• PULSE, in the Ice Palace in downtown Miami, offers a curated selection of contemporary art as well as PULSE Play, a video and technology lounge presenting work by both emerging and established artists including Casey Neistad, half of the duo from the HBO series The Neistat Brothers.
• The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) returns to the Deauville Beach Resort in North Beach. Run by a nonprofit organization, NADA first launched the art fair in 2003 with just a few dozen exhibitors in a vacant space off Lincoln Road and has grown to roughly 100. This year features a partnership with Little Collector, a website that sells contemporary art for children, to offer just-for-kids tours of NADA Miami Beach while parents tour the fair.
NEW THIS YEAR
New offerings this year include JustMad Mia at the SOHO Studios in Wynwood. The Madrid-based fair’s first foray to Miami is an exhilarating prospect, said organizer Rocío Bardin.
“The whole world comes to see art in one week, and it’s an audience that already exists,” said Bardin. “We don’t have to create it.”
The fair will feature 40 contemporary galleries, the bulk from Spain along with representatives from Europe and Latin America — plus a collaboration with Art/Center South Florida to highlight local artists.
JustMad will also re-create of Spain’s gastronomic temples, El Mercado San Miguel. Fair visitors will be able to enjoy Spanish-style tapas and other typical fare.
“It’s an icon. There isn’t a tourist in Madrid who doesn’t stop there,” said Bardin. “It’s a little touch that makes us different from other fairs.
Other fairs making their debut during 2012 include:
• The Miami River Art Fair at the Downtown Miami Convention Center, a waterfront fair that boasts both indoor booths and an outdoor Riverwalk Sculpture Mall that features monumental sculpture on the banks of the Miami River.
• Miami Street Photography Festival at Kike San Martin Studios in the Wynwood Art District, which features juried selections of candid street photography and workshops and lectures from photographers such as National Geographic photographer (and Miami Herald alum) Maggie Steber.
• SELECT Fair, which will transform the entire 64 rooms of the Miami Beach Catalina Hotel into exhibits, with public spaces such as the lobby taken over by installations and performances.
The dizzying assemblage of fairs can be a daunting prospect for even the most ardent and well-hydrated of art lovers. The creators of UNTITLED, a new fair that will take place on the sands of South Beach, have envisioned a tightly curated show that offers a momentary respite for fatigued fair-goers.
UNTITLED will be housed in an enclosed temporary structure designed by architect and former Miami Art Museum director Terence Riley and John Keenan, near Ocean Drive and 12th Street, designed to wash the artwork in natural light and allow patrons to enjoy the waterfront view.
“We’re very close to the main fair and the location is fantastic being close to the water,” said curator Omar Lopez-Chahoud. “And it’s not overwhelming. It’s manageable, so people can actually relax.”