Here’s What You Absolutely Can’t Miss at Art Basel Miami Beach & Art Week 2018

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Every year, Art Basel Miami Beach takes over the 305 with art and design exhibits, panels, and parties. Miami Beach has become the Swiss-born expo’s most raucous edition thanks to the celebrities in attendance, the money thrown at artworks, and the over-the-top parties at practically every hotel and yacht in the metropolitan area.

If you’ve watched Art Basel Miami Beach unfold on social media in years past, you might have gotten the sense it’s one big party — and the only party in town. But the week-long Miami Art Week program, of which Art Basel is just one part, is both compelling and diverse. Galleries and artists bring work from all over the world, and brands commission incredible one-off installations and performances.

In addition to the commercial attractions of Art Basel Miami Beach, there are numerous individual art fairs to check out. These include DesignMiami/, SCOPE, PULSE, Prizm, Art Miami, CONTEXT, FAIR, NADA, FREE!, Aqua Art, Pinta Miami, Spectrum Miami, Art Africa Miami, and UNTITLED, Art, among others. So before you head to Florida, here are 10 things not to miss at Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach 2018.

December 5-9, 2018 at the Wynwood Walls at Goldman Global Arts Gallery

Portuguese artist Vhils has a solo exhibition inside the Wynwood Walls at the Goldman Global Arts Gallery. “Ethereal” is being presented at the pinnacle of a 10-year cycle of work focused on cultural homogenization. Other artists exhibiting on the Wynwood Walls this year include Ron English, Queen Andrea, Kobra, and more.

From December 1 to the end of the 2018 holiday season in Miami Design District

Dozie Kanu has created multiple public pieces for the Miami Design District’s 2018 holiday commission. The commission, now in its fourth year, gives designers the opportunity to transform Miami’s streets through immersive concepts. Spread throughout the district, Kanu’s “Birdfeeders and Play Structures” are inspired by and designed to nurture childhood curiosity.

December 5, 2018-April 21, 2019 at the Bass Museum

For their first solo museum exhibition, the Los Angeles-based Haas Brothers are showing works intersecting art and design that explore themes of nature, sexuality, nostalgia, and social equity. The Bass has concurrent exhibitions by Paola Pivi and Aaron Curry in addition to an excellent permanent collection.

December 4-6 at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel

Half Gallery and Harper’s Books are presenting a series of fighter portraits by Fab 5 Freddy in the Nautilus hotel library as part of an annual series curated by SIXTY Hotels co-founder and creative director Jason Pomeranc. Additional projects at the hotel include exhibitions and works by Suzy Kellems Dominik, Vik Muniz, David Salle, Louise Bonnet, Kenny Schachter, and more.

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