Another year, another Basel. For those who are uninitiated, Art Basel Miami Beach is a time when the art world converges for a week of networking, partying, and music—and, of course, art. The following list is a selection of shows to see that don’t include the major fairs (Art Basel proper, Design Miami/, Untitled, et al). These are the smaller, more local exhibitions that are must-sees.
Autumn Casey’s solo show at Primary
“Balancing Infinity, While Hanging Upside Down. Watching Lovers Fall from Grace, Underneath the Ground” is the verbosely poetic title of artist Autumn Casey’s recently opened solo show at PRIMARY. It’s her second solo show with the gallery, and expands on her practice of making emotionally charged sculptures using found objects. Darkly humorous as ever, this show also contains 78 2-D works inspired by the pivotal Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck from 1910.
15 NE 39th Street, Miami, FL. 33137
Coral Cross III: Coral Cross, Jorge Elbrecht and Max Hooper Schneider
Held at the historic Colony Theater on December 3, this BFI-presented show will include a performance by the band Coral Cross, a New York-based choral thrash metal act that was developed out of conversations between the Miami-born artist Jorge Elbrecht and Harvard Master’s degree holder Max Hooper Schneider. While the details of the show are willfully obscured, assume that Elbrecht and drummer Lev Weinstein of the black metal band Krallice will shred, and expect Schneider to set the perfect atmosphere. Tickets here.
1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Save Your Selves at Locust Projects
Huffer Collective is a crew of Miami freaks that includes AHOLSNIFFSGLUE, renowned graffiti artist; Jason Handelsman, an anarcho-punk-turned-pastor-turned-respectable-dad-making-art-about-his-life; and Jacob Katel, aka Swamp Dog. They’ve created an installation out of the very stuff of their lives and the streets of Miami, a Borgesian Illuminati pyramid of endlessly layered mystery and local arcana. Look closely and you’ll even see yours truly, defending objective art criticism against Handelsman’s megalomania on the Judge Mathis show.
3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami Fl 33127
The Rest is History at Dimensions Variable
Go to this if you want to see an impeccably curated window onto contemporary art. The artist-run gallery Dimensions Variable, led by founders Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, just opened its new space in Miami-Dade College, and contains an exhibition called The Rest is History, a selection of international artist, from Bogota, Colombia to Stavanger, Norway to Stamford, Connecticut.
300 NE 2ND Avenue, Miami, FL 33132