SocialMiami’s Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach

Art's Winter Playground


December 2 – 9

“In Fashion ’07” will feature an exclusive collection of more than 200 contemporary works of photographic art personally signed by some of the world’s leading icons in fashion photography. Thierry Mugler, the Twentieth Century fashion icon, will exhibit his most rare and diverse photography taken during his most infamous years – a collection that has not yet been exhibited in the U.S. until now. Teaming up with Marion de Beaupré, an undisputed European authority in fashion photography for more than 25 years, Miami Beach Art Photo Expo presents the inaugural exhibition of 20 of the world’s most famous and emerging fashion photographers. “In Fashion ’07” is highly anticipated to become a major attraction during Art Basel Miami Beach. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Surfcomber Hotel
1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-532-7715 (Surfcomber Hotel)


December 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

In celebration of Art Basel, the Miami Science Museum is hosting a “green” reception for a collaborative eco-art intervention by Miami artist Xavier Cortada. Guests will see the largest eco-art installation in South Florida and learn the science behind the urban reforestation project, “Native Flags.” You can get involved with Cortada’s project to restore habitats for plants and animals by planting one of 12 native tree saplings to rebuild our community’s native tree canopy. Flags and saplings are available at the museum gift shop. The Reclamation Project was launched by Cortada on Earth Day 2006, and now over 1,111 mangrove seedlings are on exhibit at the Science Museum where the Reclamation Project is based. Their eventual reforestation will create a mangrove colony on Biscayne Bay and help rebuild natural ecosystems above and below the waterline. According to Cortada, “The Reclamation Project aims to remind us of what our community was like before all the concrete was poured.”

Miami Science Museum’s Wildlife Center
3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami


December 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Artists from ArtCenter South Florida celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach by exhibiting at the Michael Graves Building on Ocean Drive. See the work of Luisa Mesa, Alex Heria, Lazaro Amaral, Neysa Jin Felker, Kristen Thiele, Melissa Ruffino, Elsa Carolina Muñoz, Jill Hotchkiss, Eurydice Kamvisseli and Kathy Kissik on view December 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Join the artists at the closing reception Monday for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

1500 Ocean Drive Condominium
1500 Ocean Drive, South Beach
786-493-3333 (Craig Badinger)


December 3

Celebrate with Miami artistSheila Elias her retrospective that will travel to museums and galleries throughout North America. Accompanying the exhibit will be “Somewhere-Anywhere,” a monograph of Elias, written and edited by noted critics and curators LA Peter Frank and NY Robert Morgan. This prolific and adventurous multimedia artist connects life and art through aesthetics and social consciousness. Her work, shown in major museum collections, includes paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations. Pictured: “Shattered”

Sheila Elias Studio
1510 N.E. 130th Street, North Miami


December 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

MOCA celebrates the opening of “Jorge Pardo: House,” the first US museum survey with over 60 sculptures, paintings and installations from the ‘80’s to the present. Pardo creates extraordinary works in the form of recognizable objects that cross the boundaries of art, design and architecture, often defying genre and definition. This reception is made possible by Art in America, Aventura Mall, Interview, Grey Goose Vodka and Stella Artois. General admission is $25; free for MOCA members, City of North Miami residents and employees, and Art Basel VIPs and exhibitions.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami


December 4 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The work of two teachers from South Florida’s school districts will be featured at the specialArt Basel-timed opening of the Haitian Heritage Museum. Photography by Marc-Arthur Jean Louis, a Homestead High teacher from the seaside town of Jacmel, and multi-media work by Port-au-Prince native Milka Denis, a teacher at Lauderhill Middle School, will debut at the new museum. Committed to providing a platform for Haitian Americans within the Diaspora, the museum will offer programming to educate the public about the contributions made to the world of art, music, film and literature by Haitians and those of Haitian descent. The opening is free and open to the public.

Haitian Heritage Museum
3940 North Miami Avenue, Miami Design District


December 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.

flow Miami 2007 relocates to the newly redone Dorset Hotel and features 30 exhibitors from 25 cities. The work shown will be from emerging, mid-career and well established artists. Hours are Weds Noon to 6 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri & Sat 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Opening reception features DJ and drinks, or stop by any night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a “flowtini” or Budselect, compliments of Anheuser Busch.

