Monday, December 3, 2012

Glenn's Guide to Art Basel 2012 -- by Florida Fine Art Blog


Art Basel 2012  December 6th – 9th

The US economy may be recovering slowly yet this week the art world will once again descend on South Florida and spend/party like its 1999.  Economy be damned, its Art Basel Week!  Three cheers for the artwork, the parties, the music, the jetsetters, the weather, the food, the shopping and the enormous economic impact to South Florida. 

If ever there was a place and time to show the naysayers that public funding for the arts creates jobs and prosperity along with cultural richness for the whole community Art Basel - Miami is it.  Every restaurant and hotel is full, every venue booked. From the valets and waiters to the cabbies and shop owners no one who witnesses this week could deny the positive impact of art on South Florida.

This year I am going to spend most of this guide pointing out the new and alternative things to do during Art Basel.  While I still recommend going to the major fairs if you have never experienced Art Basel I feel my last two years guides (Found Here and Here) pretty well cover all the larger fairs.  Plus I have not spent enough time in the past covering all the music, parties and exciting public art projects that take place across the city.  Remember everything underlined is a link and each of these fairs has a wonderful website with tons of great information, more than I could ever include here.  As you chose which fairs you will attend I strongly recommend you study the fair websites to get the most out of the experience.

Much more after the fold

I’ll start by listing all the major fairs with their links.  These are the fairs that participate each year.  Each one is worth a visit.  Again if this is your first time at Art Basel you should plan on visiting at least two of these fairs.

The Major Fairs

Where:  Miami Beach Convention Center

When:  December 6 – 9 noon to 8pm, Sunday noon to 6pm

Where: 3101 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

When: December 4 - 9

Where: 1530 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

When: December 6 – 9  11am-8pm Thursday through Saturday, Sunday 11am-4pm

Where: THE ESSEX HOUSE AND CLEVELANDER HOTELS 1001 Collins Ave. & 1020 Ocean Drive @ 10th St. (across from the Wolfsonian)

When: December 6 – 9  Thursday through Saturday noon to 10pm, Sunday noon to 6pm

Where: The Deauville Beach Resort 6701 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33141

When: December 6 – 9   Thursday 2pm-8pm; Friday and Saturday 11am-8pm; Sunday 11am-5pm

Where: 110 N.E. 36 St. at Midtown Blvd. Miami, Florida 33138 

When: December 5- 9 Wednesday through Saturday 11am-7pm; Sunday 11am-6pm

Where: The Ice Palace 1400 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33136 (Media and Entertainment District)

When: December 5 - 9  Thursday 1pm-7pm; Friday and Saturday 11am-7pm; Sunday 11am-5pm

Where: Wynwood Art District 3011 NE 1st Ave at NE 31st Street Miami, FL  33137

When: December 5 - 9  Wednesday 11am-7pm; Thursday through Saturday 11am-8pm;  Sunday 11am-6pm

Where: 2505 N Miami Ave (at the corner of 25th Street) Miami, FL 33137

When: December 6- 9 noon to 7pm daily

Where: 110 N.E. 36St. at Midtown Blvd. Miami, FL

When: December 5 - 9   Wednesday through Saturday 11am-7pm; Sunday 11am-6pm

Other fairs not mentioned but worth checking out include; Design Miami, Ink, Overture, Poll Art Fair, Seven and I’m sure there are others I have missed.

New Fairs

There are seven new fairs joining the fun this year.  I will be checking all of these out to see what the new blood is bringing to Miami.

The inaugural Miami Project, a new contemporary and modern art fair will debut December 4-9, 2012 in Miami's Midtown / Wynwood Art District. Miami Project will consist of presentations by 65 galleries from around the world selected based on the strength and relevance of their programs. This year's show will be housed in a comfortable and centrally located modular structure located at NE 1st Avenue & NE 29th Street.

NE 1st Avenue & NE 29th Street.

