Design Lover's Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 & Design Miami 2018

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Design Lover’s Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 & Design Miami 2018

December is coming and for many that means it’s time to turn up the Christmas music and spread the joy, but for those with the designer’s eye and a love for art, it’s time to dig up those bathing suits from summer and head down to Miami for Miami Art Week, Art Basel Miami 2018, and Design Miami/ 2018. At the heart of Miami Art Week, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 6-9 Art Basel Miami will take center stage in the experience of a lifetime.
Art Basel was initially founded in Basel, Switzerland in 1970 and in 2002 expanded to Miami because of its unique location in between North and South America and it’s amazing city culture as a hub of creativity that can be seen within its state of the art museums or walking down the street.

Photograph of a man covered in fruit by LUIGI ONTANI, Perentorio 2007, Courtesy Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Roma

“Perentorio” (2007, color photograph), 51-inch diameter, by Luigi Ontani. Source: Photo Courtesy of Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma via Art Basel.

Drawing over 77,000 art dealers, artists, and collectors and having over 260 galleries from over 33 countries, Art Basel Miami has become North America’s most complete international art fair generating over 20 Satellites and having enough parties and events circulating to make every minute of your experience at Art Basel Miami memorable.
The abundance of things to see this week is marvelous, read on for details on some of our favorites!


Create & Cultivate Vision Summit at Miami Art Week 2018 - Art Basel Miami 2018 -  Design Miami 2018

Create & Cultivate Vision Summit. Source: Create & Cultivate.

Create & Cultivate Vision Summit

Create and Cultivate Vision Summit will be hosting multiple female entrepreneurs in power from the worlds of art, tech, design, and food. Actress Jamie Chung, Rent The Runway founder Jenn Hyman and CEO of Disfunkshion Magazine Hugette Montesinos, lead a discussion with the goal to inspire and enlighten up and coming creative geniuses.

The Art Plug Power House

As you walk through the blocks of The Art Plug Power House you’ll encounter monster truck and motorbike shows, High Hemp Smoke+ Mirrors, more than 30 activations, and over 20 artists all contributing to turn this abandoned impound into a glorious gallery.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams

Sleeping Beauty Dreams is a ballet performance that mends together tech and art to drag the audience into a complex storytelling experience of a 19th century story retold in the 2018 way.

Basel House

Basel House brings together art, nightlife and fun activations in a weekend where you can see 40 large scale murals and installations, shop at dozens of pop up shops, and leave your mark on Miami in one of the graffiti workshops.

The Art of Banksy

The Art of Banksy sheds light on the underappreciated London based street artist by having his traveling exhibit make a stop in Miami where it will display 80 original works including a print of the renowned Girl with a Balloon.

Feminist Fireworks by Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago, the famous women’s activist who found the ground to be too masculine and so decided to bring femininity to the atmosphere through fireworks, will light up the sky at Miami Beach where she seeks to spread her message of sexual equality to all of Miami with a bang. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning” opens December 4.

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Visit one of the many satellite events for more inspiring art and design!

Design Miami/ - Design Miami 2018 - Miami art show

Design Miami/ 2017. Source: Courtesy of Design Miami/.

SCOPE Miami Beach, display of new contemporary modern art with large scale installations and immersive projects
Miami Street Photography Festival, the spot to see hundred of prints by emerging photographers as they compete to be one of the three works that will be chosen to be displayed at Art Basel.
PULSE Miami Beach, a fair dedicated solely to contemporary art.
Aqua Art Miami, bringing a local vibe to Miami art week, walk through a South Beach Hotel where rooms are transformed into gallery spaces, experience live tattooing as three female tattooists provide a new world view, or help Katarra Peterson reinvent the Rapunzel fairy tale by braiding weave lengths of braided hair into a rope.
Art Miami, The 29 year old unofficial kick off to Miami Art Week hosts 160 international galleries from across 68 cities and draws in celebrity guests like Frank Ocean, Amar’e Stoudemire, and more. 
Design Miami/ 2018, But for interior designers everywhere and anyone who appreciates furniture the Miami Art Week show will be stolen by Design Miami/. Where the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, and critics from around the world will come together, Design Miami/ is an appreciation of exhibit worthy 20th and 21st century furniture pieces, it’s a place for commercial opportunities, and it is also the breeding ground for unique collaborations amongst designers and design institutions of architecture, art, design, and fashion that wish to create new jaw dropping pieces. It will be opened from the 5th of December to the 9th and is adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, a short walk from Art Basel in Miami Beach.
Here are a few things we cannot wait to see at Design Miami 2018!

CARPENTERS workshop gallery at Design Miami galleries

Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Design Miami/. Source: Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery via Design Miami/.

At Design Miami/ Galleries

Carpenters Workshop Gallery
didier ltd
Kasmin Mattia Bonetti exhibition
Todd Merrill Studio
The Future Perfect
Hostler Burrows

Sugar Ring by Meret Oppenheim 1936 2014 at Martina Simeti at Design Miami 2018 - Art Basel Miami 2018

Sugar Ring by Meret Oppenheim 1936 2014 at Martina Simeti. Source: Photo Courtesy of Gems and Ladders via Design Miami/.

At Curio

Calico Wallpaper
Nadja Zerunian presents Liabilities
Martina Simeti presents The Corner Piece N° 2 curated by Ligia Dias


Louis Vuitton presents Objets Nomades


Wynwood Art and Fashion District - Art Basel Miami 2018 - Design Miami 2018

Wynwood Art and Fashion District. Source: iStock by Getty.

During Miami Art Week the city will be alive from neighborhoods such as Faena Art , the Wynwood Arts District, and the Miami Design District. If you can visit them all, do! You will be sure to experience new and modern architecture, the street art culture of the city, or simply see how Miami does art.
words by Dylan Fanico
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