Miami Hotels Hosting Art Basel Events And Activations

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By: Jennifer Agress

See some of the world’s best art and artists at Miami’s best hotels

This year during Art Basel, some of Miami’s hottest hotels are playing host to the biggest names in the art world, both in and out of the Art Week 2019 tents, with mini exhibits of their own—most of which are free to see. Read on for your guide on where to find Art Basel events at these top Miami hotels.

JW Marriott Miami

PINTA Showcase at the JW Marriott Miami

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 to Sunday, December 8th, 2019
Like it does every year, the 13th-Annual PINTA Miami, the nation’s leading Ibero-America Art Fair, will welcome 60 of the most prestigious art galleries from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to South Florida during Art Week Miami 2019. In support of that show, the JW Marriott Miami, named the official hotel sponsor of PINTA Miami, will have a lobby installation showcasing select exhibits from the 2019 edition of the fair. Access to this onsite exhibit is free and open to the public.

JW Marriott Marquis Miami

Art Miami Pop-Up

Wednesday, November 20th to Saturday, December 8th, 2019
Guests who walk through the lobby of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami during Art Week Miami 2019 will be able to catch a glimpse of the contemporary and modern art on display at Art Miami 2019. The hotel has been a sponsor of Art Miami since 2011, and the lobby will be transformed into a mini-exhibit with sought-after pieces from some of the world’s leading international galleries. This onsite exhibit is free and open to the public.

Art Miami Shuttle

Starting Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
Thanks to its partnership with Art Miami, the hotel will also offer a complimentary shuttle to and from One Herald Plaza, on Biscayne Bay, near the Art Miami tent. The shuttle is free and open to the public.

Art Miami Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner

Thursday, December 5th, 2019
Daniel Boulud, the genius behind JW Marriott Marquis Miami’s Boulud Sud, will host the Art Miami Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner. This dinner will honor the late Tony Goldman and the Goldman Family, and their contributions to the cultural landscape of Miami. Tickets to the dinner are priced at $300 per person and can be purchased here.

Freehand Pool
Freehand Pool

Freehand Miami

Vibe & Tings Pool Party

Saturday, December 7th, 2019
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

In honor of Art Basel 2019, the Broken Shaker L.A. is bringing one of its most popular parties to the Miami location! Gather around the Freehand Miami pool and listen to beats by DJ Walshy Fire, Tiger, Shacia Payne, Kyle DeSouza and more. There will be plenty of Red Stripe and Campari to go around, and artwork by Tyson Knight on display. This event is free and open to the public. Register to attend here.

Everyday People Presents: Sawa Sawa Shaker Sunday BBQ

Sunday, December 8th, 2019
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

It’s a celebration of all things art, food and music! While Jimmy Lebron, Executive Chef of 27 Restaurant & Bar, and guest chef Sophia Roe whip up a BBQ feast, guests can drink Palm Rose and listen to music from visiting DJs from all over the world. Curated by Everyday People, the DJ list includes: DJ Moma (NYC), Boston Chery (NYC), Dre Ngozi (Toronto) and Gvijin (Jamaica/NYC). Making it extra special, Broken Shaker Miami will debut an exclusive wall mural by Los Angeles River. This event is free and open to the public. Register to attend here.


Delano South Beach

Alexander Mijares at Delano South Beach

Starting Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
Now in its 25th year, the iconic Delano South Beach is celebrating Art Week Miami 2019 with a massive outdoor art installation by Miami-born, internationally-acclaimed artist, Alexander Mijares. Marking his largest work to date, this installation will take over Delano’s entire orchard, creating a vibrant, colorful canopy with more than 50 panels designed to mimic the effect of stained glass. Adding to its allure, guests will be able to see this installation from multiple points throughout the property; including the guestrooms, Ciel Spa, the pool area, Leynia and of course, inside the orchard, as they walk through it. This installation will stay up during the holiday season, through early 2020. Access to this installation is free and open to the public.

Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel

Art Exhibition Curated by Gustavo Oviedo

Starting Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
This year, the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel is partnering with local Miami artist, Gustavo Oviedo, to create a vibrant art showcase that will take over the entire hotel. Born in Paris—and raised between Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico before settling in Miami 20 years ago—Oviedo is no stranger to the Miami art scene. To bring this project to fruition, he has curated an art collection from more than 20 Miami artists, which will be on rotation in the Surfcomber lobby and “The Backyard,” the hotel’s spacious outdoor area, throughout Art Week Miami. Access to this onsite exhibit is free and open to the public.

