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1 Dec - More Art Than You Can Get Your Arms Around

Miami

We might not need to tell you but Art Basel is one of Miami’s biggest events — bringing in top and emerging artists from around the world to showcase their work to an audience of over 77,000. It’s also one of the most fun weekends to be eating, drinking, and partying in Miami. From this year’s most interesting installations to our favorite day drinking destinations, here’s the Freehand round up to having the Best. Art Basel. Ever.

 

WHAT TO DO 

 

Simon & the Whale at Freehand Miami (2727 Indian Creek Dr.): In anticipation of the upcoming Freehand New York, we’re bringing in Simon & the Whale, which will serve as the NY hotel’s restaurant, for a one-night-only dinner on December 8th. Expect bright, flavorful bites, plus cocktails from the Freehand New York’s Broken Shaker, and DJ sets from NYC’s best. RSVP

 

Meeting Bowls (Various Locations): Feeling shy about meeting new people over Art Basel weekend? The Cultural Center of Spain in Miami is setting up “Meeting Bowls” around the city — colorful spherical enclaves with swinging seats that encourage interacting with the people around you. Go ahead, strike up a conversation — that’s the point.

 

Live Tattoos with Thea Duskin (1530 Collins Ave.): Renowned watercolor tattoo artist is bringing her colorful, whimsical (and sought-after) prints to Art Basel this year. Watch Duskin work her magic live, or better yet, get a small, original tattoo of your very own. If you want a tattoo, best to line up early, as these slots will go quickly.

 

WHERE TO DRINK

 

The Broken Shaker (2727 Indian Creek Dr.): Our very own Broken Shaker makes for a great home base during Art Basel. Every night, we’ll have special programming at the bar, including barbecues, DJ sets, and even nail art.

 

The Anderson (709 NE 79th St.): Step into 1980s Miami with this colorful bar, which sports live music, vintage cigarette ads, and clever cocktails like “I’m Too Old For This Sh*t” (gin, Cocchi Americano Rosé, and grapefruit).

 

ART TO SEE 

 

Live Painting at the Broken Shaker (2727 Indian Creek Dr.): In the spirit of bringing New York to Miami, all Art Basel long, artist Martin Katzoff, who is designing murals at the upcoming Freehand New York, will be live painting a canvas in his colorful, cathartic style. We’ll unveil the work on December 8th in collaboration with our Simon & the Whale pop-up dinner.

 

Fake Fulfillment Center (220 21st St.): American artist Shawn Kolodny is setting up a 5,000-square-foot commentary on addiction, complete with multi-sensory rooms that include a fake pharmacy, a forest of IV bags, and vintage vials — all inspired by the artist’s own struggles.

 

Entwine by Shani Crowe (294 NW 54th St.): You’re probably familiar with Shani Crowe’s work if you saw Solange perform on Saturday Night Live decked out in a halo of braided hair — an original piece of Crowe’s, and the result of 50 hours of labor. Experience Crowe’s works of intricately braided hair — each a commentary on the African diaspora — in Little Haitis’ Yeelen Gallery.