Beyond Art Basel: Art Week Miami Offers More than Exhibits

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David Datuna’s “Rainbow Flag,” featuring images of more than 800 historical and contemporary LGBTQ figures, will be among the art works on display during Art Basel and Art Week Miami. Credit: DatunaRainbowFlag.com

For one week each December, Miami becomes the center of the contemporary art universe, thanks to the phenomenal growth of Art Basel Miami Beach, an exclusive annual show for art collectors, being held Dec. 3 – 6 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Initially, a couple of satellite art fairs popped up in tents around the city during Art Basel and, soon, resident galleries and museums began organizing special exhibits to coincide with the annual arrival of wealthy, jet-setting art collectors.

The result was Art Week Miami, featuring dozens of fairs and special events from Coral Gables to Miami Beach, Midtown, Wynwood and the Design District. This year, Art Week Miami is being celebrated Dec. 1 – 6.

Smaller exhibits and installations can also be found around the city. Armenian-American multimedia artist David Datuna will display his installation, “Rainbow Flag,” at Contessa Gallery, 2901 NE 1st Ave., during the festival. The 7-foot sculpture is part of the artist’s “Viewpoint of Millions” collection and features the images of more than 800 historical and contemporary LGBTQ artists, composers, writers, scientists and philosophers who have made lasting contributions to society.

When the doors close at the major convention center and exhibition tents, the action is just getting started as galleries, hotels and studio spaces across the city host receptions, parties and late night exhibits. DJs spin tunes well into the wee hours of the night at the most popular venues.

Here’s your quick guide to Art Basel Miami Beach and major Art Week Miami shows:

Art Basel Miami Beach
Dec. 3 - 6
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
$47 one day/$100 multiple days
MiamiBeach.ArtBasel.com
Art Basel Miami Beach is among the most important art shows in the U.S., drawing exhibitors from North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and specializing in contemporary and modern art, as well as works by emerging artists.

Art Week Miami Satellite Art Fairs

AQUA Art Miami

Dec. 2 – 6
Aqua Hotel
1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
$15 general admission, $75 multiple days
AquaArtMiami.com
AQUA, held at one of SoBe’s toniest Art Deco hotels, is one of the most popular fairs for emerging art during Miami Art Week.

Art Miami
Dec. 1 – 6
3101 NE 1st Ave., Miami
$40 one day/$85 multiple days
Art-MiamiFair.com
Known as Miami's premier anchor fair, Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week - the first week of December when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators, and artists descend upon Miami.

ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair
Dec. 2 – 6
3011 NE 1st Ave. at NE 30th St., Miami
$5 general admission
ArtSpotMiami.com
ArtSpot International is a stand-alone art fair that showcases innovative and alternative contemporary and modern art.

CONTEXT Art Miami
Dec. 1 - 6
3101 NE 1st Ave., Miami
$40 one day/$85 multiple days
ContextArtMiami.com
CONTEXT is dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists and serves as a platform for the presentation of cutting-edge talent by emerging and established galleries.

Design Miami
Dec. 1 - 6
Miami Beach Convention Center
Meridian Ave. and 19th St., Miami Beach
$25 general admission
DesignMiami is dedicated to a global forum for design and, beginning its second decade, celebrates growing interest in the work of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Fridge Art Fair
Dec. 3 – 6
Holiday Inn
4333 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
$10 general admission
FridgeArtFair.com
Fridge Art Fair moves to Miami Beach this year and offers some of the most popular parties of Art Week Miami.

INK Miami Art Fair
Dec. 2 – 6
Suites of Dorchester
1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Free, no admission
InkArtFair.com
INK is unique among Miami's fairs for its focus on contemporary works on paper by internationally renowned artists and sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

Miami Project
Dec. 1 – 6
Collins Ave. at 73rd St., Miami Beach
Tickets on sale Oct. 1
Miami-Project.com
Miami Project will again present a selection of historically important and cutting-edge contemporary work side by side in Wynwood, with a unique emphasis on the strength of individual exhibitors' programs, irrespective of their primary focus.

Miami River Art Fair
Dec. 3 - 6
Miami Convention Center at James L. Knight Center
400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami
Free with online registration
MiamiRiverArtFair.com
Miami River Art Fair is providing a unique experience, featuring both an indoor booth setting at the Riverfront Hall of the Miami Convention Center and the one-of-a-kind Riverwalk Sculpture Mall, featuring works from around the world.

NADA Art Fair
Dec. 3 – 5

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Free, no admission
NewArtDealers.org
Founded in 2002, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is a not-for-profit collective of professionals working with contemporary art and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world's youngest and strongest art galleries.

PULSE Miami
Dec. 1 – 5
Indian Beach Park, 4601 N. Collins Ave., Miami Beach
$25 one day/$40 multiple days
Pulse-Art.com
This fair is divided into two sections and is comprised of a mix of established and emerging galleries vetted by a committee of prominent international dealers.

RedDot Miami
Dec. 1 – 6
1700 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
Tickets TBA
RedDotFair.com
Building upon its reputation as a diverse fair, Red Dot will once again offer a unique selection of approximately 60 galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, photography and fine-art objects.

Scope Miami Beach
Dec. 2 – 6
801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
$35 general admission
Scope-Art.com
Over 100 exhibitors and 20 selected breeder program galleries will present groundbreaking work, alongside SCOPE's special programming, encompassing music, design and fashion.

SPECTRUM Miami
Dec. 2 – 6
1700 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
$20 one day/$50 multiple days
Spectrum-Miami.com
Spectrum, a juried show, is where contemporary meets extraordinary in the heart of Miami’s Performing Arts District and also features live performances and plenty of parties.

Untitled.
Dec. 2 – 6
Ocean Drive and 12th St., Miami Beach
Tickets TBA
Art-Untitled.com

This fair presents a selection of international galleries and not-for-profit spaces, positioned side by side to create a less segregated fair installation.

For more information about Art Basel and Art Week Miami events, go to ArtBasel.com/MiamiBeach and MiamiAndBeaches.com/events/art-basel/art-festivals.


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