Our Art Editor’s guide to fashion’s favorite winter weekend—five must-see shows during Miami’s Basel weekend.
By Harry Feldman
Art Basel Public
For the duration of the fair, Collins Park with be scattered with 27 sculptural works by the young and influential (think Sterling Ruby and Olaf Breuning). One of the only times to look at art in the Miami sun, a walk through the park is on our not-to-miss list. (You’ll remember it when you’re cold and waiting for the subway.)
As it wouldn't be Basel without a party, the park opened with performances by Ryan Gander and William Pope.L, among others.
Wednesday, December 2, through the weekend
NO MAN’S LAND at the Rubell Family Collection
Between the show at the Rubell, and Pace announcing a completely female booth of artists this year, it seems as if the ladies are running the show this year in Miami. NO MAN’S LAND is packed with 100 of the art world’s it-girls, where the tried-and-true (Yayoi Kusama, Jenny Holzer, Cindy Sherman) will accompany some newcomers (Dana Schutz, Katherine Bernhardt, Rachel Harrison).
Join Jennifer Rubell (represented in the exhibition) to open the show with Devotion, her performative art breakfast. Don’t ask.
95 NW 29th St
Thursday, December 3, through the weekend
Artsy Projects: Nautilus
If you must sit by a pool during the day, at least do it at Miami’s newest and artsiest hotel, the Nautilus. Artsy.com has curated a show of notables of repute, including a painting done at the bottom of the pool by the ever-chic Katherine Bernhardt. You’ll also be familiar with the artist Chloe Wise, popularized last year with her Chanel bagel bags.
1825 Collins Avenue, through the weekend
Spencer Finch’s Ice Cream Truck
Free ice cream—need I say more? If you still need convincing, visit artist Spencer Finch and sample his five sunset-hued soft serve ice creams, or “edible monochromes,” from his solar-powered truck, free of charge. It’s perhaps even more artful than your last 16 Handles creation.
3401 NE 1st Ave
Through Saturday, December 5, from 1 – 8 PM
The Other Fairs
The Other Fairs! Basel is no longer just Basel—Art Miami, Pulse, NADA, Red Dot…the list is endless. With the rising importance of these satellite fairs, some of your favorite artists might have found a less frenzied home outside of the main convention center. This list is your new best friend.
Soho House Closing Party
End the week on a high note at Soho House’s end-of-Basel fete, where LA-based painter Lisa Solberg is set to debut her newest, most immersive installation. Titled ‘Mister Lee’s Shangri-LA,’ the work is rumored to integrate a dance floor and a greenhouse, allowing partygoers to explore themes of nature through the conscious and unconscious mind. If you can’t make it to the party (or the line at the door is too long), you can catch Solberg’s installation at her show at MAMA Gallery in LA, which opens December 19th.