You have limited time, but you need to know where to go. Don’t worry, we got you covered. Here’s our take on what to expect.
Art Basel Miami Beach (1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida) — (VIP preview: Wednesday, December 2, 11am–8pm) Don’t expect subversive but do expect bright and mirrored and expensive. You have to go— no really, you do. This is the ultimate status shopping mall. Where else can you behold tons of museum-quality stuff ready for the next oligarch’s showroom.
Aqua Art Miami (1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — (VIP preview: Wednesday, December 2, 3–10pm) — Expect scrappy galleries in this hotel venue to show off their affordable wares for fairgoers.
Art Miami (3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami) & Context Art Miami (2901 NE 1st Avenue, Wynwood, Miami)— (VIP preview: Tuesday, December 1, 5:30–10pm) — These sibling art fairs always appear to attract the largest local audience. They are dominated by secondary market galleries and the occasional diamond in the rough. Think big, think shiny, and think about decorating your vacation home.
Design Miami (Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach) — (Collector’s Preview: December 1, 12–6pm; Vernissage: December 1, 6–8pm) — Bigger and more important than ever, Design Miami is a great showcase of the latest in luxury design. This year’s entrance commission is by Harvard Graduate School of Design students.
Ink Miami Art Fair (1850 Collins Avenue, at 19th Street, Miami Beach) — (No preview; fair runs December 2–6) — A small hotel fair with a love of multiples. Nothing over the top but usually a quality stop.
Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd Street, Miami) — (VIP preview: Tuesday, December 1, 6–9pm) — This complex of spaces includes selections from various private collections and foundations (the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection), live painting from international graffiti writers, and the PINTA Miami art fair, which focuses on “Ibero-American art identities and issues.”
Miami Project & Art on Paper (Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, at 67th Street, Miami Beach) — (VIP preview: Tuesday, December 1, 5–10pm) — These sibling fairs have taken over the former NADA venue to present one fair for those into paper and the other for those into lesser-known galleries with some serious rosters. I always go expecting surprises.
NADA Miami Beach (The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — (VIP preview: Thursday, December 3, 10am–2pm) — The Lower East Side of art fairs, NADA does a great job of selecting galleries that prefer MFA-approved artists who are hungry to assimilate into the mainstream. Collectors can never get enough of this one.
Pulse Contemporary Art Fair (Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — (Private preview brunch: 1–4pm; and Opening Celebration 4–7pm) — On the beach for a second year in a row, Pulse attracts galleries committed to fostering artists and collectors.
Scope (1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) — (VIP preview:) —The populist art fair, Scope is celebrating its 15th anniversary edition with 120 international exhibitors from 22 countries and 57 cities.
Satellite art fair (at six different venues in Miami Beach, check their site) — (VIP preview: Tuesday, December 1, 4–10pm) — From the artist-run spaces at Ocean Terrace Hotel to curated a exhibition at “The Garage,” this is quirky and eclectic and trying a very decentralized model (with a shuttle bus).
Littlest Sister Art Fair at Spinello Projects (7221 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood, Miami) — (Vernissage preview: Monday, November 30, 8-11pm ) — Consisting of 10 solo booths and projects, this small fair features Miami-based curator Sofia Bastidas and 10 unrepresented woman-identified Miami based artists who work in painting, sculpture, design, installation, and new media. There’s also a symposium taking place thoroughout the week.
Untitled (Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach) — (VIP preview: December 1, times not public) — This is probably the most curated of the art fairs and it is bright, on the beach, and thrives on a youthful vibe.
X Contemporary (247 NW 24th Street, Wynwood, Miami) — (VIP preview: Tuesday, December 1, 5–10pm) — One of the new kids on the block, this fair is New York heavy (though a smattering of Philadelphia, Seattle, and other locales also factor in). There’s also a curious number of small exhibitions to accompany the fair, including one devoted to Abstract Expressionist Grace Hartigan and another to Keith Haring’s classic Pop Shop.
Museums and Private Collections
Bass Museum of Art (2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — The museum’s building is closed for renovations through the fall of 2016, but it has curated a pop-up Rachel Harrison show across the street in the Miami Beach Regional Library (227 22nd Street) that you might want to check out.
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami) — They are presenting Cuban artist Gustavo Pérez Monzón’s first solo exhibition in the United States, featuring nearly 70 works created between 1979 and the late 1980s.
de la Cruz Collection (23 NE 41st Street, Miami) — The collectors have selected a group of artists from their personal holdings associated with “the defining of 21st-century practice.” There are works by Allora & Calzadilla, Walead Beshty, Mark Bradford, Joe Bradley, Peter Doig, Félix González-Torres, Glenn Ligon, Sigmar Polke, Cosima von Bonin, Christopher Wool, and many others.
Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Design District, Miami) — If you love dry and graphic conceptual art then check out the two solo shows at the newest museum in Miami’s Design District. One exhibition features video and performance artist Alex Bag and the other is by graphic-design-influenced artist Shannon Ebner.
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum (Florida International University, Modesto Maidique Campus, 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami) — Featuring shows by Carlos Estévez, Ramón Espantaleón, Carola Bravo, Rufina Santana, and a special exhibition devoted to Hans Hofmann’s mural projects, the Frost Art Museum is far from South Beach but worth if you’re looking for an adventure.
Locust Projects (3852 North Miami Avenue, Design District, Miami) — An important nonprofit space that is hosting shows by Martha Friedman, Beatriz Monteavaro, and Martine Syms.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse ( 591 NW 27th Street, Wynwood, Miami) — There’s a lot of major works by Anselm Kiefer on display, but also major works by Sol LeWitt, Willem de Kooning, George Segal, Susan Philipsz, Isamu Noguchi, Dan Flavin, and a site-specific piece by Olafur Eliasson.
Pérez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami) — The beautiful building designed by Herzog & de Meuron is a great setting for art, and currently there are special projects by Jeff Wall, Nicolas Lobo, Bik Van der Pol, and others on display. There are also exhibitions devoted to contemporary Aboriginal Australian abstract painting and a solo show devoted to Nari Ward.
Rubell Family Collection (95 NW 29 Street, Miami) — The Rubells are showing off their collection of female artists in their luxurious 28-gallery, 45,000-square-foot museum. People always love to talk about what the Rubells have on display.
Wolfsonian Museum-FIU (1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach) — One of the Art Deco jewels of South Beach, this design museum currently has special exhibitions exploring depictions of US race relations in the art of the New Deal era, responses to mechanical catastrophes of the modern age, and the migration of tropical plants from Latin America to US gardens.
And a useful map of Miami fair week courtesy @vajiajia: