Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Glenn's Guide to Art Basel 2013 - by Florida Fine Art Blog

Art Week Miami time again!  It's amazing when I think of growing up with so few cultural venues and exhibitions in my own backyard and now we have the entire global art world descending on South Florida.  What a change.  Are you going this year?  You should.

This is the fourth edition of my Art Basel Guide and also the first year I will be missing everything since it all started with Art Miami back in the early 90’s.  I am unable to be in Miami during Art Week so this year’s guide will be more of a wish list, a guide to where I would have liked to have gone.  

Much more after the fold...

After all the feedback I received from the people on my tours the last few years I'm going to change a few things.  In years past I always suggested that the Art Basel exhibition in the Miami Beach Convention Center may not be where you want to spend all your time.  Knowing that I always got more from the many satellite shows.  But I was reluctant to suggest you miss Art Basel at the convention center completely because I thought everyone would want to see it once for themselves. But the satellite shows are so strong now and Basel is so, well, boring really, that I am now prepared to say, Skip it!  Don't even bother with the Convention Center. Its just not worth it anymore.  And what you may miss you will more than make up for in time and money going to smaller, edgier shows.  The real story of Art Week in Miami is everything but what's happening in the Convention Center.


You can see the past years “Glenn’s Guide to Art Basel” here;

They all hold good information about restaurants, parking, transportation and strategies of how to divide your time and get the most out of the week.   

I’ll start by listing all the major fairs with their links.  These are the fairs that participate each year.  If this is your first time you should plan on visiting at least two of these fairs.


Where:  Miami Beach Convention Center

When:  December 5 – 8 noon to 8pm, Sunday noon to 6pm

Price: $42

As I said above, Unless you're in the market for a large scale Henry Moore or need another Miro to fill that blank space in your study I would recommend skipping this show and spending your time elsewhere. And if you are looking for a Henry Moore call me first!  All kidding aside Art Basel is a highly celebrated fair and the reason all the other fairs (except Art Miami) popped up.  I have learned a lot going to this fair and in years past recommended attending.  But with so much to see and knowing all the exciting things going on in Wynwood, I don't think the Art Basel fair is worth the time or money.  

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

When: December 3 - 8

Price: $35 (includes admission to Context)

The most positive feedback I receive every year on my tours is from this fair.  Great artwork and engaging gallery owners make this a must see.  In fact if you only had time for one fair this is the one I would suggest.   

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. World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from 125 international art galleries.

Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America's contemporary art fair market. With a rich history, it is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami and continues to receive praise for the variety of unparalleled art that it offers. It is the "can't miss" event for all serious collectors, curators, museum directors and interior designers, providing an intimate look at some of the most important work at the forefront of the international contemporary art movement.

The fair will commence on Dec. 3, 2013, with Art Miami's highly anticipated Opening Night VIP Preview. Last year Art Miami attracted 11,000 collectors, curators, artists, connoisseurs and designers during its Opening Night to benefit the Miami Art Museum (PAMM) and hosted 60,000 attendees over a six-day period.

Banksy Highlights:
Stephan Keszler Gallery will bring NYC’s latest to Art Miami with his display of the infamous Banksy “Heart with Bandages” that mesmerized New Yorkers during the elusive artist’s NY residency in October. The piece, which was part of the Better Out Than In Series (October 2013), was spray painted on a concrete wall in Red Hook Brooklyn.
Debuting for the first time in the US, Banksy’s Study for Happy Chopper, which were created for his show in Vienna in 2003. The two pieces, exhibited by Cheryl Hazan Gallery, were originally part of a display where he made 8 in total, 2 were destroyed, 2 have not been found, 2 were purchased by a private collector, and the remaining two are being shown at CONTEXT. 

