There are a lot of things that are awesome about Art Basel week, only one of which is actually Art Basel. In between staring at five-digit price-tags for paintings we'll never buy and making awkward conversation with socialites, we'll be headed to Arts for a Better World -- a 40,000 square foot exhibit at Wynwood's Soho Studios. Here, you can create your own crazy installations out of reusable materials, witness scientific experiments translated onto canvas, and support charities looking to erase the line between creative expression and action. Over 40 artists from all over the world were selected by curators to present their work at AFABW. Several Americans made the list, including animal portrait artist Joe Zammit-Lucia and Miami-based surrealist graffiti artist Brandon Opalka. There will also be a tribute to Haiti from a consortium of Haitian and Haitian-American artists. Asser Saint-Val will present paintings inspired by scientific and sociological studies involving melanin, the biological pigment that determines skin color. "The ambiguous forms are a metaphor for the mystery of melanin, and they are anchored by the presence of arms and legs in motion," he says about paintings made with pastels, acrylic, and water color in addition to coffee, flour, tea grains, and food coloring.
Dec. 1-4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010