Jen Stark, Sedimentary, 2008. Card stock paper, 12 x 12 x 3 in.

Miami: Sculpture in the Pleasure Dome

In December, as crowds pour into town for Art Basel/Miami Beach, Miami will once again become the darling of the international art set. Art Basel puts Miami in a brilliant spotlight, but there are other major players contributing to the city’s reputation. In addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Miami Art Museum (MAM), the city hosts excellent small museums such as the Bass, the Wolfsonian, the Rubell Family Collection, the Margulies Collection, Cisneros Fontanals Arts Foundation, and the Scholl Collection, all of which hold stunning examples of contemporary sculpture. And then there are the pioneering galleries that put the Wynwood District on the map. The developments do not stop there, however. The Museum of Contemporary Art recently opened a new space, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, in Wynwood, and MAM is planning an ambitious sculpture park for its new home on Biscayne Bay. On Miami Beach, Frank Gehry’s sculptural concert hall for the New World Symphony will become a signature feature of the city.