Extravaganzas of ART MIAMI 2018

Our favourite and the most dazzling see-and-be-seen extravaganzas of Miami Art Week

Miami, 10th December 2018 

James Austin Murray

Mike Dargas

Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair, Art Miami, officially kicked off its 29th edition alongside sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami. Renowned as one of the nation’s leading international contemporary and modern art fairs, collectors lined the block, eager to get the first look at work that included an unprecedented display of Antoni Clavé’s pieces from Landau Contemporary at Galerie Dominion (Montreal.)

Their show-stopping collection of Henry Moore’s work, including Mother and Child: Block Seat, proved to be a significant attraction. The high quality of the presentation ensured that extremely sought-after offerings at the fairs also included works by George Condo, Wifredo Lam, Jackson Pollock, Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Marc Chagall, Ed Ruscha, Keith Haring, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, and more, with many things held on reserve. 

Martin C. Herbst

Henry Moore

Notable collectors and professionals including Beth Rudin DeWoody, Franklin Sirmans, Director, PAMM, Alice Louise Walton, Dennis and Debra Scholl, and Kim Heirston were among the 15,000 people who admired work from more than 800 established, emerging, and cutting-edge artists, represented by 160 international galleries from nearly 30 countries at Art Miami, and nearly 450 mid-career, emergent and cutting-edge artists from 96 galleries in 21 countries at CONTEXT Art Miami.

Mr Brainwash

 

At London-based gallery ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN, guests gathered around pieces by Andy Warhol, Lynn Chadwick and Jonas Wood, and the gallery reported sales of each of these artists, as well as David Hockney’s Colored Flowers Made of Paper and Ink from 1971, which sold during the fairs first hour for an undisclosed amount.

Arcature Fine Art saw interest in To Be Titled by KAWS, as well as people eager to admire Fernando Botero’s Flamenco Tablao from 1984 and Basquiat’s Spain from 1985. As they moved through, a large Damien Hirst caught visitor’s attention. On display with Galería Freites, they were also drawn to a series of sculptures from Manolo Valdés’ titled Maninas. 

Michael Moebius

Maddox Gallery has returned to Art Miami for the second year running, with talented British artists David Yarrow, The Connor Brothers and Michael Moebius in attendance. Visitors enjoyed works by a variety of World-renowned artists including Richard Hambleton, RETNA and Bradley Theodore among many others.

Maddox Gallery has rapidly expanded to include three Mayfair spaces, a gallery on Westbourne Grove, a European outpost in the luxury Alpine ski resort of Gstaad, and for the first time a physical space in the US market. In October 2018, we celebrated the opening of Maddox Gallery Los Angeles, our sixth location globally and the first in North America.

Bradley Theodore: ART & INCREDIBLE VIBES – Studio visit during Miami Art Basel

Bradley Theodore, one of the most recognized emergent artists and personalities. Well-known for his famous ‘Anne and Karl’ wall painting, Theodore has shaken the contemporary art World with his striking use of color, his passion for fashion and his personality

Miami, 10th December 2018 

Berkeley Bespoke had an incredible experience to visit a studio by an acclaimed artist Bradley Theodore, who continues to break boundaries as an artist by adding virtual reality creations to his repertoire.

Drawing his focus to history’s regal anarchists, his series alludes to a number of significant, culturally historic moments which Theodore has reinterpreted in his own, signature style. The works – all of which have symbolic importance – achieve the illusion of reworking history through a number of vivid scenes drawing attention to tribalism and the chaos and corruption of modern civilisation.

Bradley Theodore creates works that are inspired by the artist’s travels and the music world. He has created album cover art for Def Jam, Universal Records and Sony, and features music icons like Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and Prince in his work.

Classical figures from history and contemporary icons provide inspiration for Theodore, such as Mona Lisa, Frida Kahlo, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel and Her Majesty The Queen.

