There's art that's great, and then there's art that's great for Instagram. While the two aren't mutually exclusive, most of our site is devoted to the former this weekend. This article is a safe space for the latter. These thirteen pieces are the like-rockets that have been showing up over and over on the art world's Instagram feed. If you're in Miami this weekend, make sure to pay these artworks an IRL visit to cash in on likes and FOMO re-grams from your friends and frienemies back home.
Most of the Instagram winners are, unsurprisingly, sculptures and interactive installations. The undisputed champ is Ugo Rondinone's Miami Mountain presented by The Bass Museum. It's a travel-sized (albeit 42-foot-tall) version of his monumental Las Vegas sculpture Seven Magic Mountains. The runner up is easily Damien Hirst's Gone But Not Forgotten at the Faena Hotel, a gold-plated mammoth encased in one of the prolific British artist's iconic glass boxes. One sculpture by Saya Woolfalk, an ornate pyramid-shaped throne that lights up hot pink at night, is clearly designed to be a selfie op. These three examples have an Instagram advantage, since they're open to the public and have much higher visibility than artwork trapped inside the multitude of art fairs in Miami this weekend.
The main attractions within the fairs are pieces that stand out amongst gallerists hawking their most profitable wares. Political statements such as Sam Durant's blaring red lightbox demanding, "END WHITE SUPREMACY," are appealing amidst the biggest art world bacchanal since November's election. Otherwise, vibrant works with inherent selfie-friendliness jump out amidst the sea of fine art. Below is your Miami itinerary, detailing the fairs' best eye-popping imagery and where to find them.
Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain, Corner of 21st Street and Collins Avenue
Damien Hirst, Gone But Not Forgotten, The Faena Hotel
Sam Durant, End White Supremacy, Blum and Poe's Art Basel Booth
Sun Xun, Reconstruction of the Universe, The Oceanfront between 21st and 22nd Street
Julio Le Parc, Cloison à lames réfléchissantes (Partition with Reflective Strips), Perez Art Museum Miami
Arnix Wilnoudt, The Tragedy of Lucretia, The McLoughlin Gallery booth at SCOPE Miami
Zoe Buckman, Champ, PULSE Projects at PULSE Miami
Yvette Mattern, Global Rainbow, Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach
Agnieszka Kurant, The End of Signature, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel booth at Art Basel
E.V. Day, Satellite of Modern Love, Caroline Nitsch booth at Art Basel
Lionel Smit, Faces, Entrance to Art Miami
Saya Woolfalk's throne at Nautilus South Beach
Anne Spalter, Miami Marbles, PULSE Projects at PULSE Miami