December 4 - 9

CONTEXT will feature a curated group of 65 international galleries representing exceptional emerging and mid-career cutting-edge artists, including solo artist installations, immersive environments, curated projects and multimedia exhibits in a state-of-the-art, 45,000 square-foot pavilion directly adjacent to Art Miami.
CONTEXT Art Miami will also have the privilege of featuring seven Berlin-based contemporary galleries that have been selected by a panel of expert curators and art critics. “ART FROM BERLIN,” presented by the Galleries Association of Berlin (LVBG), is officially supported by the State of Berlin and the European Union (EU) and will feature the Berlin Lounge, presented by Haus am Waldsee. This marks the first joint presentation of Berlin galleries that will showcase the works of Christine Rusche, Christine Klatt, Franziska Klotz, Levke Leiss, Sussane Ring, Inka and Niclas, and Eva Bertram.

December 4 - 9

Part of the Art Miami Pavilion at 3101 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Billed as Miami's only fair devoted to vintage and contemporary photography during art week.  From the website; As photography becomes an increasingly important segment of today’s contemporary art market, Focus Miami Photo Fair creates a hub and destination for both new and experienced photography collectors. It is a fair focused solely on photography – which gives serious photography collectors an even greater reason to visit Miami in December.  In addition to the outstanding array of exhibitors, the fair will feature an educational perspective with a full program of photo-centric lectures and interactive special exhibitions.

December 4 - 9

NE 1st Ave and NE 34th St in midtown Miami/Wynwood adjacent to Art Miami, Scope, and Miami Project Fairs.

Miami River Art Fair is an inaugural international contemporary art fair which will take place at the Downtown Miami Convention Center during Art Basel week 2012.

Miami River Art Fair will provide a unique fair-going experience during Art Basel Miami week as the only waterfront art fair. Miami River Art Fair will feature both an indoor booth setting at the Riverfront Hall and a one-of-a-kind, monumental, outdoor Riverwalk Sculpture Mall which features monumental sculpture on the banks of the historic Miami River.

December 4 - 9

Miami Convention Center 400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

SELECT Fair is a permanent contemporary art fair featuring the work of only the best-selected galleries, collectives, print publishers, and artists. SELECT Fair is focused on progressive concepts in art, and the introduction of them to the international art world. SELECT provides a platform for established practitioners and emerging artisans to co-exist in a unique environment.
SELECT Fair will transform the entire 64 spaces in the Catalina Hotel into a high-energy, collective gallery. All of our public space will be taken over by installations and performances, making SELECT the most eventful and dynamic satellite fair on South Beach A small section of the fair will be set aside for independent print dealers and printmakers.

December 5 - 9

The Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Avenue Miami FL, 33139

UNTITLED. is an innovation of the traditional art fair model placing emphasis on the quality of the viewer’s experience and the contextualization of the artworks exhibited. Housed in a customized beachfront pavilion under the artistic direction of New York based curator, Omar Lopez-Chahoud, UNTITLED will present a cohesive collection of international works by contemporary artists selected in conversation and collaboration with 50 galleries participating through invitation. The fair will highlight a mix of established and emerging galleries, representing the most impactful living artists at the forefront of contemporary art.
“UNTITLED. is an exhibition format of cutting-edge contemporary art raised to the scale of a large international art fair. The aim is to offer collectors an alternative viewing experience from the traditional art fair. It is about creating a conversation and thereby offering collectors a sense of discovery, diversity, and quality with an international perspective.” – Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Artistic Director
UNTITLED. has selected respected architecture firm K/R to design a compelling structure that will highlight the prime beachfront location and create an engaging environment that maximizes the flow of the space. K/R will be designing the floor plan in an effort to amplify the curatorial component of the show in a fashion that privileges the value of the work and offers fairgoers an exceptional viewing experience.
Terence Riley, K/R Partner, former Chief Curator of Architecture and Design for the Museum of Modern Art and former Director of the Miami Art Museum has this to say of UNTITLED.:
“The beach is Miami’s greatest public space. Having the fair at the water’s edge is bringing art to the heart of the city.” 
UNTITLED. is a temporary exhibition forum for international galleries and non-profit art spaces with a focus on emerging and mid-career contemporary art. The fair will take place December 5-9, 2012 and is located on the beach in the heart of South Beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street (walking distance from the convention center). UNTITLED. Miami Beach is housed in a unique temporary tent structure suffused with natural light and takes full advantage of the unique attributes of its environmental surroundings.
UNTITLED.’s emphasis on international living artists will result in a presentation of some of the most exciting contemporary art from across the globe. A curated program of talks, artist commissions and studio visits will be scheduled in conjunction with UNTITLED.

