Design Miami/Basel turns 10 years old this week.  Many will remember the fair in its nascent phases as a savvy marketplace in the Miami Design District – a destination event that drew a niche following from SoBe to mainland Miami.  Now a decade later, in partnership with Art Basel Miami Beach in December and Switzerland in June, the concept fair welcomes thousands of visitors and embraces industrial designers, bold brands, and leading creatives from around the world. More than a sales platform, Design Miami and Design Miami/Basel have fostered thought-leadership, successfully leveraging their position to attract some of the brightest architects and labels in building an evolved Miami Design District.

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Max Mara, known for its timeless sensibility and classic silhouettes, has championed women artists in the UK over the years celebrating their contribution to contemporary art.  In May, the fashion house unveiled a major film and installation commission by Corin Sworn, the latest recipient of the prestigious Max Mara Art Prize for Women.

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Neighborhood Reclamation, a new installation by Michael Vasquez, presents an alternate, deconstructed and optimistic environment for the protagonists that have traditionally been at the center of his practice.  Opening this month at MDC Museum of Art + Design, the figurative artist has painted a series of interspersed canvases that range in form and size, with the typical trappings of an underserved community – homes, yards, clothing lines, garbage, and the rubble of broken walls and fences – but without people.  Walking through Neighborhood Reclamation, where freestanding works are arranged to create a winding path through MOAD’s gallery, viewers will find themselves to be this community’s pedestrians, which in all its dilapidation, also shows intentional signs of renovation and progress. 

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Role Play, the new exhibit for internationally published and acclaimed fashion photographer Steven Meisel, couldn’t be more aligned with the cross-pollination of arts evolving in Miami Design District.  Where LOEWE opened its first U.S. location in the neighborhood earlier this year, creative director Jonathan Anderson sought to explore the positive tension between ideas of heritage and forward-movement.  Meisel’s photographs were among the key references that inspired his reconfiguration of the Spanish luxury brand, and uniquely reflect a cultural movement that is alive and at play at LOEWE and in the District at this very moment.

Documenting the events over the course of one tumultuous year, Datuna: Portrait of America portrays the compelling life of Georgian-American artist David Datuna.  The film follows his childhood dream to leave the former USSR in pursuit of cultural and artistic freedom in the United States.  Familiar faces, including the Design District’s Craig Robins, weigh-in on the artist’s journey, which at its heart, raises questions about identity and nationality through the lens of new mediums.

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