When: December 3 - 8

Where: Part of the Art Miami Pavilion at 3201 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Price: Free with Art Miami ticket

This is right across the street from Art Miami and is free with your Art Miami ticket.  Always exciting work. There are usually good food trucks right outside!  Check out the work of Marcus Jansen (my favorite Florida painter at the moment) at Context / Galleri Urbane Booth: E 38

CONTEXT along with the 24th edition of Art Miami will commence on December 3, 2013 with CONTEXT Art Miami’s highly anticipated Opening Night VIP Preview to benefit the Miami Art Museum (PAMM. The 2012 benefit preview attracted 11,000 collectors, curators, artists, connoisseurs, and designers and the fair hosted a total of 60,000 attendees over a six-day period.
This immediately reinforced the CONTEXT fair as a proven destination and serious marketplace for top collectors to acquire important works from the leading international galleries representing emerging and mid career cutting edge works of art.
The combined exhibition space of CONTEXT and Art Miami will increase the overall roster of galleries to 190 participants and cover 200,000 square feet. Ample and convenient parking is available for both fairs through the use of a four-story parking garage with 2,000 spots, located directly across the street from the CONTEXT& Art Miami Pavilions as well as valet parking. A network of complimentary shuttle buses will run round-trip service between Art Miami, CONTEXT, Aqua Art Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach.

Where: 1530 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

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

Price: $15

Another show put on by the folks from Art Miami that is located at the Aqua Hotel on Miami Beach.  This is a really fun show with emerging galleries displaying work in small hotel rooms.  In the evenings there is always a DJ spinning and beer and wine served.  

Aqua Art Miami will celebrate its 9th consecutive installment this December, and its first as one of the Art Miami LLC family of fairs. Over the years, the fair has been recognized for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young dealers and galleries with strong emerging and early-to-mid career artists.

Aqua Art Miami will feature 45 dynamic young galleries from North and South America, Europe and Asia, and innovative special programming including performance art, new media and solo installations. With this commitment to artistic excellence, along with building a dynamic young marketplace with new and increased opportunities around marketing and audience services, Aqua Art Miami is sure to surpass all expectations for 2013.

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

When: December 6 – 8  Friday - Saturday noon to 8pm, Sunday noon to 6pm

Price: Free Friday - Sunday

I try not to miss this fair as the artwork is usually more edgy than the other fairs.

Verge is an international platform for the most exciting and interesting in new and emerging art. Verge exists to establish boundaries of the extraordinary as a counter to the natural compulsion towards stagnation in the way art is evaluated and delivered to the public. Staying true to this necessary state for the advancement of art requires a sustained focus on the best new ideas and practices of those marginal or newly emerging to international art audiences. The satisfaction of this fixed requirement for a healthy and competitive artistic culture is at the core of Verge as an international exposition of the highest quality artistic production and the galleries, museums and audiences who sustain it.
Verge is an ongoing experiment in art, markets, ideas and the art culture.

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

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

Price: Free

Another great show that has moved recently from the Ice Palace in Wynwood to Miami Beach.  Less expensive works by new artists.

Each December in Miami, NADA runs a renowned art fair to vigorously pursue our goals of exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment.” NADA’s fair is held in parallel with Art Basel Miami Beach and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging Contemporary Art. It is the only major American art fair to be run by a non-profit organization.

Starting on November 30th, browse and collect artwork from the fair online exclusively at Artsy.net.

Where: 1000 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139

When: December 3- 8 11am-8pm

Price: $25

One of my favorite fairs.  Scope moves this year to the heart of South Beach on Collins.  Parking could be a problem this year, a cab may be the way to go. 

It is with tremendous enthusiasm that SCOPE announces its new location on the sands of Miami Beach. Situated on the most highly visible location in Miami, SCOPE Miami Beach’s 70,000 sq. ft. pavilion will feature an outdoor beach lounge and stunning views of the ocean, nestled amongst the iconic architecture of Ocean Drive at 10th Street. Working closely with the City of Miami Beach, SCOPE will contribute the cultural landscape of this vibrant neighborhood with an extraordinary presentation of emerging contemporary art.

