Category: South Florida

ART EXHIBITS TO CHECK OUT THIS FALL

Here are some great art shows to check out this season in Miami!

“The Pursuit of Abstraction,” Oct. 7-April 16, 2017, at The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach. wolfsonian.org.
This show, drawn from the permanent collection, surveys the origins of fine and decorative art that transformed the modern aesthetic age.

“Narcisco Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism,” Oct. 9 – Jan. 8, 2017, Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum FIU, thefrost.fiu.edu
Fifty red-carpet fashions by Cuban-American designer Narcisco Rodriguez will be displayed in an exhibit marked by firsts: Rodriguez’s first solo museum show, and the Frost FIU’s first couture exhibit.

”Julio Le Parc: Form-Action,” Nov. 18-March 19, 2017; Pérez Art Museum Miami, downtown, pamm.org
Along with the current blockbuster revealing unknown notebooks of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat (through Oct. 16), PAMM will showcase more than 100 works by kinetic artist Julio Le Parc in the Argentine artist’s first U.S. museum survey. Included are installations created between 1958 and 2013. Many of the works are participatory, breaking down the traditional barriers between artwork and viewer. One of the segments from the show will be three light-drenched rooms, intended to disorient gallery-goers.

“Alexis Gideon & the Glacier,” Nov. 19-Jan. 21, 2017, at Locust Projects, Miami Design District, locustprojects.org
A video opera by the Pittsburgh artist, with animation and paintings on glass; and installation from the Huffer Collective, including works by locals Ahol Sniffs Glue, Swamp Dog and Jason Handelsman.

Check out more exhibits here.


MIAMI’S NEW INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART IS COMING 2017!

The Institute for Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) has recently topped out in the city’s Design District. The three-story building with double-height ceilings is now on track for a late 2017 opening, according to an announcement from the museum. The Institute of Contemporary Art is currently operating out of the nearby Moore Building.

The independently funded museum will comprise 20,000 square feet of exhibition space and a 15,000-square-foot outdoor sculpture garden. A total of 37,000 square feet! ICA Miami is being designed by Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos.

The ICA will work ad the design hub for this luxurious neighborhood, gathering artistic minds from all over the world. This will be yet another cultural resource for Miami, sharing the work of some of the most innovative artists of our time. We cannot wait for it to open this coming year!


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MIAMI LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2016

Kick off a new season with the Miami Hurricanes! Let us watch Mark Richt kick off the season in the newly renovated SunLife Stadium, This year let us see more wins and a stellar stadium!

If sports aren’t your thing you can kick back and spend some time with your family at The Miami Home Show! Kids 14 and under enter for free with a paying adult on Sunday, September 4th. Enjoy a variety of activities including a Miami Marlin’s “Play Ball” sports area and child-friendly cooking shows. Take a look at some of the shows events!

Foodies Delight
Chef Paulette Bilsky coordinates demos presented by ElectriChef, Milam’s Markets, and Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and Chefs: Robyn Almodovar, Autumn Brucato, Myriam Charles, Paolo Dorigato, Miguel Gomez, Miguel Rebolledo, Patty Ruiz, Hugh Sinclair, Joshua Wahler.

Home Décor Advice
Relax in stylish room vignettes created by Interior Designers and dedicated to TV news celebrities. Visit Viviana Galetto-Malave, VGM Decorators; Anya Cesar, Anya Renise Design Group; Roberta Black, RB Design; Janice Attia, J. Attia Design; Reginald W. Dunlap, Luxe Interior Design.

#AtHomewithArt
Artist Encounter and exhibit of original works by: Alessandro Abate, Aquarela Sabol,Nate Dee, Rei Ramirez, Teepop, Charles Trainor Jr., Jennifer Kay, Marice Cohn Band, C.W. Griffin,Patrick Farrell, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Carl Juste, Rolando Elejalde, Annie M, Marta Ismail, MANO,Josepo, and Jorge Ballara, Lorie Ofir, Rosee Camafreita, Darren Johnson, Ivan Castillo Lagrange, andBartus Bartolomes.


MIAMI CITY PLANNERS TO BRING MORE PUBLIC ART TO CITY

Some exciting news is coming to Miami regarding the expansion of art in the cityscape! We love seeing new exhibits and galleries pop up especially when it is open to the public. We caught wind of these development and public art installations from the Miami Herald.

City planners intend to take over management of public art from Miami-Dade County’s successful Art in Public Places program. This program would require private developers to set aside project funds for the artwork.

To help boost Miami’s growing cultural magnitude, these installations of creative works would be brought to places across the city where everyone can enjoy them.

