Art Basel is around the corner and for locals, and visitors, it’s hard to know where they will actually be able to get in and don’t leave their paycheck to do so. For that reason, I decided to make a list of some cool and FREE events to enjoy during Art Basel this year.
3D Mapping Artist Collective at Faena Forum
Address: 3300 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Date and time: Monday, December 4, to Sunday, December 10.
What: A series of 3D Mapping projections on the circular façade of Faena Forum will light up the District and Collins Avenue with images designed by a collective of upcoming artists. This open-air site-specific installation will transform the District from the outside, giving everyone who passes through a distinct visual experience. Debuts Monday, December 4 at Faena Forum. Active every night during Art Basel with free admission and open to the public.
Gran Centenario x Kelsey Montague
Address: Art Basel Tent at Nautilus South Beach. 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
Date and time: Thursday, December 7, to Sunday, December 9.
What: Known for her viral angel wings mural pieces, artist Kelsey Montague partners up with Gran Centenario Tequila to showcase a white and gold angel wings mural, which will be auctioned off for proceeds to benefit Mexican Relief charities. Encouraging guests to join the movement, Nautilus South Beach will display her wings at the Nautilus Lobby, and another set at the Art Basel tent, for guests to take photos and post on social media during Art Basel.For every picture posted to the hashtag, Gran Centenario will donate $10 to charity to benefit families and victims of the earthquake in Mexico City.
Address: La Santa Taquería. 153 NW 29 St, Miami, FL 33127.
Date and time: Friday, December 1, to Sunday, December 10.
What: La Santa Taqueria is collaborating with Be/Art Gallery to curate the culinary experiences for guests of Mex/Art – a contemporary and pop art exhibition celebrating emerging and established Mexican artists, from paintings and drawings to sculptures from December 1-11. Artists featured include Romero Britto (Brazilian invited artist), Jorge Marin, Jesus Lima, Neon Caron, Alvaro Cuevas, Gabriela Montano, Robert Morleghem, Carlos Luna(Cuban invited artist) and more.
Patricia Field ARTFASHION Opening Night Party at White Dot Gallery
Address: Dot Gallery. 2245 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL.
Date and time: Thursday, December 7, from 7 pm to 9 pm.
What: Patricia Field is celebrating her ARTFASHION Opening Night with a gallery exhibition and pop-up shop featuring a curated selection of one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, and art. There will also be sculptures by an exclusive group of artists, including Kyle Brincefield, Scooter Laforge, Jody Morlock, Suzan Pitt, Steven Wine and Iris Bonner.
Please RSVP at PatriciaField@TaraInk.com.
Ron Barceló X HIVE Basel
Address: 2250 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL.
Date and time: Thursday, December 7, to Saturday, December 9.
What: Ron Barceló Rum partners up with HIVE – a pop-up lounge nestled in the heart of Wynwood during Miami Art Basel Week to present Instinct: Animal, Uninhibited, and the Expert series. The complimentary four-day exhibition will showcase emerging artists’ interpretation of the Barceló variants. The series kicks off with renowned and infamous artist Maximo Caminero on Thursday, December 7, with Live Opera by soprano artist Veronica Logan; Figurative artist Hazel Griffiths and modern artist Vanessa Velib on Friday, December 8 and rising star abstract painter Eddy Bogart’s Living Art Concept campaign on Saturday, December 9.
“The Circle of Land and Sky” Phillip K. Smith III
Address: Faena Beach. 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Date and time: Monday, December 4 to Sunday, December 10.
What: Presented by Faena Art, Phillip K. Smith III’s piece defines a reflective space within the beach environment, composed entirely of two most prominent elements: water and sky. Formed by 300 geometric reflectors angled at 110 degrees, the artwork directly engages with the ocean surrounding and the endless heavens. As the light shifts and the viewer moves through the installation, land, water, and sky are separated, merged, and displaced, subverting one’s assumed relationship with the horizon. It is a constantly changing installation that can never be seen the same way twice. Debuts Monday, December 4 on Faena Beach. Active 24 hours a day with free admission and open to the public.
Vegas: Alter Your Reality
Address: 2534 North Miami Ave, Miami, FL.
Date and time: December 7 to Sunday, December 9, from 1 pm to 9 pm.
What: High tech meets stylized art at Zadok Gallery during this upcoming Miami Art Week with Vegas: Alter Your Reality. Sin City arrives in Wynwood with an experiential art gallery. LVCVA (Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority) partnered up with five internationally-renowned artists to share their individual interpretations of Las Vegas in a 360° virtual reality art form after their visits to the adult playground. Using Samsung Gear VR, artists participating include Brazilian artist Adhemas Batista, English street artist Insa, French artist Fafi, Canadian visual artist Signal Noise and digital artist Beeple.