While Art Basel Miami Beach no doubt remains the titular grande dame of Basel week, the cavalcade of satellite fairs and shows that have cropped up in its wake long ago established themselves as major draws of their own.
The return of major fairs with a wide representation of international galleries, as well as newer entries that focus on artists from specific countries, is a testament to the growing worldwide appeal of Miami’s art scene — and the aggressive courtship of globe-trotting art collectors.
With the repeat engagement of roughly a dozen art-week mainstays, and the addition of four new festivals, art lovers scrambling to make the rounds from South Beach to the mainland will be grateful for an ever-increasing number of shuttle buses available for transport to even the most far-flung festivals — such as a New York import setting up temporary shop in Little Havana, a neighborhood not typically known to attract Basel jet-setters.
“This is the one week in America that is the most important for the international art market,” said Nick Korniloff, director and co-founder of Art Miami. He says this year’s iteration of Art Miami is the largest to date.
In addition to gallery offerings such as the painted-aluminum Keith Haring piece S-Man, the fair will also feature large-scale installations curated by LaRete Art Projects in and around Art Miami’s three main pavilions.
“AQUA is an important acquisition,” said Korniloff, who noted that shuttles will be available to ferry people between Midtown and Miami Beach. “It shows our commitment to developing young talent and galleries in a way the gives us a footprint on the Beach.”
Other art week mainstays returning this year include:
Other fairs returning this year include The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) at the Deauville Beach Resort in North Beach and UNTITLED, which debuted in 2012 and once again will occupy a temporary pavilion on the sands of South Beach.
The brainchild of Sao Paolo-based couple Michel Serebrinsky and Ester Krivkin, the fair was a natural extension of their love of art — and their desire to promote the works of their fellow Brazilians.
“We want to change a little the way people perceive Brazil,” said Serebrinsky, a businessman whose career includes stints in IT, advertising and events promotion. “If you ask the average American what they know about Brazil, they’ll say, ‘I know samba, I know caipirinha, I know Carnival, I know soccer.’ But we want them to know Brazilian art.”
Other new shows this year:
“There’s something magical about Little Havana. I can’t explain it,” said fair director Eric Ginsburg, a New York-based artist. He conceded the location “is a bit of a gamble. We’re not Miami Beach. We’re not Wynwood.”
In addition to partnerships with Street Art NYC, Fridge will infuse some of Little Havana’s distinctive flavor into the mix, with participation from local street artists and live performances from the Havana-born Tomasito Cruz, considered a virtuoso timba drummer, and beloved Miami band the Spam Allstars.
“We want the fair completely accessible, fun and full of life,” said Ginsburg, adding that shuttle buses will be available. “That’s what we want to come across. That art is life.”