Miami-Dade County’s long-running Art in Public Places program is considered one of the most successful in the country, the county program has placed hundreds of sculptures, installations, murals, paintings and photographs at sites ranging from Miami International Airport to Port Miami, transit stations, libraries, housing developments and parks.

To judge the quality, value and appropriateness of the art, the city would also, like the county, create a panel of experts in various fields, including fine arts, design and architecture as well as real-estate development. This is exciting news to hear that even more wonderful design works will be spread across the city refereed by the best of the best in the art community.

The city is doing a very positive deed for the city by using public art to increase the value of the land and benefit the community.

We hope to hear more to come of this proposal in the late summer!


MORE TO COME TO THE DESIGN DISTRICT 2016

Already home to a larger-than-life Louis Vuitton, tri-level Hermès, Tom Ford, Rolex, Bulgari, Pucci, Cartier, Fendi and more the Miami Design District is heating up this summer with even more goodies to please the luxurious palate.

Flagships Galore!
The iconic Italian luxury brand Gucci has announced it will build a flagship store in the Miami Design District. “Gucci has always represented great design and contemporary lifestyle,” Gucci President and CEO Marco Bizzarri says of the flagship. “We want to be where collectors, style influencers and cultural creatives come together, and in Miami that’s the Design District,” he adds. Along with Gucci “the man with the red sole”, Christian Louboutin will be upgrading his current location in the Design District and turning it into a fabulous flagship location.

Ahana Yoga
This new studio is lead by locally loved yoga instructor Dawn Feinberg. This is a high-class location to get your downward dog to unwind after a long day of shopping in the District.

Even more shops!
Even more store openings include American designer Alexander Wang, eyewear designer Warby Parker and the contemporary fashion retailer Cos are soon open in the Miami Design District.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MIAMI THIS WEEKEND: 7.7.16

Free First Thursdays at PAMM
If you haven’t already you must check out the Park in downtown Miami on Thursdays. Why not start with tonight! Tonight the Perez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) is celebrating the launch of a new exhibition with a free kick-off party starting at 6 p.m. The evening is the next installment of the Free First Thursdays at PAMM. Free First Fridays allows free admission and includes a later closing time at 9 p.m.

Free Art Fridays All Over Miami
Friday nights in Miami include many fun activities but also your chance to score some free original art. Free Art Fridays is a worldwide art movement that’s made its way to Miami, and the city’s local chapter, founded by local artist and promoter Registered Artist, is striving to unite artists, art collectors, and anyone who loves a good scavenger hunt. Every Friday, artists hide their work around the city, and whoever finds it gets to take it home for free. To participate, the rules are simple: Make a work of art you’re willing to give away. Then leave it somewhere in the city, along with your name (artistic nickname or otherwise) and the local chapter’s information (the site has a printable QR code, or artists can include the Facebook page URL). Next, post clues on the Facebook page to help Free Art Fridays (FAF) members find your work. Members also post pictures of their finds on the page and “share” them so artists can see who took their creations home. Painters, photographers, poets — all types of artists are encouraged to participate and drop pieces off around the city.

Second Saturday Wynwood Art Walk
This months Second Saturday Art Walk, beginning at 7 p.m., seven of the gallery’s top names, including Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes, whose photo-based images depict her melting into the wildly inventive environmental or dreamy celestial landscapes she creates.  Also check out Rome’s Fabiano Parisi, whose poetic images of abandoned urban locations bristle with a mysterious air evoking the surreal. Brooklyn-based artist Sterz weighs in with atmospheric opuses waxing on the existential human condition and themes as disparate as time, sex, joy, despair, love, and disease. See more information on the artists here.

Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market on Sunday
Summer has finally hit Miami; why not rejoice by heading to the Lincoln Road Farmers Market. You’ll find a outstanding display of fruits, veggies, fresh flowers and plants, bread, honey, jams, and other items that people around the country have to buy indoors. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Sunday, you can stroll past rows of locals selling their organic produce and stock your kitchen with plenty of goodies.


MEET THE CREATIVE MINDS BEHIND THE MIAMI GEO-FILTER

Social media and the design world do correlate believe it or not. There are so many brilliants graphic artists and creators creating beautiful content everyday.

I have shared with you interior design inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest, and today I am going to share with you the creators behind the Snapchat “geofilter”.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the millennial generation of social media, Snapchat is the latest player taking over time spent on your mobile device. This app allows you to share your live content, photos, or videos with your friends and followers. Each city or neighborhood has a unique location filter. Shabaz Mallick, Kelvin Hodge, and Chidlet Pierre created Miami’s filter. This design trio works with the company Community Goods.

