It’s no secret that a dizzying amount of the action during Art Week takes place outside the well-attended but comparatively narrow confines of the Miami Beach Convention Center. This year is no different, with satellite fairs on both sides of the causeways proving to be substantial lures — whether in the form of a repurposed North Beach pharmacy or the well-established Art Miami in Midtown.
“Everyone in the art world descends on Miami for this important cultural event,” said Nick Korniloff, director of Art Miami, which marks its 26th edition this year. The Art Miami family of fairs includes the adjacent sister fair CONTEXT, as well as the Aqua Art Fair in Miami Beach’s Aqua Hotel. “This is the bellwether for the art fair market in America, and it only gets stronger.”
Joining Art Miami on the mainland: Red Dot and Spectrum, which have moved to a new location in the Performing Arts District. Pinta, a curated boutique fair devoted to the art of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, returns to Miami this year, trading its Midtown location for Mana Wynwood. There, it will be joined by the new X Contemporary fair, which focuses on emerging and mid-career artists. And in the Design District’s Moore Building, star gallerists (and sometime competitors) Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian have teamed on an exhibition fair called “UNREALISM” that will feature 100 figurative works — many for sale — showcased in the 20,000-square-foot, four floor space.
Art Africa Miami Arts Fair brings a multidisciplinary exhibition of fine contemporary art from Africa to the historic Lyric Theatre in Overtown. The event also includes jazz performances, kid-friendly workshops and a Dec. 3 talk by architect Neil Hall on the future design landscape of Overtown. Art from the African Diaspora is also the focus of PRIZM, which returns for its third year in the MiMo District.
Although the offerings in Midtown, Wynwood and other Miami neighborhoods offer a plenty of buzz-worthy events, the gravitational pull of Miami Beach during Art Basel is hard to match.
One newcomer of note is SATELLITE, which will take over four locations in the comparatively low-key neighborhood of North Beach: The shuttered Ocean Terrace Hotel, the defunct Surf Med Pharmacy, the former Curry’s Steakhouse and the North Beach band shell, which will play host to performances throughout Art Week.
“We fell in love with this area, and wanted the business and the community to be involved,” said Brian Whitely, creative director, who said city officials have embraced the fair’s effort to enliven the North Beach scene. Artists who have been offered these spaces for their installations are similarly jazzed.
“I would ask someone, ‘Would you like an entire pharmacy?’ ” said Whitely. “Their interest would be definitely piqued.”
Whitely himself will be curating an unlikely gift shop at the Ocean Terrace, which will include artists’ interpretations of standard beach-kitsch fare such as sunscreen, soda and bongs. Among the artists selected to present installations and performances: the Russian punk-collective Pussy Riot, who will be among the Eastern European artists taking part in the repurposed “Restaurant” exhibit space.
While hitting up every fair in town in a few short days is logistically improbable, and likely downright impossible, consistent draws include Miami Beach’s well-respected Design Miami and UNTITLED., which has established itself in a few short years as shouldn’t-miss fair.
PULSE, now in its 11th year, returns for the second year to its tent at Indian Beach Park in Miami Beach. The physical layout of the fair has expanded, and about a dozen new galleries are featured this year. The new space also makes room for an addition called Conversations, which allows 25 galleries to present the work of two artists each in mini-exhibitions.
The NADA art fair, organized by the nonprofit New Alliance Art Dealers, has also seen notable expansion in recent years. Although it has taken up residence at the historic Deauville Beach Resort since 2009, this year the showcase of emerging contemporary artists moves to the far more spacious Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The nearby Fridge Art Fair, which spent its first two years in Little Havana, embraces Miami Beach this year with a move to the Holiday Inn Miami Beach.
Another fixture: Ink Miami, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
“I just think we’re still climbing up the peak of the mountain toward what Miami can be,” said Michele Senecal, executive director of the International Fine Print Dealers Association, which sponsors the fair at the Suites of Dorchester in Miami Beach. “Not just a cultural destination but a cultural foundation for this country.”
▪ Aqua Art Fair: Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: noon-9 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 4-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $15 one-day; $85 multi-day pass includes CONTEXT and Art Miami. aquaartmiami.com
▪ Art Africa Miami: The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second Ave., Miami. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 3-5. Tickets: free. artafricamiamifair.com
▪ Art Basel Miami Beach: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 3; noon-8 p.m. Dec. 4-5; noon-6 p.m., Dec. 6. Tickets: $47 one-day, $30 students/seniors; $100 all days; combination one-day with Design Miami/, $60. artbasel.com
▪ Art Miami: The Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $40; $85 multi-day pass includes CONTEXT. artmiamifair.com
▪ Art on Paper: Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6. thepaperfair.com
▪ Art Spot Miami: 1700 NE Second Ave. Hours: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 2; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 3-5; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $20. artspotmiami.com
▪ Art Miami: The Art Miami Pavilion, 2901 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $40 (including entry to Art Miami); $85 multi-day pass includes CONTEXT Art Miami and Aqua. contextartmiami.com
▪ CONTEXT Art Miami: The Art Miami Pavilion, 2901 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $40 (including entry to Art Miami); $85 multi-day pass includes Art Miami and Aqua. contextartmiami.com
▪ Design Miami/: Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4; noon-8 p.m. Dec. 5; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $25 one-day, $20 students/seniors; combination one-day with Art Basel Miami Beach, $60. designmiami.com
▪ Fridge Art Fair: Holiday Inn Miami Beach-Oceanfront, 4333 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 5-8; 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets: free. fridgeartfair.com
▪ INK Miami Art Fair: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets: free. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-5; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6. inkartfair.com
▪ Miami Photo Salon: Spectrum Art Show Booth 1002, 3011 NE First Ave. Hours: 2-10 p.m. Dec. 2; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 3-5; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $20 (entrance to Spectrum). miamiphotosalonfestival.com
▪ Miami Project: 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $25. miami-project.com
▪ Miami Street Photography Festival: HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Tickets: free. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 3-5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6. miamistreetphotographyfestival.org
▪ Miami River Art Fair: Miami Convention Center at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Dec. 4-6. Tickets: $20. miamiriverartfair.com
▪ NADA Art Fair: The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: 2-7 p.m. Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets: $20. newartdealers.org
▪ PINTA Art Fair: Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $20. pintamiami.com
▪ Prizm: 7300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-6. Tickets: $10. prizmartfair.com
▪ Pulse Miami: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2-5. Tickets: $25. pulse-art.com
▪ Red Dot Miami: 1700 NE Second Ave., Miami. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $15. reddotfair.com
▪ SATELLITE Art Fair: Ocean Terrace Hotel, 7410 Ocean Ter.; Surf Med Pharmacy, 7432 Collins Ave.; The Restaurant, 7433 Collins Ave.; North Beach Bandshell, 7300 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets: free. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 4-5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6. satelliteprojects.com
▪ SCOPE Miami Beach: SCOPE Miami Beach Pavilion, 801 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-6. Tickets: $35. scope-art.com
▪ SPECTRUM Miami: 1700 NE Second Ave ., Miami. Hours: 2-10 p.m. Dec. 2; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 3-5; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $20. spectrum-miami.com
▪ UNTITLED: 12th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Hours: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-5; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $30, $15 for Miami Beach residents. art-untitled.com
▪ X CONTEMPORARY Art Fair: Mana Wynwood Production Village, 227-247 NW 24th St., Miami. Hours: noon-9 p.m. Dec. 2-5; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets: $20. x-contemporary.com