Uncovering treasures at Art Basel Miami Beach
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (www.margulieswarehouse.com) is displaying African photography and video, contemporary painting, large-scale sculptures and installations by internationally renowned artists. The Rubell Family Collection (www.rfc.museum) will be showcasing two exhibitions: How Soon Now and Time Capsule, Age 13 to 21:The Contemporary Art Collection of Jason Rubell. Both exhibitions will show sculpture, videos, photographs and paintings by leading contemporary artists from the family's permanent collection.
The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space (www.delacruzcollection.org) opened in a magnificent space in the Design District last year and will have an exhibition on Surrealism. And CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation:www.cifo.org) will feature the exhibition Inside Out, Photography After Form including photography from the permanent collection that explores the concept of "form" and the camera lens's ability to capture line, light and shadow.
Though most people never make it past the fairs, museums can provide much needed tranquillity amid the frenetic pace of the week. The Bass Museum of Art (www.bassmuseum.org) is located just a few blocks from the Miami Beach Convention Center, and will show a new nine-screen installation video work, "Ten Thousand Waves" by the artist Isaac Julien. And the Museum of Contemporary Art (www.mocanomi.org)
is in North Miami, about 40 minutes away from Miami Beach but worth the hike for exhibitions of works on paper by the British artist Chris Ofili and sculpture by German artist Jonathan Meese.
Unfortunately, public transportation is not a good option for getting around. When in Miami Beach proper, walking is the easiest way to get to venues. For collection visits and some satellite fairs in the Design District, taxis are a must but can often be shared with other art lovers in town for the week. There are also free shuttles between ABMB and other fairs. It is best to ask at the information desk about pickup locations and running times.
Hotels are expensive and usually booked well in advance for Art Basel Miami Beach. But you might get lucky with last minute cancellations. You may need to stay in downtown Miami and take a taxi to Miami Beach.
There are several great dining options. If you are in the Design District, Michael's Genuine Food and Drink (www.michaelsgenuine.com) is a must for delicious food made from local ingredients. In Miami Beach, at 1903 Collins Avenue, is an affordable Middle Eastern café with outdoor seating called Sultan Kabob, and if you are looking for 24-hour dining visit News Café (www.newscafe.com) on Ocean Drive where you can find salads, sandwiches and breakfast all day, every day.
Nicole Berry, director of Manhattan's Nathan Bernstein Gallery, is an art historian, curator, adviser and critic. For more on her and the art events and happenings that she attends internationally, visit www.accessibleartny.com. This year will be her fifth Art Basel Miami Beach.