The Dorset Hotel
1720 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


December 5 from 8 to 10 p.m.

TheBass Museum of Art welcomes its members and VIP guests from around the globe for their biggest bash of the year! Together with Arte al Dia International, the Museum presents an Opening Night Preview for the premiere of “Promises of Paradise: Staging Mid-Century Miami.” The exhibition, organized by the Bass Museum, showcases the architecture, urban planning, design and decorative arts of mid-century Miami and those whose vision shaped Miami’s unique lifestyle – most authentic when it’s most artificial. This private event is open to Bass members, Arte al Dia International guests, Art Basel VIP cardholders and exhibitors. Become a Bass member NOW and be on the event’s VIP list! Pictured: Castaways Island Motel, 1958; Charles F. McKirahan, architect; Courtesy of Florida Architecture Magazine 1958, photographer unknown.

Bass Museum of Art
2121 Park Avenue, Miami Beach


December 5 – 9

Art Miami presents nearly 100 galleries from 17 countries – many of them established gallerists enjoying their first year at Art Miami. The 100,000 sq ft pavilion in Wynwood is just blocks away from Miami’s most renowned galleries and the Miami Design District. There are lounges, a full service restaurant and convenient shuttle service. Open Weds – Sat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 a day; $9 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more.

N.W. 2nd Avenue at 22nd Street
Wynwood Art District


December 5 – 9

Returning for its 6th year, Miami’s original emerging art fair, SCOPE Miami 2007, presents 98 exhibitors from 22 countries in a new 60,000 sq ft pavilion close to Wynwood Art District’s top galleries. With art fairs in Miami, New York, Basel, Hamptons, London and Madrid, SCOPE has emerged as the most comprehensive destination for cutting-edge galleries and new artists. Shuttles run daily to SCOPE from The Standard Miami Beach, the Raleigh Hotel and Art Basel Miami Beach. Open Thurs – Sat from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun to 6 p.m. Admission is $12.

Roberto Clemente Park
101 N.W. 34th Street, Wynwood Art District


December 5 – 9

Organized by artfairs, inc., photo MIAMI, an international contemporary art fair for photo-based art, video and new media, returns to Miami for its second year. It’s the only fair during Art Basel Miami Beach dedicated exclusively to photography and media based art, offering an overview of current international trends. Exhibitors represent 11 countries from established to emerging galleries. $10 for a one-day pass. Open Dec 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dec 6-8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Dec 9 till 6 p.m.

NW 31st Street and North Miami Avenue, Miami


In December

The complete portfolio of 10 daringly provocative and irreverent, signed and numbered screenprints of Andy Warhol’s Mao is on view atOpera Gallery. In the 70’s Warhol painted one of the world’s most resounding propaganda images by re-shaping the Chairman’s all-powerful portrait. Using bright paints, eye shadow and an almost Mona Lisa smile to Mao’s lips, the artist feminized the dictator and made him look like a foppish, middle-aged drag queen. Using his intuitive grasp of the similarities between contemporary painting and the visual strategies of advertising, Warhol transformed an icon that symbolized both power and suffering for millions of people, into an optically charged work of art. The Mao series was originally commissioned by Bruno Bischofberger, a Zurich-based art dealer and Warhol collector, and was exhibited for the first time in Basel, Switzerland. Now, the 10 images with their incredible variations, shocking color combinations and brilliant use of repetition, can be seen at Opera Gallery in Bal Harbour during Art Basel Miami. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Pictured: Andy Warhol, MAO, 1972, 91.4 x 91.4 cm (36 x 36).

Opera Gallery in Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour


December 5 – 9

Michael & St. Armand’s “ENVIRONments” at FENDI CASA is the new Lounge for VIPs during Art Basel. It offers art-fair-crazed collectors a place to retreat when the crowds and noise and hustle of the art fairs gets too much; ENVIRONments offers you a VIP ENVIRONment where you can relax, have a cocktail, enjoy delicious culinary specialties, connect with extraordinary people, and appreciate the finest in design.

