Queens was in the house at Art Basel. Art maven Franklin Sirmans took the helm of the Perez Art Museum [PAMM] in sunny Miami during Art Basel last week and generously recommended his fave art spots in the area to the New York Post. Mostly likely you missed most of them. For shame!
Born in the 718, Sirman has held top contemporary-art posts around the country, while continuing to represent New York City — even going so far as to keep his 917 exchange throughout his travels.
So who better to trust than a straightforward New Yorker about what to see in Miami? Lest you thought Miami was all about partying and hobnobbing (you did, and that’s why you saw one of these shows at best), Sirmans wants you to get out there and see some good art, pronto.
The 46-year old explains, “I like to go off the beaten path,” and offers a sampling of his favorite art spots in and around Miami to visit.
In addition to PAMM, Sirmans wanted you to go to:
– Spinello Projects: once staging exhibits in his own home, Anthony Spinello’s Art Basel mainstay is now held in a two-story, 3,000-square-foot warehouse.
– Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a property which spreads across 180 acres of mangrove swamps and dense tropical forests, about which Sirmans says, ““It’s a really special place, a consideration of architecture and art constructed around … European-inspired stately gardens.”
– Rubell Family Collection: one of the biggest privately owned collections of contemporary art in the world displayed in a 45,000-square-foot former DEA confiscated-goods facility. This year’s exhibit “No Man’s Land” features 100 female artists such as famed Cindy Sherman and Jenny Holzer.
– Gallery Diet: the gallery is showing the work of artist Nicholas Lobo of whom Sirmans says, “His work comes out of a conversation with Miami — he uses abstract symbols taken from things like pools, which are everywhere here.”
– Opa-Locka art: The arts center features through December 11th, “The Art of Transformation,” which Sirmans describes as “invigorating a neighborhood through art — all the great things art can do as a social practice.”
– Locust Projects: Martine Syms’ “Art on the Move,” which Sirmans curated — a series of posters inspired by mid-20th-century flyers for Chitlin’ Circuit concerts– is being featured.