It’s that time of year again, Art Basel, when Miami Beach, from South Beach to Wynwood and all that is in between is invaded with artists from around the globe. Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 is finally here and with all the excitement and festivities going on, how is one to navigate through the humid-filled streets of artists dreams? Here’s a list of some must-sees at the 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach.
2014 Art Basel Happenings
Basel House Food Truck Roundup
Basel House is a street fair where food meets art and anything can happen. Enjoy over 20 food trucks including, but not limited to, HipPops, the Health Nut on Wheels, Giuseppe’s Italian Sausage, Los Chamos, Mobstah Lobstah, Top Fries, and much more. What’s so unique about this roundup? A variety of Basel Artists will be painting live on whatever canvas they come across. Nothing is off limits and they love crowd participation… beware wearing white!
2250 NW Second Ave. in Wynwood. Hours of operation Wednesday, December 3- Sunday December 7 from noon to midnight.
Lynda Benglis will launch Art Basel’s Conversation series with her infamous advertisement in the 1974 November issue of Artforum.
Thursday, December 4. 10AM-11AM. Miami Convention Center, Hall C auditorium, 1901 Convention Center Dr.
Ten-Hour Dance Party
For all the music lovers and EDM dancers, Life and Death and PLOT have choreographed their 3rd annual showcase in a very rare partnership with Poplife and Miami’s longest running house music party, Aquabooty, for a unique 10 hour, multi-sensory experience. December 4th, Tickets: $45. Grand Central 697 N. Miami Avenue, Miami.
Ohio-based artist Daniel Arsham, “Welcomes the future,” by bringing his installation to Locust Projects. He has single handedly transformed the gallery into an excavation site by digging a trench in the gallery floor and filling it with the muffled debris of 20th century media.
Opening reception Thursday, December 4. 7PM-10PM. Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Avenue.
Big Trouble in Little River Pop-Up
Pop-up’s are the most unpretentious trend to hit the scene in the 20teens and Art Basel wouldn’t be the same without a few popping up around town. Big Trouble in Little River has collaborated with an art exhibit curated by Chris Oh, as well as Jim Drain, Nicolas Lobo, TYPOE, and Michael Vasquez. The artisan pop-up provided by Hot Satellite, will feature wood-fired pizza, coffee, cocktails and much more. Located on the Miami River at 7357 NW Miami Ct., Miami, the 7,000-square-foot courtyard will feature free WiFi and guest DJs. Hours of operation: Thursday, December 4 – Sunday, December 7 from noon to 10 p.m.
GastroPod Pop-Up at Miami Project
Jeremiah Bullfrog’s GastroPod is offering two different Art Basel-related locations. GastroPod 2.0 is located in Wynwood at 160 NW 26th St. featuring a Pulp Fiction-inspired menu and GastrPod is a grab-and-go café that partnered with Noodle Head, a noodle bar with limitless pasta’bilities! Open daily Wednesday-Sunday from 3 to 11 p.m.
Miami Project is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets range from $25-50 and can be purchased at www.miami-project.com.
Instagram as an Artistic Medium
For any person of the 21st intrigued by technology and photography, especially a little app called “Instagram” mustn’t miss this exhibit. ForYourArt founder Bettina Korek mediates a conversation between Klaus Biesenbach, Simon de Pury, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kevin Systrom and Amalia Ulman, who will discuss the endless creative possibilities of the art world’s favorite social media vessel.
Thursday, December 4. 5PM-6PM. Miami Convention Center, Hall C auditorium, entrance through Lobby C, 1901 Convention Center Dr.
Stevie Nicks’ Selfies
A bewitching collection of self-portraits taken between l975 and 1987.
Thursday, December 4 thru Friday, December 5. Dream South Beach, 1111 Collins Ave.
Bunnie Cakes’ Artistic Cupcakes
Bunnie Cakes is a vegan’s wet dream. These artistic cupcakes will feature a series of Art Week on the cupcakes. They run $6 each in a signed by the artist box and feature the art of Miami artists Trek6, Don Rimx, Kazilla, Luis Valle, and Piktorama. There is a limited amount, so get there early, these babies are selling like hotcakes! Available now through December 7.
Slow Motion Walk
YoungArts presents a Slow Motion Walk constructed by performance artist Brittany Bailey. Here the public is invited to join Brittany in walking as slowly as humanly possible to truly consider each and every step as a deliberate motion.
Thursday, December 4 through December 7. 12PM-6PM. YoungArts Jewel Box.
House of Art
House of Art’s mission is to bring arts education into the fabric of the communities it serves. In order to create and provide opportunities for students and emerging artists, HOA partners with schools, civic groups, non-profit organizations and businesses. December 4th, Vernisage will honor 20 chosen students. December 5th, Future of Fashion will feature wearable fashion made from unconventional and recycled items. December 6th, We Live Here 2, Madrid-based photographer Miguel Vallinas presents an anthropomorphic blend of animals, fashion and the human form.House of Art 415B NW 26th Street, Wynwood 786-703-5094
Shen Wei’s “In Black, White & Grey”
The MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow who choreographed the Beijing Olympics’ opening ceremony, Chinese-born artist Shen Wei is holding a site-specific performance along with his exhibition “In Black, White & Grey” at Miami’s Freedom Tower. Tickets are free but must be reserved here.
Friday, December 5, 1PM and 8PM. Saturday, December 6, 1PM and 8PM. Sunday, December 7, 1PM. The Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd.
15th & Vine Kitchen & Bar at Viceroy Miami’s Free Happy Hour
15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar at the Viceroy is hosting a complimentary Art Basel happy hour with French artist Duaív on Friday, December 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of the “Sights & Sounds” Art Basel series.
“Big Eyes” Screening
See Tim Burton’s upcoming film starring Christoph Waltz as Walter Keane and Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, about one of the most epic art frauds of all time. Admission is free but seating is limited.
Friday, December 5. 8:30PM. Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road.
VH1 + SCOPE Party
Artist and calligrapher Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic will headline VH1 and SCOPE’s annual party, by hand-painting hundreds of feet of Japanese synthetic paper. Danish singer-songwriter Nabiha will perform and Swizz Beatz will DJ.
Friday, December 5. 8PM-11PM. 1235 Washington Ave.
Wynwood Brewing is a local favorite that isn’t to be missed this Art Basel. Especially since Miami artist Trek6 is showcasing his art at Wynwood Brewing’s tap room through December 10. The artist was chosen by Miami New Times as “Best Street Artist” You don’t want to miss this exhibit! Tum Tums Street food will be at Wynwood Brewery Friday night! Hours are Tuesday – Thursday 2 to 11 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. to midnight; Saturday noon to midnight; Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
Art Basel Miami is filled with incredible and astonishing works of art that come in all forms. It’s a truly unique and enticing experience for not only the creative ones, but for all to enjoy. For more information visit their website at https://www.artbasel.com/en/Miami-Beach.