Bradley Theodore, guest and Andrew Bezhenar

Theodore boasts a colourful personality which he seeks to share with the world through his artistic creations. He is renowned for making his art accessible to everyone and not confining his work exclusively to galleries having most recently collaborated with Puma to bring his soulful, introspective style to the brand’s Suede’s 50th anniversary.

Bradley Theodore and Andrew Bezhenar

Highlights from this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach

Several works went for more than $1 million at the 17th edition of Miami Art Week’s main fair. A 1963 Lee Krasner painting sold for $3.6 million at Kasmin, while a new painting by George Condo went for $1.1 million at Skarstedt

Miami, 10th December 2018 

Mel Bochner

The 17th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach has been marked by countless highlights. They include Abraham Cruzvillegas and Bárbara Foulkes’s incredible performative installation in the Grand Ballroom; exceptional works by feminist pioneers such as Ellen Cantor, Judy Chicago, or Faith Wilding; stimulating discussions in the frame of our Conversations program, curated by Mari Spirito; eye-opening Latin American positions by artists Feliciano Centurión or Artur Lescher, among others; and exciting contributions by a young generation of creative minds that include Marguerite Humeau, Eric N. Mack, Tschabalala Self, and Issy Wood.

Fergus McCaffrey

 Idris Khan

And Art Basel’s director for the Americas, Noah Horowitz, said on Tuesday that in a market affected by collectors’ passions and moods—which can be swayed by a season of auctions as much as by the macro-economy—the fair expects strong performance during its five-day run.
“There’s recently been some volatility in the markets; everyone is cognizant of that,” he said. “In the end, the fall auctions in New York were very solid, and that at least impacts psychology—people have sort of exhaled and are showing up onsite here full of enthusiasm.”
But uncertainty in aspects of their financial lives may lead collectors to seek out safer bets in Miami this week, retreating to more easily traded mediums like painting, for example, or to take more time when considering acquisitions. Both tendencies were observed by dealers during Art Basel in Miami Beach’s opening day.

Peter Freeman

Doug Aitken

Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel, commented: ‘This year marks an exciting new chapter for our Miami Beach show. The now completely renovated and state of the art Miami Beach Convention Center enables us to deliver a fair of the highest caliber and sophistication, opening up unprecedented possibilities – as we have been able toillustrate with the staging of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ multidisciplinary installation that wepresented in partnership with The Kitchen.

The quality of work and presentations by our exhibitors have also never been higher and attendance by private collectors and institutions continues to be strong across all regions.’

Greene Naftali

Art Basel’s renowned talks series, which was attended by nearly 2,000 visitors, brought together leading artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors and critics from across the world. Programmed for the fourth and last year by Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, Istanbul, the program featured 18 talks, offering perspectives on producing, collecting and exhibiting art and serving as a platform for dialogues and discussions on current topics from feminism in the artworld to blockchain technology.

This year’s Premiere Artist Talk was devoted to the Puerto Rican artist duo Allora & Calzadilla. Conversations was free and open to the public. Videos of all Conversations are available at artbasel.com/miamibeach/conversations shortly after the show. Next year’s Conversations program in Miami Beach will be programmed by writer, gallerist and art fair founder Edward Winkleman.

HUBLOT HOSTS ART TALK WITH INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED STREET ARTIST SHEPARD FAIREY

Hosted in a private mansion on the exclusive Palm Island off South Beach, the interactive art talk and private dinner brought to life Hublot’s prominent art partnerships celebrating with VIPs, media, influencers, and friends of the brand

Miami, 10th December 2018 

Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to attend Hublot Loves Art series during Art Basel Miami, together with the street artists and Hublot brand ambassador, Shepard Fairey and friend of the brand Tristan Eaton, alongside famed American photojournalist Martha Cooper and curator and street art authority Evan Pricco.