Welcoming 100 International Exhibitors and 15 Breeder Program galleries, SCOPE Miami Beach will also feature a wide range of curated projects, sponsor programs and Platinum VIP tours. With an emphasis on activating emerging galleries and artists, attendees to SCOPE are seasoned collectors, curators and tastemakers looking for new discovery. SCOPE Miami Beach opens on Monday, December 2, with its exclusive Platinum VIP Gala, continuing Tuesday, December 3, to welcome VIPs and Press at its First View benefit, and will open to the general public December 4 - 8, 2013.”

Pulse Art Fair

Where: The Ice Palace 1400 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33136

When: December 5 - 8  Thursday 1pm-7pm; Friday and Saturday 11am-7pm; Sunday 11am-5pm

Price: $25

I have missed Pulse the last few years but I hear good things about it.  Right in the heart of Wynwood and might be a good spot to start and end your day.

PULSE provides a unique platform for diverse galleries to present a progressive blend of renowned and pioneering contemporary artists, alongside an evolving series of original programming. The fair's distinctive commitment to the art community and visitor experience makes PULSE unique among art fairs and creates an art market experience that is both dynamic and inviting.
The 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. The IMPULSE section presents galleries invited by the Committee to present solo exhibitions of artist's work created in the past two years.

Where: Wynwood Art District 3011 NE 1st Ave at NE 31st Street Miami, FL  33137 (Tent across the street from Art Miami)

When: December 3 - 8  Wednesday 11am-6pm; Thursday through Saturday 11am-8pm;  Sunday 11am-6pm

Price: $15

Aptly named, I see more works sold from this fair than any other.  If your going to Art Miami there is no reason to miss this fair as it is located right across the street. Always friendly gallerists and accessible work.  Check out the work of Marcus Jansen (my favorite Florida painter at the moment) at Red Dot / Castle Fitzjohns Gallery Booth: D 105

Building upon its reputation as a diverse fair, Red Dot will offer a unique selection of approximately 60 galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, photography and fine-art objects.

Red Dot Fair Miami strives to create a fair for galleries specializing in emerging, mid-career and established artists that present work of lasting value. The luxurious layout of the 50 thousand square foot tented venue will provide visitors with a sophisticated and friendly environment to view artwork presented by the galleries. Red Dot is excited about being part of Miami’s vibrant art scene and its great fabric of galleries, museums and cultural institutions.

Miami Project

Where: NE 29th Street and NE 1st Avenue.

When: December 3 - 8

Price: $25

This was a great show that started last year and impressed everyone who attended. Its located right next to Art Miami and is a good addition to the week

The second edition of Miami Project, a contemporary and modern art fair, will return December 3-8, 2013 in Miami's Midtown Art District. Miami Project will again showcase 65 contemporary and modern art galleries in an exquisite setting.                                 

Miami River Art Fair

When: December 5 - 8  Hours 6th - 8th 12pm - 8pm

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

Price: $ ?

I missed this show last year but heard good things about it.  Downtown along the river this might be a show worth the side trip from the larger art centers of town.

The Miami River Art Fair is the first and only international contemporary art fair in the Downtown Miami-Brickell area during Art Basel week showcasing selected national and international Galleries, Special Projects, and Curated Solo & Collective Exhibitions.

The 2nd Edition of the Miami River Art Fair will take place December 5 – 8, 2013 in the Downtown-Brickell Miami Convention Center and will welcome thousands of art professionals, elite art collectors and art lovers from all over the world.

The Miami River Art Fair 2013 will offer 40,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor exhibition space with world-class artists and galleries in an indoor booth setting at the Riverfront Hall – inside the James L. Knight International Center. This indoor exhibition space overlooks the one-of-a-kind outdoor Riverwalk Sculpture Mall which will feature monumental sculptures alongside luxury yachts docked on the banks of the historic Miami River. The MRAF 2013 will also feature the Riverfront Hall Terrace and the Riverfront Mural Hall.

Select Art Fair

When: December 4 - 8

Where: The Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Avenue Miami FL, 33139

Price: Suggested Donation $15

Always cool and this year will be focusing on large art installations.

