The pandemic has altered creative output and the way we consume content, not only in 2020, but for years to come. But instead of focusing on the challenges COVID-19 has brought for artists and creators, the ever-burgeoning art community of Miami has set their sights on how they can share art with the world, even though Art Basel was canceled this year. The result is Miami Art Week, which is officially the first week of December (when Art Basel typically would have been), but in actuality, has inspired new art exhibitions that will run until the end of the year, and some even through January. From art deco hotels unveiling work by up-and-coming photographers to high-end fashion brands introducing multidimensional exhibitions that can be enjoyed not just in Miami but from around the world, one thing is clear: creativity is not canceled in 2020, it’s thriving, even under the most challenging circumstances.
Here, a selection of our favorite exhibits and shows from Miami Art Week 2020, all of which are still going on—and some can even be streamed virtually from afar.
“The Real Surreal,” Marcel Katz Art
A first on the Miami art scene, this Salvador Dalí sculpture pop-up was brought to the Marcel Katz Art gallery by Bertrand Epaud, a New York-based art consultant with a lifetime of experience working with Dalí’s art. The collection includes a Dalí sculpture from the Vatican Collection and will be on display at Marcel Katz Art until January 17, 2021. Not only can Miami-based art enthusiasts reserve an in-person ticket, but the gallery offers virtual tickets so Dalí connoisseurs can stream the exhibit online.
“Agua Dulce,” The Bass, Miami Beach
Contemporary Miami art museum, The Bass, launched art through botany on November 29. Their newest exhibition, Abraham Cruzvillegas’ “Agua Dulce,” features more than a thousand plants and is meant to encourage healing and conjure art through the symmetry of the plants and the birds that flourishing plant life will inevitably draw. There’s a locally inspired component of the exhibit—more than 10 plant species used are native to Florida—and a performance art aspect as well; performers walk through the exhibit mimicking the bird calls you’d find near these plants all over the world.
Louis Vuitton Temporary Residency, Miami Design District
Vuitton’s men’s artistic director, the ever-touted Virgil Abloh, conceptualized a residency in the beautifully artistic Miami Design District. The residency is not just fashion-forward, it’s larger-than-life performance art deliberately coinciding with Miami Art Week. The recently debuted LV residency (as of December 4) is set in the world of “The Adventures of Zoooom with Friends” and available to fashionistas by appointment only. Within the activation, Louis Vuitton fans will find augmented reality experiences and artistic takes on Zoooomies figurines, plus Abloh’s LV2054 performance-inspired capsule collection. The ground-breaking residency for the brand runs until January 25, 2021.
“Art Outside,” Collins Park
The al fresco art trend has taken hold in 2020—for obvious reasons—and The Bass came together with artistic partners around Miami to do a large-scale take on an outdoor exhibition around the city. “Art Outside” is primarily in Collins Park, though “works ranging from monumental sculpture, neon, to sound and wall murals, and participatory artworks” can be found around Miami Beach. Follow the map of the outdoor exhibits at this activation, which will be standing well into next year.
The Betsy, South Beach
When The Betsy reopens on December 18, building off the energy of Miami Art Week, they will debut 10 new displays across their 25,000-square-feet of exhibition space, including rarely seen photos of The Beatles in India from the ‘60s and photography from fashion icon Barbara Hulanicki. They will also have two outdoor installations (“Empathy Time,” which honors George Floyd and “Temporary Vacancy”), available to the public and curated by hotel co-owner Lesley Goldwasser Plutzik. Inside, The Beatles images (paired with photographs of the Rolling Stones) will be a permanent exhibition, as will a collection of work by notable Hollywood movie set photographer Robert Zuckerman, who is debuting “Kindsight” at The Betsy.
“Fredonia!” Nina Johnson Gallery
Nina Johnson Gallery is one of the most notable luxury art hot spots in Miami, so it’s only fitting that the exhibit lined up for Miami Art Week shines. Rochelle Feinstein debuted “Fredonia!” here on November 20, and the exhibit will run until January 9, 2021. An exploration of vivid colors depicting futuristic scenes, Feinstein’s artwork draws inspiration from the past (namely, the 19th century) to inform her illustrations of the future.