Hosted in a private mansion on the exclusive Palm Island off South Beach, the interactive art talk and private dinner brought to life Hublot’s prominent art partnerships celebrating with VIPs, media, influencers, and friends of the brand. Notable attendees included CEO of Best Buddies Anthony Shriver, Ferrari Squadra Corse driver Martin Fuentes, and artist CRIME BY DESIGN. Guests enjoyed a host of surprise double-billing of entertainment including a DJ set by Shepard Fairey himself!

Hublot welcomed Shepard Fairey, American contemporary street artist and graphic designer, as an official brand ambassador earlier this year and launched the Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey timepiece in celebration of the creative partnership. The model is part of the Big Bang Meca-10 family, a newer innovation on Hublot’s signature style with the brand’s in-house manual movement, a gear-driven mechanical aesthetic, and a 10-day power reserve. Accentuating this mechanical architecture, an opening at 3 o’clock sees Shepard Fairey’s “STAR GEAR” logo.

Tristan Eaton, Ricardo Guadalupe and Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey noted, “Hublot is approaching watch design and collaborations from unexpected angles, and tonight’s Art Talk here in Miami with my friends Tristan Eaton and Martha Cooper will invite everyone into a unique conversation inspired by our craft. I always thought I’d admire art and be a spectator in the culture but to be in the eye of the hurricane and fusing my art with Hublot is really special.

Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO, commented, “Hublot and Shepard share a unique vision, and their disruptive approach to their art is consistently first, different, and unique – a philosophy that explains the core of our brand. Hublot is excited to join forces with icons in the world of art as we bring our shared passion to life in the form of a panel discussion to close our week of exciting events.

Andrew Bezhenar

Hublot’s continued passion for the arts and dedication to its “Art of Fusion” philosophy allows for these partnerships and ambassadorships to be brought to life in Miami’s talented art and design community. The panel, moderated by Hublot of North America President Jean-François Sberro, offered a unique insight to understanding the relationship between art and horology, creating a dialogue among Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Martha Cooper, and Evan Pricco.

THE FLOW OF AESTHETICS at Design Miami 2018

Mindblowing Designs, 33 galleries and 12 Curio presentations from 12 countries from around the World

Miami, 8th December 2018 

This year’s exceptional and diverse gallery program at Design Miami/ features thirty-four exhibitions accompanied by eleven Curio presentations representing venues from twelve countries around the world. Never-before-seen contemporary works will shine among the program offerings, re- discoveries of historic material long considered lost, and several trends uniting the design on view this year. Among the trends on view will be the use of industrial materials and processes; a sense of playfulness and whimsy; a focus on craft; modular designs; immersive installations; and Latin American design.

“This year’s gallery presentations showcase the best in collectible design from rare mid-century pieces to contemporary works using experimental materials and processes. As the fair grows in reach and in depth, it is a delight to offer collectors and institutions alike, this range and quality of material. Design Miami/ has become the premier platform for collectible design thanks to the leading market experts engaging in the development of each edition. These extraordinary researchers, curators and authorities in the field are at the core of Design Miami/. We hope visitors discover and experience each presentation with enthusiasm, for our fourteenth year in Miami Beach,” says Jennifer Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, Design Miami/.

Contemporary Debuts and Commissions/

An innovator of materials, Marcin Rusak debuts his Perma Collection at Sarah Myerscough Gallery. A series of furniture made from discarded flowers sourced from florists that are bound in resin that is cut lengthwise, the work reveals colorful cross sections of the petals, stems, and buds when on display. Kasmin brings never-before-exhibited furniture by Mattia Bonetti that merges the more ornate aspects of seventeenth-century European architecture and sculpture with the surrealist visions of early twentieth-century painting while employing cutting-edge methods such as 3-D printing and robotics.

A sculptural stool and bench made of solid sandstone by Najla El Zein can be seen as two silhouettes wrapped in an embrace––the work was recently acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art where it was shown for the first time before coming to Design Miami/ with Friedman Benda. A new addition to Katie Stout’s infamous “girls” furniture, Triple Girl Floor Lamp, is on view at R & Company, along with a five-thousand-pound marble tub by the Haas Brothers.

