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Artist Jen Stark, Installation View, Courtesy Photo | © Superfine!
Artist Jen Stark, Installation View, Courtesy Photo | © Superfine!

Must-See Contemporary Art Events At Art Basel Miami 2016

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Lisa Morales
Updated: 30 November 2016
Navigating through four days of art fairs during Miami Art Week/Art Basel Miami Beach can be exhausting even for the most passionate art lover or collector. It’s impossible to see it all, but thanks to local art establishments, visitors can experience works by outstanding international and local artists before, during and after the festivities. Here are the top contemporary art events not to be missed while visiting art fairs during Art Basel Miami, from November 28th until December 4th.

Julio Le Parc: Form into Action at Perez Art Museum Miami

The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) presents Julio Le Parc: Form into Action. This exhibition is the first US museum survey of Argentinian-born artist Le Parc. Living in Paris since 1958, Le Parc was a central force in the Op and Kinetic art movements of this period. He sought ways to empower the viewer through their engagement with art that, to him, had the ability to spark initiatives for social and political change. Two large rooms in PAMM will be divided into three thematic spaces containing over 100 works, including rare works on paper and large, light infused installations. The social messages of the past have relevancy in today’s society where there is a need to dissolve barriers between the artwork, viewer and museum. Julio Le Parc: Form into Action is organized by guest curator Estrellita B. Brodsky and Yamil Le Parc serves as Artistic Advisor on the project. It is on view through March 19th, 2017.

Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, USA, + 1 305 375 3000

Julio Le Parc Sphère Rouge (Red Sphere), Courtesy Photo | © André Morin, Perez Art Museum Miami

Julio Le Parc ‘Sphère Rouge’ (Red Sphere), Courtesy Photo | © André Morin, Perez Art Museum Miami

Jannis Kounellis and Anselm Kiefer at Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse presents an exhibition by Jannis Kounellis featuring seven seminal works spanning 29 years, from 1983 to 2012. Kounellis is considered a leading figurehead in the Arte Povera movement. Artists of this period, which began in Italy in 1960, used materials such as burlap, iron ore, wood and furniture. Works by other Arte Povera artists include Pier Paolo Calzolari, Pistoletto, Mario Merz and Alighiero Boetti. Not to be missed is the addition of a new, large-scale installation by Anselm Kiefer. The Margulies Collection holds other significant Kiefer works including ‘Sprache der Vogel’ and ‘The Secret of the Ferns’. The exhibition is on view through April 29th, 2017 with special hours during Art Basel Miami Beach.

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27th St, Miami, FL, USA, + 1 305 576 1051

Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, 1993, Courtesy Photo | Lisa Morales

Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, 1993, Courtesy Photo | Lisa Morales

Luis González Palma: Invisibles Palpables at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery

Alejandra von Hartz Gallery presents Luis González Palma: Invisibles Palpables. For Palma, the exhibition is a more personal and introspective journey, where he seeks to ‘conceptualize the utopic space of that which is not representable’. Similar to his 2013 Möbius series, Palma’s photographs explore an abstract syntax where he superimposes geometric color planes on new and archival photographs of Mayan-Guatemalan people. In the first series (of two) titled Hesequía, Palma removes portraits of priests and religious imagery leaving an abstraction of irregularities, traces of human touch and chemical reactions from exposure to humidity and temperature. In his own words, he states that these works ‘question the idea of emptiness and time in a metaphysical sense’. The exhibition is on view through January 21st, 2017.

Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery, 2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 438 0220

Gallery View, Luis González Palma: Invisibles Palpables at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Courtesy Photo | © Alejandra von Hartz Gallery

Gallery View, Luis González Palma: Invisibles Palpables at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Courtesy Photo | © Alejandra von Hartz Gallery

Awol Erizku: I Was Going to Call It Your Name But You Didn’t Let Me at Nina Johnson

Nina Johnson presents Awol Erizku: I Was Going to Call It Your Name But You Didn’t Let Me – a new series of paintings together with a conceptual sound collage of music and sonic ephemera. The 20 paintings on exhibit convey the same theme: a disembodied, manicured hand holding a rose, with varying contexts and colors. These new works allude to past works by the artist including flowers, and twists on classical art. Sound bites mixed with pop songs infiltrate the visual experience are described as Erizku trafficking the space between sound and sight. A graduate of Cooper Union and holding a MFA from Yale, the 28-year-old artist was named ‘The Art World’s New It Boy’ by Vulture magazine. Erizku curates Instagram art shows and supplies his fans with celebrity-style personal insight blended with glimpses of his artistic genius on Tumblr. The exhibition is on view through January 14th, 2017.

Nina Johnson, 6315 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 571 2288

Awol Erizku: No Heart – 21Savage 2016 Courtesy Photo |© Nina Johnson Gallery

Awol Erizku: ‘No Heart’ – 21Savage 2016 Courtesy Photo | © Nina Johnson Gallery

Superfine! The Fairest Fair

Superfine! The Fairest Fair returns for a second year during Miami Art Week. Superfine! ‘believes that inspired original artwork is for everyone, not just a select few’. The fair will be located directly across the street from the Art Miami main tent in Wynwood – just look for the giant, helium-based sculpture by Miami artist Asser Saint-Val sponsored by CARON Paris. Over half of the exhibitors are from South Florida. Expect an interesting and innovative line-up of programs including a Young Collectors’ Ice Cream Social and panel discussion titled ‘Sorry, I’m Not a Collector’. Fort Lauderdale artist Jen Clay will present onsite at Alissa Alfonso’s Squatter mobile art gallery (a 1973 Shasta trailer), her signature video works poking through black, furry skin. Superfine! runs from December 1st-4th, 2016. Superfine! is an art fair not to be missed. However, just in case you do, this Miami-based organization offers programming throughout the year.

Superfine!, 56 Northeast 29th Street Miami, FL, USA

Artist Jen Clay, Installation View, Courtesy Photo | © Superfine!

Artist Jen Clay, Installation View, Courtesy Photo | © Superfine!