Paint Cow Statues with DAYLIFE

Sunday, December 8th, 2019
Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel’s dedicated activities and programming team, DAYLIFE, will celebrate Art Basel 2019 with an art-inspired community activity that involves one of the Surfcomber’s most iconic design elements: its cow statues.Throughout The Backyard, guests will find a slew of life-sized, white, ceramic cow statues, all of which evoke a sense of playfulness. While the cows will be on display throughout Art Basel and beyond, on December 8th, hotel guests will be able to tap into their artistic side and paint a portion of one of the cows, creating a colorful, collaborative art piece.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Loews x Porsche

As the official host hotel for SCOPE Art Fair, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel will offer a VIP shuttle service powered by Porsche for all SCOPE VIP cardholders. As part of the hotel’s partnership with Porsche and Walt Grace Vintage, a vintage Porsche will be on display in the hotel lobby. On top of that, Porsche artist Mikael B will be the hotel’s Artist in Residence, who will paint a mural at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and host a live painting event during Art Basel weekend.

East, Miami
East, Miami

East, Miami

“On the Edge: The Hopeful Forest” Installation

Starting Monday, December 2nd, 2019
EAST Hotels is debuting a brand new art program, Art at EAST: Urban Remix, all over the world, and it’s launching this debut at EAST, Miami during Art Week Miami 2019. This program was created to feature local artists in cities where there are EAST Hotels, and to develop art exhibitions that both speak to the local urban community and reimagine urban living. Here in South Florida, EAST, Miami has partnered with local artist Carlos Betancourt—a multidisciplinary artist whose work ignites discussion about beauty, identity and communication—to create “On the Edge: The Hopeful Forest.” Made in collaboration with Ximena Caminos, famed Argentine curator and the new Artistic Visionary Planner for The Underline, EAST, Miami, this exclusive installation will feature a series of totems made from repurposed, abandoned objects found all over Miami. The totems will be displayed in the lobby and stacked in such a way as to mimic surrounding Brickell Avenue’s towering highrises. The name, “On the Edge,” alludes to both Miami’s geographic location and a general anticipation for the unknown. Access to this onsite exhibit is free and open to the public.

Lobby at The Faena
Lobby at The Faena

Faena Miami Beach

Faena Festival: The Last Supper

Monday, December 2nd, 2019 to Sunday, December 8th, 2019
Curated by Zoe Lukov, Chief Curator at Faena Art, the second-annual Faena Festival will turn the entire Faena District into a celebration of art in every medium—and we mean every medium. This year’s theme, The Last Supper, puts the kitchen and the pulpit at the forefront as it examines the relationship between spirituality and food, abundance and sacrifice, indulgence and abstinence and archetypal symbolism and contemporary aesthetics. On the art front, The Last Supper will include new commissions by creators like Sophia Al-Maria, Gabriel Chaile, Myrlande Constant, Emeka Ogboh, Osías Yanov and Jamilah Sabur; installations by Camille Henrot, Zhang Huan and The Propeller Group; an LED billboard boat on the water with mobile video installations by Jillian Mayer and Ana Mendieta; and the “Cinema Series,” which will feature nightly screenings by Yael Bartana, Christian Jankowski, Jumana Manna, Pedro Neves Marques, Grethell Rasúa and Martha Rosler. As its name implies, there will also be a food component, with culinary activations and shared meals by Jim Denevan, Lunafridge and Faena’s own Francis Mallmann and Paul Qui. All programs are free and open to the public.

Curio at Faena Bazaar

Debuting during Miami Art Week 2019, Curio at Faena Bazaar marks the next chapter of the innovative, ever-evolving Faena Bazaar. Thanks to a partnership with Curio—a new agency started by fashion industry veteran, Jeff Lasota—this experience will offer a selection of emerging designers, rotating pop-up shops and daily events. Curio at Faena Bazaar will be curated by Danielle Licata, President of Infoma and Vice President of Coterie, who will bring the unique retail concept to life by putting together a mix of products by both internationally-coveted labels and emerging talent. Access to this activation is free and open to the public.

The Betsy
The Betsy

The Betsy South Beach

Art Basel 2019 Exhibits at The Betsy

Starting Friday, December 6th, 2019
9 p.m.

This year, The Betsy South Beach will feature a line-up of nine different shows spread across 20,000 square feet of gallery space, all curated by hotel co-owner Lesley Goldwasser. It will all kick off with a property-wide opening featuring Obama Inaugural Poet and Miami's favorite son, Richard Blanco, as presenter. Read below to find out who will be featured in this year’s exhibits. Access to these exhibits is free and open to the public.

Andy Sweet (1953-1982): Wander through The Betsy’s Lobby Salon, and you’ll find images featured in the award-winning documentary, “The Last Resort.” Sweet is an American documentary and street photographer known for immortalizing the life of Holocaust survivors on Miami Beach in the 1970s and 80s. More than 20 of his photographs will be on display in the Lobby Salon, and two permanent, supersized images can be found in one of The Betsy’s elevators.

