Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Art Basel & Design Miami, and escape New York’s snowy weather! I was lucky to have two very handsome gentleman accompany me: my husband, Josh, and my eldest son, Nathaniel. We booked our stay at the chic and luxurious Edition Hotel. The oak paneled rooms were exquisitely and simply designed, and the lobby was a perfect place to do some fun people watching. I loved staying so close to the boardwalk and beach. If you go, definitely visit the hotel’s Jean George’s Matador restaurant and order the fish tacos. They were amazing!
We began our tour at the Preview Opening for Design Miami, an ultra-sophisticated furniture fair that mixes vintage and cutting edge design. As champagne flowed, we were wowed by some incredible furniture installations. There were so many inspiring designs. Most notable was Rogan Gregory’s cave inspired furniture assembly at R and Company:
In Friedman Benda’s space, Daniel Abraham’s clever rug design (below, left) showcased an architectural blueprint as its design motif. His whimsical design made me smile. The Metamorphosis Project by Andrea Mancuso for Perrier Jouet showed a spellbinding composition of ceramic discs that created a unique room installation (below, right).
Our next stop was the Untitled Art Fair located on Miami beach. Many thanks to Winston Wachner gallery for procuring me tickets! I absolutely loved artist Azaria Forman’s soft pastel called Linblad Cove, Antarctica 2019:
Bryce Wolkowitz featured José Parlá’s breathtaking and vibrant painting “Isthmus” (below, left). I was moved by Mickalene Thomas’ chromogenic print from her “Orlando” Series (below, right). She is represented by the Yancey Richardson Gallery.
A little further up the beach was an incredible installation by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich: a traffic jam of sand-sculpted cars sinking into the ground. The work, commissioned by the city of Miami Beach, was a thought-provoking commentary about the state of our environment.
Later, we visited the sculpture garden of Les Lalanne’s inimical animals. Here their gorilla takes center stage:
We spent our last day visiting Miami Art Basel. I was so impressed by the collection of work. I felt like a kid in a candy store as I wandered through each gallery’s installation. I loved Trenton Doyle Hancock’s “Mound #1 The Legend and the Exposed Nerve 2019” from the James Cohan Gallery. His art features exuberant and fantastical superheroes of his own invention.
I was enamored by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh’s “Tangled Man 2019” (below, left). He creatively embedded thread in cotton paper. Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Nets 2007” (below, right) displayed the artist’s career obsession with dots.
Each evening was filled with galleries hosting parties throughout the city celebrating the Fairs. Soho House’s beach extravaganza was a standout that featured a raucous live performance by Tank and The Bangas. I had a fantastic trip to the art and furniture fairs and can’t wait to return next year!