Pin It
Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 09.00.46

Don't know WTF to do at Art Basel Miami? Here’s your guide

You’ve made it to the beach but you’re in over your head – let us guide you through some of the most exciting art and social events of the week

If you’re on Miami Beach and you’re already drowning in the sheer amount of things to do, then you’re not alone. Even once you manage to get your head around Art Basel Miami Beach, NADA, Pulse, the Design District, and DesignMiami/ ... there is still so much more to do. Nb: incredible things to do. From Urs Fischer dumping a skeleton on a bus stop into the Design District's newly opened Paradise Plaza and No Vacancy Inn DJ'ing at a party that will raise funds for Hurricane Maria – here’s a guide that will hopefully help you make sense of it all. Just make sure you RSVP on the links below, and follow @dazed on Instagram to keep up with all the real-time highlights.


Social Studies is a three-day retail pop-up experience that will occur within the Miami Design District. Described as “a hub for culture and information”, from the 6-9 December, from 12-6pm, a series of programmes will include workshops led by Virgil Abloh, artist Cali Dewitt, Chris Gibbs from Union Los Angeles, Joerg Koch of 032c, and more. Register here.


Urs Fischer is making his mark on Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza by installing a new public art piece – a bus stop. Dripping (literally, there’s a constant trickle of water) in the artist’s signature humour, a skeleton lies on its back on a bench, hovering above a pool of water.


Rounding out the week is a free party that sees the likes of A-Trak and No Vacancy Inn throw a party to benefit victims of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. With over 500 people killed, Hurricane Maria is noted as the season’s deadliest storm. RSVP here.


On 1 December, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami moved into its new home and launched The Everywhere Studio – a special exhibition that combines the works of Pablo Picasso, Carolee Schneemann, Andy Warhol, and Yves Klein, amongst others (50 artists from the past five decades to be exact). Aiming to “reveal the artist’s studio as a charged site that has both predicted and responded to broad social and economic changes of our time”. A series of new commissions by emerging artists will also be revealed. Free of charge, just reserve your tickets ahead of time here.


On display at Pulse Art Fair (7-10 December), Lindsey-Hall has created 49 slip cast porcelain disco balls, each hung at various heights, for an installation that honours each of the victims of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting. Adult day passes for Pulse start at $25, and can be purchased here.


The art icons team up to present an exhibition of new abstract paintings that will run 6-10 December at the Moore Building in the Design District. While Abstraction entered the art world in the early 1900s, ABSTRACT/NOT ABSTRACT aims to place it in a modern context. Featuring work from “the most groundbreaking contemporary artists who are redefining abstraction for our time”, including Dan Colen, Sterling Ruby, Jeff Koons, Elizabeth Neel, Latifa Echakhch and Tauba Auerbach, to name a few. 


Coco Capitán’s witty irony combines with Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s romanticism in a special collaboration for Gucci. Teaming up earlier this year, Capitán leant her text-based artworks to two pieces for the house's AW17 collection, the artist has been invited to customise a series of items such as hoodies, t-shirts, backpacks and belt-bags. The facade of the newly opened Gucci store in Miami Design District will celebrate with a special illustration by the artist.


Daniel Arsham will take over KITH on Friday 8 December to present his latest shoe in collaboration with adidas Originals, the PRESENT. He will also show two new works at Galerie Perrotin booth at Art Basel. One will be a cast backpack, and the second is a Winnie the Pooh Bear – the first of his artworks to be made completely of bronze. KITH Miami’s details can be found here and tickets to Art Basel Miami Beach can be purchased online for around $50 for a day pass, or $130 for all days, here.


Delightfully – sometimes depressingly – encapsulating the meme generation, Bahbah’s made-for-social-media work meshes witty captions with dreamy, coming-of-age imagery. Her images will finally make their way off our screens and into the real world, with two appearances in Miami this week. The first – and her first solo show – at W Hotel on 7 December (RSVP here) and the second, alongside a series of other artists at Sixty Hotels, which is currently on now.


Turn up on Friday night as Side Bar hosts Knowledge Wave, with Dazed faves Siobhan Bell, Virgil Abloh and Ciesay from Places+Faces. RSVP here.