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Art Basel Week in Miami: Art to see beyond the fairs

Art Basel arrives in Miami Beach on Dec 4, but the art isn't limited to the big fairs taking place. Below, major exhibitions and other art happenings taking place in town.

“Ferngully”: the Haas Brothers at the Bass
Dec 5, 2018 – April 21, 2019

Los Angeles-based twins Nikolai and Simon Haas, who create objects that fall somewhere in between art and design, are the subject of their first solo exhibition, which opens at the Bass during Art Basel week. See their beaded chairs and fungi, anthropomorphic hairy chaises and other playful furniture and sculptural objects within an immersive environment evoking the natural cycles of renewal and rebirth.

(RED) Auction
Through Dec 7

Sotheby’s 2018 (RED) charity auction – a collaboration between Bono and this year’s curators, architect David Adjaye and artist Theaster Gates – features works including a diamond ring by Jony Ive and Marc Newson, furniture from Adjaye and Zaha Hadid, and artworks by Yinka Shonibare and Leo Villareal. All of the (RED) Auction lots are now on public view at Miami’s Moore Building, with a live auction set for on December 5.

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“Superflex: We Are All in the Same Boat”
Through April 21

The Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College is holding the first US museum survey of Danish collective Superflex. On display are videos, sculptures and installations selected for their relevance to the City of Miami from the perspectives of art, finance, climate and a potential future for the city. Several works have been newly reimagined for the Miami show.

Faena Festival: “This is Not America”
Dec 3-9

The non-profit organization Faena Art is launching an annual art festival this year, anchoring its inaugural edition around Alfredo Jaar’s 1987 work “A Logo for America.” New commissions from Derrick Adams, Cecilia Bengolea, Isabel Lewis, Luna Paiva, Tavares Strachan, and Wu Tsang and boychild will spread across the Faena District and into neighboring public spaces.

“The Art of Banksy”
Through Feb 28

A major, unauthorized exhibit of works by Banksy, curated by the artist’s original gallerist Steve Lazarides, is on view at Magic City Studios. More than 80 original works by the elusive street artist are on display, including “Laugh Now,” “Girl with Balloon,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Flower Thrower,” “Monkey Queen,” “Flag Wall” and “Soup Can.”

Basel House
Dec 7-9

For a vibrant outdoor art experience, try Basel House, a three-day mural festival bringing music, vendors and art installations from across the globe to Wynwood. Among highlights, Klughaus and are kicking off an artist series of custom-painted semi-trailer trucks that will travel the East Coast.

“Judy Chicago: A Reckoning”
Dec 4, 2018 – April 21, 2019

ICA Miami is presenting this major survey of works by the pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago, highlighting her transition from abstraction to figuration and her use of working methods that call into question gender roles and the idea of feminine kills – needlework and embroidery – versus masculine – auto body painting, pyrotechnics.

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