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.

Untitled Art Fair

When: December 4 - 8

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

Price: $25

Oh I wish I could attend this fair. On the beach focused on Art and Food!

New kid on the block, UNTITLED., is the first fair directly located on the sands of Miami Beach in a tent designed to house 45 galleries open Wednesday – Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm. The exhibit, which is a pop-up of sorts, will be home to Ken Lyon’s pop-up version of his much-missed design district restaurant, Fratelli Lyon. The café will have over 100-seats, with 30 of them set-up on an ocean-facing outdoor terrace, raised 10-feet above the beach. Menu includes a simple offering of antipasti, salads, sandwiches and the standard grilled-to-order proteins. UNTITLED. guests will place orders at the bar – and then café staff will deliver food to tables, in a relaxed, quick-serve style fitting of beachfront dining.


When: December 5 – 8

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

Price: $15

This was so much fun last year!

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.

Fountain Art Fair, Miami Photo Fair, and Art Asia are not here this year.

Other fairs not mentioned but might be worth checking out include; Design Miami, Ink, Overture, New Material Art Fair, Ink Miami Art Fair, Poll Art Fair, Brazil Art Fair, ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair and I’m sure there are others I have missed. 

Side Shows and other fun stuff to check out

Opening during Art Week Miami is the Perez Art Museum Miami, or PAMM, at Miami Museum Park.  This is a spectacular new museum and will be open to the public starting December 4th.  I would not miss this Museum!

PAMM website - http://www.pamm.org/

Rubell Family Collection 28 Chinese is the culmination of the Rubells’ six research trips to China between 2001 and 2012 where they visited one hundred artists’ studios in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Xi'an and acquired artwork from twenty-eight artists.
These artists will be represented by paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations. This will be the first exhibition in North America for many of these artists.

95 NW 29th St., Miami. Free admission during Basel. I always direct art lovers to the collection.  I have blogged about the Rubells many times and love what they have given to Miami.  A must see.

Zhu Jinshi, Boat, 2012, Xuan paper, bamboo and cotton thread, 590 x 137 x 165 in. (1500 x 350 x 420 cm), acquired in 2013
朱金石, 《船》, 2012, 宣纸, 竹子和棉线, 590 x 137 x 165 寸 (1500 x 350 x 420 厘米), 收藏于 2013

Pinion Gallery  The Hotel Mimo is hosting a show of work by international artists organized by David McLeish.  December 5 -8 with an artist talk Friday the 6th from 7 - 9:30pm

Deluxx Fluxx Miami Beach is an immersive art experience in the form of an interactive video arcade, complete with specially created and programmed video games, psychedelic foosball and pinball machines. The arcade installation will take over a vacant storefront on the corner of 16th Street and Washington Avenue and will be open to the public December 3rd-8th.

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.

Gallery Shows

I know the fairs can take up all of your time, however you should plan to see a gallery or two while you are down in Miami.  Often the most exciting work I see every year is at the galleries.  They don't take much time and are free to the public.

6th Street Container. "Fluid Dynamics" and "GuerillerReina." 1155 SW Sixth St., Miami. Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 6thstreetcontainer.com.

ArtCenter/South Florida's Richard Shack Gallery. "Between Walls." 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Wednesday noon - 10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m, Sunday-Monday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., artcentersf.org.

Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art. "Present Tense Future Perfect." Dec. 5 through Jan. 26, 2014. 158 NW 91st St., Miami. Thursday - Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., with extended gallery hours Dec. 4-8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Opening party Thursday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. cjazzart.com.

David Castillo Gallery. Work by Xaviera Simmons. 2234 NW Second Ave., Miami. Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. davidcastillogallery.com.

Dean Project. "Supernatural: Religious, Theological & Spiritual Leaders series." Dec. 6 - Jan. 4, 2014. 1627-1629 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach. Tuesday - Sunday, noon - 6 p.m. Opening reception Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. deanproject.com.