December 5 - 9

Located directly on the beach in the heart of South Beach at 12th Street and Ocean Drive

JUSTMAD MIA is an initiative of Art Fairs, a company based in Madrid and the organizer of the JUSTMAD and the MADRIDFOTO art fairs.
In Miami´s most international week, Art Fairs presents JUSTMAD MIA, a fair which integrates the same working philosophy as its sister fair in Madrid, JUSTMAD, by means of a selection of galleries, spaces and projects of emerging art.
Art Fairs presents a fair of medium scale which believes in the dialogue between the visitor, the professional, the gallery and the artist, in a key city such a Miami, which links both the Anglo-Saxon and Latin contexts.
JUSTMAD MIA brings to the Miami art week a different format in the presentation of exhibitors and work of artists with a stimulating exhibition aimed at both the American and international public.
Under the artistic direction of Javier Duero, and in a hands of an advisory committee made up of the galleries NoMínimo (Guayaquil), Eva Ruiz (Madrid) and La Caja Blanca  (London-Mallorca) , it presents a selection of 40 galleries for the general program and two programs specifically for projects involving emerging artists. It also presents sections dedicated to artistic production, architecture, design and a program dedicated to culinary research.

December 6 – 9

Soho Studios, The Wynwood Convention Center - 2136 NW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33127 USA

The 7 newbie’s look exciting and I am especially looking forward to JUSTMAD MIA, the group from Spain that has decided to include a food component to their fair.  The organizers will attempt to re-create one of Spain's most recognized landmarks, El Mercado San Miguel. San Miguel is one of the oldest covered food markets in Madrid. Organizers are bringing San Miguel merchants and products to the fair; visitors can sample everything from traditional hams and artisanal cheeses to charcuterie and gourmet tapa. Yum!

Side Shows and other fun stuff to check out

Gator In The Bay   Artist Lloyd Goradesky is creating a giant alligator for Art Basel. When finished, the 275-foot long reptile will be mounted on a self-propelled barge and will swim through Biscayne Bay.  Meant to bring awarness to the Everglades this floating installation will be fun to look for as it travels through the Miami waterways.

The Lost Beatles and the Lost Rolling Stones Photographs  Photography, and in particular historical photography, seems to be stealing the shows. This one, at the Betsy Hotel, is what it says it is – previously unseen photos of the two great band of the 1960s, both black-and-white and in color, about 200 in all, from the years 1964-1966. They come from the archive of the U.S. tour manager of both groups, Bob Bonis. Opens on Dec. 3 at the Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach;

Bus Shelter Project  As part of a continuing public art series, Locust Projects will unveil its latest in the art of bus benches, this time from New York painter Nicole Eisenman. Her bench interventions are called “Intensions,” a black-and-white portrait resembling a Calder wire drawing, surrounded by colorful figures collaged out of pop-culture imagery. On city bus benches throughout December.

