Local Artist Takes Stage at Art Week Miami

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Ed Stevens puts the finishing touches on his multimedia piece that will be shown this weekend during Art Week Miami. Credit: Submitted photo.

The works of a local gay artist will gain international attention this weekend when thousands of wealthy art collectors descend on South Florida for Art Basel Miami Beach and Art Week Miami, the biggest annual art event in the U.S.

“Tomorrow the World,” a multimedia piece from the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” series by Ed Stevens will be among the many interesting works by emerging contemporary artists to be showcased at the SPECTRUM Miami art fair. The work incorporates his signature elements, a rainbow-colored globe and dozens of plastic toy soldiers affixed to visually portray the advance of LGBT rights.

While most attention this week is deservedly placed on the signature event, Art Basel Miami Beach, dozens of satellite art fairs that spring up during Art Week Miami draw as many as 100,000 additional art patrons and critics, according to the convention and visitor bureau.

The New Englander made the move to Florida 12 years ago, but relocated to South Florida in 2012 after discovering the area’s vibrant arts scene.

“It was irresistible,” he recalled.

Stevens, 61, joined a local arts organization; Life is Art, based in Miami, that supports opportunities for emerging artists to exhibit their works in monthly pop-up gallery settings. When the producers of SPECTRUM gave the organization a booth at the fair, Stevens was quick to submit his works for adjudication.

“It’s a high point, definitely,” he said. “But I’ve learned in the arts to never think you’ve got it made based on one achievement.”

But a showing at an Art Week Miami event is nothing to be discounted, either, Stevens adds, especially as he plans to show his works to galleries in New York City the following week.

And when he returns? Stevens won’t rest on his laurels for long. He plans a number of Art is Life-type pop-up events in Broward and other exhibits to further develop the county’s own burgeoning arts scene.

Your Guide to Art Week Miami, Dec. 3 - 7

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach
$45 one day/$32 after 4 p.m./$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 14 Art Miami
Aqua Hotel
1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
$15 general admission, $75 multiple days
AquaMiami.com
AQUA celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and is one of the most popular fairs for emerging art during Miami Art Week.

Art Miami
3101 NE 1st Ave., Miami
$35 one day/$70 multiple days
Art-Miami.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\
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
3101 NE 1st Ave., Miami
$35 one day/$75 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
Miami Beach Convention Center
Meridian Ave. and 19th St., Miami Beach
$25 general admission
DesignMiami.com
DesignMiami is dedicated to a global forum for design and, in its 10th year, celebrates growing interest in the work of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Fridge Art Fair NYC (through Dec. 9)
Performing Arts Exchange (Little Havana)
300 SW 12tth Ave., Miami
FREE admission
FridgeArtFair.com
Fridge Art Fair will again take place in Little Havana and offers some of the most popular parties of Art Week Miami, including “Mega Mango Miami: The Great Opening.”

INK Miami Art Fair
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
NE 34th St. and NE 1st Ave., Miami
$25 one day/$50 multiple days
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
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
Deauville Beach Resort
6701 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
Indian Beach Park, 4601 N. Collins Ave., Miami Beach
$20 Admission
Pulse-Art.com/Miami
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
3011 NE 1st Ave. and NE 31st St., Miami
$15 one day/$25 multiple days
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
910 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
$30 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.

Select Fair Miami
72nd St. and Collins Ave., Miami Beach
$15 general admission
Select-Fair.com
SELECT is pleased to announce its new location at 72nd Street and Collins Avenue in a grand-scale 40,000 sq/ft tent structure, selected for its multi-use capabilities, including an adjunct amphitheater for nightly music programming.

SPECTRUM Miami
3011 NE 1st Ave. and NE 31st St., Miami
$10 one day/$25 multiple days
Spectrum-Miami.com
Spectrum, a juried show, is where contemporary meets extraordinary in the heart of Midtown Miami.

Ocean Dr. and 12th St., Miami Beach
$25 general admission/$30 four-day pass
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.


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