Art Basel

Art Basel in Miami: Must-see art around the town

With so much art around Miami and Miami Beach, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are our team’s recommendations for must-see art this weekend. Catch them while you can — they’ll soon be gone!

Tiroche Deleon Collection at Mana Contemporary: Among the interesting collections highlighted at this fair, including from Jorge Pérez and the Fredrick R. Weisman Art Foundation, “Everything you are I am not: Latin American Art from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection” is the standout. It’s some of the highest quality, intriguing large-scale contemporary installations and sculptures out there. Mana Contemporary, Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23rd St.,

‘Holoscenes’ at Miami Dade College downtown campus: This sensuous spectacle conceived by Lars Jan takes place in a giant human aquarium in a downtown plaza, featuring individual performers adjusting to life under water, grappling with garden tools. It is a one-of-a-kind reference to our potential future world as the seas rise and floods become an everyday reality. MDC Wolfson Campus Kyriakides Plaza, 300 NE Second Ave., downtown Miami. 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday; free;


‘Dictadura’ (Dictatorship) by Carlos Martiel, Pinta Miami: This performance piece features Cuban artist Carlos Martiel lying naked on the ground chained to a flagpole by a metal collar around his neck. Atop the pole flies a rotating collection of the 21 Latin American nations that have been or are now ruled by a dictator, many of them, Martiel points out, backed by the U.S. Pinta Miami, Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St.,

Art Public, Collins Park: This year’s Art Public exhibition at Collins Park is a highly accessible (literally and metaphorically) conceptual fun fair of frequently playful, interactive and reality-defying installations and sculptures (giant deer, earthbound tornadoes). Art Public, Collins Park between 21st and 22nd streets, Miami Beach, Saturday and Sunday; free;

‘Pore,’ at Locust Projects: Sculptor Martha Friedman and dancer Silas Riener’s installation/dance/performance is a juicily muscular and tactile excavation — in four bright colors — of the human soul. Pore repeats 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami Design District; free;

The Machine Show, at Swampspace: The unnerving, surreal, kitschy, dystopian and subversively humorous Miami group show that explores the theme of humanity vs. machinery in a single packed wonderworld of a room, part of the “100+ Degrees in the Shade” show in multiple South Florida locations. 3940 North Miami Ave., Miami Design District; free; and

‘Black girl in a bus’ by Luis Castaneda, at Aqua: A fine collection of photos by Luis Castaneda showing daily life in Cuba in the ’60s and ’70s is worth the trip for all Havana-philes, as is a stunning portrait by Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste that shows a Guantánamo detainee covering his face in order to shield his identity. S Artspace gallery, Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;

Laura Kimpton’s ‘Myths, Words and Fire,’ at the SLS Hotel: Artist Laura Kimpton’s monumental Burning Man word sculpture is on view in the driveway of the SLS South Beach, along with sculptures throughout the lobby and by the pool. Catch some of them on fire — literally — between 7 and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; free;

The Portal, at the Sagamore Hotel: That gold shipping container in front of the Sagamore Hotel is the Portal, which connects people in a shipping container in one part of the world — in this case, Collins Avenue — with people in Afghanistan, Iran, Mexico or Cuba. Make an appointment online or stop by to chat about life, love and liberty with everyday people in other parts of the globe. Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Open 8 a.m. to midnight, Tuesday-Sunday. From 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. connect with Tehran, Iran; from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. connect with Mexico City or El Progreso, Honduras; from 6 to 8:30 p.m. connect with Havana, Cuba, or El Progreso; from 9:30 to midnight connect with Herat, Afghanistan; daily; free;

Korean Galleries Special Section, CONTEXT Art Miami: South Korea has been producing incredible art and design for a while now, and here is a great way to see a sampling of it all in one place. Sophisticated, gorgeous works with a subtle Asian aesthetic that really is in fact unique to Korea. Among this week’s most moving works are the flowing, textured paintings of Byungwook Oh (Gallery SP) or Bong-chae Son’s 3-D layers of painted glass imagery of the original world migrants, trees, (Nine Gallery). CONTEXT Art Miami Pavilion, 2901 NE First Ave., Midtown Miami;

‘Guns in the Hands of Artists,’ at Miami Project: Thirty artists have reclaimed more than 180 decommissioned guns from the streets of New Orleans to create artistic commentary on the issue of gun violence in the U.S. — particularly relevant given recent events. The exhibit, atop the Deauville Hotel, was curated by Jonathan Ferrara. Ask for access at the fair check-in desk. Miami Project, 6701 Collins Ave.,

50 Dentures, Art Miami: This rare 1980s work is a collaboration between two of the period’s star artists, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Queue Projects, booth BA26 at Art Miami, 3101 NE First Ave., Midtown Miami;

Also at Art Miami:

▪ You won’t be able to miss the nine-foot-tall kinetic Calder sculpture, also at Queue Projects (booth BA26). Also be sure to see the mammoth sculptures by Viola Frey (Nancy Hoffman Gallery, booth A24) and Gino Miles (in the entry and outside the tent).

▪ Fans — and detestors — of Damien Hirst can see his beautiful but haunting collection of butterflies (retrieved posthumously) at Jerome Zodo (A27). More affordable print versions are available from Other Criteria (C9).

Sculptures by Louise Nevelson, Art Basel Miami Beach: A rare sight awaits visitors to Art Basel Miami Beach: 18 sculptures by the late Nevelson in the original language of found-object art. They’re unlikely to be reunited again; the Pace Gallery (booth B5) sold 14 the first day for prices ranging from $60,000 to $4 million. Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach;

Also at Art Basel:

▪ A remarkable single-artist display of work by American Rob Mangold, at Elvira Gonzalez (booth D12).

▪ One of the world’s most expensive prints: a $2 million Jasper Johns monotype at ULAE (booth B20).

▪ Entire booth at neugerriemschneider gallery, including a life-size tree by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, a giant orb by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Jorge Pardo’s extraordinary Chinese bed (booth C15).

▪ Meat Locker (1-10), a series of massive stainless steel doors carved with scenes depicting famous serial killers by a London collective, and inspired by the Miami Beach murder of designer Gianni Versace, whose killer, Andrew Cunanan, is also included. (booth P13).

Nicholas Nehamas, Jordan Levin, Siobhan Morrissey, Galena Mosovich, Anne Tschida and Jane Wooldridge contributed to this report.


The TargetToo zone at Pulse Miami showcases playful interactive works depicting items available at the design-savvy store, including Daniel Rozin’s “Troll Mirror,” a wall of trolls that reflects the shape of whatever stands before it. And of course, there’s Spot — made from 44,000 Lego blocks. Pulse is free for locals Saturday. 4601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach,


If this is the only time you see art during the year, don’t miss “No Man’s Land,” the all-woman artist show at the Rubell Family Collection,; and the Anselm Kiefer show at the Margulies Warehouse,, both in Wynwood.


All art fairs are open today, most open at 11 a.m. or noon and close at 8 p.m. This is the last day for PULSE (open to locals for free today only) and NADA. For full details, including parking and dining tips, see our Ultimate Guide at or download the free Miami Art Finder app.

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