i-D's ultimate guide to art basel miami beach 2016

From Brian Eno’s light boxes to Maggie Lee’s teenage bedroom, Public School’s radio show to Kehinde Wiley’s fish fry — here’s everything you need to see when Art Basel returns to Miami Beach for North America’s biggest art bash.

by Emily Manning
22 November 2016, 7:50pm

Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian's Desire: Last year, the titan gallerists teamed up to present Unrealism, a joint exhibition of figurative paintings from the 80s and 90s. The former competitors turned collaborators are back this year with Desire, follow up exhibition that will span all four floors of Miami's newly renovated Moore Building. The show's 80-odd works range widely in medium and style — Nan Goldin, Jordan Wolfson, Marilyn Minter, and Harmony Korine are all included — but all consider the central theme of eroticism. "The erotic creates a tension between the artist, the subject, and the viewer," says Diana Widmaier-Picasso the curator of the exhibition who also happens to be the iconic artist's granddaughter. A 1956 painting by the celebrated Spanish artist is included in Desire, as are Polaroids by Balthus. You'll want to check out the full list of exhibiting artists (hello Keith Haring, Vanessa Beecroft, Nobuyoshi Araki, Eddie Peake, and Juergen Teller) here. The show is on view from November 30 - December 4.

Public School's radio performance: Public School and DKNY creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have made no secret of their passion for art. The pair provided costumes for Daniel Arsham's Future Relic film series, curated a print sale at Sotheby's, and partnered with the New Museum to support an incubator program for female artists. Once, they even gave away tickets to a men's fashion week show inside the Whitney. Osborne and Chow are heading to Basel as The Confidante Miami's 2016 Designers in Residence. For their collaborative project, Osborne and Chow have curated a weekend of "radio-as-art programming" that will take place inside an installation at The Confidante. Daniel Arsham, Heron Preston, and Stretch Armstrong are just a few confirmed guests on WNL ("We Need Leaders") Radio. "We didn't want to create this pseudo fashion art piece. Instead we wanted to gather our friends and peers and luminaries from different disciplines, not just fashion but art, music, literature and the culinary world to form a dynamic mix of people to have these conversations," says Chow. WNL Radio will be on the airwaves and at The Confidante from December 1-3. 

Kehinde Wiley's fish fry and bowling bash: The EDITION Hotel knows how to have a good time, and every Basel, curates an exciting series of events to break from art world stuffiness (two years ago, we hung poolside with Leo Fitzpatrick, who explained why he created a fake barf installation in a luxe bungalow). This year, Kehinde Wiley returns for his highly anticipated annual fish fry, presented with Matador Room head chef Jeremy Ford. The Brooklyn-based artist (along with multimedia master Mickalene Thomas, Alex Becerra, and Olivia Steele) has also designed a bowling ball for Basement Miami — the EDITION's bowling alley/ice skating rink/ nightclub of dreams. Steele, a conceptual light artist, will unveil two new neon installations at Basement, where DJ Harvey, Thugfucker, and Doc Martin will get behind the decks to soundtrack an epic week. Above ground, the EDITION is hosting a signing with Kim Gordon, presented by Half Gallery and 303 Gallery. 

Maggie Lee, The Pool, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Real Fine Arts

Maggie Lee's teenage bedroom: Over the summer, Maggie Lee staged her first New York solo show, Fufu's Dreamhouse; according to Art in America, the show "continued to elaborate her diaristic exploration of adolescent girlhood, Millennial subcultures, and style" through sculpture and a series of dioramas. Lee has now been tapped to participate in the main fair's Positions section, for which curators, critics, and collectors select one emerging talent to stage a single major project. It's been reported that Lee's project will consist of an immersive installation in the style of a teenage girl's bedroom, complete with video works and handmade ephemera. Find out more about Positions here.

Satellite's gigantic cereal swimming pool: Rather than setting up shop in one enormous venue, the recently launched Satellite fair positions events at vacant spaces throughout the city (last year's happenings went down at a former pharmacy, an outdoor amphitheater in North Beach, an old steakhouse, and an Art Deco hotel). Sam Hillmer of transgressive NYC venue Trans-Pecos served on Satellite's inaugural curatorial committee, and this year, Trans-Pecos is teaming up with the venture to help program what's billed as the anti-Basel. This year's Satellite promises: a post-feminist tattoo parlor, steampunk Greek statues playing ping-pong, a queer strip club, a virtual reality lounge, and a giant sculpture by Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw. The duo will present a 25-foot bowl of cereal complete with a fountain spouting faux milk which visitors can swim in. Find Satellite's full rundown here.

