In December, Miami becomes the art world’s canvas as dozens of galleries and tents get ready to put their best work on display. Art Basel has undoubtedly started the week that is now known as Art Week, but countless other fairs and events go on that are more than worth checking out. Tents on Miami Beach that broadcast international artists, an “Alice in Wonderland” themed Café, and a hotel that gets a remarkable artistic makeover are just a few of the highlights of the exciting, anticipated week.
Miami is the ArtSpot to Scope out this month!
SCOPIN’ OUT GEMS
801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
SCOPE is one of the art fairs that takes up the sandy beaches on Ocean Drive. 140 international exhibitors from 25 countries and 60 cities will display their artwork this year inside the tent on Miami Beach. SCOPE has been running for 16 years, making this the 17th edition. Some galleries that will be included this year are Art Space Say from Seoul, South Korea; Galleri Ramfjord from Oslo, Norway; and Voloshyn Gallery from Kiev, Ukraine. General Admission tickets are $35, and $30 for Miami Beach residents.
PRUT STRUTS AMAZING ART @ AVANT
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Ste. 102, Miami
Located inside the EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami, the award-winning Avant Gallery specializes in contemporary photography, painting and sculptures, as well as whimsical furniture and accessories. The gallery will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary during Art Week this month! Owner Dmitry Prut has worked to help the gallery expand and capture new artists and pieces over the years. Emerging contemporary artists such as Skyler Grey, Alec Monopoly, Santlov and DAIN are showcased at this fresh, radiant gallery. An additional cool feature of this gallery is its in-house eatery LaMuse Café. This cute little spot centers around a magical “Alice in Wonderland” theme that’s as bold as it is creative. Breakfast and lunch is served everyday featuring inspired bites, fresh brewed coffee and tea, and even Grab & Go options for art-lovers that may be in a hurry. This café will host a “First Breakfast” for those who arrive on December 6th to celebrate the VIP opening of their Art Basel event. If you can’t get enough of Avant, they will have their own booth set up at SCOPE Miami Beach!
DESTINATION: ART BASEL
1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
The National Hotel is known to Miami residents and tourists as South Beach’s gorgeous, iconic Art Deco gem. This month, it will be known as international artist and model Elisabetta Fantone’s personal canvas. To celebrate Art Basel in their own special way, the National Hotel is partnering up with Fantone to provide guests with immersive, beautiful displays around the hotel. From moving projections to never-before-seen collections, her artistry will decorate the already magnificent hotel, turning it into an inclusive experience for art-goers. Thankfully, the artsy fun doesn’t end at the close of Art Week. These art installations are set to stay up for six months to a year!
SHOULD BE ON YOUR SPECTRUM!
1700 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami
Spectrum Miami is the place where “contemporary meets extraordinary.” Over 160 exhibiting artists and galleries from around the globe will be displaying their art this year. Spectrum and sister fair Red Dot will include interactive events like Art Labs, Art Talks, Meet the Artist sessions, music, and entertainment. Red Dot Miami is a gallery-only contemporary art show that hosts a curatorial theme every year. This year, the theme is “Impact” which serves to show that “art not only reflects society, but also influences it.” The featured galleries will represent over 500 leading contemporary artists from primary and secondary markets throughout the world. ArtSpot is a specially curated show by Aldo Castillo, international art dealer and curator. It’s a high-end satellite art fair that focuses on modern and contemporary art. This fair provides a more global view as it places an emphasis on international and Latin American artists. This year, the fair will feature an art series by Castillo titled “Made in the USA.” Artists will create pieces that show what the phrase means to them, touching on different subjects such as cultural heritage, political ideology, and social issues. General admission is $25 online and $30 on-site to get into all three art fairs.
spectrummiami.com, reddotmiami.com, artspotmiami.com
DON’T TAKE THIS OUT OF CONTEXT…
Aqua Art Miami is featured at the Aqua Hotel (1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) from 7-10PM with exhibition rooms that open into an intimate courtyard setting. The fair has earned critical recognition for its exposure of young artists and curators, as well as its unique atmosphere and art works that are displayed. Art Miami (One Herald Plaza @ NE 14th St) from 6-10PM showcases significant work from the 20th and 21st centuries. Galleries from all over the world will be featured including Amy Li Gallery from Beijing, Acacia Gallery from Havana, Cynthia Corbett Gallery from London, and many more. CONTEXT Miami is held at the same location as Art Miami also from 6-10PM and is dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming and mid-career artists. 95 international galleries exhibit their best pieces to bring an experience like no other to this fantastic art fair. A One-Day Pass provides access to Art Miami & CONTEXT Miami for $45 or a Multi-Day Pass to Aqua Art, and its sister fairs Art Miami and CONTEXT is $90.
aquaartmiami.com, art-miami.com, contextartmiami.com
A PULSE OF ITS OWN
4601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Founded in 2005, PULSE has become one of the most looked forward to art fairs to join the excitement of Art Week. Known for providing international communities of talented artists with a global platform, they certainly know how to reel viewers and art-lovers in. Contemporary art is separated into four sections: Galleries, Solo, Conversations, and Points. In Galleries, a curated group show of three or more artists can be expected. In Solo, exhibitors present works from one of their represented artists. Each of these artists is nominated for the PULSE PRIZE, a jury-awarded cash grant presented directly to the artist. Conversations shows a new visual and conceptual way to show dialogues between two artists. Points is for alternative models and non-profits that can be found in the South Tent. Tickets are $25 each for general admission or $50 for a Young Collectors Cocktails multi-day pass with complimentary beverages.
By Aaliyah Pasols