Miami Art Week is starting next week!
Posted on November - 22 - 2016
In a little more than a week, Miami will be the spotlight of the art world, attracting some of the best artists, passionate collectors and top galleries around the world. It’s no secret that this city has become a bastion for new and upcoming art fairs that have sprung exponentially over the last decade. Thanks to its strategic location, Miami is serving as the meeting point for the South and the North, and a place that offers a varied selection that will please any taste, from old championed masters, up-and-coming artists to street art lovers and experienced designers, Miami can satisfy any cultural cravings. The fairs cluster up at the beginning of the month of December, and it can prove to be overwhelming to even the experienced collector, so having a good knowledge and strategy proves useful before embarking on the art voyage. So if you’re interested in joining the high currents of the Miami Art Week, here are some the five fairs that should top your list.
Art Basel Miami
Dec. 1 – 4 / Miami Beach
The big boss running the show is Art Basel, making all the rest of the fairs pale in comparison. As the largest art fair in the U.S., 270 galleries will showcase the work of more than 4,000 artists from all over the world. Known for becoming a big maze where a quick visit can turn into hours, Art Basel the perfect place to get lost art and be amazed at what you can find.
INK Miami Art Fair
Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2016, / Miami Beach
Ink Miami stands out from the rest because of its focus on modern and contemporary works on paper. In a world where installations and performances catch the attention of the spectator, the subtle approach of INK welcomes and attracts the loyal followers of the traditional medium and its multiple possibilities.
Photo Courtesy: INK Miami Art Fair
UNTITLED Art Fair
Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2016, / Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach.
Founded in 2012, Untitled is definitely on of the edgier side, offering the galleries, artists-run spaces, and non-profit institutions a lot of creative license to form a dialogue with Artistic Director Omar Lopez-Chahoud and curators Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia.
Photo Courtesy: UNTITLED Miami
NADA Art Fair Miami Beach
Dec. 1 – 4, 2016 / Miami Beach
This fair differs from the rest because it’s operated by a non-profit, which has resulted in a first outsider approach that focuses on new or underexposed art that is not typically exhibited. Every year, more galleries join their ranks to give the Miami Beach edgier feel.
Photo courtesy: New Art Dealers Alliance
Pulse Miami Beach
Dec. 1 – 4, 2016 / Indian Beach Park, Miami Beach.
On its 12th. edition, Pulse offers a decent 75 galleries that show the work of well-established and emerging artists. Pulse collaborates with The Creators Project through PERSPECTIVES; that will feature the work of three acclaimed contemporary artists Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Erica Prince, and Jean-Pierre Roy. This year’s PLAY video platform is curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, Director of Gateway Project Space. Pulse offers an edgier overview of the whole international contemporary panorama.
Photo Courtesy: ARTnews
Scope Miami Beach
Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, 2016 / Scope Pavilion, Miami Beach.
SCOPE is one of the largest fairs in the world, hosting fairs in Miami, Basel, New York and London. This year is Scope 16th editions and will feature 125 international exhibitors from 22 countries around the world. Its Breeder Program is aimed at exposing emerging galleries to a wider audience.
Photo Courtesy: Scope
Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, 2016,/ Art Miami Pavilion, Wynwood/ Midtown
Art Miami is the oldest of all Miami’s contemporary art fairs and this year it will continue presenting over 125 dealers on its 27th edition.
CONTEXT Art Miami
Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, 2016. The Context / Ar Miami Pavilion in Wynwood / Midtown
CONTEXT as the sister of Art Miami, this year it will host 100 exhibitors and present the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Working together with Art Miami, they aim of both fairs is to provide an alternative opportunity for dealers and artists to be promoted internationally.
More shows are opening up including PINTA, DESIGN Miami, Acqua Art Miami, Miami Project, Art on Paper and so many others that it’s a good idea to stop at one point and take a deep breath. For some art lovers, Miami Art Week is an explosion that shocks the senses into a comatose state, for others is what they have been waiting for all year. However, it’s a huge and international affair that cannot be unnoticed. In Scoop Art we hope you can enjoy it either from the other side of your computer or among the crazed halls of each venue.
By: Gabriela Martínez de la Hoz