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Too Much Love’s Miami Art Week 2021 Hit List

The moment we’ve all dreaded is finally here. After mostly taking off in 2020 for obvious reasons, Miami Art Week is back in full swing. Of course, beyond the fairs, the parties, the crowds, and the traffic, there is some actual art to be seen. We’ve rounded up our favorite museum exhibits, gallery shows, and art activations appearing around town before, during, and after everyone’s favorite week of madness. Check them all out below. 

“Loriel Beltran: Constructed Color” at Museum of Art and Design @ MDC

Miami-Dade College’s art museum located in historic Freedom Tower frequently punches above its weight, and this year is no exception. Though anchored by an interesting retrospective of Icelandic conceptual artist Hreinn Fridfinnsson, the real star of the lineup is Miami-based Venezuelan painter Loriel Beltran, whose dazzling abstract canvases mark him as one of the most promising artists emerging from the city’s art scene. Using hundreds of layers of fluorescent latex paint laid on top of each other like a mille-feuille cake, Beltran builds each painting slowly over time, resulting in cracks and imperfections that resemble the colorful strata of a canyon wall. The brilliant color patterns demand to be seen in person. (Museum of Art and Design @ MDC, 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 | moadmdc.org)

“Arte Povera” at the Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE

One of the most intriguing museum shows of the winter season is this Wynwood destinaton’s look at the Italian Arte Povera movement of the 1960s and ‘70s. Spearheaded by a group of radical artists attempting to redefine the day’s conceptions of art by using everyday materials, it’s perhaps a bit ironic that a show of such revolutionary spirit is being held in collector Martin Marguiles’ private art museum, but the works are nonetheless well worth seeing. Alighiero Boetti, Jannis Kounellis, and Michelangelo Pistolleto are some of the artists on display. The collection also holds work by Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra, and others. (The Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE, 591 NW 27th St, Miami, FL 33127 | margulieswarehouse.com)

homework v00001 at The Knoxon

Pitching itself as a “nomadic” art gallery where accessibility is king, homework is an attempt by two Latinx art world professionals, Aurelio Aguiló and Mayra Mejia, to upend the elitism of the art world. Their debut group exhibition is popping up at The Knoxon in MiMo, featuring a diverse array of emerging artists, artisans, and publishers. This may be the one Art Week destination where art lovers without a billion dollar bank balance can walk out the door with some art in hand, so aspiring collectors better not miss out. (The Knoxon, 7411 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 | homework.gallery)

Unique Design X Miami at Faena Park

Anyone who’s ever picked up a skateboard has looked at a fancy modern sculpture in some public square and thought “I gotta grind that thing.” Well, at this show, it may indeed be possible to shred some art. Unique Design X has teamed up with British Nigerian artist Yinka Ilori to create a Skate-able Object Park at Faena Park. There’s also a design expo nearby for the less radically-inclined, but for extreme sports enthusiasts, this may be the best time you’ll have all Art Week long. (Faena Park, 3430 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 | miami-art-week.verb.design)

“Allied With Power” at Perez Art Museum Miami

Miami’s largest art museum constantly refreshes its gallery spaces. Their most recently opened show, “Jedd Novatt: Monotypes and More,” features the American artist’s intriguing, boxy abstract sculptures and paintings. If you haven’t visited in a while, however, your first stop should be “Allied with Power,” a major group exhibition of black art from around the globe. Sam Gilliam, William Kentridge, Zanele Muholi, Kara Walker, and Rashid Johnson are just some of the included artists. (Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 | pamm.org)

Furnished at Casa Florida

Curated by Young At Art Museum’s Zack Spechler, this activation sponsored by El Dorado Furniture will take over the Casa Florida outdoor bar and event space at the Selina Miami River. See amazing installations by MILAGROS collective, sleeper, and other rising local artists, as well as musical performances curated by Rick Moon. (Casa Florida, 437 SW 2nd St, Miami FL 33130 | eventbrite.com)

Axion Gallery at SCOPE Art Show

Palm Beach has become something of a destination during the pandemic as galleries follow rich collectors to their new permanent vacation homes way, way north of the county line. One of them, Axion, has recently decamped from Aspen, Colorado, and is getting ready to put on a show at Scope, the beachside Art Week fair. They’ll be showing works by abstract artist Larry Weidel. (SCOPE Art Show, 8th St and Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | scope-art.com)

 

TEXT BY DOUGLAS MARKOWITZ

IMAGE SOURCE UNIQUE DESIGN X MIAMI – BOE PARRIES

 

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