Dec 4, 2023 - News

Basel on a budget: Free events in Miami for Art Week

Rendering of a sand-covered maze on the coast of Miami.

Rendering of "MAZE: Journey Through the Algorithmic Self" by Sebastian Errazuriz. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Faena Art

The best things in life are free, including art. Here are some great Art Week exhibits to check out that won't cost you a dime.

"The Chronicles of Miami," a new mural outside Superblue Miami, is like a giant "I Spy" page featuring portraits of over 1,000 Miami residents and celebrities, from streak-runner Robert "Raven" Kraft to pop-star hotelier Pharrell.

  • Artist JR and his mobile studio snapped portraits across Miami in 2022 to make the giant collage. The subjects also stepped into a recording booth to document their thoughts.
  • Viewers can download a free smartphone app, JR:murals, and use augmented reality to scan subjects on the mural and hear their audio recordings.
  • On display now through at least 2024.
Two people look at a mural made up of over 1,000 Miami locals and celebrities.
"The Chronicles of Miami" by JR. Photo: Oriol Tarridas Photography

Faena Art explores the impacts of AI and climate change in its "Spaces of Influence" public programming.

  • The headlining exhibit, "MAZE," is a large sand-covered maze at Faena Beach that artist Sebastian Errazuriz created using AI.
  • Errazuriz also has a new marble sculpture at the Faena Cathedral called "Battle of the Corporate Nations," which depicts tech moguls Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos in an epic struggle.
  • Also at the Faena Cathedral, the sculpture "S.2122" from digital artist Beeple depicts a decaying building slowly being inundated by water. (To raise awareness for sea-level rise, Beeple will increase the water levels in the work every five years until the building is totally submerged.)
  • In the Faena Art Project Room, Miami-based artist Kelly Breez pays homage to the iconic neighborhood bars of old South Florida with "Dirt's Dive," a bar-like space that "oscillates between the familiar and the fantastical."
  • On display Tuesday through Sunday.

Keith Haring's first-ever exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach will be at the National Hotel Miami Beach, where 13 of the late artist's works will be displayed to the public for free.

  • On display now through Jan. 11.

Also: Check out the temporary art installations inside other Miami Beach hotels as part of the "No Vacancy" contest.

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