Everything You Need to Know About All 20 Art Fairs at Art Basel in Miami Beach
It's going to be a very long week.
From Wynwood to North Beach, here’s our round-up of the many, many art fairs taking place during Miami Art Week. Get ready, because there’s basically no end to the art you can see the first week of December.
1. Art Basel in Miami Beach (see last year’s report)
As the main event, Art Basel in Miami Beach is the country’s largest art fair, with 267 galleries from around the world showing in a massive hall featuring more than 500,000 square feet of exhibition space. Now under the leadership of new director Noah Horowitz, the fair will showcase work by more than 4,000 artists.
Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, December 2–6, 2015. Private view December 2, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
2. Art Miami
The longest-running of all of Miami’s contemporary art fairs—Art Basel included—Art Miami will feature 125 dealers in its 26th year. Programming will include a talk from collage artist Bruce Helander on the significance of the Pablo Picasso sculpture show currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
3101 NE 1st Avenue, Wynwood, Miami, December 1–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1, 5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
3. NADA Miami Beach (see last year’s report)
Featuring 105 exhibitors, the 13th edition of NADA leaves North Beach for a more central location at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. A critical darling among satellite fairs thanks in no small part to its focus on “new or underexposed art that is not typical of the ‘art establishment,'” NADA has seen 21 new galleries join the fair this year.
Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 3–5, 2015. Private view December 3, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
4. UNTITLED Miami (see last year’s report)
Now in its fourth year, UNTITLED has quickly become a fixture on the Miami Beach waterfront, helping kick off the week’s festivities in style with its Tuesday night opening. The UNTITLED lounge will feature “TOILETPAPER,” a line of unconventional, irreverent home furnishings by Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari—the dynamic duo sold posters at last year’s fair.
Performances are being held throughout the fair, including a water ballet from Carlos Rigau, taking place just outside the tent on the shore, and a site-specific work choreographed by Madeline Hollander which is being billed as a “dance performance and sports spectacle.”
Ocean Drive and 12th Street, December 1–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1 from 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
5. PULSE Miami Beach
For the second year, PULSE will be hosted right on the ocean, in a tent at Indian Beach Park. A total of 82 galleries are participating, and things are kicking off on December 1 with a performance by Kalup Linzy, who will belt out songs from his album SweetBerry Sonnet and his video Romantic Loner.
PULSE PLAY will offer a selection of new media works curated by Stacy Engman, including Burlesques/Showgirl Studies: Busby Berkeley 2.0, a hypnotic, kaleidoscopic video from Rachel Rampleman, while PROJECTS will see five large-scale sculptural installations scattered throughout the fair.
Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, December 1–5, 2015. VIP preview and brunch December 1, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., opening celebration 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
6. SCOPE Miami Beach (see last’s year review)
Now in its 15th year, SCOPE welcomes 120 exhibitors from 22 countries and 57 cities to its tent on the beach. The fair is once again teaming up with VH1 to present a series of performances from musical guests; this time, we’re going back to the ’90s, with a lounge featuring a playlist by rapper Q-Tip, lyric sheets from A Tribe Called Quest, and “rare ’90s hip-hop apparel” from the collection of DJ Ross One, so get your color block tops ready.
1000 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, December 1–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
7. X Contemporary
One of two new fairs rising from the ashes of SELECT art fair—things seemed shakey after Solange bailed in 2014 and visitors and exhibitors alike couldn’t get into the Frieze Week preview in May, and future editions were then cancelled—X Contemporary is the brainchild of Matthew Eck.
There will be 28 exhibitors, as well as a number of special projects on view. Don’t miss the original ten-panel sign from Keith Haring’s Pop Shop, the artist’s SoHo memorabilia shop that closed in 2005. The temporary signage was salvaged by street artist Robin Van Arsdol, who reportedly gave a couple of garbagemen $20 for it in 1987.
227-247 NW 24th Street, Wynwood, Miami, December 1–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1, 5:00 p.m.–10 p.m.
A new venture from SELECT founder Brian Whiteley, the confusingly-named SATELLITE will take place across a number of North Beach venues, including the Deauville Beach Resort, which is also home to sister fairs Art on Paper and Miami Project. A selection of “experimental” projects will be on view in unoccupied properties nearby, which include a pharmacy, a garage, and the old Ocean Terrace Hotel.
Make sure to catch “Extra Teats: A Screening of Bad Ass Puritan-Purging Digital Artwork,” a feminist-minded selection of films screening at the North Beach Bandshell at 73rd and Collins Avenue. Rebecca Goyette, who curated the program, will also debut her new feature-length film, Ghost Bitch: Arise from the Gallows.
Multiple venues near the Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, North Beach, December 1–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1, 12:00 p.m.–10 p.m.
9. Design Miami (see last year’s report)
Each year, Design Miami commissions young architects to design the entry pavilion. The 2015 winner, UNBUILT, comes from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) students, and features a canopy made of pink foam architectural models.
Also, designer Yves Behar will be honored with this year’s Design Visionary Award, both for his contributions to the field and his humanitarian projects, with a special exhibition of his work on view at the fair.
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, December 2–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1, 5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
10. CONTEXT Art Miami (see last year’s report)
As the sister fair to Art Miami, CONTEXT will exhibit works from 95 galleries at a pavilion next door. The fair will feature 12 listening stations dedicated to sound art in a section called “Sound Positions,” and “Art from Berlin,” a exhibition featuring five dealers from the German capital. We’re also looking forward to the “Waypoint” video series, which will see four artists go to Miami International Airport and create portraits of workers there.
