Early buzz on the hottest events

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - ART - By Phillip Valys

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

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