Following our round-up of Design Miami last week, we thought it pertinent to similarly note the most outlandish art pieces and installations to have graced the pseudo-Caribbean capital for its famous annual design festival.
A select group of people were invited to view two of Jeff Koons’ new pieces
To inaugurate two of the artist’s glaring multi-million dollar sculptures, ‘Seated Ballerina’ and ‘Pluto and Proserpina’, the visionary behind Miami’s elite residential project, Oceana Bal Harbour, Eduardo Costantini invited select guests to celebrate the pieces with none other than Koons himself. The pieces will permanently live in the building if you’re planning on visiting anytime soon.
‘The Collector’s House’ was easily the best immersive installation
Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck brought in the crowds all over again with his large-scale immersive installation ‘The Collector’s House’. Represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Galleria Continua in Italy and Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, his stunning recreation of a neoclassical private room in black and white was a highlight of the week.
Damien Hirst’s ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ moved to the new Faena Hotel
Hirst’s eye-catching work has recently been relocated to the newly-established Faena Forum.”The mammoth comes from a time and place that we cannot ever fully understand,” he explains. “Despite its scientific reality, it has attained an almost mythical status and I wanted to play with these ideas of legend, history and science by gilding the skeleton and placing it within a monolithic gold tank.” The 2014 piece was originally auctioned to raise money for AIDS and is currently on display in the garden of the Faena Hotel Miami Beach.
‘Chambre à Part: Life is Beautiful’ was the most boundary-pushing installation
This boundary blurring installation was curated by Laurence Dreyfus who “has the skill to take a private space to combine art and design in a way that introduces younger artists and makers,” according to José Carlo Diaz (Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum). The critic lauded works by Miami artists Cristina Lei Rodriguez and Jillian Mayer, noting that “Rodriguez blurs the boundaries of art and design, which brings up the question: What are the rules for art and design to coexist in the same space?”