The team shared that their concept stemmed from their weekly critical-thinking meeting they call “idea hour,” which rarely runs less than 60 minutes and can sometimes lead to all-nighters.

The basis of the company and its name is to contribute to Miami’s culture. Aside from selling apparel, they aim to encourage people to engage. Their Snapchat filter is a way for users to represent their city.

Community Goods conceptualized the look of the filter, but it was drawn by artist Johnny Draco. Draco’s style incorporates cartoon-like sketches, bold letters, and pops of color. “Initially, they presented me with the idea of using the classic postcard-style typography for an only-in-Miami graphic,” the artist says. “Some of the things that really caught my eye were the sunshine, palm trees, women, and various mascots that represented Miami. I knew the blues and pinks would really catch the attention of the local Miami community and give them a bit of nostalgia while presenting something new.”

Next time you are in town you have to test it out! Read more about the artists behind the filter here.


TOP 3 DESIGN-INSPIRED EDIFICES CHANGING THE MIAMI SKYLINE

Miami is always growing and bring more luxury and design to the cityscape.  A slew of new hotels and residential projects are set to make this city even more stunning!

Town and Country Magazine shared a great article about the most talked about places that are sprouting in Miami. Today we are going to share with you our top 3 favorite projects coming to Miami!

 

One Thousand Museum
Co-developer Gregg Conin and his crew started the work of the late architect, Zaha Hadid’s first residential tower. It is scheduled to open late 2018. This building is said to be one big piece of art! This architectural vision is not simple to build out. A perfect curve hugging the stacked houses has turned out to be one of most difficult feats of architectural engineering. It will be one of the most complex structures built in Miami. We cannot wait to see this come up!

 

Fendi Chateau
This oceanfront building sits next to Bal Harbour and has been described as a “boat pyramid”. The Fendi Chateau should be complete by later this year. A cypress pine entrance opens into an open lobby featuring Fendi home furnishings and a Fernando Botero statue. These luxury penthouses include Imported Italian marble; blue velvet-colored bathrooms and a complete kitchen with European-esq inspiration.

 

Faena Miami Beach
The Faena is a hotel-condominium hybrid that is a stunning addition to the Miami skyline. This 3-block section of Collins Avenue was coined as the Faena District. It will change the city’s landscape significantly by next year with an arts center designed by Rem Koolhaas, the Faena Forum, and a luxury shopping bazaar, and a restoration of a classic art deco residential building, the Faena Versailles Classic, led by designer Bill Sofield.

This development’s spectacular grandeur is the result of opulent collaborations with Baz Luhrmann, Academy-award winning production designer Catherine Martin, artist Damien Hirst, and architect Sir Norman Foster.


HOW MIAMI BECAME THE ‘DESIGN CITY’

Once on the forefront of the Art Deco movement, for decades Miami was considered the hot spot for vacation or retirement. The monotonous edifices had small windows and narrow balconies, and the design came off as lackluster.

Then, in 2002, Art Basel put the city into the global art and design limelight. It brought the most renowned designers to this coastal city. This huge association of design and art helped bring sophistication and class to Miami Beach.
Now, the second annual Maison&Objet Americas solidifies Miami as the city of design in the United States. This decorative arts trade fair returns to Miami Beach this month making it yet again, a destination for design aficionados.

Since the spawn of Art Basel more and more galleries have opened up in Miami and new condo towers started popping up all over the place. Homegrown artists have plenty of outlets to share their work with locals and tourists down Lincoln Road!

The Wynwood Walls took street art to the next level, by dedicating a space to this special art style. The Design District furthered Miami’s luxury level with some of the most fabulous shopping you can find in Florida! These booming neighborhoods brought all of the fashionistas and other urbanites to settle in Miami.

More and more private collectors are building showcases and sharing more wonderful art everyday. We are happy to call this glorious design filled city home! Miami is truly the place to come to find design inspiration.


INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR IS BACK THIS MAY 2016

Today I am going to share with you everything you need to know about the annual ICFF event in NYCthis month! If you read regularly you know I am always sharing details of important events in the design world, so today I bring to you another.

Who: For all of you design fanatics our there who happen to be in New York City this month here is your opportunity to get inspired at this wonderful event! If you’re not in NYC than this event is definitely worth the trip!

What: This four day fair has over 33,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. More than 750 exhibitors from all points of the globe will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC

When: For Trade – Sunday, May 21st and Monday, May 22nd 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23rd 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
For Trade and General Public – Wednesday, May 24th 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Why: This extraordinary multitude of exhibitors creates an incomparable chance to view a remarkable selection of the world’s finest, most innovative, and original avant-garde home and contract products side-by-side, under one roof.

Read even more event details here.