Art Basel

Local galleries in the spotlight for Miami Art Week

Aramis Gutierrez, ‘Morgana.’
Aramis Gutierrez, ‘Morgana.’

Local galleries will play a prominent role in Miami Art Week. Among the highlights:


Art Basel

Michael Jon Gallery will highlight rising art star Egan Frantz, who will be presenting a series of works that utilize ready-made materials taken to unusual conclusions. For his Diagram Paintings, Frantz utilized a foldable bicycle and blue paint to create circular abstractions. His Light and Night Scrolls utilize toilet paper as scrolls hung in grids and whose numerical patterns reference Descartes theorem and Greek technique of isopsephy to imbue the works with meaning.

Naomi Fisher and Agatha Ward will be presenting Swamp of Sagittarius (stylized as Sωαмρ οƒ Sαgιτταяιμs) in the Hidden Bar section of Art Basel in Miami Beach. A critique of the art market, the activation will provide art consulting services driven by expert advisers or computer algorithms, but with the help of astrology. Astrological advisers Morgan Rehbock and Marty Windah will use planetary and lunar movements to determine the career trajectory of artists or one’s investments in contemporary art.

Thursday-Sunday. Ticket prices vary. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr.

Design Miami

Giovanni Beltran, GUCCIVUITTON’s new design studio offshoot, will showcase works from Miami-based designer and founder of Office GA Jonathan Gonzalez. The showcase, which will feature seven furniture pieces and design objects, will play with the idea of a booth as a storefront; the pieces themselves are described by the designer as “both playful and series.” The works are presented with Giovanni Beltran, a new design agency founded by GUCCIVUITTON this year.

Wednesday-Sunday. Ticket prices vary. Meridian Avenue at 19th Street, Adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center.


Nonprofit experimental art space Locust Projects will be presenting works by former, current and future exhibiting artists in addition to works by local artists. Among the locals showcased will be Phillip Smith, who will present a suite of vibrant yet grungy photographs printed on watercolor paper from a body of work the artist is currently showing at the Jewish Museum of Florida. All the works on display are for sale and will support Locust Projects’ fundraising efforts with proceeds also shared with the contributing artists.

GUCCIVUITTON will present a solo booth by Miami-based artist Aramis Gutierrez. The series, Order of Sorcery, features images of sorcerers and sorceresses culled from film stills. The resulting figurative works go against current art market trends and conjure up a revisionist reflection on the relationship between sorcerer and apprentice.

Wednesday-Friday. Ticket prices vary. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave.


Artist Amanda Keeley will showcase a sculpture from her recent series Dance Constructions, large, ambiguous, geometric forms that reveal their intent when activated with dancers. The Double Arc sculpture will be on display in the front entry hall and brought to life daily by dancers from Alma Dance Theater, Peter London Global Dance Company, and the New World School of the Arts.

Wednesday-Sunday. Ticket prices vary. Inside tents at 12th Street and Collins Avenue.


Emerson Dorsch will present Crinkle and Drape, a booth featuring Miami artists Frances Trombly and Jenny Brillhart. Trombly will present a series of new fabric works, many of which she has handwoven in a laborious process, continuing the artist’s ongoing practice of grappling with her medium of choice and accepting the material’s imperfections and restrictions. Brillhart will present a series of paintings whose compositions can be characterized as architectural still lives, often sparse and muted in nature.

Wednesday-Saturday. Ticket prices vary, free for Miami-Dade County residents with valid ID on Saturday. Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue.


After a brief stint in Little Haiti, Kansas City gallerist Bill Brady will inaugurate his new gallery space in Little River with an exhibition by Tokyo-based artist Tomoo Gokita. The artist will be showcasing obscure greyscale paintings that contain appropriated images from Western pop culture and counterculture sources. (The gallery will also be displaying works by artist Rob Thom at its booth in NADA).

7200 NW Miami Ct. Free and open to the public.

Spinello Projects will present Full Moon, an exhibition celebrating the gallery’s 10th anniversary and inaugurating its new space in Little Haiti. The gallery will also present Littlest Sister Art Fair, a mini “art fair” that will feature 10 solo booths by women artists who have lived in Miami including Ana Mendez, Cara Despain and AdrienneRose Gionta.

7221 NW Second Ave.. Free and open to the public.

Pan American Art Projects will present the last show in its current Wynwood location. The show, Shades of Grey, includes works in a variety of media in black and white with every shade in between. The international roster includes several prominent Miami artists including Edouard Duval-Carrié, Jorge Lopez Pardo and Jose Bedia.

2450 NW Second Ave. Free and open to the public.

A mammoth showcase of South Florida artists, 100 Degrees in the Shade is an opportunity for visitors to see an overview of work from more than 150 artists in the region. Curated by Jane Hart, the exhibition takes place at more than seven locations including a solo exhibition by famed street artist Kenny Scharf at Fredric Snitzer Gallery.

Various locations throughout Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Free and open to the public. Go to for full details.

At the Museums & Alternative Art Spaces

Miami Art Week will be the last opportunity to see Miami-based artist Nicolas Lobo’s solo project gallery show The Leisure Pit at the Perez Art Museum Miami. The exhibition includes a series of commissioned mixed-media works that were primarily fabricated in a private backyard swimming pool. The process- and research-driven works on view, which utilizes materials such as concrete, rubber sandals and hydrochloric acid, relate to public infrastructure systems and their relationship to private leisure activities.

1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. Ticket prices vary.

EXILE Books, the Miami-based artist roving popup artist bookstore, is taking over the Wolfsonian Shop. There you will find a selection of artist books from local, national and international artists including the latest release from EXILE Editions, Bora Bora Bora by Daniel Feinberg, a gold-bound poetry book. In conjunction with the residency, EXILE Books founder Amanda Keeley designed a neon orange sculpture in the Bridge Tender House just outside the Wolfsonian entrance at Tenth Street and Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. (EXILE Books will also be hosting the EXILE Books & Fruit Cart at UNTITLED, which will allow guests to enjoy citrus fruit while perusing artist books).

BFI (formerly known as Bas Fisher Invitational) will host the last show in its current location at Downtown Art House. The exhibition, PĿΛNΞS, explores the nomadic nature of artists with a showcase of hybrid structures that straddle the line between art and design and embrace mobility and flexibility. Curated by Annika Kuhlmann, the space will function as a temporary residency for an international roster of artists and also as a gallery space for Stockholm-based LOYAL Gallery.

100 NE 11th St, Miami. www.basfisherinvitational. Free and open to the public.

Miami Art Week will be one of the last opportunities to see the inaugural shows at Mindy Solomon Gallery’s new Little Haiti location. Shows includes Juana Valdes: An Inherent View of the World, a striking installation that includes an assortment of china and domestic wares collected over the years.

8397 NE Second Ave. Free and open to the public.

For the inaugural design exhibition in Gallery Diet’s new Little Haiti location, the gallery is showcasing Trees in Oolite, a collection of outdoor sculptures, furniture and objects by a prominent array of designers including Katie Stout, June 14 and Snarkitecture along with local talents Jim Drain, Emmett Moore, and OfficeGA/Jonathan Gonzalez. Most of the works on view take inspiration from our city’s tropical climate and are presented in an outdoor area surrounded by regional trees. 6315 NW Second Ave. Free and open to the public.

For its Contemporary Arts Program, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens will present a series of site-specific performances primarily by prominent regional artists that will be presented all week throughout the property grounds. Featured artists include Misael Soto, Cara Despain, Alan Gutierrez and Sebastian Duncan Portuondo.

Free with museum admission; ticket prices vary. 3251 S. Miami Ave.