Stanislaw Trzebinski

Southern Guild launches a number of new works in bronze commissioned for the fair, including a biomorphic table by Kenyan-born sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski; a pair of zoomorphic seats by rising star Atang Tshikare; Xandre Kriel’s reductive Vos Altar table, featuring folding steel legs and a softly textured bronze slab; and a near-abstract, monolithic console by Dylan Lewis, known for his bronze sculptures depicting African wildlife.

Trevor Potter

Reinventing Industrial Materials and Processes/

Sang Hoon Kim’s foam furniture series at Cristina Grajales Gallery is informed by his family’s three- generation foam factory. Kim pushes the material’s boundaries, layering foam and experimenting with ratios of chemical solutions––the result is vividly colored sofas, chaises, chairs, and tables. At Functional Art Gallery, Théophile Blandet’s works exemplify his belief that plastic will be banned entirely in the near future––he uses primitive tools to break, chop, burn, and melt a variety of industrial plastics to create furniture that seems to exist in another era.

Michael Young’s MY Collection debuts at Gallery ALL––this furniture set, including a chair, side table, desk, coffee table, console, and lounge chair, is composed of hollow stainless-steel extrusions capped at each end with white enamel, creating a surface pattern and overall decorative appearance that is integral to their structure. At The Future Perfect, illustrative aluminum works from Chris Wolston employ body and jungle motifs inspired by his studio surroundings in Medellín, Colombia. In addition, feather weight handles by Trevor Potter.

Jasmin Anoschkin

Playful and Whimsical Design/

Salon 94 features Gaetano Pesce’s 54 Arm Lamp, one of his most iconic works, which allows the user to shape each arm according to his or her desire, demonstrating the designer’s humor and imagination. At Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Nacho Carbonell’s handcrafted, organically shaped, semitransparent cocoons are illuminated from the inside, encapsulating the designer’s imaginative impulse––the floor lamp is particularly striking due to its immense size, encompassing several lights attached to steel “branches” that expand to a height of more than two meters.

A play on the traditional rocking horse, Daniel Jackson’s life-sized Rocking Unicorn at Moderne Gallery was commissioned for fashion designer Wayne Rogers by his wife as a Christmas gift in 1974. Long thought to be lost and only recently rediscovered by the gallery, it is considered one of Jackson’s most important works. Hostler Burrows presents new hybrid animal ceramic works by Jasmin Anoschkin conjured from the designer’s own fantasy world and personal experiences created from stoneware with a 24k gold glaze.

 

Unexpected and Modular Designs/

A piece by Gianni Pettena at Erastudio Apartment-Gallery is made up of a series of sedan chairs that come together to create a bed only when assembled according to a simple scheme that could, in theory, be continued ad infinitum.

On view at Magen H Gallery is one of Pierre Chapo’s rare free-form designs, the T22 table from 1972. An architectural work and artistic treasure, it features two modular parts and can be a coffee table, a dining table when fitted with tall legs, or a desk. SIDE Gallery is showing one of Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner’s most important designs, the Reversible chair from 1955. Manufactured by Forma Moveis in Brazil, the wide and curved seat can be moved to the right or to the left.

At Pierre Marie Giraud, Sterling Ruby’s HEARTS reform and repurpose tabletop vessels into splayed organs and bisected torsos. Hung on the wall—the first time Ruby has presented ceramics in this manner—the HEARTS become both sacred and profane emblems embodying the sentimental, symbolic, and spiritual.

 

Verhoeven Twins

About Design Miami/

Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, Florida, each December and Basel, Switzerland, each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating collectible design.

Design Miami/ is more than a marketplace for design, where the world’s top galleries gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting, and objets d’art. Each show balances exclusive commercial opportunities with progressive cultural programming, creating exciting collaborations with designers and design institutions, panels and lectures with luminaries from the worlds of design, architecture, art, and fashion, and unique commissions from the world’s top emerging and established designers and architects.