Foreverglades  For two months, weird animals will crawl all over the Freedom Tower downtown. The 300 or so species, ranging from gators to frogs to turtles, won’t actually move, as they are made from resin, recycled plastic and aluminum. They are participants in an environmental awareness campaign, presented by Galleria Ca d’Oro (they brought us some giant pink snails) and Miami-Dade College, with support from a bunch of European consulates. The artists are European as well, and did intense research into local animal life. Environmental programs will accompany the temporary resin residents. Through Jan. 26, the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Christie's  will host their 3rd annual exhibition during Basel/Miami with highlights from their London auction, "The Art of the Surreal."  It will be up from December 5 to 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, at the JW Marriott Marquis (255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami).  It's free and open to the public.

Rubell Family Collection "Alone Together" and "Oscar Murillo: work." 95 NW 29th St., Miami. Free admission during Basel.

Miami Art Museum "New Work Miami 2013" 101 W Flagler St., Miami.

World Class Boxing, the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl  Each year the private collection space, which once was the training gym of world class prize fighters, unveils a commissioned series of works during Art Basel.

Art Public presents outdoor sculptures, interventions and performances within an open and public exhibition format. Art Basel is collaborating with the Bass Museum of Art, situated in Collins Park where the artworks will be concentrated.

Selected for the second consecutive year by Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), this year’s edition of Art Public features a series of works grounded in their connection to speech and language.

Pinion Gallery  The Hotel Mimo is hosting a solo show of work by international star artist David McLeish.  December 6 -9 with an artist talk Saturday the 8th from 4 - 7pm.

Miami Says ‘Art’   The JW Marriott Hotel Miami Presents: “Miami Says ART by Martin Kreloff," the photographer and artist who first snapped some of the people who would become art movers and shakers here in Miami, back in 1976. Over 30 digital prints of the originals will be on display, photographs of people who first sat down to say “art” back when there was very little here to even much talk about. People such as collectors Ruth Shack and Marty Margulies; early gallerists such as Virginia Miller; artists such as Lynn Golob Gelfman; musical presenter Judy Drucker. Thirty five years later, these early pioneers have been joined by myriad of others, and the cultural landscape is unrecognizable. This photographic trip down memory lane is part of our history, but for the most part the original “cast” is still all here. Through Dec. 9 at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami.


Kirk Van Wormer rendering, 2012

The Black Lords at South Beach - artist Desi Santiago will take over the Lords South Beach hotel with an installation of a giant macabre black dog. The Black Lords at South Beach, is said to be a multi-sensory experience, complete with giant paws over the entrance, a looming head atop the courtyard and a whipping tail in the back. The installation is a partnership between BOFFO, Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, and Lords' founder Brian Gorman. 1120 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

 Conception of Miami River Pool by artist Dr. Petra Liebl-Osborne

Liebl-Osborne's project a swimming pool floating in the river, designed to provoke thought and conversation on the topic of natural and artificial uses of water in society. The exhibition is a part of a larger project for Liebl-Osborne, titled "Private Public Swimming Pools," which involves her underwater photography from the past decade. According to Liebl-Osborne, the Miami River Pool will encompass a "barge-sized pool with two ladders and [a] jumping board with a lit surface that can safely float in the Miami River."

Pop-Up Piano Miami 2012  There’s a reason this city-wide public art happening is returning for a second year – it’s popular and cool. A handful of pianos (donated by Steinway & Sons) will “pop-up” in Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District. Each of the pianos will be coated with the work of artists, and professional musicians will take to the keyboards at times shot out on social media during the art week. When the pros aren’t on the ivories, locals are encouraged to explore their musical souls. The pianos are then all donated to worthy charities.

 Ron English at the Wynwood Walls. Photo via SuperRadNow.

Wynwwod Walls – Wynwwod Walls is once again planning some great events and always hosts some of the best parties.  Sometimes hard to find, these art graffiti masterpieces are as fun to hunt down, as they are to view.

