconut Grove;; 305-250-9133


Margin of Error delves into the precarious world of technology we have built — the man-made disasters of shipwrecks, explosions, crashes — through a variety of forms, including graphic designs, industrial artifacts and paintings created by Man Ray, Margaret Bourke-White and others. The natural world is the counterpoint exhibition, Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to Modern America, tracking through art the centuries-long migration of plants from the jungle to the contemporary garden and cultural imagery. 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;; 305-531-1001


Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

A locally based artist will be the Center’s focus with Nina Surel: Sailing to Byzantium, an allegory of aging loosely based around William Butler Yeats’ poem, involving sculpture, installation, sound and video. Women here sail on a journey from youth to old age in an artistic negotiation with biology, and from the temporal to the eternal. 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood;; 954-921-3274

Girls’ Club

Highlighting artists from across the globe and generations, Self Proliferation explores female identity politics and the construct of “self” as modern culture has defined women, but with a common backdrop of varied landscapes. In painting, photography and video, these environs are interpreted by Tracey Emin, John Baldessari, Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Peyton and numerous others from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz collection. 117 NE Second St., Fort Lauderdale;; 954-828-9151

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

What do the television series Batman and The Ed Sullivan Show have in common with Marcel Duchamp and Georgia O’Keeffe? The former, along with other programs from TV’s formative years, were influenced by the Modern Art movement, not just visually but in their aesthetic experimentation. That is the basis for Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, which will feature other artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Andy Warhol and Frank Steel, along with ephemera from the era and clips from groundbreaking shows like The Twilight Zone. 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale;; 954-525-5500


Norton Museum of Art

Israel is more than a country. It stands for a lost homeland reclaimed, and another homeland lost — and as a metaphor for many of today’s complex international relationships. This Place: Israel Through Photography’s Lens looks at Israel and the West Bank through the eyes of 12 photographers who are neither Israeli nor Arab, from 2009 to 2012. 1451 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach;; 561-832-5196