Gallery hopping in Miami is a trip—dare we say a difficult endeavor when having to venture to all parts of the city while getting stuck in massive amounts of traffic in 85 degree weather. We made it to a few of the more worthwhile galleries to ooh and ahh (and sometimes ogle) the profound (and not so profound) pieces of artwork, contemplating the inspiration and meaning and sometimes questioning the value. ‘Art is in the eye of the beholder’, right?
The favored, as we’re sure many would agree, would be the Beg Borrow and Steal exhibition at the Rubell Family Collection, featuring 260 works by 74 renown artists including Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger and many others.
Here are some of our personal favs, including an edible Dunkin’ Donuts Old Fashioned donut installation—amazing!
Surface magazine, in association with the Gansevoort South Hotel, present the Surface Lounge at Gansevoort South, a three-day event during the famed Art Basel Miami Beach. Eighteen stories above the ocean, the hotel’s Plunge rooftop is a tropical playground featuring a 110-foot-long pool on a 26,000-square-foot, palm-fringed Brazilian Ipe deck. (Can it get any better?)
During the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Surface Lounge will host a 5,000-square-foot VIP area illuminated and furnished by Gandia Blasco, offering respite and refreshment for Art Basel participants scurrying to events and galleries. We will be providing the WiFi-ready Media Lounge complimented by a montage of short films featuring the artists from our Curated by Arkitip series, including KRINK, Parra, Steven Harrington, HunterGatherer and André.
Interview magazine will also be setting up shop, but this year at the Mondrian Hotel. In celebration of the magazine’s 40th birthday, they’ve taken over the hotel’s luxury Semi-Automatic vending machine to feature their Anniversary Collection, a curated installment of fascinating items such as archive Interview issues signed by Andy Warhol, tickets to the Paris Couture shows, a private jet, commissioned artwork by emerging young artists Asher Penn, Megan Plunkett and Luke Barber Smith, and product from the most recent Curated by Arkitip installment featuring André, signed by the artist himself. All are available for purchase.
Fingers crossed the weather holds out and Miami lives up to its vibrant, showy and sunny reputation. We’ll have more to share straight from the shows and celebrations, South Beach style. Stay tuned.