Miami Art Week 2019: From Western Europe to the Pacific Islands with Artist Zac Langdon-Pole

The BMW Art Journey recipient on celestial navigation, time and space

From peering through telescopes on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea summit at sunrise to manipulating tiny samples of sand from Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands, multi-disciplinary artist Zac Langdon-Pole‘s recent travels have revealed countless treasures pertaining to space, science, history, nature, migration and even religion. With celestial-mapping as his starting point for storytelling, Langdon-Pole ventured out as the recipient of the 2019 BMW Art Journey—an initiative …

Miami Art Week 2019: Art Basel’s Monumental Meridians Sector

Curator Magalí Arriola's ode to large-scale artwork and even larger ideas

On a second-floor “ballroom” at the sprawling Miami Beach Convention Center, set atop a carpet that’s fetching comments of its own, Art Basel Miami Beach‘s new Meridians sector features some of the most considered, engaging works found within all of 2019’s Miami Art Week. Not only are they, as the division stipulates, large-scale in format—they are larger than life conceptually. As expected, there are momentous sculptural and …

Miami Art Week 2019: Gagosian + Jeffrey Deitch’s Must-See “The Extreme Present” Exhibition

The fifth installment of an annual series at the iconic Moore Building in the Miami Design District

Long before visitors to The Extreme Present reach Carsten Höller‘s psychedelic, spinning mushroom sculpture, they’ve confronted numerous broken, bound and downtrodden figures. Höller’s work acts—one some level—like a clever reprieve from the gravity elsewhere, as the exhibition, running amidst the chaos of Miami Art Week, lets its acclaimed artists speak to the anxieties of contemporary life. And their messages (often direct) collide against and bolster one another …