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Art This Way: Miami Beach

Each December, Miami Beach becomes the center of the contemporary and modern art world during Miami Art Week.From November 30th through December 5th, Art Basel comes to town and sets the entire metropolitan area ablaze with festivities surrounding emerging and established artists of every medium. The magic city’s galleries and museums get the party started well ahead, launching their winter collections and installations throughout the fall. Each is carefully curated to attract the most visionary eyes in the art world, but with accessibility to everyone.

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, has already begun it’s long term fall show with The Willfulness of Objects. This collection is by artists who utilize found, altered, recycled, or transformed everyday objects as their materials to explore facets of human nature, history, and the surrounding environment. Outside the museum, on view until April, and extending from Collins Avenue along the promenade to the museum’s entrance, is Abraham Cruzvillas’ Agua Dulce. This large-scale sculptural installation brings the artist’s philosophy of a practice of resilience and generosity to The Bass’ Collins Park. Utilizing numerous species of flora, fauna and mineral; performers mimicking native birds; and seating that the artist constructed with locally sourced materials, Agua Dulce will form a plant environment in front of the museum, free for the public to enjoy.

The Wolfsonian, in South Beach, describes its mission as: using objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, political, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The museum encourages people to see the world in new ways and to learn from the past as they shape the present and influence the future. They reopen on November 18th with their fall collection, Aerial Vision, which explores how the early 20th-century inventions—airplanes and skyscrapers, were each considered the embodiment of human achievement and a harbinger of a better tomorrow, and how this sparked an era of remarkable creativity and new systems of seeing the world. This exhibition of paintings, posters, furniture, and more, highlights the previously inaccessible vertical perspectives that now, of course, we can’t imagine life without. 

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a nonprofit gallery located in a 50,000 square foot retro-fitted warehouse in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. Their doors reopen October 20th with their fall exhibitions, this year all from the collection of renowned collector Martin Z. For Art Basel they will have extended hours, along with the rest of Miami’s nightlife. 

The culmination of it all, Miami Art Week, arrives Tuesday, November 30th and runs through Sunday, December 5th, taking the city by storm. The towering tents of Design Miami/, Scope Miami, and Art Miami are erected specifically for the week, and in some cases right on the sand, compete with Art Basel, housed in the Miami Beach Convention Center, in addition to any number of pop-up galleries, surprise showings, street and performance art. It is easily the greatest manifestation of art in the world, mere steps from our luxury oceanfront hotel. 

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