Early buzz on the hottest events
We may be a month away from Art Basel Miami Beach, the contemporaryart mess of tented art fairs and celebrity-studded parties, but big events are already beckoning from every pocket of Greater Miami.
So if you’re booking travel plans for December or — more impressive — you’re making a day-by-day schedule, you’re in luck: We have the early word on Art Basel week’s five buzziest gatherings.
But first, the obvious: The granddaddy art fair Art Basel Miami Beach returns Dec. 6-9 to the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Drive) with 268 galleries from 34 countries. Some 20-odd satellite art fairs will also be competing for your Basel bucks.
Last year, a Kanye West bounce house visited Wynwood. A pop-up Museum of Ice Cream with environmentally unfriendly sprinkles lured South Florida’s candy fiends, including this reporter. But this year belongs to British street-art rascal Banksy and interactive art tech.
Here are the Art Basel events vying to become your new favorite Instagram obsessions. Opens Nov. 15 at 736 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; $17-$24; Artechouse.com
Billing itself as a “digital art immersion” exhibit, Artechouse (pronounced “art-tech-house”) is like a holodeck from “Star Trek.” Visitors can touch, draw on and move around art elements inside 10 interactive rooms covered in dancing digital projections. This 15,000-square-foot permanent art space will open to the public Nov. 15, two weeks ahead of Art Basel, with the exhibit “XYZT Abstract Landscapes” by French digital artists Adrien Mand Claire B. Their installations include “Kinetic Sand,” in which users push grains of sand on a touchscreen; and “Field of Vectors,” digital “grass” that visitors can manipulate with their feet. Through Dec. 9 at Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW17th St., Miami; free; Frost.FIU.edu
Here’s the most glaring statistic buried amid the many incarceration letters, poems, essays and notes wallpapering the Frost’s art gallery: 2.2 million people sit in U.S. prisons and jails, a 500 percent increase since the late 1970s, according to the nonprofit advocacy center the Sentencing Project. The letters come from artist Hank Willis Thomas (and his nonprofit For Freedoms project) and Baz Dreisinger, who spent years teaching in prisons and collected hundreds of inmates’ handwritten and typed messages on display. Opens Dec. 1 at Magic City Studios, 6301 NE Fourth Ave., Miami; $35.99-$49.99; BanksyExhibit.com
Loyal followers of Banksy’s shenanigans will remember his stance on charging fans to see his art. (He flat out refuses, which is why his stenciled-graffiti works are all on public walls.) So it should come as no surprise that this touring show of 80 Banksy paintings, sculptures, screen prints and earlycareer photographs wasn’t exactly authorized by the British icon. The globetrotting exhibit instead comes from Steve Lazarides, the elusive street artist’s former agent, who tapped private collectors to loan out their Banksy originals. Miss it during Art Basel week? You’ll have time: The show will close Feb. 28. Dec. 5-9 at Art Miami, 1 Miami Herald Plaza, NE 14th St., Miami; $35-$275; 305-517-7977 or ArtMiami.com
Forget leaping into pools full of multicolored plastic sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream: Artist Peter Anton has been building towering odes to chocolate and candy for years. During Art Basel 2012, Anton debuted “Sugar and Gomorrah,” a theme parkstyle attraction allowing visitors to ride a roller coaster through a maze of sugary sculptures, nude models and the faux ruins of a destroyed city. Anton’s newest palate-teasing monument to sweets is “Choco Tower,” a 10-foot-tall stack of five chocolate bonbons, with two chocolates half eaten. The 1,000-pound sculpture will appear in the Galerie von Braunbehrens’ booth at Art Miami. 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; $42.52-$213.72; 305-949-6722 or ArshtCenter.org
Michael Caputo, a Miami-based, former Donald Trump aide who has been interviewed by Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller, is producing “Sleeping Beauty Dreams,” a ballet starring prima ballerina Diana Vishneva that will premiere during Art Basel week. A dance-meets-art twist on the classic fairy tale, the production will feature ballet dancers onstage performing alongside digital avatars to a soundtrack from Dutch electronica composers Noisia.
Artechhouse will open to the public on Nov. 15 in Miami Beach, two weeks before Art Basel Miami Beach.
“The Writing on the Wall” is on view now through Dec. 9 at the Frost Museum