By Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for art collectors and enthusiasts; not to mention those who love a great party or ten- every night. What has become known as Miami Art Week, which runs from Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6, includes Art Basel, one of the world’s most important art fairs, and dozens of satellite fairs, street art displays, performances, and something to see and do in just about every corner of Miami Beach, Wynwood, and the Miami Design District. Below, find a rundown of what you absolutely should not miss. All fairs take place from December 3-6, unless otherwise noted.
Art Basel Miami
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Art Week’s pièce de résistance, is the biggest event on the South Florida calendar. Currently in its fourteenth season, Art Basel will attract the most significant art collectors from around the world. Art Basel, features traditional, contemporary and modern art from every corner of the globe. Art Basel will take over the Miami Beach Convention Center and nearby Collins Park, where several large installations will remain through February.
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street
Among the most stylish fairs, devoted entirely to interior design, Design Miami, showcases the decorative arts from furniture to rugs, sculptures and just about every type of creative home furnishing and decor imaginable. Global exhibitors aim to astound and delight with cutting-edge designs and displays.
3101 NE 1st Avenue
Art Miami is among the most elegant fairs of the week, with a stylish, gallery-like feel. Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from 125 international galleries. It is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami and continues to garner praise for its variety of unparalleled art.
Aside from providing a platform for different artists, this year the PULSE will spotlight Conversations —exhibitions that create a dialogue between two artists. This relaxed and approachable fair is among the most fun. Exhibits are often high-tech or whimsical. Please note that PULSE is closing a day before the other shows.
3101 NE 1st Avenue
CONTEXT, a sister fair to Art Miami showcases emerging and mid-career artists. It has a more relaxed and open atmosphere than other fairs. Visitors are encouraged to meet with and talk to the actual artists than in other shows.
SCOPE Miami Beach
Ocean Drive & 8th Street
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, SCOPE returns to its central location on the sand on Miami Beach. Well-known for showcasing international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming, this year, SCOPE plans to “tap into the cultural psyche to present the most pioneering work across multiple creative disciplines.”
Ocean Drive & 12th Street
UNTITLED is considered among the most avant-garde of the art fairs of Miami Art Week. UNTITLED’s international galleries and non-profit art spaces highlight emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. Taking advantage of the beachfront location, UNTITLED will also feature some outdoor art spaces for sculpture this year.
Aqua Art Miami
1530 Collins Avenue
Located in the stylish Aqua Hotel on Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach, Aqua Art Miami runs throughout the entire hotel. Each hotel room is transformed into an individual gallery space around an open-air courtyard. This progressive setting sets Aqua apart from the other fairs, allowing visitors and collectors to discover new talent and acquire art pieces in a relaxed atmosphere.