The Bass Gallery, Miami
South Beach’s Bass Gallery is seriously bangin’!
With its wintery, wringing-wet tropical cyclones and chintzy, Eurotrash-infested beach scene (esp. Ocean Drive during holidays and weekends, arghhh), South Beach — and greater Miami in general — is nevertheless one of the world’s most inventive, exuberant artistic laboratories. There’s actually a dazzling cityscape glistening with galleries, pop-ups and artsy hotel annexes, despite the lowrider riff-raff and cheeseball euro scruff.
Hoods like Wynwood and the Design District, for instance, bristle with creative energy (ICA Miami and The Rubell Collection!) and random spots clustered around The W on Collins Ave. feature a delightful range of interesting art (the Nautilus Hotel, for instance, has a worship-worthy lobby festooned with spine-tingling, wicked contemporary works and digital doo-hickeys…and great coffee and excellent grilled octopus, too!).
Enter The Bass Gallery — a mini-museum multiplex that sits smack-dab in the center of South Beach. VIVISXN can’t get enough. Currently on display is: 1. LAURE PROUVOST’s psychotic installations blended into her bizarro avant-garde cinema; 2. PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU’s African-alien sculptures and alchemical interior decor complete with crystalline boners, voodoo Dada masks and neon eggs plastered to the wall. 3. JIM DRAIN’s Brutalist-light, utilitarian chess tables strewn throughout the museum’s lush grounds (we love the pastel-colored pawns – above); and 4. our all-time favorite The ‘DESTE FASHION COLLECTION’ — a scintillating fashion showcase filling up the venue’s mezzanine level that will get your sartorial juices gushing.
Curated by LA-based Edwin Chan of EC3 and Frank O. Gehry & Associates, The ‘DESTE FASHION COLLECTION’ is a rollicking, mind-blowing installation composed of 90s/00s-era Balenciaga, Helmut Lang, Comme des Garçons, Margiela, Juergen Teller, Charles Ray, etc. and all kinds of cool cross-disciplinary stagecraft, design props and photos. Miami ain’t so bad afterall. The images speak for themselves…
Images courtesy of The Bass Gallery + Juergen Teller
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