The week long cultural extravaganza that is Art Basel Miami officially kicks off today. Exhibitions, performances, and art fairs galore will take over the sunny city until Sunday showing the world’s best artists, ranging from established or up and coming. To give you a sneak peak of some of the talented individuals represented down south, we rounded up our six favorite up and comers to look out for during the week.
Hunter & Gatti
For their month-long residency at Katsuya South Beach, Hunter & Gatti will reimagine portraiture with overpainted imagery of celebrities like Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, and Diane Kruger. The fashion photographers and multidisciplinary creators use their own black and white photographs from editorial campaigns and overlay them with tribal paint strokes that nod to late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. In fact, the exhibition titled “I will make you a star” is inspired by the moment dealer Rene Ricard saw Basquiat’s work at a party and promised to make him a star.
Not many galleries would let an artist dig a 25 foot wide trench into their floor. Yet that’s exactly what Daniel Arsham did for his “Welcome to the Future” installation at Locust Projects, to mimic an archeological site. The gaping ditch holds thousands of artifacts Arsham has calcified to demonstrate the 20th century’s obsession with various technological devices like boom boxes, SLR cameras, Blackberries, Nintendo controllers, VHS tapes, and Walkmans. Along with witty work, Arsham is responsible for several other projects around the city with his architectural collective Snarkitecture.
evian + KENZO
Every year Art Basel is abuzz with collaborative projects that show how fluidly creative mediums cross over, and this year is no different. The masterminds behind fashion label KENZO (and Opening Ceremony) Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have taken their love of fashion, travel, and the avant garde and translated this aesthetic into a limited edition evian bottle design. The playful, graphic pattern was inspired by filmmaker David Lynch. Originally unveiled at Paris Fashion Week, the collaboration will make its Miami debut at SLS South Beach this week!
Collage is king in Michele Abeles’ oeuvre. The New York-based artist uses layers of staged photographs of male nudes, still lifes, wild prints and portraits to create brightly hued pop photomontages. Often described as “post-Internet” Abeles liberally uses Google image search and Photoshop techniques. You can find Abeles represented by 47 Canal gallery at Positions, in main fair, Art Basel.
Rashaad Newsome is known for exploring the intersection between music and fine art. His latest endeavor “The Conductor,” a six part video installation that delves into the worlds of hip-hop culture and MCing, will premiere at the Select Art Fair. It is comprised of footage from over one hundred hip‐hop music videos of the best MCs from a survey conducted with popular East Coast radio stations Hot 97 and Power 105. Carl Orff’s orchestral “Carmina Burana” plays over each video and for the finale—not to be missed by anyone in Miami—one select MC will freestyle over the sixth film.
The work of collaborators Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel lives between the blurry line of where art and design meet. For their solo showing at Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Design Miami, the duo present their take on iconic landmarks from around the world including Chartres Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the Burj Khalifa. Their fictional (and fantastical) interpretations of these architectural wonders create entirely new narratives which need to be seen to be believed.