Miami Art Week is a vibrant explosion of artistic talent, with creatives from all corners of the globe descending on the city to show off their artistic prowess. Amidst the artistic hurricane, certain rising stars always manage to ignite conversations and capture the attention of attendees. This year was no different with several artists making remarkable debuts and exhibiting their work across various venues in the city.
One artist who made a significant mark at Miami Art Week was Alejandro Piñeiro Bello. After a successful solo show at Pace Gallery in Seoul earlier this year, Piñeiro Bello exhibited his breathtaking landscape paintings at the Rubell Museum, where he was an artist in residence. His work could also be seen at local gallery KDR, Marquez Art Projects, and Pace's booth at Art Basel Miami Beach. Piñeiro Bello's rising career trajectory made him a hard act to miss.
Melissa Joseph, renowned for her beguiling felted textiles, also drew significant attention. After a well-received solo show in New York, Joseph displayed her figurative, fuzzy pieces at NADA and a group show curated by ARTNOIR. Her work was also featured at ICA Miami and she participated in a panel about South Asian artists. Interest in Joseph's unique works is clearly on the rise.
Spinello Projects' artists also made waves at Miami Art Week. The gallery hosted a series of five solo shows titled "GAY ERA," featuring artists whose works encapsulate queer experiences and narratives. This included solo shows by Barnaby Whitfield, Giorgio Celin, Juan Arango Palacios, and a collaborative exhibition with Adolfo Rene Sanchez at Swampspace gallery. Esaí Alfredo, one of Spinello's artists, had a standout solo booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, with his gripping figurative paintings selling out in record time.
Photographer Camila Falquez also seized the spotlight with her work. Her photograph featuring a Colombian community leader and activist was acquired by the Pérez Art Museum Miami for their permanent collection. Falquez's photographs, which focus on acknowledging and empowering the Colombian trans community, were exhibited in a solo booth at NADA Miami.
Brazilian artist Sallisa Rosa made a powerful U.S. solo debut with her large-scale installation titled "Topography of Memory." Commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary and curated by Thiago de Paula Souza, the installation transformed the Collins Park Rotunda into a tranquil cavern. Rosa's work combines elements of caves and the cosmos, creating a meditative environment that caught the attention of notable curators.
Katie Stout, known for her work at the intersection of art and design, showcased her latest solo show titled "Olympia" at Nina Johnson gallery. The exhibition featured sparkling vessels and bulbous glass and steel lamps that captivated the imagination. Stout's pastel palette and whimsical forms brought a sense of warmth and wonder to Miami Art Week.
Last but not least, Sukeban, a Japanese wrestling league, brought its distinctive mix of art, fashion, design, and sport to Miami. The theatrical wrestling matches were held at the Lot 11 Skate Park, with attendees gathered to cheer on their favorite wrestlers. The event, designed by Olympia Le-Tan and featuring a cloisonné belt designed by Marc Newson, was a novel combination of artistic talents.
In essence, Miami Art Week was a lively and diverse celebration of creativity. From stunning paintings and felted textiles to compelling photographs and immersive installations, the emerging artists displayed their talent and left a lasting impression on attendees. With their growing momentum and innovative approaches, these artists are poised to continue making waves in the art world.