a-z of art basel miami
Everything that’s worth seeing at America’s largest art fair from A-Z.
Every year during the first week of December, art enthusiasts and party animals from across the globe descend on Miami Beach to ignore the fact that it's winter and see some of the most exciting contemporary works on the planet. For 2014, Art Basel Miami Beach boasts a program of 267 leading international galleries, drawn from 31 countries across five continents - and that's just the main fair. If your head's already spinning, fret not! i-D's rounded up our favourite exhibitions, events, parties and more to make sure your Basel is one for the books.
A is for Airball
The partnership between high-end Miami concept shop Alchemist and design duo Snarkitecture has resulted in a basketball-inspired installation will feature exclusive pieces by visual artists and designers including Kehinde Wiley, Rick Owens, Marcelo Burlon's County of Milan, and more. Alchemist and Snarkitecture will be airballin' at Delano on Dec. 5 for a party with performances by Pusha T, Travi$ Scott, and a DJ set by Virgil Abloh. shopalchemist.com
B is for Barbie
Jeremy Scott's second womenswear collection for Moschino gave us a glimpse into the plastic fantastic world of Barbie. Even though Fashion Week's over, Scott's keeping the party rolling at Basel by bringing Barbie's dream house to life with a larger-than-life pool party the Thompson Hotel on Dec. 4. Special guest DJs will be shacking up in Barbie's digs for the night not to miss.
C is for Cory Arcangel
Cory Arcangel's smash September show tl;dr featured "lakes" (flat-screen televisions displaying images of pop cultural figures with the old school Java "lake" effect applied) of Britney Spears sporting a fresh pair of Uggs and Skrillex's selfie with Larry David. What Arcangel has up his sleeve for his show at Team Gallery's Booth is anyone's guess, but whether it's Alaia or Amanda Bynes, we'll be taking lots of #artselfies.
D is for David Benjamin Sherry
The Los Angeles-based artist will sign copies of his new monograph Earth Changes on Thursday, Dec 4 from 6-8PM at the Printed Matter Booth. Sherry's breath-taking photographs of the American wilderness rendered through bold monochrome colour treatments have captivated the art world since his first solo show at Vienna's Galerie Lisa Ruyter in 2006.
E is for Edition
The newest Edition Hotel is slated to open with a week-long bang. Edition's opening party, hosted by W and David Lynch's Mulholland Drive-inspired nightclub Silencio, will feature a performance by Blood Orange on Dec 2; a party with Yabu Pushelberg and Horse Meat Disco on Dec. 3; and the celebration of Visionaire 64 ART John Baldessari on Dec. 4 among many other ragers. Additionally, Edition will host on-site pop-up galleries including Half Gallery, Home Alone 2, and Fulton Ryder.
F is for Future Brown
Electronic supergroup Future Brown (comprised of Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and J Cush) set last summer off with their banger Wanna Party. The four-piece outfit are back and definitely wanna party at the The Perez Art Museum Miami's anniversary on Dec. 4, their very first US performance. Produced in part by DIS magazine, the party will also feature performances from Kelela, Total Freedom, Ian Isiah, and Maluca.
G is for Guccivuitton Gallery
Located on a stretch of Little Haiti, Guccivuitton isn't the holy union of high fashion houses you're dreaming of, but a space operated by a group of young, subversive, Miami-based artists. On Dec 1, Guccivuitton will open Luxury Face, a group show exploring the culture and concept of blue-chip luxury.
H is for Home Alone 2
Artists Leo Fitzpatrick and Nate Lowman will be taking take a break from the bitter cold of Forsyth St when their much-loved downtown gallery, Home Alone 2, hits the road as a part of Edition's series of Miami Beach pop-ups. The pop-up gallery will feature group show giveaway that includes artist postcards with stamps designed by Nate and Leo themselves.
I is for Instagram
It's the existential question plaguing the modern age: which filter? Whether you're ride or die for Valencia or X-Pro-II, one Basel discussion is worth your double tap. MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, Serpentine super star Hans Ulrich Obrist, and mega auctioneer Simon de Pury join Instagram's co-founder Kevin Systrom and artist Amalia Ulman to discuss "Instagram as an Artistic Medium" at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Dec. 4.
J is for James Blake
Following the recent announcement of his forthcoming album (which is strongly rumoured to feature a Kanye West collaboration) of the most buzzed about British electronic producers will perform at Miami's annual III Points Festival on Dec 5. The three-day music event will also feature performances from FKA Twigs and hip hop producer Clams Casino on Dec. 4, as well as a set from SBTRKT on Dec. 6.
K is for (who else) Kim Kardashian
Kim K brings her noble internet-breaking quest to the beaches of Miami to celebrate the launch of that ass, err, Paper cover in style. With the help of the Paper team, Mrs. Kanye West will be hosting a VIP only dinner on Dec. 4. Will she be wearing custom Givenchy or three bottles of Johnson's lavender? We'll definitely find out soon enough.