Emma Sulkowicz and Violet Overn's collaborative performance: Satellite will also feature a new collaboration by New York-based performance artists Emma Sulkowicz and Violet Overn. Both artists have powerfully engaged with issues of sexual assault in their multi-disciplinary practices. Sulkowicz's year-long performance piece Carry That Weight (Mattress Performance) helped ignite a critical nationwide conversation about assault on college campuses; Overn told i-D that her Fraternity House series — for which she sprawled across frat house lawns surrounded by red solo cups — has resulted in vocal pushback and praise. Recently, Sulkowicz told Artnet that the duo's Basel piece is a: "critique of performance art at Miami."

Brian Eno's work at the Venice Biennale. Photography Paolo Tonon

Brian Eno's light boxes: At CONTEXT art fair, the legendary Brian Eno will present a series of light boxes through London's Paul Stolper Gallery. The works "seamlessly phase through combinations of seductive self-generated 'colorscapes,'" according to the acclaimed musician and visual artist, who presented a similar series at the Venice Biennale last year. The glowing pieces have been likened to Eno's eclectic soundscapes — ambient and electronic compositions which champion experimentation. CONTEXT is open between November 29 and December 4; find more information about the fair here

Young Thug, James Blake, and Shlohmo take III Points: The annual Art Week concert series returns with as epic a lineup as ever (past III Points performers include FKA Twigs, Jamie xx, A$AP Rocky, Kaytranada, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicolas Jaar). James Blake — who made his Florida live debut at III Points in 2013 — returns to the stage on November 30 at Magic City Studios with team 1-800-Dinosaur in tow. The following night, Young Thug and Shlohmo will take the reins for what's bound to be a wild ride. More information on III Points's full Basel schedule here

Lady Bunny's spaceship disco tribute to David Bowie: The main fair's Public projects sector will center on the late musical maverick and his intergalactic alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. According to curator Nicholas Baume, many of Public's 20 works — including pieces Glenn Kaino, Yoan Capote, and Erwin Wurm — relate to the theme of "Ground Control." They'll be debuted at Collins Park beginning on November 30. That evening, performances will launch the intergalactic sculptural series. Rob Pruitt, fresh from debuting nearly 3,000 paintings of Barack Obama this weekend in New York City, is reported to make an appearance, as is drag icon Lady Bunny. If you missed her incredible video piece at MoMA PS1's Greater New York survey earlier this year, you can dance your sorrows away at her Bowie-themed disco tribute.

Mark Anthony Green's cinematic ode to black culture: Last year, Mark Anthony Green teamed up with A$AP Rocky to celebrate Art Basel. The Harlem rapper won't be joining the Brooklyn-based artist at this year's fair, but Green's newest exhibition doesn't suffer for it. Titled What Comes After Jay? the show includes 20 new paintings as well as a 30-minute video piece. "I created this visual to highlight various iconic moments within Black history — some of our brightest stars and most infamous traitors," Green said in a statement. "I'm proud to be a black man and wanted this to be a reflection of that." The exhibition will be on view at the W South Beach on December 3 and 4.

Resident Advisor's first-ever Basel party: The essential electronic music site has built a voracious global fanbase for its extensive coverage of all things nightlife. RA makes its Art Basel debut with a seriously strong lineup. Floating Points, Dâm-Funk, and The Black Madonna will all perform at Magic City Warehouse on November 30. Expect an eclectic helping of rare soul, synth, and funk cuts from these deep-diving crate diggers who are sure to keep you dancing all night. More information here.

A regal offering of archival McQueen: A Queen Within, a fashion exhibition presented by Barrett Barrera Projects, promises to showcase a selection of rare pieces culled from one of the world's largest private collections of Alexander McQueen. The archival pieces will be presented alongside garments, photographs, and films by Gucci, Hussein Chalayan, Margiela, Iris Van Herpen, Jean Paul Gaultier, and countless other European and Asian design mavericks boldly re-writing fashion's rulebook. The show runs from December 1-5 in the Wynwood district; more information here.

