We find ourselves back in Miami for another edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach and the surrounding fairs, events, openings, and happenings. Every year it feels like this week gets bigger and bigger—expanding beyond just the contemporary art world. Luxury houses, fashion brands, real estate developments, and makers of wine and spirits all flock to Miami Beach in December to connect with the creative community at large.
This issue of Whitewaller Miami reflects all that. For sure, we bring you everything you need to know about fairs like Art Basel in Miami Beach, Design Miami/, Untitled Art, NADA, PULSE, No Commission, and SCOPE. We highlight the top exhibitions on view around the city—at galleries like Locust Projects, museums like PAMM, private collections like the Rubell Family Collection, and foundations like YoungArts. We hear from artists, fair directors, curators, and more, opening up about their go-to Miami agenda.
But we also keep you in the know on the latest from Miami’s ever-changing food, hospitality, and retail scene. Whether discovering the many events this week or making a post-fair dinner or drink reservation, be on the lookout for our “Whitewaller recommends” on what’s new and still relevant. For shopping, the Miami Design District and shops at Bal Harbour continue to evolve with shiny and new boutiques your closet will be pleased you visited.
Miami is all about the new and now, but there are several exhibitions on view at its museums that look to the past, too. A retrospective of work by Judy Chicago is up at the ICA, and a show on what went into Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands (which happened over 30 years ago in the city’s Biscayne Bay) is a reminder that art has been a part of Miami’s culture for longer than the onset of the art fair.
There’s no need to tell you to have fun this week, because that’s inevitable. But take a moment—between the booths, parties, and networking—to take in what no other art fair week can offer: the beach.
Editor in Chief