Miami Design District; 90 N.E. 39th Street


December 5 – 9

Outstanding galleries from America, Europe and Latin American, fused with special museum-quality curated programs, screenings and installations, will showcase established and cutting-edge artists. The fair, open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., is organized by Edge Zones and Miami artist Charo Oquet as a means to present Miami’s art scene to an international public.

2214 N. Miami Avenue, Miami


December 5 – 9

The third PULSE Miami boasts an important array of 80 international galleries from 16 countries in its spacious 40,000 sq ft venue with an outdoor lounge. See the First Edition of Kaikai Kiki’s GEISAI Miami, Takashi Murakami’s studio where a juried group of 20 young artists will display their work in a professional art fair setting. Admission is $15; seniors and students $10 – advance purchase not necessary. Open daily from 10 a.m. – Weds till 4; Thurs-Sat till 6; Sun till 5 p.m. Complimentary Shuttles from The Loews Hotel and Art Basel Miami Beach, Entrance D, with stops in Wynwood, Overtown and Miami Design District.

SoHo Studios (Enter on 21st Street)
2136 N.W. 1st Avenue, Wynwood Art District


December 6 from 9 a.m. to noon

Organized byMOCA, over 40 canvases from2000 to the present are presented in Enoc Perez’ first major museum exhibition. Perez uses a complex painting process to create evocative portraits, tropical still lifes and renderings of modernist architectural icons. The exhibition will be on view through March 22. Pictured: Barbados Hilton, 2004, Oil on canvas, 72″ x 90″; The Hall Collection. The opening is part of the Wynwood Art District Tour.

MOCA at Goldman Warehouse
404 N.W. 26th Street, Wynwood Art District


December 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Internationally known artist Leonardo Hidalgo will be exhibiting his collection “At the Speedof Light” atLurie Galleries in Miami’s Art + Design District. In recent years, Hidalgo has gained recognition across the globe, and his latest collection is painting the town red among many other vibrant colors. The Ecuadorian artist’s latest inspiration is recollecting his past and childhood years, which gives him the ability to see life through child-like eyes. Cachaca Moleca will be providing cocktails throughout the night, and Brickell Avenue’s Marinheiro Restaurant will be serving a fusion of International and Portuguese hors d’oeurves. In addition, Supercar Weekend will be exhibiting three luxury automobiles.

Lurie Galleries
3900 NE 1st Avenue


December 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Hundreds of drawings collected from artists, celebrities and other VIPs will be sold for $50 to benefit Florida International University’s Masters in Art program. The mystery elements comes into play when the name of the artist is revealed AFTER you purchase the piece! Past celebrity artists have included Madonna, Roberto Cavalli, Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia and Whoopi Goldberg. All works are 6″ x 9″ and will remain on display anonymously through Saturday.

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


December 6 from 8 to 10 p.m.

MOCA Shakers,MOCA’s young internationalpatrons group, are hosting a salsa party for Puerto Rican-born artist Enoc Perez. The party is sponsored by Travel + Leisure and Grey Goose Vodka. Annual membership for MOCA Shakers is $150 for individuals and $250 per couple.

The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-893-6211, Ext. 33


December 6 – 9

Two hundred of the most prestigious galleries in the world – selected from more than 850 applicants – will show works by over 2,000 artists. An array of special exhibitions and events are available to visitors, and one-hour long ArtNexus guided tours are available in English and Spanish. Cost of tour is $17 p/p. Art Basel Miami Beach is open noon to 8 p.m. Thurs – Sat and till 6 p.m. on Sun. Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster – one-day tickets are $30; after 5 p.m. $15; and multi-day passes are $65. Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Miami Beach Convention Center
Enter through Hall D or Hall A, Miami Beach


December 6 – 9

RAM (Representational Artists Movement) Miami, an Art Basel Miami Beach satellite event, is transforming the Miami City Ballet studios into an art experience that will involve the viewer from the moment they enter with atmospheric lighting, visual projections and living sculpture. Collaborating with MCB, RAM will present vignettes and juxtaposed art objects, including graffiti, murals, life-size sculptures, 3-dimensional trompe l’oeil and a “Live & Wet” painting of a principal MCB dancer. The exhibition is free and open to the public Weds 9 to 11:30 p.m., Thurs-Sat from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from noon to 5 p.m. A portion of proceeds benefit Miami City Ballet. Pictured: The Persistent Dream of Youth, 72″ x 120″ oil on canvas by Christopher Pugliese.

