Art Week Miami: Basel and Beyond

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 show for art collectors now in its Twelfth year.

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

The result is Art Week Miami, featuring dozens of fairs and special events from Coral Gables to Miami Beach, Midtown, Wynwood and the Design District

“It’s been phenomenal,” said George Neary, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau executive responsible for attracting and promoting cultural events. “No one realized we’d end up with so many additional art fairs coming in from around the world.”

The signature event, Art Basel Miami Beach, open Dec. 5-8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, expects to attract more than 50,000 collectors and art aficionados this year. Admission is not cheap, either, ranging from $42 for a one-day pass to $90 for a permanent pass good for the duration of the show.

In addition to works from 250 leading international galleries, this year’s show will include an expanded public art display in Collins Park, curated under the theme, “Social Animals” by Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund. More than 30 large-scale installations and sculptures from international artists will be erected through March 2014.

But, when the doors close each day at the convention center, the action is just getting started at galleries and studio spaces across the city that host receptions, parties and late night exhibits. DJs spin tunes well into the wee hours of the night at the most popular venues.

It’s difficult to guess exactly how many people join the revelry—Neary estimates more than 100,000—but the economic impact of the fairs and the other independent events is an undisputed economic engine for the region.

“The whole community has been changed because there are so many exemplary and superior shows during this period,” Neary said. “Art Basel has contributed to the growth of the Wynwood neighborhood, which now has more than 100 galleries and artists’ studios, and, of course, the Wynwood walls. We’ve also seen an amazing transformation of the Design District…..all attributable to Art Basel.”

Your Guide to Art Week MiamiArt Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach

Miami Beach Convention Center

$42 one day/$32 after 4 p.m./$90 multiple days

Art Fairs

Art Miami

3101 NE 1st Ave., Miami

$35 one day/$70 multiple days

ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair

3011 NE 1st Ave. at NE 30th St., Miami

$15 general admission

AQUA 13 Art Miami?

Aqua Hotel

1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL

$15 general admission

Context Art Miami

3101 NE 1st Ave., Miami

$35 one day/$75 multiple days

Design Miami

Miami Beach Convention Center

Meridian Ave. and 19th St., Miami Beach

$25 general admission

Fridge Art Fair NYC: Popsicle Art Project

Performing Arts Exchange (Little Havana)

337 SW 8th St., Miami

$15 suggested donation

INK Miami Art Fair

Suites of Dorchester

1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Free, no admission

Miami Project

NE 29th St. and NE 1st Ave., Miami

$25 one day/$40 multiple days

Miami River Art Fair

Miami Convention Center at James L. Knight Center

400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami

Free with online registration

NADA Art Fair

Deauville Beach Resort

6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Free, no admission

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

The Ice Palace

1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami

$20 Admission

RedDot Miami

3011 NE 1st Ave. and NE 31st St., Miami

$15 one day/$25 multiple days

Scope Miami Beach

1000 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach

$25 general admission

Select Fair Miami

Catalina Hotel

1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

$15 suggestion donation


3011 NE 1st Ave. and NE 31st St., Miami

$25 weekend pass


Ocean Dr. and 12th St., Maimi Beach

$25 general admission

Zones Art Fair

3850 NE Miami Ct., Miami

Free, no admission

Galleries and Museums

Adamar Fine Arts

4141 NE 2nd Ave., Ste. 107, Miami

All About Pop and More: Warhol, Longo, Katz, Haring, Dine, Christo, Close and more

ArtMedia Gallery

2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste. 12, Miami

Patricia Van Dalen: High Voltage

Art Nouveau Gallery

348 NW 29th St., Miami

Geometry and Mannerisms

Bakehouse Arts Complex / bac

561 NE 32nd St., Miami

Together We Fly: Bakehouse Resident Artists;

Two of a Kind: Bakehouse Resident Artists

Bass Museum of Art

2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Piotr Uklanki: ESL,

Coral Gables Museum

285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Hilario F. Candela: the Culture of Architecture;

Concrete Paradise: The Miami Marine Stadium

Curator’s Voice Art Projects

299 NW 25th St., Miami

Digressions & Detours: Group Show

Frost Art Museum

10975 SW 17th St., Miami

Things Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive;

Crisis and Commerce: World's Fairs of the 1930s

Juan Ruiz Gallery

301 NW 28th St., Miami

Betsabeé Romero: Urban Ouroboros

Kavachnina Contemporary

46 NW 36th St., Loft 3, Miami

The Russian Pavilion: Sculpt Miami

Lowe Art Museum

1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables

Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard;

??#@*$%! the Mainstream: The Art of DIY Self Expression

Perez Art Museum Miami

1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami


Al Weiwei: According to What?


2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste. 11, Miami

Luis Lleó: Paintings

Mayfair Hotel & Spa

3000 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove

Miami Says Art 2:

Portraits by Martin Kreloff

Miami Biennale

2751 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Urban Interventions by Maestro Carlos Cruz Diez;

Wynwood Ways

Moore Building

4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami

Tapas: Spanish Design for Food

PSH Projects Miami

7 NW 25th St., Miami

Art & Toys: Group Show

Ricart Gallery

444 NW 28th St., Miami

Carlito Dalceggio: To Set Fire in The Heart of The World

The Wolfsonian – FIU

1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

The Birth of Rome;

Rendering War: The Murals of A.G. Santagata

World Erotic Art Museum

1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

At the Beach….From the Hudson River to the World:

Photographs of George Daniell

Art Basel Kicks Off at Miami MayFair

Hotel presents "MIAMI SAYS ART 2"

For Art Basel Maimi this year the Mayfair Hotel and Spa Miami will present artist Martin Kreloff's "MIAMI SAYS ART 2.” This second-annual kick-off to Art Basel Week celebrates Miami's cultural champions. The opening reception happens on the Monday of Art Basel Week, December 2nd at 12 p.m. in the hotel's Palm Terrace. The Mayfair will premiere an installation by Kreloff, in collaboration with Miami artist Gustavo Oviedo "ART EUPHORIA" (a black-box installation featuring video, photo-projections and sound) also incorporating last year's portraits of the who's-who of Miami's arts community – once again saying "ART!" The exhibition will also feature an entire wall of hand-made portraits by Kreloff depicting several of last year's participants in this one-of-a-kind cultural time capsule. MIAMI SAYS ART 2 is on view Dec. 2-5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Mayfair Hotel & Spa, 3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove. Call 305-445-7550.

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