MIAMI - Just how busy is Miami fair week? So busy that now Tuesday, formerly the day to arrive early to get a jump on things, is jam-packed with events.
Technically speaking, the Art Basel in Miami Beach doesn’t even start until Thursday (though VIPs, press and other get into the fair Wednesday.)
But this year Tuesday is stuffed with art activities all over Miami. Here’s some of what I’m going to try get in today.
· 2pm There’s a preview of the new addition to the rechristened Perez Art Museum Miami this afternoon. Formerly the Miami Art Museum, the downtown institution raised $220 million to build a new facility by Pritzker winners Herzog & de Meuron ($35 million came from Jorge M. Perez, hence the name change). It’s a super sleek building with unusual hanging gardens in its outdoor spaces. Fans of starchitecture, including me, are lining up to check it out.
Liliana Porter’s Dialogue with Him, 1998.
· 4pm Next up it’s a sneak peek of “Permission to be Global: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection,” at CIFO, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. For this show, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, collaborated with the collector on a selection drawn from her amazing trove; it travels to Boston in March. I haven’t been to CIFO, located just north of downtown Miami, so am looking forward to it. And the lineup of works sounds intriguing. Having met with Fontanals-Cisneros recently in her New York pied-a-terre, I can say that she’s one savvy collector, and a pioneer who started buying this category in the 1970s.
· 6pm The Design fair, which takes place just behind the Convention Center housing the main fair, is always smaller, calmer and more of a jewel box affair. The vernissage is from 6-9pm tonight and as the Champagne flows, I will check out the Christina Grajales booth and the offerings from Patrick Seguin of Paris, always two likely winners.
Tracey Emin’s The Tracey Emin Museum, 1995. Courtesy of White Cube Gallery.
· 7pm If I even have time, which I probably won’t, I could go to the Vanity Fair–sponsored opening party for the Tracey Emin show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. The former ‘Young British Artist’ Emin is having a big year, getting some recognition from new quarters after long being a controversial and forceful presence on the art scene. This is the first American museum show of her work.
· 8:30pm Dinnertime brings me to an event for Cultured magazine (where I’m now a contributing editor) that is co-sponsored by two terrific design galleries: R 20th Century of New York and Gallery Seomi of Los Angeles and Seoul. To even say yes to this, I had to turn down several great invitations, including one from the fine folks at Perrier-Jouët, who are honoring the work of artist Simon Heijdens over a dinner at the James Hotel.
And by Wednesday, things will really pick up. I’ll be filing reports for you all week in this very space.