Le Petit Papillon Montessori School will host their second annual family-friendly event, “Street Funk”, during the upcoming Art Basel Miami Beach. With few family-friendly events during Art Basel, Le Petit Papillon is breaking the mold and putting on a display intended to stimulate children’s senses and explore art appreciation.
For the second annual event series, Le Petit Papillon Montessori School will showcase photography installations, cinematic documentary on oversized inflatable screens, and literary works by the school’s toddler, Pre-K and elementary students. According to the press release, students will also “take the stage alongside locally renowned Miami street artist Daniel Fila of Krave Art as part of a live art mural presentation” and there will be a dance-off performance by Expressions of Talent Break Dancers.
The event, which is free to the public, will take place at Le Petit Papillon Montessori School in Miami Beach on December 7 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Miami Gallery Shows
(All links and descriptions of the gallery shows are lifted from the good folks at Miami New Times and can be found Here)

"Migrating Inwards" and "The Gift of the Present Moment." December 5 - 26, 2012 and December 1, 2012 - January 27, 2013. ArtCenter/South Florida, 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Visit

"Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation" and "Wound, Bound, Tied and Knotted." November 10 - December 21, 2012. Locust Projects, 3852 N Miami Ave., Miami. Visit

"Raneytown" and "On View." December 3 - 9, 2012. Primary Projects, 4141 NE Second Ave. Ste. 104, Miami. Visit

"Asif's Guns." December 3 - 9, 2012. 167 NW 25th St., Miami. Visit

"Dark Flow Lurking." November 16 - December 31, 2012. David Castillo, 2234 NW Second Ave., Miami. Visit

35th Anniversary Group Show. December 1, 2012 - January 5, 2013. Fredric Snitzer Gallery, 2247 NW First Place, Miami. Visit

"Chambliss Giobbi: SE7N." December 4, 2012 - January 31, 2013. 101 Exhibit, 101 NE 40th St., Miami. Visit

"Scribe's House." November 10, 2012 - January 5, 2013. Black Square Gallery, 2248 NW First Place, Miami. Visit

"Khamsa-izm." November 30 - December 31, 2012. Gallery Diet, 174 NW 23rd St., Miami. Visit

"Snipers" by Ahol Sniffs Glue. November 29 - December 9, 2012. Gregg Shienbaum Fine Arts, 2239 NW Second Ave., Miami. Visit

"Shell-Reflexive" and Weird Miami Bus Tour. December 4, 2012 - January 15, 2013. Bas Fisher Invitational, 122 NE 11th St., Miami. Visit

"mIconic." December 2 - 16, 2012. Yo Space, 294 NE 62nd St., Miami. Visit

"Abel Barroso: Un país, una ilusión." November 10, 2012 - January 5, 2013. Pan American Art Projects, 2450 NW Second Ave., Miami. Visit

"Leitmotif." December 3, 2012 - January 30, 2013. Dot Fiftyone Gallery, 51 NW 36th St., Miami. Visit

Blake Fisher Photography. November 10 - December 29, 2012. Harold Golen Gallery, 2294 NW Second Ave., Miami. Visit

Loris Cecchini. December 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013. Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, 2043 N Miami Ave., Miami. Visit

"Closer." December 4, 2012 - January 5, 2013. Spinello Projects, 2930 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Visit

It Ain't Fair. December 6 - 9, 2012. Studio 743, 743 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Visit


UR1 Music & Art Festival - The two-day event December 8th-9th is scheduled to take place in downtown Miami's Bayfront Park with Kanye West, The Offspring (wut), Lou Reed, fun., Santigold, Pete Tong and tons more already confirmed.  It's the brainchild of Alex Omes, formerly one of the partners in Miami's Ultra Music Festival, along with Emi Guerra who is known for the Masquerade Motel parties. Get your tickets here.   

UPDATE - The latest news is that is event has been cancelled!  Something about Hurricane Sandy and the weather in Miami?!? Please check out the website for updates.  Apparently they are trying to move some of the artists to other venues and will somehow honor the tickets purchased.  Sounds like a big mess to me.  I’ll update as I hear more.

