Art Basel Miami Beach begins in a few weeks, and the art community is packing their bags for a world wind of activity. This year, Art Basel Miami Beach consists of 267 exhibitors, film screenings, panels and public art representing 32 countries. This schedule doesn’t include the countless independent art fairs and major exhibits by local museums.
December 2nd through December 6, all the major artists converge on Miami.Color and nationality mean little if your work sells. That means that you will find Kehinde Whiley, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, Renee Cox and a host of superstar creatives in one geographic area for the first week of December. With so much going on, this is your list of top picks for finding Black artists during Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week.
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Art Basel stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. To view art by African Diaspora artists there are a few galleries that you can’t miss:
From their website “is one of the most distinguished and long-standing international contemporary art galleries. The gallery was founded in 1966 during the era of apartheid, it offered a non-discriminatory space – when museums served the agenda of the apartheid government – and was known for politically engaged conceptual art. Today the gallery offers space for dialogue and socio-political engagement while facilitating an ongoing conversation about freedom of expression. This space a great place to see exciting work by African artists like Kudzanai Chiurai, Noland Oswald Dennis, Jabulani Dhlamini, Mounir Fatmi and Nelisiwe Xaba. The Goodman Gallery also represents Hank Willis Thomas.
Above: Kudzanai Chiurai Revelations I, 2011Ultra chrome ink
on Innova photo fibre paper 100 x 150 cm / 100 x 150 cm / Edition of 10 + 1 AP
Edition of 10
Founded with the intent to represent artist from around the globe, with emphasis on artists from Africa, East Asia and North America. This booth where you can see El Antsui, Nick Cave, Hank Willis Thomas, Kerry James Marshall, Odili Donal Odita, Toyin Odjih, Malik Sidibe,Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and our current obsession Titus Kaphar.
Above: LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE, Any Number of Preoccupations, 2010, oil on canvas, 63 x 78 3/4 inches, LYB10.003, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
This United Kingdom based gallery gained acclaim by representing both established and emerging arts from Africa, Europe and North America. This is a where you will see work by the incomparable Kara Walker, Chris Ofili and Njideka Akunyili Crosby.
Above:NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY. Nwantini, 2012 Acrylic, charcoal, pencil colour, collage and transfers on paper, 5.57ft x 8ft
White Cube is a United Kingdom based gallery with several sites in the U.K .,Sao Paulo and Hong Kong. The sensibility of White Cube has a strong architectural sensibility steeped in its beginning as a “perfect cube”. This gallery represents the man of the hour, Theaster Gates and David Hammons.
Above: THEASTER GATES Consequence of Being Born a Clay Guy 2014
Metal, ceramics and books
40 9/16 x 16 15/16 x 85 7/16 in.
This year, the expanded art fair offers a selection of free films, of which three are African American women filmmakers: Kenyatta Hinkle (The Countermand-December 3 at Sounscape Park at 8:00 PM) and Cauleen Smith ( Crow Requiem -December 4 and H-E-L-L-O 2014- December 5 at SoundScape Park)
Also, The Stevenson Gallery’s Zenele Muholi from South Africa will show her film (Ayanda & Nhlanhla Moremi’s Wedding
– December 4th)
Top Exhibits with Black artists durin Miami Art Week
Calabash Visual Arts Fair
The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave Miami 33142
The African Heritage Cultural Arts is the impetus for many, if not all the community centers built South Florida. This year, AHCAC presents Calabash Visual Arts Fair during Miami Art Week. As a community-based organization that fosters the creativity of African world artists, this year’s line-up is both eclectic and representative of the of the African Diaspora artist. Work by Roy Okupe, Tavare Hill and Indie rock group Cognomen rounds out an exciting week. The fair opens December 1st and includes a brunch with Terrence Nance and tours to Art Africa, The Art of Transformation in Opa Locka and Kroma Gallery. Listen to Cognomen below:
Prizm Art Fair
7300 Biscayne Blvd Miami 33138
In it’s third year, Prizm Art Fair is an exciting show of contemporary and fresh images by African Diaspora artists. Expect work by Brianna McCartney, Amber Robles Gordon, T.Elliot Mansa, and Wesley Clark.”Prizm will show work curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace and A.M. Weaver who are featuring works by Dr. Deborah Willis and Martha Jackson Jarvis respectively” states fair director and founder Mikhaile Solomon. Also, expect insightful panels and a dope day party to make this fair a well-rounded cultural experience.
Above: Martha Jackson Jarvis Live At Montreux Sounds of the Sea VII
PAMM not only has a solid choice of African world artists, but the new director is also Franklin Sirman. Expect to luxuriate in Jamaican artists Nari Ward:Sun Splash and Firelei Baez: Bloodlines.PAMM Sustaining and above level members, and Art Basel Miami Beach, DesignMiami/ and Art Miami VIP cardholders will watch a performance with Black Brit Devonte Hynes ( Bloodorgange) and Ryan McNamara. After viewing the exhibit, you can purchase the catalogue for Nari Ward: Sunsplash that includes an essay by Assistant Professor of History of Art and African American Studies Erica Moiah James.
Above: Nari Ward, Sun Splashed, Listri Sulla soglia, 2013 Chromogenic print. 66 x 49 inches.
The Greater Miami Visitors and Conventions joined the art scene to support the close to 20 Black art exhibits, academic panels and art fairs taking place during Miami Art week. Kicking off the week-long festivities is Soul Basel in Historic Overtown. From Little Haiti to Opa Locka, You will find everything from street art, Ethiopian painters and Dred Scott. Locations vary and can be found here.
Above: Self-Portrait by Ethiopian artist Daniel Taye
Pulse-Contemporary Art Fair
Lyon Weir Gallery
Indian Beach Park
4601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Via Lyon Weir Gallery “Lyons Wier Gallery aims to champion contemporary artists who bring a fresh and interpretative spirit to their chosen genre. The gallery specializes on what we call “Conceptual Realism.” For us, “Conceptual Realism” far exceeds the pictorial aspect of representational painting. Our artists’ deftness of hand is buttressed by their integral use of color, content and iconography bringing about a broader conceptual aspect to their representational compositions.” Lyin Weir gallery represents to multi-talented artist Fahamu Pecou. We have covered his work before and consider him one of the next great painters.