Miami City Ballet Studios
2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach


December 6 – 9

Gallery Diet at The Bridge Art Fair presents Brian Burkhardt’s conceptual exhibition that indiscriminately shows the work of emerging and under-recognized artists. Word of Mouth imposed a standard size limitation so submitted work must fit in a flat-rate USPS box. The exhibition room will be transformed using cork, allowing the show to be in a constant state of flux with maximum exposure realized for the vast group of international artists who were chosen to exhibit. Open Dec 6 from noon to 4 p.m.; Dec 7 & 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Catalina Hotel, Room 117
1732 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-674-1160 (Catalina Hotel)


December 6 – 9

Art Now Fair will showcase 45 galleries from six different countries that focus on emerging and cutting edge artists. Participating galleries are encouraged to be creative with their installations and to present a wide diversity of new and established artists and a range of medium from painting and photography to installation and video. The emphasis is making the art experience enjoyable for their Miami visitors. Free and open to the public Thurs – Sat from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Claremont Hotel
1700 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


December 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.

A new world class addition to the contemporary art scene in Miami will open its doors during Art Basel week showcasing the talent of international artists throughout its 17,000 sq ft newly remodeled space in the Wynwood Art District. Armelle Bertin-Toublanc will host a private soiree for international and local collectors, philanthropists and socialites who will gather to enjoy her hospitality and exquisite art. For a special invitation to SocialMiami subscribers, please respond to Bertin-Toublanc’s original house gallery is centrally located in Paris, steps away from the Champs-Elysees and the Grand Palais, where they feature a progressive artistic vision of figurative and incisive contemporary art from emerging and established talent such as Baba Anand (India), Liu Bolin (China), Supakitch (France), Philippe Chevallier (France) and Mauro Perucchetti (UK).

Galerie Bertin-Toublanc
2534 North Miami Avenue, Miami
786-718-5272 (Frederic Letzelter)


December 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Join the fun every first Friday when Gables Gallery Night attracts collectors and young professionals to the art galleries, sidewalk tapas bars, fine restaurants and clubs in safe, comfortable downtown Coral Gables. Whisked between galleries aboard free air-conditioned minibus limousines or the city’s quaint trolleys, thousands of visitors join local residents at Greater Miami’s liveliest monthly event. Enjoy complementary refreshments, stroll through exhibitions of contemporary and modern Latin American, North American, and European art, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, works on paper and photography, along with art books, in a downtown area chock full of fascinating boutiques. Top off your evening in one of Coral Gables’ celebrated dining spots – all within easy walking distance! Click toview participating member galleries.

Throughout Coral Gables’ Business District
Coral Gables


December 7 from 8 p.m. to midnight

Gen Art is hosting one of its legendary parties celebrating the opening of “No One Belongs Here More Than You.” Guests will enjoy complimentary beverages courtesy of Bombay Sapphire, Peroni and smartwater, and DJ Ray Milian will be on hand to keep the party in the groove all night long. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door (cash only please). Gen Art members receive complimentary or discounted tickets depending on their membership level. The highly anticipated exhibition, curated by Francesco LoCastro and presented by Gen Art Miami, features works from over 25 of the most widely recognized Urban Contemporary and Pop Surrealism artists from around the world. Included are paintings, sculptures and installations, complemented by the newest series of works from Miami artist Lebo, entitled “Infinite Echoes and Supersonic Soul Stories.” The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs from Dec 5-9, open daily from noon to 8 p.m.

