The most talked about art at Miami Art Week 2021


The beach is back, indeed. The first edition of Art Basel Miami Beach in two years technically opened to the public on Thursday, but the typical chaos, debauchery and art unfolded all week. Things started off on a dark note, with Louis Vuitton’s tribute show to the inimitable late designer Virgil Abloh. Having been on the scene for years on what is more commonly – and much more precisely – known as Miami Art Week for years, Abloh has made it clear to the company that he wants to move forward with their plans for several years. month. (The same goes for the unveiling of its collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, which took place after the show officially launched.) With that exception, Miami’s pent-up exuberance has been in full force, with parties on celebrations in the last few days. . Oh sure, there’s also art. Here are the works that rock everyone in Miami.

The NFT Banksy in 10,000 parts

Courtesy of @particlecollection

Yes, we are still talking about NFT. In fact, we’ll be talking about this for a while, given that the NFT market has swelled to some $ 10 billion. Former auction house rain producer Loïc Gouzer has just entered the NFT sphere, and as you might expect, her new company is also disrupting her. Particle’s goal is to “democratize” NFTs by dividing and selling works of art into 10,000 unique NFTs, aka “particles”. The first is “Love Is in the Air,” a 2005 Banksy painting that requires no knowledge of non-fungible tokens to be seen at ICA Miami.

Tribute to Toni Morrison from Ja’Tovia Gary

Courtesy of @paulacoopergallery

“These white things took everything I had or dreamed of and also broke my heart,” Toni Morrison wrote in her 1987 novel. Beloved. “There is no bad luck in the world except whites.” An abridged version of the text appears in the latest edition of the “Citational Ethics” series by artist Ja’Tovia Gary, which her gallery Paula Cooper describes as “emboldening. [the] power and ideas ”of black women. He’s currently lighting up Paula Cooper’s booth and has probably lit up your Instagram feed by now.

Maurizio Cattelan’s last hat trick

Photo by Cindy Ord via Getty Images

Two words: “the banana”. The act of Maurizio Cattelan of simply sticking a banana on the wall and titling it Actor because his contribution to the 2019 edition of the fair – and the successful sale of three “editions” for $ 120,000 and more – continues in infamy. This year, the Italian provocateur has opted for something a little more laborious. The flocks of pigeons that first appeared in a 1997 Venice Biennale installation titled Tourists migrated to Miami, setting up a boutique to make you think about the way art is displayed. At least that’s what Cattelan hopes you get Ghosts. “The pigeons ‘watch’ from above the movements of visitors below, suggesting a different boundary between inside and outside, what is seen and who sees,” he told the Art journal. “We live in a society where we are under constant surveillance, as if we were in The Truman Show; until the end, you don’t know if you are the subject or the object of what is happening.

Judy Chicago’s Glass Mastery

Courtesy of @ judy.chicago

Nina Johnson has dedicated the floor of her namesake gallery to her second solo show of Judy Chicago, now on view until January 15. The most famous pioneer artist for Dinner, a monumental installation of an imagined banquet, puts its glass know-how in the spotlight with sculptures in the shape of a head and hand from the beginning of the 2000s, as well as works in steel and porcelain. There are official installation photos of course, but the above Instagram Chicago posted with curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist offers a glimpse into both the scale of the sculpture and the gorgeous hair of the 82-year-old artist.

Virgil Abloh’s Maybach project

Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In keeping with the wishes of Virgil Abloh’s family, Mercedes-Benz revealed its collaboration with the late 41-year-old designer less than a week after his untimely death. The company had planned to host an intimate press event, but turned the tour of its solar-powered electric car into a tribute. Each piece of the approximately 19-foot-tall giant has been handcrafted.

Artists in Residence at the Rubell Museum

Courtesy of the Rubell Museum

Kennedy Yanko and Otis Kwame Eye Qaicoe have spent the last year working hard in their residences at the Rubell Museum. You can now see the fruits of their labor, alongside those of the famous 2020 Genesis Tramaine, through January 2022.

ICA Miami stars old and new

Installation view of “Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

Photo by Zachary Balber

ICA Miami always hosts at least one blockbuster at the fair, and this year there are three. 95-year-old legend Betye Saar is entitled to his first dedicated exhibition in over three decades, showcasing a number of his rarely seen site-specific installations from the 90s and 80s. It’s worth the trip on its own, and yet, there is more. Specifically, the exhibitions of Hugh Hayden and Jadé Fadojutimi – and we strongly suggest that you keep an eye out for both of them. All three shows are on view until April of next year.


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