You’re in Miami—so get outside. Events and venues surrounding Design Miami and Art Basel offer stimulating visions of current events and modern life, which alternately challenge and confirm common perceptions. What’s more, many are outdoors.
Following a select few. While one is only for VIPS, the others are for the rest of us—the 99 percent. Miniature worlds examine our larger society, our environment and our ever-evolving culture. “It’s the mood,” comments gallerist Cristina Grajales “Designers and artists can’t help but be influenced by the headlines and what goes on around us.”
In collaboration with the Bass Art Museum, Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach’s open-to-all alternative, takes over Collins Park, enlivening it with sculptures (pictured, Alice Ayock’s entry), video, installation and live performance—all curated by Christine Y. Kim. Opening night, MacArthur Genius Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran, interacting with artist José Davila’s work. December 5-9.
The first art fair right on the beach, UNTITLED’s vast tent spreads out on the sands at 12th Street and Ocean Drive. Among the 43 galleries are New York’s Art in General and Marc Straus; Brooklyn’s Open Source Gallery; Chicago’s Monique Meloche Gallery, and London’s Carslaw St. Lukes. Afterward, kick off your sandals and go for a swim.
Get away from the fray and visit Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, in Coral Gables, where you can relax on one of 14 benches designed by seven international artists. Sitting Naturally, commissioned by Cristina Grajales Gallery (New York) is the inaugural exhibition of a new series, Design at Fairchild. “For years the Fairchild has shown works by top artists in the gallery. The Fairchild decided, with the excitement around design, to offer something that the public has more relationship with. Designing benches is most democratic and fun,” Cristina says, adding: “The bench designs range from the very accessible, such as a wooden bench by Gael Appler, to more conceptual pieces by Sam Baron.” In between, Sebastian Errazuriz’s Calm Before the Storm.
SoundScape Park, on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor wall of New World Center (designed by Frank Gehry). Art Video Nights is a marathon of 60 film and video works by top artists, from December 5-8. The last night, a dawn-to-dusk screening of Bliss, Ragnar Kjartansson’s 12-hour performance of “The Marriage of Figaro”’s denouement—“exposing human kindness as much as human imperfection,” according to The New York Times.