Every year the rich, famous and influential descend on Miami Beach for Art Basel. While celebrities strategically positioning themselves in front of priceless works for that perfect 'gram, one of the most important activist movements is taking their own artistic position. Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) hashtag and movement, will curate a group show at the New Art Dealers Alliance fair that includes works by emerging black artists, such as Sadie Barnette, Damon Davis, Kandis Williams, Oto Abasi, and Kenyatta A.C.

For Miami Art Week the Black Lives Matter Global Network is also launching merchandise created with artist Hebru Brantley, whose work is heavily influenced by the South Side of Chicago’s Afro Cobra movement in the 1960s and '70s. The collection features limited edition long sleeve T-Shirts and hoodies with Brantley's iconic illustrations and "BLACK LIVES MATTER" design. They are still available on the BLM website.

This is not BLM's first foray into the art world, or merch for that matter. Just last month organizers sold limited-edition tote bags and other products that featured designs by the graphic artist and Black Panther member, Emory Douglas. The collection is also available on their website. The striking and coherent aesthetics of BLM has supplemented the movement's tireless community building, organizing and protesting over recent years. And while their presence at Miami Art Week is significant, the movement's collaborative attitude, strong visual language and utilization of merch reflects the political potential of clothing within this current moment.

If you're feeling a little lost, don't worry! Here's everywhere you need to go during Art Basel Miami Beach, according to DJ Tennis.

What To Read Next

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.