Miami Art Week 2019 December 22 2019

By: Carmen Ferreira  |  Photos: Esteban Terenzio

The 18th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach which took place December 5-8, 2019, reinforced its position as a cultural meeting point for the Americas. The novelty this year was a sliding-scale pricing system that supported the participation of smaller galleries, rejuvenating the show!

This year there were 269 galleries presenting works that ranged with the inclusion a new sector, Meridians, curated by Magalí Arriola, Director of Museo Tamayo, that showed works that pushed the boundaries of the traditional art fair layout.

However, Banana Basel is most probably how this year's fair will be remembered for. The Italian artist Mauritzio Cattelan showed what he called a new sculpture at the fair– his first piece in a fair in more than 15 years–comprising of a banana attached on a wall with grey duck tape at the Perrotin Gallery (France). It was called Comedian but of course it will be remembered as The Banana. It is meant "to offer insight into how assign worth and what kind of objects we value", according to the gallery.

Design Miami, in its fifteenth edition, this year was physically closer to Art Basel's entrance at Pride Park, and had a newly appointed curatorial director, Aric Chen. Following Basel's show in June, Elements: Earth, the Miami show took the theme of Elements: Water examining both its beauty and crisis. Here are some of its highlights.

 Roots, by Marko Brajovic,


 Virgil Abloh, The Carpenters Workshop


AGO Projects, Mexico City and New York


Japanese Art, Erik Thomsen Gallery, New York

Suzanne Ramié, Atelier Manoura, Galerie Lebreton, San Francisco

Les Ateliers Courbet, capsule installation of furniture inspired by French filmmaker Jaques Tati

Untitled (Kiss), by Barbara Kruger, Institute of Contemporary Arts London x Artek

Pink Beasts, by Fernando Laposse


So much happens during Miami Art week. Here are some of what we saw!

Order of Importance, by Leandro Erlich, installation located directly on the ocean front comprised of 66 life-size sand replicas of cars and trucks


A few highlights from the main show:

Osvaldo Cruz, 1948, by Lydia Okumura

Ideas of March VI, 2019, by Christopher Le Brun, Paragon, UK
Series of 4 woodcuts, Edition of 18

Maisterravalbuena, Madrid


Rubell Collections has a new address and much, much, much more space.


Amoako Boafo, artist in residence

A Arte de Viver, by Joana Vasconcelos presented by Roche Bobois and The Wall Street Journal. 
Roche Bobois challenged renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos to reinterpret six of their iconic models. Joana Vasconcelos recreated these pieces by preserving their original creative essence while inscribing her identity. Her unparalleled creativity questions the place of women in the contemporary world by highlighting Portuguese artisanal traditions and know-how.