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10 Art Week Happenings You Shouldn’t Miss!

By Germaine Benson

11.16.16

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Art Week is coming! Starting Nov. 28 (and sooner) Miami will be a hub of activity with exhibits, fairs, initiatives and events that cover the spectrum of creativity in its many forms. Here are 10 happenings that need to be on your radar.
ArtSpace Gallery Viktor&Rolf A Queen Within Adorned Archetypes Miami Art Week
A dress by Viktor&Rolf from the "A Queen Within Adorned Archetypes" exhibition at ArtSpace Gallery
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The Main Event
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Well, of course, there wouldn’t be an Art Week without Art Basel Miami Beach, which is entering its 14th edition this year. New this time around: a slew of first-time participants. Eighty-five new galleries will be presenting work at the mammoth art fair to be exact. Among these, the nearest exhibitor is The Box Gallery from West Palm Beach, a flexible 4,000-square-foot space known as a hot spot for film screenings and photo shoots as well as visual art exhibitions. Representing New York’s Lower East Side is Photios Giovanis’ Callicoon Fine Arts, which shows work by such names as Etal Adnan, Sadie Benning and the noted Brooklyn multimedia artist A.K. Burns. Meanwhile, the West Coast brings Various Small Fires from Los Angeles, a 5,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor venue that takes its name from Ed Ruscha’s conceptual art book, Various Small Fires and Milk. Be sure to check them all out. Dec. 1-4, $50-$105, Miami Beach Convention Center, 1900 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 786.276.2611, artbasel.com/miami-beach 

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Fashion Stories
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Brining together fashion and art, the A Queen Within Adorned Archetypes exhibition at ArtSeen Gallery will explore femininity and storytelling through extremely rare pieces from the world’s most renowned designers. We’re talking fashion, photography, film and artwork by the likes of Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens and more. Dec. 1-5, 2215 NW Second Ave., Miami, artseenspace.wordpress.com

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An Artist For All Seasons
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Miami artist Autumn Casey always has something interesting to say. In her new exhibit, Balancing Infinity, While Hanging Upside Down. Watching Lovers Fall from Grace, Underneath the Ground, she masterfully plays with our collective zeitgeist. The assemblage spans three years of deeply personal work that redesigns private mundane moments into shared revelations. Casey uses tarot cards, sculptures and video installations to focus on the power of reflection to overcome crushing life experiences. Nov. 25-Jan. 21, 15 NE 39th St., Miami, 954.296.1675, thisisprimary.com  

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Rock On!
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While the Bass Museum of Art has moved its reopening until spring, the venue still has something we can all get excited about this Art Week and beyond. The Bass will be unveiling the gigantic “Miami Mountain” installation by Ugo Rondione at Collins Park. The work consists of five stacked Nevada limestone boulders, each in a different vivid color, and very much deserves to be seen in person. An official unveiling will take place Nov. 30 and the sculpture will remain on-site permanently after that. 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.436.8133, thebass.org 

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Design Do!
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There are many, many changes in this year’s edition of Design Miami/. For the first time in its history, the fair is honoring a collective, SHoP, as opposed to an individual with its Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award. There will be a cafe on-site by Dean & DeLuca. And there will be a first-time capsule collection created by the Parisian fashion brand Maison Kitsune, inspired by the illustrator John Alcorn, items from which will be available for sale at the fair. Don’t miss out! Nov. 30-Dec. 4, tickets $20-$30 per day, pavilion at Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach, designmiami.com 

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Fourteen Points
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Dimensions Variable has partnered with Miami Dade College for a new gallery space led by renowned artists Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and Frances Trombly. Their Art Week debut: The Rest is History, a group show made up of 15 local, national and international artists (Rodriguez-Casanova and Trombly included). Nov. 26-Jan. 5, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305.607.5527, dimensionsvariable.net 

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Shopping Block
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Get started on that holiday shopping early at the Faena Bazaar. Hotelier Alan Faena and fashion consultants Kelly Framel and Zachary Lynd are opening the doors to this new epicenter of pop-up boutiques, which will include top international brands and emerging talent. During Art Week retailers like Maison de Mode and others will be set up shop at the retail complex for all your spending needs. Nov. 25-Dec. 4, 3400 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.8800, faena.com  

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International Affairs
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From underwater canvases to bold pop art installations, two renowned international artists are collaborating to bring a display of new pieces to the Four Seasons Hotel Miami. While Antonio Dominguez de Haro and Romero Britto may have different artistic approaches, the juxtaposition of the Spanish artist’s romanticism and the Brazilian artist’s colorful pop art style are sure to make for a bold exhibit. Nov. 22-Jan. 1, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.358.3535, fourseasons.com/miami/ 

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Madge Moxie
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Madonna is coming to Miami! Did you hear us? Madonna is coming to Miami! The pop legend is lending her talents to a concert at the new Faena Forum to benefit her Raising Malawi foundation, which helps orphans in the African country. The singer is expected to perform a program of her hits. Tickets sell for $5,000 a pop, but for real bragging rights go for the personal experience: A table of 10 includes a meet-and-greet with Madonna herself for $150,000. Dec. 2, 3300 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.8800, faena.com  

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Barely There
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In celebration of 150 years of French intimates, the Lingerie Française exhibition at the Sagamore Hotel will feature more than 100 pieces of iconic undergarments that have evolved throughout time. Curated by fashion historian Catherine Ormen, the exhibit will include items from the private collections of 11 renowned French lingerie manufacturers, as well as videos, advertisements and photographs from different eras. Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.535.8088, sagamorehotel.com