By continuously expanding and enriching its program, Design Miami/ seeks to not only satisfy the demand for a high-end design fair, but also to broaden awareness of modern and contemporary design fuel the market for collectible design and provide an exciting yet accessible destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CANVAS: $5.5 Million 2019 Bugatti Chiron painted by Alec Monopoly

A live performance by Alec Monopoly during Miami Art Basel, unveiling 2019 Bugatti Chiron ArtBasel Edition 1 of 1 – #MonopBugatti

Miami, 7th December 2018 

Alec Monopoly

Berkeley Bespoke had an amazing experince to watch a LIVE performance on the most expensive canvas in the World!  Together with Eden Fine Art, Alec Monopoly infused Art Basel Week with his signature graffiti glamour and unique street art at his very own gallery dedicated to displaying his artworks alone. Alec Monopoly unveiled 2019 Bugatti Chiron ArtBasel Edition 1 of 1, which is avaivable for sale as it is! #MonopBugatti

In true Monop$ style, Alec Monopoly has found a way to display his work in a way that stands out from the crowd, showcasing a range of his new paintings and sculptures at an exclusive Miami Beach gallery, just outside of the Setai Hotel.

Andrew Bezhenar and Alec Monopoly

This is not the first time that Monopoly’s work has been displayed in Miami, and nevertheless, there is still a huge buzz surrounding the arrival of his new collection. Alec Monopoly is an artist that slots perfectly into the Miami backdrop.

He focuses on the notions of fame and fortune in his works and challenges the spectator to debate the place of wealth in today’s society through the use of graffiti in urban spaces. Infusing Miami Beach with bright colors, a mix of textures and materials and the iconic characters that his ever-expanding fan base have grown to love.

A new HUBLOT BIG BANG in the colours of Nicky Jam

Hublot has unveiled BIG BANG MECA-10 NICKY JAM, featuring his favorite colours, his initials and his signature

Miami, 6th December 2018 

Nicky Jam

Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to attend a fascinating evening hosted by Hublot and Nicky Jam during the Art Basel week in Miami. The night, where Hublot has unveiled the Big Bang Meca-10 Nicky Jam watch with a model available in three versions, designed in collaboration with the urban music singer, star of the charts and brand ambassador.

Nicky Jam became a Hublot ambassador in June of this year and it seemed only natural for the Nyon watchmaker to work with the internationally renowned singer. After topping the charts in 2015 with the success of his track “El Perdon”, he had the whole World singing this summer with “Live it Up”, the official song of the 2018 FIFATM World Cup in Russia, a competition for which Hublot is the Official Timekeeper. As if that were not enough, at the same time, he reached new heights with his single “X (Equis)”, which is approaching 1.4 billion views on YouTube!

It was in front of an audience of select guests – VIPs, stars and friends of the brand – that Hublot celebrated the talent of Nicky Jam during a lively party at The Temple House, Miami. For the occasion, the prestigious venue in the heart of the South Beach district saw itself covered in light: its façade and its interior walls served as a screen for a mapping animation and artistically projecting films and photographs.

Arina Sprynz

It was in this sumptuous setting that Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of the brand, gave a warm speech thanking Nicky for joining the Hublot family, and unveiled the first fruits of this collaboration: the Big Bang Meca-10 Nicky Jam watches.

These watches come in three different versions based on the famous Big Bang, the Swiss brand’s icon. With a 45-mm diameter, they are powered by the HUB1201 manufacture calibre, whose innovative construction reveals, on the dial side, all of the original imbrication of its 10-day power reserve that gave this model its name: Meca-10! As Nicky Jam sings in one of his hits: “…sin parar, sin parar!” For the first time the watch is skeletonised and gold-plated, thus offering the piece a brand-new look. The art of fusion in all of its glory!