2901 NE 1st Avenue in Midtown, Miami, December 2–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1, 5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
11. Aqua Art Miami (see last year’s report)
This small hotel fair, founded in 2005, has grown over the years, becoming a part of the Art Miami empire in 2014. Nevertheless, it maintains its relaxed vibe, thanks to intimate rooms and a quaint courtyard, as well as its strong roster of smaller galleries showing unique works. A slate of special projects includes Believe, a wishing well sculpture Nara Park is building from plastic packaging boxes via Washington, DC’s Hamiltonian Gallery.
Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, December 2–6, 2015. VIP preview December 2, 3:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
12. INK Miami Art Fair
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, INK focuses exclusively on printmaking and works on paper, and is sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association. Works for sale from 12 dealers will include brand new editions from major contemporary artists as well as historic works from the 20th century.
Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue, South Beach, December 2–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1, 5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
13. Superfine! House of Art & Design
This new satellite fair is the first to take place in Little Haiti’s Little River neighborhood. Fair organizer Alex Mitow, of marketing and PR firm FAME, hopes to expand to New York, Copenhagen, and Mexico City in 2016.
Artist Diego Montoya, who grew up in the neighborhood, is designing a 2,500-square-foot “immersive environmental installation” with a massive chandelier that will double as a stage for a selection of musical acts chosen by East Village Radio’s DJ Jason Eldredge.
The Citadel, 8300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, December 2–6, 2015. VIP preview December 2, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., followed by kick-off party, 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
14. Art on Paper
Together with Miami Project, Art on Paper brings 60 galleries to the former NADA space at the Deauville Beach Resort in its inaugural Miami edition. The fair, which debuted during this year’s New York Armory Week, explores paper as an artistic medium in sculpture, painting, photography, and drawing.
Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, North Beach, December 2–6, 2015. VIP preview December 2, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
15. Miami Project
The big sister fair of newcomer SATELLITE, Miami Project (from Art Market Productions) is now in its fourth year. Participating galleries hail from 20 cites in five countries, and will offer both modern and contemporary works.
New Orleans’s Jonathan Ferrara Gallery will restage “Guns in the Hands of Artists,” a socially-engaged exhibition first held in 1996. Over 180 decommissioned guns collected in New Orleans will be converted into works of art by 30 artists, including Mel Chin and Deborah Luster—whose mother was shot and killed in 1988.
Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, North Beach, December 2–6, 2015. VIP preview December 1, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
16. PINTA miami
PINTA offers a venue for Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese art. The Ibero-American-focused fair is divided into sections for modern, contemporary, photography, and drawing.
Jesús Fuenmayor, director of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, has curated a selection of proposals involving the perception of space and time for PINTA Project, and curator Roc Laseca has organized a series of talks and panel discussions for PINTA Forum.
Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd Street, Miami, December 1–6, 2015. Invitation only opening, December 1, 6:00 p.m.–9:00; preview December 2, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
17. Fridge Art Fair
This year marks the third Miami outing for Fridge, which has dubbed this edition the Fridge Fudge Pop. Tickets to the opening gala, hosted by New York drag icon Sweetie, are being sold to benefit the LGBT Welcome Center of Miami Beach.
Fridge will hold “Color Me Happy,” a pop-up exhibition, at the Center’s headquarters at the historic courthouse in South Beach. The fair is also partnering with Little Haiti music venue Churchill’s Pub to hold daily “Battle Funk” performances (3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.) in the sculpture garden at the fair’s entrance at the boardwalk. A “surprise line-up” of street artists will also create a public art project at Churchill’s.
Holiday Inn, 4333 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, December 3–6, 2015. Fudge Pop Pre-Party at Ball & Chain (1513 SW 8th St, Little Havana Miami), December 2, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.; VIP preview December 2, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; grand gala December 2, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
18. SPECTRUM miami
This juried contemporary art show is organized around the incredibly vague theme “Emergence: Innovative Vision Coming to Life,” which has the potential to be really cool, or a hot mess.
Highlights will include a selection of works by four Turkish artists from Gallery NK in Washington, DC, which showcases art from a different country each month. Things also get pretty meta at SPECTRUM; ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair, a stand-alone fair within a fair, will feature “Art Travel: Cuba,” with curated selections from the Havana Biennale.
1700 NE 2nd Ave., Arts & Entertainment District, Miami, December 2–6, 2015. VIP preview December 2, 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
19. Red Dot Art Fair
Sharing quarters with SPECTRUM and ArtSpot is Red Dot, which is now in its ninth year. Expect a slate of up-and-coming galleries, like Flame Run, a contemporary glass art gallery from Louisville, Kentucky.
1700 NE 2nd Ave., Arts & Entertainment District, Miami, December 2–6, 2015. Opening reception December 2, 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
20. Miami River Art Fair
This downtown fair, organized by local gallerist Nina Torres, is located along the Miami River, and features a River Walk Sculpture Walk.
There’s a black-tie vernissage on December 3, where artist Oscar Abreu will unveil his mural, Fenomeno de la Memoria, and then Daniel Pontet will jump in and do live painting with his feet from 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. The next day, Prince Lorenzo de Medici will bring his dynastic presence to the fair via his Renaissance “pop” portraits.
Miami Convention Center 400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami, December 3–6, 2015. Black tie Vernissage December 3, 6:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
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