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V Things—Virgil Abloh, Thom Browne, and More Exhibitions to See During Miami Art Basel

One way to tell winter has arrived is when the art set flock from their various ports—New York, London, Venice—for the sunny shores of Miami for Art Basel. And this year’s lineup—which officially kicks off December 5th—focuses on contemporary works with a slant on new names in the art industry. However, with over 250 galleries presenting it can be a bit daunting to navigate what to see. Luckily, we’ve broken things down for those migrating south for the season with five exhibitions worth checking out. 

London-based artist Fernando Laposse takes over the Palm Court in the Design District for his immersive Pink Beasts which marries craftsmanship with sustainability as the pieces are made from organic materials sourced from the mountains of Oaxaca and dyed naturally. Another Brit import is the White Cube Gallery’s off-site exhibition from Cerith Wyn Evans which features sculpture, installations, and the artist’s neon work, The Illuminating Gas…(after Oculist Witnesses). Also making a Miami Art Basel debut is designer Thom Browne’s first large-scale public artwork, Palm Tree I, which is a 21-foot tall palm tree comprised of yellow, green, and pink seersucker, pincord, and gingham oxford and meant to mimic traditional American summer style.

However, Miami also welcomes some familiar names back including Yayoi Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, presented by the ICA Miami, is the first time her highly instagrammed ‘Infinity Mirror Rooms’ is on view in the city. Off-White and Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh returns to his artistic roots with a sculpture ‘Dollar a Gallon’ is meant to act as a contemporary study of commercialism. Also providing a message through a large scale installation is Jill C. Weisberg’s She Comes First public art installation which highlights breast cancer awareness with eye-catching reflective pink sequins. Below, a roundup of all the happenings to keep you in the know and remember to share your discoveries using the hashtag #worldofVB and you may see it appear in an upcoming edition.

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Pink Beasts by Fernando Laposse

Promoting the concepts of sustainability and utilizing local talent, Laposse’s mesmerizing installation provides a modern immersive environment with a bold pop. On view at the Palm Court (NE 39th St.), Jade Alley (NE 40th St.), and Frei Otto Tent (NE 41st St.)

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She Comes First by Jill C. Weisberg

The artist brings her large-scale public installation to Jade Alley where her message of equality and female empowerment are brought to light through sequins. On view at Jade Alley, 160 NE 41st Street.

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Dollar a Gallon by Virgil Abloh

The designer brings his astute lens to the Miami art scene with his contemporary statement on consumerism and capitalism in society. On view at Paseo Ponti, between NE 40th & 41st Streets.

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All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama

While Kusama’s exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery is drawing hordes in New York City, make sure to stop by the artist’s first Infinity Mirror Room in the city. On view at 112 NE 41st St., Suite 106.

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The Illuminating Gas…(after Oculist Witnesses) by Cerith Wyn Evans

The White Cube Gallery presents a cool off-site exhibition celebrating the work of artist Cerith Wyn Evans featuring sculptures and installations. On view at the City View Garage, 3802 NE 1st Avenue, Unit 109.