Palm Court
309 23rd Street (off Collins), Miami Beach


December 8 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Russell Simmons, along with philanthropists Allison Weiss Brady and Chip Brady, host an invitation-only cocktail party and shopping event that benefits Russell’s foundation Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The organization supports education programs for at-risk children and supports emerging artists. Sponsors include Energy & Fuel Consultants, vodka from Grey Goose, Wicked Good Chocolates by Emack & Bolio’s, and, a leading art gallery of vintage drawings from Disney, Warner Bros., and Peanuts. Event chairs are Melanie and Ryan Herman, Diane N. Weiss, and Jill Viner, co-owner of the Florida Panthers. The artwork of Shinique Smith will be featured, and a percentage of sales benefits Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Pictured: Co-hosts Chip Brady, Allison Weiss Brady, and Russell Simmons.

634 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
305-534-0008 to inquire about invitations


December 8 at 3:30 p.m.

The Wolfsonian hosts Debbie Millman, a renowned branding expert, designer and writer, who will moderate a “Design Matters” live session with Vancouver-based illustrator/designer Marian Bantjes, Miami-based Carlos Perez, the core of Elastic People, and George Mill, the Publikum Calendar Creative Director who started the project. Publikum Calendar 2008: Guide for Living features works by 12 world-renowned designers and is one of the most extraordinary calendars in the world. The event is free and open to the public.

The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach


December 8 at 6:30 p.m.

What has become one of Miami’s most anticipated events also attracts international art patrons intown to attend Art Basel Miami Beach. This year theMiami Art Museum’s gala looks forward to the museum’s new home at Museum Park by taking place on the very site of the building which is being designed by world famous architects Herzog & deMeuron. Tickets range from $600 to $1,000 p/p.

Museum Park
1075 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-663-5307 (Debra Chase)


December 8 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Three artists, three continents – through December 31 atLocust Projects. See “Pocket Stadium” by the Swiss-based duo known as L/B, Sabine Lang and Daniel Baumann in the main room; “Get Lost,” curated by Canadian-born Mark Clintberg, in the Project room; and the site-specific mural project of Ed Young, a South African artist who will create a new mural every 4 months for one year (pictured). Participating in Clintberg’s compilation of single-channel video art, a collective exploration of wandering and romanticism, are: Daniel Barrow, Slavica Ceperkovic, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Susannah Wesley, Emily Vey Duke, Cooper Battersby and Stacey Watson.

Locust Projects
105 N.W. 23rd Street, Miami


December 9 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon

Lowe Art Museum is celebrating Art Basel at their annual Art Collectors’ Champagne Brunch. Enjoy chamber music performed by students from the UM Frost School of Music. The brunch is free for Lowe members and Art Basel VIP cardholders. Join now to be included.

Lowe Art Museum at UM
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables


December 9 from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Celebrated American sculptor Tom Otterness is the Frost Art Museum’s special guest at Breakfast in the Park, an official Art Basel sponsored event. Guests will enjoy a complimentary breakfast outdoors, guided tours of the sculpture park, and an informal lecture by Otterness. Best known for his unique public sculpture, Otterness’ stylized bronze figures issue cautionary commentaries on society, politics and commerce in an accessible and humorous approach. His work is in the collections of MOMA, The Whitney Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the San Francisco Museum of Art. He currently resides in Brooklyn and is represented by the Marlborough Gallery. Free bus transportation to the Frost Art Museum will depart the Miami Beach Convention Center Hall D at 9:30 a.m. and return at noon.Email for more information. Pictured: Tom Otterness, Large Frog and Bee, 2005, Bronze, edition of 3, 41 x 76 x 51″; courtesy of Marlborough Gallery.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU
305-348-0401 (Amy Pollack)


December 7 – 9 from noon to 5 p.m.

Designers and artists will offer live, interactive demonstrations throughout the Miami DesignDistrict. Ten innovative new and established designers have been invited to create art for the public in public. These design performances will take place continuously in the Loft Building (3627 N.E. 1st Court); the Chatham Building (155 N.E. 40th Street); and at Oak Plaza (160 N.E. 40th Street).

Moore Building
N.E. 40th Street at 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District

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