December 8 - 9

Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami

 photo by Michel Linssen

“A multi-discipline exhibition and study of the late Kurt Cobain,", will be headlined by Sonic Youth founding member and South Florida native Thurston Moore.  Alongside a live performance by Thurston Moore will be the world premiere of the short film Kurt (an abstract portrayal of the late Kurt Cobain), live version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video choreographed by Ryan Heffington.

December 8 – 8pm

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E Flagler St., Miami.

This two-day party is brought to us by the Jellyfish Brothers.  With dozens of local South Florida acts slated to perform. The free admission for this event is sure to bring the crowds. This is the second year of this event.  Acts include; The jellyfish Brothers, Crucial Taunt, Testökra, Las tias, dividends, The Gun hoes, Rat bastard, Kenny millions, The cost, Ricky lewis, Astrokats, HAochi waves, hot hands, Talking dogs, Dyslexic postcards, DJ Fucked up, The Grey 8s, Whoorish boorish, The Lifeforms, maskera.

December 7 – 9pm December 8 – 7pm

Jellyfish Brothers Headquarters near 20th Street and NW 1st Ave., Wynwood.

This promises to be the biggest, loudest and craziest party of the week. From the website - A spectacle of bizarre proportions... Basel Castle, produced by creative collective, The Overthrow, is a conceptually “re:creative” minifestival combining some of the worlds most influential contemporary artists & musicians, with uniquely interactive games, installations, exhibitions, and live performances.  The project is a full day event during the climax of Miami’s internationally esteemed Art Basel weekend. Believe it or not, all this takes place inside and surrounding a castle located in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District.  Featuring Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Trinidad James, Brenmar, Jacuzzi Boys, Teengirl Fantasy, Nick Catchdubs, Donnis, Oliver, and more. If the website doesn’t get you excited, you don’t have a pulse. Free before 8pm.

December 8 6pm

51 NW 20th St., Miami


Le Baron Nightclub
If you’re planning on heading to French nightclub Le Baron during Art Basel, you should probably brush up on your social media skills as partygoers will have to follow the Art Basel Miami Beach pop-up club online to find out where it will be opening each night.  According to The Miami New Times, through social media platforms like Twitter (@LeBaronFamily and #WhereIsLeBaron) and Facebook (, and an official website, this Le Baron will be keeping fans notified of its different secret locations each night at 6 p.m.

December 4 – 9


The famed Latin music label Fania Records will be showcasing its music during the 2012 Art Basel weeklong event in Miami. The Armada Fania Club & Pop-up Store is a four night event and will feature 8 top DJs from Miami, Boston and NYC who will be playing the original & remix sounds the of label that is often referred to as the "Motown" of Latin music. "We are thrilled to have these DJs joining us to showcase the music of this legendary label," said Michael Rucker, Chief Marketing Officer at Fania Records. "Art Basel visitors and Miami locals are in for four nights of incredible music and dancing." This event is an alternative to the "laser & smoke" events held in Miami at this time.

December 5 - 8

PAX Miami - 337 SW 8th Street (directly under the 95 overpass)

Vh1 at SCOPE Art Show

Accessible to all SCOPE visitors, The Vh1 Outdoor Lounge, is the premier destination to discover new talent in music, art and beyond. The SCOPE Miami Official Party will be Presented by Vh1 and feature groundbreaking You Oughta Know musical talent from Vh1’s impressive roster, 
alongside SCOPE & Vh1 co-curated visual work.

Outdoor Lounge  Decmber 4 – 9 regular show hours
Official Party  December 6  7 – 11pm

Scope Art fair - N.E. 36th St and Midtown Blvd.

BarDot in Wynwood ends the art weekend with a funk bash.  The one and only George Clinton.  Yes its on Sunday night, and yes if you still have energy by then you must be on drugs, be very young or both.  But I had to point this show out, I mean its George Clinton!

