Women struggle to get ahead in every industry, and the art world is no different. But this year’s Miami Art Week offers a showcase of up and coming feminine talent that should be on your radar right now. Whether you’re an ardent feminist or simply someone looking to discover important art, follow our guide on the women to watch for at this year’s Art Basel and Miami Art Week.
Viophilia, an art collective and gallery started by three local women artists (Ivette Cabrera, Francy Freixas, and Natalia Molina), will be open and exhibiting works by their residents (many of which are also women) during Art Basel. The studio will also be working with Viu Gallery on a special exhibition Friday, Dec. 2nd from 9-10 p.m. Ms. Cabrera (one of Viophilia’s directors) will also be showcasing some of her work at the Art Beat Miami Satellite Fair.
Viophilia, 164 NW 20th St., Miami
Locust Projects will host a reception during Art Basel (Dec. 1 from 7-10 p.m.) for LA-based artist Martine Syms, whose latest body of work, NITE LIFE, will be curated by Franklin Sirmans. Syms’ exhibition features a number of prints inspired by ads for the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” venues around the country that were considered safe spaces for black entertainers during the racially segregated 1950s and ’60s. Much of her work came out of the research Syms did on the old Harlem Square Club in Overtown, though the building itself (which once hosted greats like Sam Cooke) no longer stands. Also on view will be Brooklyn artist Katie Bell’s installation, Backplash II.
Loucst Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami
Dallas-native Autumn Casey will be unveiling her latest (and second ever) solo exhibition, “Balancing Infinity, While Hanging Upside Down, Watching Lovers Fall From Grace” at Primary Projects during Miami Art Week. The versatile artists is known for her innovative video and collage work. Casey (who graduated from Miami’s New World School of the Arts) will be showcasing installation and sculptural works, as well as seventy-eight 2-D collages inspired by the classic Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck–a project she’s been working on for three years now. The exhibition opens Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.
Primary Projects, 15 NE 39th St., Miami
Video work by artist Jillian Mayer
There will be plenty to see at the New World Center’s Soundscape during Basel this year as they kick off a video and film series collectively named Surround Sound. Among the women you should be looking out for in this 4-day series (kicking off Nov. 30) are Miami-based performance artists and filmmaker Jillian Mayer, who is known for putting out incredible (and often incredibly bizarre) work; innovative British feminist artist Zoe Buckman (who also happens to be married to David Schwimmer); Argentine contemporary artist and former Guggenheim fellow Liliana Porter, surreal filmmaker and multifaceted artist Molly Palmer, London-based DJ and sound artist Ain Bailey, and others.
SoundScape at the New World Center, 500 17th St, Miami Beach
Work by Linda Lopez
Artist and gallerist Mindy Solomon (who opened the Mindy Solomon Gallery in 2009) will be exhibiting works by a number of her own artists at the Art Miami. Solomon regularly works with contemporary emerging and mid-career artists, including Canadian artist Jennifer Lefort, and sculpture artists Linda Lopez and Lauren Mabry.
Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Miami
Work by Aurora Molina
While at Art Miami, stop by the Diamonds Unleashed booth to check out work by a number of emerging artists (photographers, sculptors, painters, and illustrators) who were tasked with creating a work of art that both exemplified their idea of what a diamond is, while also focusing on the empowerment of women. Among the artists exhibiting are Aurora Molina, Miami-based artist Susan Lee-Chun (currently represented by David Castillo Gallery) and Sadie Barnett, who the Huffington Post tapped in their list, “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know.”
Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Miami
From Sasha Okshteyn’s Beach Sessions
There will be plenty of women at the forefront of this year’s PULSE Art Fair. Among them are accomplished digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter, who will be debuting the Projects Special Commissions via her Miami Marbles installation; as well as visual and performing arts curator Sasha Okshteyn’s Beach Sessions (choreographed performances along the Miami Beach shoreline), and Erica Prince, who will surely wow visitors with her installation, the Transformational Makeover Salon.
Pulse Miami Beach, 4601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Tati Suarez at work
And finally, like every year, the Wynwood Walls will be changing throughout the course of Art Basel and Miami Art Week. This year’s program is called Fear Less, what they describe as a “call to be fearless in a world that often seems absorbed with fear.” Relevant to the times, artists will create murals on 12 walls based on this theme. Some of the artists bestowed with this honor are Audrey Kawasaki (who is known for her beautiful portrayals of young women), world-renowned South African-artist Faith47, and our own home-grown Tati Suarez, who often paints wide-eyed figures in ethereal worlds.
Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW Second Ave., Miami