By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Art Basel and Miami Art Week can easily be one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year. However, with so many events and art fairs popping up everywhere in just one week, it is important to highlight which ones are the must-see fairs of the season.
Of course, the headliner and star of the show is Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The internationally prestigious Art Fair will open its door to the public December 5th until December 8th. Tickets start at $45 and range up to $500 for special VIP passes.
Alongside Art Basel, DesignMiami, known as the “global forum for design”. Attendees will enjoy the latest innovations furniture, lighting and “objets d’art.’ DesignMiami is taking place at 19th Street and Meridian Avenue, and will open its doors from December 4th until December 8th. Day passes start at $27 up to $32.
Attendees who wish to experience more “stimulating art” in Miami Beach at a beautiful and calm setting, Pulse Miami is the place to be. They are celebrating their 15th anniversary at the Indian Beach Park, at 4601 Collins Avenue. Tickets start at $25 per guest.
Further down, at Ocean Drive and 12th street, Untitled, Art Miami Beach, will showcase an exhibit focused on “curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art.” The fair will open from December 4th until December 8th, admission starts at $40, with discounts for seniors, students and residents available.
SCOPE Miami Beach at 801 Ocean Drive, one of the largest fairs, has always been a favorite for attendees and art lovers, and this year it returns to Miami Beach for its 19th edition, presenting The New Contemporary, from December 4th until December 8th.
SCOPE has also added a new pavilion this year titled OASIS, described as an “experiential multidisciplinary program”; as well as FOCUS / ART CHINA, dedicated to Chinese contemporary art. Tickets start at $40.
However, not all major Miami Art Week and Art Basel events are in Miami Beach, a lot are taking place in the Wynwood/Design District Are as well.
The grand pavilion of Mana Wynwood, at 2217 NW Fifth Avenue, is hosting three major art fairs. Two of them share a tent, Red Dot Art Fair / Spectrum. These fairs are described as “upscale, modern and contemporary.” Tickets start at $20.
Miami Beach pop artist, Ilan Neuwirth will be one of the participating exhibitors whose work will be debuting at the renowned art fair this year.
He commented on art and his selection for the debut, “Art is fun, it makes me and other smile.” He continued, ” Red Dot and Spectrum where always by far my most favorite shows.”
Showgoers can also enjoy PINTA Art Fair at Mana Wynwood, from December 4th until December 8th. This year the fair presents “Crossing Cultures,” and as usual highlights the best in famous and upcoming Latin American artists. Tickets start at $20.
One final not-to-be-missed fairs are Art Miami/ CONTEXT at the Miami Art Pavilion, One Herald Plaza at NE 14TH Street. Art Miami is celebrating its 30th year anniversary, and is described as one of the “anchor fairs” of the week and one of the most important contemporary art fairs globally.
CONTEXT focuses on supporting talented emerging and mid-career artists. Both fairs open from December 4th until December 8th and tickets start at $35.