Highlights of Miami Art Week 2017

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Miami Art Week 2017 included more than 20 fairs at a variety of locations.

Between galleries, outdoor displays, concerts, and parties, there was no shortage of events to absorb the art, stimulate the mind, and mingle with art lovers from around the world.

Did you miss Miami Art Week this year?

Never fear: we have all the highlights from Art Basel Miami and other can’t-miss events right here.

Everything You Missed at Miami Art Week 2017

This year’s Miami Art Week was packed with excitement, emotion, and new experiences.

Hurricane survivors shared their stories, inspiration and tragedy struck artists, and a gallery got a new permanent home. Artwork across the board seemed to magnify personal struggles and social issues plaguing society.

Vibrant colors and young artists full of life filled the streets and galleries, breathing new life into Miami Art Week this year.

From sculptures, to paintings, to emotional stories, here’s a recap of everything you missed. Next time you’re in town, don’t forget to check out the Miami Art District for your art-fix.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Gets a New Home

Miami Art Week 2017 served as a showcase for ICA Miami’s new home. The ICA plans for this location to become a hub for not only regional but international artwork and expression.

Upstairs you could find “The Everywhere Studio” curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Stephanie Seidel. This installation provides documentation of impressive works ranging from classic artists, such as Pablo Picasso, to emerging names, like Avery Singer.

The first floor includes artwork built into the building construction, such as a bubbling faucet from Robert Gober as well as mysterious veiled paintings by Senga Nengudi.

Winner of the Ellen DeGeneres Design Challenge Takes Her Work to the Next Level

People throughout the art community and beyond know Katie Stout for her eyeball rugs which earned her the winning spot in the Ellen DeGeneres Design Challenge.

At this year’s art week, Stout kicked things up a notch to showcase her deeper and more advanced skill. Her installment titled “Narcissus” intended to break the idea that women are fragile flowers. To do this, Stout portrayed women in rigid sculpture form with vibrant colors.

Stout encouraged patrons to touch – and even sit on – some of the sculptures.

Puerto Rican Artists Showcase Work Amid Storm Recovery

A contingent of Puerto Rican artists made their way to Miami this year to represent the plight of their nation following hurricane Maria.

Over 1,000 people died on the island during this devastating natural disaster. Suddenly, the artists were forced into a role they didn’t ask for: representing an entire country’s perseverance and tragedy.

Many of the artists were invited to participate in a residency program six months before Hurricane Maria touched ground. Once the event occurred, their role became more important than ever.

Cuban Artists Celebrate Art Basel Miami 2017 Success – Hours Later, Tragedy Strikes

Cuban artists Juan Salazar Salas and Pedro Valerino celebrated a successful exhibit in front of a massive crowd at Art Basel Miami 2017.

When they got in their car on the night of December 10th, they never expected tragedy to strike.

Salas was driving on Interstate 95 when he pulled over to check on his passengers when another vehicle hit their car. Medics rushed Valerino to the hospital where he required emergency brain surgery to remove fluid – he remains in the hospital. Salas died in the accident leaving behind a wife and young daughter.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Welcomes Thousands of People at an Exclusive Event

This lively musical event made a splash at the Pérez Art Museum Miami which hosted nearly 5,000 guests. VIPs flocked to the event which hosted DJ Maseo of De La Soul and Young Paris among others.

But it wasn’t all music.

Outdoors, guests traversed an interesting display by La Croix and Kim Crawford that included interactive artwork and an unforgettable view of Biscayne Bay.

Pulse in Miami Art District Highlights Personal Struggles

Pulse is a long-term mainstay in Miami Art Week festivals. Patrons can always count on this gallery for direct and thought-provoking work on real-life events.

This year, in Miami Art District, Pulse highlighted personal struggles – very personal struggles. The most talked-about piece included a crystal kitchen set from the artist’s own grandmother.

Inside this set, titled “Fertility,” artist Fischer Cherry added syringes and pill bottles to express her own struggle with infertility treatment.

Young Artists Breathe Life and Excitement into Art Basel Miami

Art Basel Miami has provided young artists with an outlet, via their Nova gallery, for a long time. This year, young and fresh artists added vibrant colors and excitement to the mix.

Artists also touched on social issues. At the Pilar Corias booth, you could find the work of young painter Tschabalala Self who highlighted gender nuances.

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