The Rubell Family's anxiety-ridden new works: "Artists help us comprehend and grapple with the critical issues in our lives," says Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection's newest exhibition, High Anxiety. The show features works the collection has acquired since 2014, and its stacked lineup suggests the Rubells have been busy over the past two years. Isa Genzken, Torey Thornton, Ryan Trecartin, Lizzie Fitch, Frank Benson, Bunny Rogers, and John Waters are among the 32 participating artists. The show opens November 30, so make sure you pack some Xans (you'll need them if Trecartin's explosive Center Jenny is in the mix). More information here

Tom Sachs's Barbies and boomboxes: For one of the main fair's most eagerly anticipated sectors, Kabinett, galleries present carefully curated exhibitions and present these precise shows within their larger fair booths. This year, 30 galleries are participating in Kabinett, and the projects range from an installation recreating a traditional Balkan candy store to a presentation of Mike Kelley's Paintings in Time, a series the late artist undertook between Christmas and New Year's in 1994. Sperone Westwater Gallery will feature a collection of Tom Sachs's sculptures. The NYC-based NASA enthusiast has rendered everything from cinder blocks and Clorox bleach bottles to boomboxes and Barbie dolls, all in his signature style. Will the boombox at Basel be the same one featured in Frank Ocean's Endless? According to Sachs, he and the elusive R&B star are just beginning a creative collaboration, so anything's possible. For more information about Kabinett, head here

Loewe's celebration of craftsmanship: Irish designer Jonathan Anderson has made no secret of his passion for visual art. Anderson's Workshop space  which opened earlier this year in London's East End — has hosted a series of collaborations, presentations, and conversations with artists the designer finds inspiring, like photographers Jamie Hawkesworth and Ian David Baker, as well as ceramicists Giles Round and Joanna Wason. Next March, he's curating an exhibition at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. On November 30, Loewe's outpost in Miami's Design District will open an exhibition bringing together works by William McKeown and John Ward. The Irish artist and British potter work in vastly different media, but each positions a celebration of craft at the center of his work — be it in water colors, oil paints, textiles, or ceramics. The exhibition is on show through March 2017. 

Madonna's night of music and mischief to benefit Malawi: Madge has been pop royalty since the early 80s, but also holds regal court in the art world (she was BFFs with Keith Haring and dated Jean Michel Basquiat). On December 2, she's staging an evening of "music, art, mischief, and live performance" to benefit Raising Malawi, an NGO that benefits disenfranchised children. The night promises guest appearances by Chris Rock, Ariana Grande, and former flame Sean Penn; it also counts James Corden as its master of ceremonies (we hear Madge is next in line for Carpool Karaoke, so perhaps this is Corden returning the favor). Find more information about Raising Malawi's work here.

PAMM's party with Le Parc: The Pérez Art Museum Miami recently opened Julio Le Parc's first museum survey in the United States. The 88-year-old Argentine artist is regarded as an avant-garde innovator of light and space art, and his Pérez retrospective includes over 100 works of mind-melting sculpture. It's also the perfect backdrop for the museum's annual party on December 1, which will feature Cashmere Cat, Jillionaire, and Uncle Luke. 

Super 8 Hotels's free art giveaway: Earlier this year, the beloved American hotel chain announced plans to redecorate, and in New York City, tapped Amy Sedaris to curate a show of kitschy discarded artworks that doubled as a giveaway. The actress and dedicated crafter not only signed certificates of authenticity and posed for photographs with recipients, she even personally named all of the paintings. (Mine — a delicate watercolor in which a butterfly caresses a bouquet of flowers — comes from a Super 8 in Fargo, North Dakota; Amy named it "Night Dream.") Super 8 still has many paintings of stampeding wild horses and idyllic lakes to give away, and will be staging a first-come, first-served art show on December 1 in Miami's Wynwood district. Though Sedaris won't be resuming her curatorial duties, we can tell you from personal experience that these 100 paintings will go fast. If you can't make it to Miami, let Amy teach you how to make hot dogs on a rake.

Courtney Love's Kansas-set opera: (Yes, you read that correctly). Last year, headlines surfaced that the former Hole frontwoman was starring in a small-scale New York City opera called Kansas City Choir Boy, the story of a teen couple torn apart by Athena's (Love) decision to leave her small midwestern town in the dust for New York City. The show begins its run at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on November 30, and it ends on December 11. Tickets and more information here.

Artsy and SoundCloud's collaborative virtual reality: Artsy and SoundCloud — two innovative platforms for digital discovery — are teaming up to present Collective Reality, an immersive virtual reality project that blurs the lines between music, art, and perception. Taking place at the Faena Hotel's beachside Art Dome, Collective Reality incorporates site-specific works by Rachel Rossin, Jon Rafman, and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as a special musical guest. Last year, Satterwhite — an NYC-based artist creating virtual worlds through sculpture, performance, and his mother's drawings — participated in PAMM's Waves series, which saw him collaborate with Trina and Total Freedom. Collective Reality's musical guest is still under wraps, but we're sure it'll be an equally gripping talent. The event takes place November 30. 


Text Emily Manning
Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2012. Galerie König, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder © Art Basel

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