So, Art Basel! Being the world’s leading international art show for Modern and Contemporary works, there was so much to see. So much! Miami had its creative hat on and Chris and I did the best we could to visit and explore the different shows, while at the same time made sure to take it all in, feel inspired and enjoy the works of innumerable familiar, non-familiar and renown artists and designers from all over.
Just to show you a few, here are some pieces that I was keen on (in order of appearance) by artists Yayoi Kusama (beautiful use of pattern and color), José Antonio Suárez Londoño (drawing master with incredible attention to detail) and Carlos Cruz-Diez (kinetic and op artist whose work always blows my mind):
Across the street from the Art Basel fair was Design Miami, a global forum + marketplace celebrating design culture and commerce. Here, you could see some of the world’s top galleries and exhibitions of modern lighting, furniture and objets d’ art. Personally, I absolutely loved the exhibit by engineer/self-taught architect/designer Jean Prouvé (I remember and I sigh and smile!). His furniture design and architectural work is just ravishing. As I was so intrigued to see more of his work, I researched and learned that he “was influential in the development of the idea of nomadic architecture, likening a chair to a house, and designing both with portability in mind.” I find this fascinating as Chris and I are crazy about traveling and the possibility of living in different parts of the world (not sure where our next stop will be, definitely not anytime super soon!) always finds its way to the back of our heads! Ayayai!
Another neat exhibit we got to see was at the top floor of 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage. This garage is certainly different than any other I’ve ever seen and it was pretty rad! Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, it is an open-air structure, Swiss-minimal in style and the thing that I loved the most about it was that, from anywhere you stand, there’s a view! We happened to get there right at sunset. It was perfect! The show was called Piston Head: Artists Engage the Automobile, and it featured a collection of “cars as art.” Some of my favorites were by artists Damien Hirst, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf (yep, you guessed it, pure colorful kitschness!).
We were so fortunate to be there to check out the gorgeous + newly opened Peréz Art Museum Miami (PAMM)! (*Fun fact: also designed by the Herzog & de Meuron mentioned above!). It’s one of the most beautifully designed museum spaces I’ve experienced. From its hanging gardens right on the outside of the building to its exquisite collection and fluid layout in the interior showcasing some floor-to-ceiling windows to let in natural light on all the right spots. I highly (x2) recommend it!
Oh! And last, but certainly not least…Chris’ artwork! In Part I (a few blog posts ago–rewind sound effect goes here) I gave you a PWA (Proud Wife Alert) warning…sorry, here’s another one (insert happy face with heart-shaped eyes riiight here)! Chris’ brass and stainless panels were displayed in the foyer at the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House. You can see them suspended right above the rock sculpture in the first shot below and also above the Amoia bench in the bottom image. Eeek! Don’t they look suuuper?! (I know, I know PWA at its max!) In case you are wondering, they are made of layers of colored string! Seriously, that’s kinda awesome! Woo!
Annnd…that’s a wrap for the Miami series! Phew and Yay! Hope you enjoyed my vision of our Miami vacation and that you were able to teletransport yourself (vrooom!) to this fun + warm + art-filled trip! ‘Til the next one!
Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!