Diana Lowenstein Fine Art at Pulse Miami. Selected works from various artists. The Ice Palace (1400 N Miami Ave., Miami). Thursday 1 - 7 p.m., Friday/Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., $20 general admission, dlfinearts.com.

Dimensions Variable. "Overhead. 100 NW 11 St., Miami. Friday 7pm - 10pm. dimensionsvariable.net.

Dina Mitrani Gallery. "Shen Chao-Liang: Stage." 2620 NW Second Ave., Tuesday - Friday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., dinamitranigallery.com.

Emerson Dorsch. "Ideas Are Executions." 151 NW 24th St., Miami. Tuesday-Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. dorschgallery.com.

Fredric Snitzer Gallery. "Burning as it were a Lamp." 2249 NW First Place, Miami. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. snitzer.com.

Gallery Diet. "CONTRO VERSIES CONTRO VERSIA" and "Since You Broke My Heart." 174 NW 23rd St., Miami. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. gallerydiet.com.

Juan Ruiz Gallery. "Fractures." 301 NW 28th St., Miami. Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. juanruizgaleria.com

Locust Projects. "Nicholas Hlobo
: Intethe (Sketch for an Opera)" and "Frances Trombly: Over and Under". 3852 N Miami Ave., Miami. December 2 - 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., locustprojects.org.

m+v ART. "The Green Room." The Wynwood Building, 2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 11, Miami. mvart.co.

Mark Borghi Fine Art. "Too Fast For Love" by Tom Dash. 58 NW 36th St, Miami. Friday, Dec. 6, 9 p.m. - midnight. borghi.org.

MDC Museum of Art + Design. "Mirror Stage." Nov. 21 - Jan 11. The Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Second Floor, Miami. Wednesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. mdcmoad.org.

Michael Jon Gallery. "Math Bass - Newz!" 122 NE 11th St. Miami. Through Jan 11, 2014. michaeljongallery.com.

Mindy Solomon Gallery. "Southern Fried." 172 NW 24th St., Miami. Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. mindysolomon.com.

NOW Contemporary Art. "The Realm of the Unreal." Through Dec. 31. 175 NW 25th St., Miami. nowcontemporaryart.com


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Food on Miami Beach:

If you go to the Convention Center the food court is 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 Umi at the Delano, its open till 1am or Ola is right around the corner and close to Aqua.  On Lincoln Road stick with The Ice Box, Nexxt Café or my favorite place 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 for lunch; its to die for! Parking is almost impossible but so worth the aggravation. Sugarcane Raw Bar is a favorite spot.  The food is so good at Sugarcane it should be illegal! And its close to Art Miami.  So is Bloom. Great for dinner and last year and they were open for lunch and let me stay parked in their lot all day! Wynwood Brewery is opening for Art Basel and has five original brews for thirsty art lovers!

In the Design District try Brosia or Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.

Food Away from the Art

The River Seafood & Oyster Bar for oysters in downtown Miami.  On the Beach its Joe’s for the stone crabs.  I lived across the street from Joe's for two years and it’s the restaurant I miss the most.  Doesn't get better than Joe’s.  Also Tantra lives up to the hype for a true Miami Beach experience. 


Parking Miami Beach:  The parking garage between the Convention Center and LIncoln Road is a perfect location to put your car all day.  That way you can walk, grab a bus or taxi to move around the beach.  There is even an trolley that goes between the Convention Center, Wynwood and Midtown.  The trolley is convenient and usually on time.  Its also a fun way to meet others attending the fairs.

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. I have never had a problem with parking in Wynwood.  Take your time and be patient.

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.

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.


If I only had one day to spend it would be an early lunch at Bloom then spend most of the day at Art Miami then on to a few more fairs like Scope and/or Red Dot.  Dinner at Sugarcane then over to the beach for Aqua.

Pick a few places to go and then give yourself enough time to see what else is around.  Explore the area of town you find yourself in.  There is an art experience around almost every corner.  ENJOY AND SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! 

Below are links for articles and guides to help you find the right spot.

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