L is for Literally Bye
21-year-old photographer and reigning queen of the internet Petra Collins will curate Literally Bye, a two-night exhibition at the Standard Spa. "Literally Bye" will feature works from Julia Baylis, Mayan Toledano, Carlotta Kohl, and Kristie Muller; a performance by Alexandra Marzella; and the launch of Petra's new book, Discharge.
M is for MoCA no more
After a relatively vicious split between the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami's board and the city last year, the newly formed Institute of Contemporary Art Miami will open its new Design District doors with inaugural exhibitions by Pedro Reyes and Andra Ursuta on Dec 2.
N is for NADA
While the main fair is certainly the biggest draw, smaller satellite fairs featuring up-and-coming galleries and exhibition spaces are often refreshing alternatives. The New Art Dealers Alliance (or NADA) Fair is an anti art establishment assembly with its finger on the pulse of the world's youngest and strongest emerging galleries. Among this year's exciting NADA exhibitors include London's The Sunday Painter, New York's Karma, The Journal Gallery, and i-D Arts Editor Kathy Grayson's gallery, The Hole.
O is for One Way
On Dec. 3, Miami's Bass Museum of Art will open One Way: Peter Marino, an exhibition that explores the renowned architect's relationship with visual art by displaying pieces from his personal collection. The man responsible for designing some of the world's most iconic boutiques (Dior and Vuitton among them) also boasts an impressive collection of works by Keith Haring, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol.
P is for Pull of the Moon
Uber luxe art fair Concept will premiere Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally's collaborative film, Pull of the Moon, to VIP collectors aboard the SeaFair Mega Yacht's massive video projection dome. While the premiere is private, you can catch a screening of the film, as well as other experimental immersive video works commissioned specifically to the dome's specs, throughout the rest of the week. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the International Land Sensitive Art Foundation.
Q is for Quatrieme, derriere
Brush up on those ballet terms, because artist Ryan McNamara will be re-staging his Performa award winning MEƎM: A Story Ballet About the Internet as MEƎM 4 Miami. There's an invitation-only performance on Dec. 2, but public tickets are available for MEƎM presentations at 8pm and 10:30pm on Dec. 3 and 4.
R is for Rashaad Newsome
One of Solange's favourite artists (after designing the cover art for her record label's compilation album cover art, she tasked him with decking out a Lamborghini for the label's launch) will present The Conductor, a six-part video installation that explores the performative language of hip-hop culture. Newsome will release the sixth and final chapter with a performance by unbeweavable drag rapper Mykki Blanco.
S is for Solange
Just because the younger Knowles has tied the knot doesn't mean she's settling down just yet. Solange will curate alternative art fair Select's performance series with artists from her label Saint Records' all-star roster. Although no schedule has been set in stone yet, performances will be free and open to the public each night from Dec. 2-7, so you better hustle up!
T is for Tim Burton
The iconic surrealist director will premiere his new film Big Eyes as a part of Art Basel's film program. Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes is a biopic of American artist Margaret Keane, whose then-husband Walter claimed her work as his own.
U is for U wish
With Kim and Kanye, Carmelo Anthony, and Lenny Kravitz as rumoured guests (and three security checkpoints) it's not looking likely that you'll be able to crash the launch party of Iris Van Herpen's Dom Pérignon bottle "Metamorphosis." Renowned for her insanely intricate, sculptural collections, The Dutch designer is the latest collaborator in Dom Pérignon's "Power of Creation' series, which has seen also seen efforts from Jeff Koons and David Lynch.
V is for Vuitton
Louis Vuitton will present a previously unrealised project by late French designer Pierre Paulin for American office furniture maker Herman Miller. The iconic French house will curate 18 never-before-produced pieces as "Playing With Shapes," a special satellite exhibition to be held at the Palm Court as a part of the DesignMiami/ fair's programming.
W is for Walter and Wilhelm
The worlds of legendary Belgian designers Walter Van Beirendonck and Bernhard Willhelm collide with the opening of The World of Mr. Somebody & Mr. Nobody. A collaborative group show also featuring photography by Miles Ladin and graphic works by Peet Pienaar, the outing will be a dynamic exploration of the wild world of two of the most boundary pushing designers. miamidesigndistrict.net
X is for MaX Snow (X is a hard one, give us a break!)
The artist (who recently launched his own menswear line) will stage an exhibition of his artwork and Newport cigarette inspired t-shirts at The Webster on Dec. 4. maxwellsnow.com
Y is for YoungArts
The National YoungArts Foundation will be staging some seriously awesome exhibitions and performance pieces. YoungArts has tapped Klaus Biesenbach to curate Zero Tolerance: Miami, which explores themes of artistic freedom and the arts' responsibility in society, and has teamed up with the Marina Abramović Institute to stage "Slow Motion Walk," an interactive performance. youngarts.org
Z is for Zoe Kravitz
Lenny and Lisa's daughter will perform live with her band Lolawolf at the opening of Chrome Hearts' newest Miami location.
Text Emily Manning
Main image courtesy Art Basel