Here’s what not to miss this week in Miami, care of Whitewaller Miami 2017.
ART BASEL IN MIAMI BEACH
Art Basel in Miami Beach takes place December 7–10 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 16th edition of the fair features 268 galleries from 32 countries. New exhibitors include Hales Gallery, Antenna Space, Taro Nasu, Dépendance, Múrias Centeno, and Richard Saltoun Gallery, among others.
Design Miami/ is partnering with Officine Panerai to present the 2017 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award to the Mwabwindo School, a collaborative educational project in rural Zambia developed and operated by 14+ Foundation, designed by Selldorf Architects, with artwork by Rashid Johnson, and newly commissioned furniture by Christ & Gantenbein.
RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION’S “STILL HUMAN”
“STILL HUMAN” explores the effects of the digital age on the human condition. The work of artists including Ed Atkins, Simon Denny, Cécile B. Evans, Isa Genzken, Josh Kline, Hito Steyerl, Hank Willis Thomas, and Anicka Yi addresses issues like artificial intelligence, biotechnology, bioethics, surveillance, social justice, and virtual existence.
The Bass opened the doors to its newly transformed space on October 29. Solo exhibitions on view in December include Ugo Rondinone’s “good evening beautiful blue,” Pascale Marthine Tayou’s “Beautiful,” work by Mika Rottenberg, and a new acquisition by Allora & Calzadilla. The museum underwent a major renovation that resulted in a nearly 50 percent expansion of programming space.
ICA Miami opens in the Miami Design District on December 1. Under the direction of Ellen Salpeter, inaugural exhibitions include work by Senga Nengudi, Edward and Nancy Kienholz, Hélio Oiticica, and Robert Gober. “The Everywhere Studio” anchors the inaugural program with work by modern and contemporary artists, as well as commissions by emerging artists.
YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION’S “IMAGINATION LAND”
“IMAGINATION LAND: Fantastical Narrative” is curated by artist and YoungArts master teacher Derrick Adams. The exhibition features video, sculpture, painting, and more by 11 YoungArts alumni including Elle Cox, Glenn Davis, Su Wan Kim, Mika Rosenberg, Wade Winslow, and others.
MAX MARA “WRAPPED IN LUXURY”
Max Mara will host an event on December 7 at its Miami boutique. “Wrapped in Luxury” is an in-store cocktail party with a photo installation featuring iconic celebrities—such as Gigi Hadid; Taylor Swift; Reese Witherspoon; Kate Hudson; Jennifer Lopez; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge—wearing iconic Max Mara coats.
PULSE MIAMI BEACH
PULSE Miami Beach, with new director Katelijne De Backer, presents over 70 galleries with exhibitors from around the world. PROJECTS presents a special commission by Hector Arce- Espasas and on-site installations by Fischer Cherry, Jeana Klein, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Alan Rath, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Hiba Schahbaz, and Matthew Sleeth.
NADA NEW LOCATION
The 15th edition of NADA will take place this year at Ice Palace Studios December 7–10. The fair is dedicated to presenting new work by an international group of emerging talents. Recognized as an alternative model, NADA is the only major America art fair produced by a nonprofit, and it remains a longstanding favorite of collectors, dealers, curators, and artists alike.
UNTITLED, MIAMI BEACH
The sixth edition of Untitled, Miami Beach brings together 136 exhibitors hailing from 26 different countries—its most diverse and largest group to date. New exhibitors include 80m2 Livia Benavides, Kubikgallery, and Piero Atchugarry, among others. Special projects by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Thiago Martins de Melo, and more will also be on view.
“FRANCHISE FREEDOM” BY STUDIO DRIFT
December 6: 9 PM – Faena Hotel — By Invitation Only
Studio Drift, Faena Art, Pace Gallery, and BMW will premiere “Franchise Freedom,” a performative artwork at the interface between technology, science, and art. An autonomous flying swarm of 300 drones, it is the first time that a natural phenomenon will be imitated by machines working with decentralised algorithms at this scale. In addition to the performative artwork, guests will enjoy food, drinks, music and a chance to see the BMW Concept 8 Series up close in the Faena Beach Dome. Daily from Thursday, December 7 through Sunday, December 10, Studio Drift will perform “Franchise Freedom” for the public at 8 PM on the beach outside Faena Hotel.
AUDEMARS PIGUET ART COMMISSION WITH LARS JAN
The Los Angeles–based artist Lars Jan has been selected for the third annual Audemars Piguet Art Commission. Jan will create a major installation, curated by Kathleen Forde, which will debut during Art Basel in Miami Beach. Jan’s practice is multifaceted and genre-bending, and we’re excited to see what he’s come up with.