You won’t have to wait until Art Basel in early December to discover the zenith of the Frost Art Museum’s season. Unlike most of Miami’s other museums and cultural institutions that calibrate their winter programming to coincide with the arrival of the art fair, the Frost (10975 SW 17th St., Miami) is where art lovers can enjoy some of the year’s best shows in peaceful introspection without having to elbow their way through raucous crowds. And this year, the Frost is offering a couple of shows enticing enough to lure spectators to the western fringes of the 305, including an exhibit of the late Mike Kelley’s transgressive work and a suite of soaring outdoor sculptures by top contemporary names. “To Beauty: A Tribute to Mike Kelley — Selected Works From Private Collections” features a survey of one of our era’s most influential artists, who was known for biting commentary on the anarchy of youth culture. Kelley, who died this past January, created psychologically freighted works that transcended traditional mediums and earned him acclaim as a master of the abject for assailing the sanctity of cultural attitudes toward religion, history, education, and family.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 23. Continues through Feb. 24, 2012