Iké Udé (1962): The Betsy’s Gallery Show includes photographic portraits from the Sartorial Anarchy Collection, where Iké Udé—a Nigerian-American photographer and performance artist—explores issues of representation and sexual, gender, cultural and stylistic identity. This show has two new portraits: one of Betsy owner Lesley Goldwasser, and another of Turkish Jeweler, Sevan Bicacki, an artist whose wearable art will be featured next to his portrait.

Michael Halsband (1956): The Betsy’s Carlton Room Show will celebrate the work of one of the world's most significant portrait artists, Michael Halsband. Throughout the exhibit, find his portraits of major historical figures, like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Robert Mapplethorpe, Michael Heizer, David Hockney, William Wegman, John Chamberlain and Keith Herring.

Sevan Bıçakçi (1972): Sevan Biçakçi is returning to Art Basel Miami Beach, and The Betsy South Beach is here to celebrate it. The hotel will host the big reveal of a portrait of Biçakçi by Ike Ude, and display Sevan’s one-of-a-kind wearable Byzantine- and Ottoman-style jewelry art in two gallery areas across the property.

Pete Turner (1934-2017): Pete Turner was one of the early pioneers of color photography, and The Betsy’s Board Room Show will feature images from one of his collections, The Color of Jazz. Here, original Turner artworks will be exhibited side by side with historic record covers.

Andrew Kaufman: The Betsy LT Steak & Seafood Show will feature A Rare Glimpse into the Life of the Champ, an exhibit curated by Andrew Kaufman and hung in the hotel’s onsite restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood. This collection will include images by Neil Leifer, Carl Fischer and Larry Spitzer, and every work will highlight extraordinarily intimate, intense and stunning moments in history.

Robert Zuckerman: Throughout The Betsy’s hallways and stairways, the hotel will feature celebrity and art photographs by Zuckerman.

Bob Bonis Collection: View more than 250 seldom-seen images of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones from the Bob Bonis Collection, which will be hanging in different areas throughout the property.

Ricardo Cavolo: Illustrations from Ricardo Cavolo’s collection, “101 Musicians to Listen to Before You Die,” will be presented in 26 light boxes displayed around The Betsy.

The Betsy Orb Projections

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 to Saturday, December 7th, 2019
8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For three nights, The Betsy will bring its inside exhibitions outside, projecting works from the above artists on its famous suspended orb. The Betsy’s Orb is located in the breezeway adjacent to the Betsy, between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive.

Artist Conversations at The Betsy

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 to Friday, December 6th, 2019
2 p.m.

Stop by The Betsy South Beach and catch daily salons and artist conversations with Iké Udé, Michael Halsband, Sevan Biçakçi and Andrew Kaufman, all of whom will be in residence at The Betsy during Art Basel Miami Beach 2019.

National Hotel Miami Beach

Flower Maiden by InList

Thursday, December 5th, 2019
Miami’s own urban realist artist, Miguel Paredes, will curate an immersive art installation at the adults-only National Hotel for the fifth-annual InList Art Basel party, Flower Maiden. Coming to Miami from NYC, Miguel is known for fusing NYC-style graffiti art with his immense talent and perceptiveness, making this one-of-a-kind immersive, artistic party experience unlike anything the National Hotel Miami Beach has ever done before. Guests who sign up for the members-only InList App can RSVP through the app.

Punk Me Tender

Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Mysterious French artist Punk Me Tender is in town, and his art will be on display all over the National Hotel lobby, patio and pool. The lobby floor will be covered in a custom-vinyl sticker poem by Punk Me Tender, the outdoor patio will transform into a cobalt burst of 3D butterflies and the iconic pool will be lined with his brightly-colored Blue Morpho Butterflies. Punk Me Tender is known for his graffiti, murals and photographic art, and of course, his anonymity. He’s an undercover artist that creates art based on desire, and his works are inspired by women, fashion and style all over the world. Access to this installation is free and open to the public.

Lobby at The Edition
Lobby at The Edition

The Miami Beach EDITION

Art Week 2019 at Basement Miami

Starting Monday, December 2nd, 2019
Guests can head to Basement Miami—Ian Schrager’s Studio 54-inspired entertainment destination at The Miami Beach EDITION, complete with a sexy bar and lounge, a bowling alley and an ice-skating rink—for a line up of internationally-renowned DJs. On Wednesday, December 4th, the venue will celebrate its fifth anniversary with sounds from Dramian, Unders, Mandrake and Courtney Scott in the Club, and Layla Benitez and Jesse Calosso in the Bowl. Guests who stop by throughout the week can celebrate Art Week Miami with big-name DJs like Diplo, Idris Elba, Bedouin, Dimitri from Paris, François K and more. In addition, the bowling alley will also have an art component. Guests who bowl can choose from four custom-painted bowling balls, all designed by select artists: Blair Thurman, Jules de Balincourt, Will Cotton and Daniel Heidkamp. Times and prices vary. Visit the website for more information.

