30 Nov

Carbon 12’s Ultimate Guide to Miami

The founders of Dubai’s leading art gallery give us the lowdown

Written By Sarah Ben Romdane

Founded in 2008 by 47-year-old Kourosh Nouri and 32-year-old Nadine Knotzer—both half-Iranian, half-Austrian—Carbon 12 was the first contemporary art gallery to open in Dubai with an international program. In a country where art was limited until recently, the pioneering gallery filled a gap in the market by representing diverse (established and up-and-coming artists) like André Butzer, Michael Sailstorfer, Gil Heitor Cortesão and Sara Rahbar, to name a few. 10 years later, Dubai’s art scene is in full swing and has solidified its place on the international map. “We’ve really impacted how things have evolved here, says Nouri before adding, “it feels amazing to see the art community reaching maturity”.

 

Next week Carbon 12 will be the only regional gallery to show in Miami at the New Art Dealers Alliance fair (a non-profit collective dedicated to showcasing new voices in contemporary art), where they’ll be exhibiting work by Bernhard Buhmann, Amir Khojasteh, Sara Rahbar, Anahita Razmi, Philip Mueller and Monika Grabuschnigg.

 

As regulars at Art Basel Miami Beach, we caught up with Carbon 12’s founders and asked them to give us the lowdown on where to hang, eat, drink, shop and check out art (outside the fair).

 

Best sandwich spot

 

Versailles

 

 

The Cuban Sandwich is a must.

 

versaillesrestaurant.com

 

Best lunch spot

 

Blue Ribbon

 

 

Literally the best sushi.

 

blueribbonrestaurants.com

 

Best place for dinner

 

Puerta Sagua

 

 

You’ll be sure to find the entire art world dining here all week.

 

puertosagua.restaurantwebexpert.com

 

Mr. Chow

 

 

Late dinner at Mr. Chow is always a good idea.

 

mrchow.com

 

Best spot for drinks

 

Edition Hotel

 

 

We love the new Edition Hotel for cocktails.

 

editionhotels.com

 

Best place to party

 

Eden Roc

 

 

Be sure to always find a cool party happening there.

 

edenrochotelmiami.com

 

Best manicure / nail art spot

 

Vanity Projects

 

 

This is where all the art world girls go and get their nails done after having booked appointments months in advance. Last year, I (Nadine) literally got artwork by Buhmann and Sayal Benett on my nails.

 

vanityprojectsnyc.com

 

Best galleries outside of the fair

 

ICA

 

 

Super excited to be there for the opening of Judy Chicago’s show.

 

icamiami.org

 

The Bass

 

 

A must see is the Paola Pivi show curated by the amazing Justine Ludwig

 

thebass.org

 

Nina Johnsson Gallery 

 

 

Our favourite gallery in Miami.

 

ninajohnson.com

 

Best places to shop

 

Kith

 

 

Fairs and museums involve a lot of walking so get your fresh new sneakers at Kith.

 

kith.com

 

The ultimate spa

 

The Standard Spa Hotel

 

 

This is where you have to unwind and indulge yourself with spa treatments and a delicious key lime pie.

standardhotels.com