Here Is Your Go-To Guide to All the Art Fairs Taking Place in Miami During Art Basel Miami Beach 2021
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Get your checkbooks and your crypto wallets ready—Miami Art Week is back. The Floridian bacchanal will bring hundreds of galleries and many more culture vultures to the Magic City next week to see art, expend pent-up energy from two years away, and capitalize on all that new tech money flowing into town.
Some fairs have tweaked their schedules as a result of new health guidelines and travel restrictions. Art Basel, the main event, is closing one day early this year, running from December 2 to December 4, preceded by a two-day VIP preview to prevent overcrowding. Like many fairs, Art Basel is also bringing blockchain into the equation, hosting an NFT exhibition called “Humans + Machines: NFTs and the Ever-Evolving World of Art” organized by blockchain currency Tezos. (Visitors can create A.I. self-portraits and mint them as NFTs.)
The full lineup this year is slightly slimmer than during peak Miami times. VOLTA cancelled its debut fair due to pandemic-related restrictions and scheduling issues, with plans to try again in 2022. The Aqua Art Fair has also called off this year’s edition, and Prizm, the satellite art fair dedicated to art of the African diaspora, is pivoting to a virtual edition.
Don’t worry, though—there is a lot to see on the ground. Here’s your go-to guide for all the fairs during Miami Art Week.
Art Basel Miami Beach
After a strange, zombie-esque edition in 2020 that took place largely online—though a few intrepid souls ventured to the eerily quiet beachfront haunts—Art Basel is returning to Miami Beach in full force. More than 250 international galleries are planning to attend, though it’s worth noting that over half those dealers have space in the Americas, perhaps due to still-sticky travel requirements and limited acceptable vaccinations. But the fair will be saved from dull homogeneity thanks to the U.S. lifting travel restrictions on countries including India, China, Brazil, and most of Europe.
Make sure to stop by the second-ever Meridians section dedicated to oversize artworks, organized by Mexico City-based curator Magalí Arriola. Meanwhile, New York’s Housing and Deitch Projects, London’s Southard Reid, Lagos and Los Angeles’s Rele Gallery (which represents rising market star Marcellina Akpojotor), and Mexico City’s Pequod, among others, will show at Basel proper for the first time.
When: November 30–December 1, VIP preview; December 2–4, open to the public
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami
The 17th edition of Design Miami/ is organized by Wava Carpenter, the fair’s incoming curatorial director, and the theme for the more than 35 exhibitors at the fair is “Human Kind.” The theme is intended to show how design can help build a more equitable future.
When: November 30, VIP preview; December 1–5, open to the public
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center P-Lot, Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach
Cost: $29–35; VIP $112.50
November 30–December 4
A roster of more than 145 galleries will participate in UNTITLED, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary. One highlight: a new sector called “Nest,” which offers a novel pricing system to support small and emerging galleries. Artistic director Omar López-Chahoud selected 23 art spaces including Eden Airlines (Richmond, VA), Casa Hoffmann (Bogota, Colombia), Galerie Droste (Düsseldorf, Paris), and the New Arts Foundation (Los Angeles). The selected exhibitors will pay just $5,000, a fraction of the standard booth price. Other guest curators on board for this year’s event are Natasha Becker, Miguel A. López, Estrellita Brodsky, and José Falconi.
When: November 29, VIP preview; November 30–December 4, open to the public
Where: Ocean Drive at 12th Street, Miami
New Art Dealers Alliance
For its 19th edition, the New Art Dealers Alliance is returning to Miami with more than 170 exhibitors participating in four sectors: Galleries, NADA Projects, Artists’ Book Publishers, and the new Curated Spotlight. The latter will be organized by Ebony Haynes, the curator and proprietor of the newly minted David Zwirner offshoot 52 Walker. Her eight selections include New York’s Saint George Projects, which will offer up a selection of Henri Paul Broyard’s Matissean paintings of domestic interiors, and Miami gallery KDR305, which plans to present a selection of terra cotta wares by Joel Gaitan within an installation that recalls a Pulperia, or a Nicaraguan general store.
When: December 1–4
Where: Ice Palace Studios, 1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami
Art Miami & CONTEXT
November 30–December 5
Sister fairs Art Miami and CONTEXT are returning to Miami Beach—Art Miami for its 31st edition and CONTEXT for its ninth. The fairs will also offer an online platform for those who can’t attend IRL. At Art Miami, Houston-based Art of the World Gallery is bringing a polyptych canvas by Fernando Botero dating to 1998 and David Benrimon Fine Art will be showcasing a Picasso painting with a $16 million price tag. In the VIP lounge, look out for works by the late “Godfather of street art” Richard Hambleton. For a celebrity-art fix, New York Academy of Art trustee Brooke Shields is curating an exhibition along with New York Academy of Art president David Krantz.
When: November 30–December 5
Where: One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street, Miami
INK Art Fair
INK focuses on, you guessed it, works on paper (often featuring ink!), plus fine-art publishers and prints. It’s returning to its usual location at the Dorchester Hotel on Collins Avenue. Make sure to stop by Marlborough Gallery, Tandem Press, and Upsilon Gallery.
When: December 1–5
Where: 1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Cost: Free with registration
Scope Miami Beach
November 30–December 5
One of the few fairs actually held on the beach itself, Scope is celebrating its 20th anniversary with more than 140 international exhibitors. Embracing the latest trends, the fair will offer a blockchain ticketing solution (yes, you can mint your VIP ticket as an NFT), host a daily showcase of NFT art organized by Superchief Gallery, and present a series of performances and immersive installations in its atrium.
When: November 30, VIP preview: December 1–5, open to the public
Where: 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Satellite Art Show
November 30–December 5
The only Miami Art Week fair founded and run by an artist—recent Justin Bieber impersonator Brian Whiteley— Satellite has carved out a niche with its affordable exhibitor fees and late-night performance lounge. This year, it’s leaning into its strengths by focusing almost exclusively performance, time-based media, and art installations. Expect offbeat projects like an interactive “Official Billy Joel Piano Man Karaoke bar.”
When: November 30–December 4
Where: 1655 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach
The modern and contemporary Latin American art show returns for its 15th edition in a new location near the Design District and with a new format that puts curators’ selections front and center. Oscar Roldán and Luis Fumero selected the solo projects. Pay special attention to Venezuelan artist Nan González’s video installation, which explores the looming threats to marine biodiversity in Miami and beyond.
When: December 2–5
Where: 225 NE 34th Street, Miami
Fridge Art Fair
November 29–December 4
The small but mighty art fair with the tongue-in-cheek name (Fridge is a play on Frieze… get it?) was originally conceived as an antidote to the massive installations under a big tent. The pet-friendly fair is returning to Miami in a new location in the Allapattah neighborhood (also home to the Rubell Museum) and will feature an NFT collection curated by Chris Cobb.
When: November 29–December 4
Where: Esquina de Abuela, 2705 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami
Red Dot / Spectrum Art Fair
Sister fairs Red Dot and Spectrum, both housed in the center of the Wynwood Arts District, have a novel set-up. Art dealers including Agora Gallery and George Billis set up shop alongside solo presentations manned by individual artists, including Zaklin Jacoby and Amanda Valle.
When: December 1, VIP Preview; December 2–5
Where: Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 2217 NW 5th Avenue, Miami
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