The international art world’s favorite winter meeting place, Art Basel Miami Beach, just keeps getting bigger. This year was no different with over 250 of the world’s leading galleries participating, drawing over 75,000 visitors to South Beach and the Miami Beach Convention Center, the epicenter of Art Basel. Miami’s sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture embraced the art crowd with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dynamic cultural affair. Highlights surrounding Art Basel included: Design Miami, Scope Miami Beach, NADA and Louis Vuitton’s creation of Charlotte Perriand’s La Maison au Bord de l’Eau for Miami Art Week.
The global forum for design kicked off its ninth fair in Miami with masterworks from the twentieth century until today from the world’s most influential design galleries alongside Design Talks featuring luminaries who have shaped the American home. Architect Richard Meier revealed his thoughts about American Modernism. Margaret Russell, Architectural Digest’s editor-in-chief, asked interior designer Muriel Brandolini about integrating collectible design into the home; and Stefano Tonchi, editor-in-chief of W Magazine spoke with Martha Stewart about democratizing design.
SCOPE Miami Beach
Located on the sunny sands of Miami Beach, SCOPE presented 100 extraordinary international exhibitors of emerging contemporary art. Renowned for its ability to forecast new visual trends that are embraced globally, SCOPE taps into the cultural psyche to present some of the most pioneering work across multiple creative disciplines. This year, SCOPE and VH1 partnered to celebrate the convergence of the music and art worlds in a series of curatorial collaborations.
Louis Vuitton’s Charlotte Perriand La Maison au Bord de l’Eau
La Maison au bord de l’eau was designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1934. Internationally renowned for her pioneering designs, Perriand also led the way in prefabricated holiday homes. Destined for mass production, La Maison au Bord de l’Eau was aimed at a wide-ranging public as an ecological holiday residence, designed to be assembled and dismantled as required. Eighty years after it was conceived, Charlotte Perriand’s daughter and Louis Vuitton have teamed up to build the first prototype of this house, which made it’s debut at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach during Art Basel.
New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA)
Held parallel with Art Basel Miami Beach, NADA Miami is an alternative assembly of the world’s youngest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art. NADA is the only major American art fair that is run by a non-profit organization; and this year was their tenth fair in Miami.