December 9 – 10pm

3456 N Miami Ave., Miami

These are only a few of the many music events taking place all over the city.  If you want a more detailed guide with a day by day event calendar I found had the best one Here


Food on Miami Beach:

The Convention Center itself has a food court that is very good and the people watching is priceless.  Then there are all the restaurants on Lincoln Road, which is just a block away.  Plus most of the hotels on the beach have excellent restaurants; if you want to do it up try the Delano, or Ola.  On Lincoln Road stick with The Ice Box, Nexxt Café or my favorite to people watch; Van Dyke Café.  And while you’re on Lincoln Road make sure you check out the exhibit at the Art Center/South Florida, always worth a look!

Food in Wynwood and Midtown:

A real locals spot to go is Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop, try the arroz con pollo, to die for! Parking is almost impossible but so worth the aggravation. Sugarcane Raw Bar is my newest favorite hangout.  The food is so good at Sugarcane it should be illegal!

Brosia in the Design District comes highly recommended, as does chef Miguel Aguila’s Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.

Also don’t forget the killer Spanish food market being created for the JustMadMia
Art Fair.  Its modeled after the famous landmark, El Mercado San Miguel, one of the oldest covered food markets in Madrid. Organizers are bringing San Miguel merchants and products to the fair; visitors can sample everything from traditional hams and artisanal cheeses to charcuterie and gourmet tapa.

For the hippest “Pop-Up” Basel-goers won't have to go far for good food this year as the MGFD Café will be at the Design Miami pavilion on Meridian and 19, across from the Miami Beach Convention Center. Expect Schwartz's staples on the menu, along with his home brew on draft, wine, cocktails, Panther Coffee, and Hedy Goldsmith's famous pastries. The pop-up will run during Design Miami hours, from December 5 to 9.


Parking Miami Beach:  My suggestion is one of two options.  First, the valet at the entrance to the Convention Center is great but if you are leaving at a busy time when everyone is trying to get his or her cars, it could be a long wait.  You may prefer to park in the garage across the street.  Either way you can leave your car all day and walk to any of the beach fairs and restaurants from there.

Parking Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District: If you plan to see a few of the fairs you may have to park a few different places.  Find a street spot if possible with a meter, if not there are pay lots.  Try to strategically find a spot close to a few of the fairs.  That way you can see more than one art fair without moving the car.  Another option and one I have done before is to find a good central spot to park and then move around by catching one of the many bike rickshaws or cabs.   Some park on the beach and use the shuttles to get to Wynwood and then use cabs or the rickshaws.  But I have never had a problem with parking.

Vespa tours of street art in Wynwood are available from Roam Rides, $75, and walking tours are $50.  Sounds like fun and may be the best way to see the sometimes hard to find street art in Wynwood.

Shuttles:  Art Basel and the City of Miami provide shuttles between the Convention Center and the Wynwood fairs. 

Rickshaws or Pedicabs:  Get taken around Wynwood by Rickshaw.  A fun way to get around and most of the Rickshaw operators are good tour guides and really funny.

Cabs:  Cabs are everywhere.  Try outside any of the big fairs but you can also catch them down most streets.

Well that’s it for this year.  I think that’s enough to keep you busy.  I know what your thinking; “Oh to be young again and have the energy to see all this” but I can tell you from experience the vibe is infectious.  And its only one week, five days really, so buck up!   This is your chance to see something new. If you go every year try something totally new and challenging.  Break out of your comfort zone and have an art adventure.  Also don’t be afraid to look around and jump off the path when you see something interesting.  Some of my greatest experiences each year are the things and places I just stumbled upon.  Engage the gallery owners and artists, that’s what they are here for.  If you love a piece, find out all you can about it.  Remember, there are no stupid questions only stupid gallery owners.  An artwork's meaning should not be locked up where only they have the keys.  ENJOY, GL


I could not have made this guide without the help of so many other guides and articles I have read about Art Basel.  Special thanks goes to The Miami New Times, The Sun Sentinel, The Miami Herald and The Huffington Post. I will try and put as many links to these great articles as I can.


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Thanks for a well written blog.

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