NEWSLETTER: Miami Fairs & News


BASS Museum Officially Unveils Ugo Rondinone’s “Miami Mountain” 
Miami Mountain is the latest in the series which gained national attention in May 2016 after the artist unveiled the monumental site-specific installation Seven Magic Mountains, located nearby Las Vegas, Nevada. Like its counterpart in the desert, Miami Mountain consists of five brightly painted boulders, each a single color ranging from flourescent yellow to bubblegum pink to cobalt blue. The 42 feet tal megalithic sturcture is permanently installed in Collins Park, and described by the museum as “the launch of The Bass’ new acquisitions initiative, a ten year program to acquire contemporary works into the permanent collection.”

The Rubell Family Collection Announces Upcoming Move in 2018
The Rubell Family Collection will move from its current location in the Miami’s Wynwood District to the Allapattah District. The new 100,000 square-foot, Selldorf Architects-designed building will more than double the existing space allowing for larger galleries, expanded programming and studio residency programs. The Rubell Collection features significant contemporary American artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Kara Walker. The new museum, sited on a 2.5-acre campus, will house 40 galleries, a research library, lecture hall, event space, tropical sculpture garden and restaurant.

Art Basel announces Philipp Kaiser as new curator of Art Basel’s Public sector in Miami Beach
Independent curator and critic Philipp Kaiser previously served as the director of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2012-2014), senior curator and curator at MOCA, Los Angeles (2007-2012), and head of contemporary art at Kunstmuseum Basel (2002-2007). The Swizz-born, Los Angeles based curator succeeds Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of Public Art Fund, New York, who curated the Public sector from 2013-2016.

World Premiere of BMW Art Car Designed by John Baldessari at Art Basel Miami Beach
Baldessari’s design marks the 19th vehicle of the BMW Art Car Collection, a tradition which has included icons such as Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol and David Hockney.In a statement to the press, Baldessari describes, “I like the ambiguity, having two-dimension and three-dimension at the same time. Considering the car as an icon of contemporary life, my concept turned out playfully satirical, but it also highlights some of the trademark ideas that I use. So you can say, the BMW Art Car is definitely a typical Baldessari and the fastest artwork I ever created!” Followings it debut at Art Basel, Baldessari’s “rolling sculpture” will then prove itself on the race track of Rolex 24 at DAYTONA on January 28 and 29, 2017, with drivers Bill Auberlen (US), Alexander Sims (GB), Augusto Farfus (BR) and Bruno Spengler (CA).

Jorge Pérez to Receive Inaugural Lifetime Visionary Award from Art Miami
Over the next 10 years, the museum will receive a $15 million donation from the 3-year-old public museum’s namesake. The gift includes $10 million in cash, of which $5 million is designated for the museum’s endowment, $1 million to acquiring Cuban art, and $4 million to the broader category of Latin-American art. The remaining $5 million is a gift of over 200 works by Cuban artists, including Hernan Bas, José Bedia, Carlos Garaicoa, and Rubén Torres Llorca. The recent gift is in addition to the collector’s original initial pledge to the museum of $35 million in cash and art over 10 years.

Philip Smith Receives 2016 Miami Beach NADA Artadia Award 
The joint award given annually by New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) and Artadia, announced the Pictures Generation artist as the winner 2016 award. Smith gained attention as one of five artists in Douglas Crimp’s landmark “Pictures” exhibition at Artists Space in 1977, later recognitions include the NEA Award (1987), Whitney Biennial (1991), and Beijing International Arts Biennlae (2005). The prize is given annually to an artist exhibited in the NADA Miami Beach fair and comes with a $5,000 unrestricted grant.

Art Miami Announces Change of Venue for 2017 Fairs in Miami
The fair, which has resided in its current location for a decade, has announced a move to the former site of the Miami Herald on Biscayne Bay, as reported in the Miami Herald. The move will bring together Art Miami’s namesake and CONTEXT fairs, with plans that accommodate for the fair’s growth as well as an outdoor cafe, on the 14-acre lot. Art Miami’s boutique Aqua will remain at the Aqua Hotel.