South Beach Group

Local Art Showcase

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 to Sunday, December 8th, 2019
Noon to 8 p.m.

Head to one of South Beach Group’s three trendy art-deco boutique hotels—the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, Riviera Hotel South Beach and Hotel Croydon—and see local art from real Miami locals. Turning each hotel into a veritable art museum, South Beach Group is opening up the floor (or in this case, their walls!) to South Florida artists who want to exhibit their best work. Anyone and everyone who is interested is invited to submit their portfolio to, regardless of experience. After careful consideration, the best submissions will be put on display in those three hotels during Art Basel Miami Beach. Access to these installations are free and open to the public.

The Copper Door B&B

Bunny Yeager: ART TALK

Saturday, December 7th, 2019
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The Copper Door Bed & Breakfast will host a historic photo exhibit of pin-up and glamour photographer Bunny Yeager’s work with African American and Caribbean models of color. Yeager focused her career on models like these, most of whom were overlooked by other photographers when they were in their prime. See everything from her Virginia Key photoshoot with beauty queen Marie Adams, who was Miss Bronzeville 1958, to her pictorial work with La Raine Meers, Cotton Club dancer, and Roz Hill, a muse of Flip Wilson. The exhibit was developed by Michael Sellinger of Cottelston Advisors; Ed Christin, Yeager’s archivist from 2010-2016; and Sarahjane Blum, a pin-up and glamour art scholar who co-owns Grapefruit Moon Gallery and the Bunny Yeager Estate. Access to this installation is by donation only and open to the public. Register for the event here.

Habitat at 1 Hotel
Habitat at 1 Hotel

1 Hotel South Beach

Aradia Earth and 1 Hotels Present: Basia Goszczynska's Rainbow Cave

1 Hotel South Beach is always looking for ways to celebrate and draw awareness to the environment, and guests will see that during Art Basel 2019. Head to DRIFT, the 1 Hotel’s lobby bar, to see Basia Goszczynska's Rainbow Cave. It’s an installation made from approximately 50,000 salvaged plastic bags (the amount of plastic bags used in the state of Florida State every four minutes), along with used and salvaged fishing nets. This colorful work simultaneously demonstrates the reach and capability of upcycling, draws attention to the ubiquity of single-use plastic bags and celebrates the positive effects of color on the human psyche. Access to this installation is free and open to the public.

Zahav Pop-Up at Habitat at 1 Hotel South Beach presented by American Express

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 to Friday, December 6th, 2019
6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Get your stomachs ready! Chef Michael Solomonov, a five-time James Beard Award-winning chef and executive chef/co-owner of Zahav, the trailblazing Philadelphia restaurant that put the rich melting pot of Israeli cuisine on the map in America, will do a three-day pop-up of Zahav at Habitat at the 1 Hotel South Beach during Art Basel 2019. For those three days, guests can enjoy a four-course, family-style dinner featuring Zahav’s signature dishes, like Hummus-Tehina, Cauliflower Baba Ganoush and Bulgarian Lamb Kebab. This dinner is priced at $195 per person, excluding taxes and fees. Reservations are required and can be made through RESY.

W South Beach

Gumbo Limbo Experiment presented by Peroni

Friday, December 6th, 2019
9 p.m. to Midnight

Head to the W South Beach for the Gumbo Limbo Experiment, a multi-sensory show that combines live music, art installations and projected visuals. It will feature internationally-renowned DJ Richie Hell and mutli-media artist Francisca Oyhanarte. Access to this activation is free and open to the public.

F.P. Journe’s A.R.T Bungalow

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 to Sunday, December 8th, 2019
1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Guests can come explore the the F.P. Journe A.R.T. Bungalow, which will be furnished by Roche Bobois and feature photography by Cris Molina. The second floor of this bungalow will house a pop-up atelier by world-renowned tailor, Dominique Vindevogel, called “Flying Tailor.” Access to this activation is free and open to the public.

Tim Boin “Geometry is Life”

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 to Friday, December 6th, 2019
Making his debut Art Basel 2019, Dutch artist Tim Boin will present “Geometry is Life” at the W South Beach—a series of art installations focusing on light, geometry, spirituality and realism. Each piece of artwork in the hotel lounge will create a sensory experience using geometric shapes that ultimately bring the spirit of the subject to life. Access to these installations are free and open to the public.

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