Art Basel Miami Beach has become an entire movement over the past 14 years with many satellite art fairs joining the mothership each December to turn Miami Beach into one massive (and critically acclaimed) creative lovefest. But with so many events, exhibitions and wild parties, it can be overwhelming to narrow down your options. Well, we did it for you. Jump right in ... a 3,000-gallon cereal bowl awaits.
With over 35 dealers from all corners of the globe and plenty more exhibitor booths, Design Miami rolls around each year alongside Art Basel. Viewed as a premier fair for collectors and exhibitors, Design Miami’s most riveting element is the annually commissioned architectural work that flanks its entryway. This year, the entryway is titled Flotsam & Jetsam and it’s being plugged as the largest 3-D printed object in the world. Westworld’s got nothing on this.
Wednesday, November 30 - Sunday, December 4 ; Design Miami
; $25 one-day pass, $60 combined one-day pass with Art Basel; More info HERE
Etage Projects at Design Miami. Image courtesy of Design Miami
One of the highest attended art fairs in the country, Art Miami is like Art Basel Miami Beach’s wise old aunt with a solid 27 years under her belt. This year, Adrien Brody
will be showcasing his recent paintings and sculptures, which have some sort of fishy theme
going on. Perhaps he's feeling nostalgic for The Life Aquatic
days ... and so are we.
Wednesday, November 30 - Sunday, December 4; Art Miami
; $45 one-day pass, $90 run-of-show with admission to sister galleries CONTEXT and Aqua; More info HERE
Creating Art That Fits in a Fridge
Peach bellinis and cookies await you at this morning salon hosted by Fridge Fair founder, Eric Ginsburg. This year, the topic is: “
Creating art that fits in a fridge. What’s it all about?” The event is first come, first served—so do book ahead online. More info on Fridge Art Fair can be found HERE
10 a.m - noon; Sunday, December 4; The Betsy
; Suggested ticket donation $10; Must RSVP ahead HERE
pARTicipate: A Virtual Reality Art Experience
If everyday life isn’t trippy enough already, Life is Art’s pARTicipate at Red Dot Miami melds virtual reality, visual art, music film and fashion. You are invited to interact with art already in existence or create your own work. We’re hoping the virtual world might exponentially enhance our artistic limits ...
Wednesday, November 30 - Sunday, December 4; Red Dot Miami
; $25 one-day pass, $75 for five days; also grants access to Spectrum Miami; More info HERE
SCOPE Miami Beach
Another deep-rooted player on the Miami art scene, SCOPE celebrates its 16th year this December. With 125 international exhibitors, SCOPE is also seen as something of a visual trendsetter that impacts not only the tens of thousands visiting but many more online. This year, they’ve joined forces with Outer Spaces AR to bring visitors an app that will enable them to experience a 30-foot augmented reality sphere.
Wednesday, November 30 - Sunday, December 4; Scope Art Fair
; $35 one-day pass, $100 run-of-show for two; More info HERE
NADA Miami Beach
Sticking closely to their name as The New Art Dealers Alliance, NADA will be presenting over 42 newbies to the Miami art scene this year. A non-profit organization (the only US art fair of its kind), NADA is all about supporting emerging voices “to explore new or underexposed art”. Somewhat of an “anti -art-establishment” fair, NADA still manages to retain its reputation as a critically acclaimed player each December.
Thursday, December 1 - Sunday, December 4; Deauville Beach Resort
; $20 one-day pass, $40 run-of-show; More info HERE
ere’s a show that’s certain to be one hell of a time. The brain behind Satellite is Brian Whitely, creator of that now infamous Trump Tombstone
that appeared one night in Central Park. Expect concept-driven rooms and an after hours penthouse in collaboration with the Perez Art Museum
(PAMM). But in case you were still thinking this was just another art fair, think again. Satellite is bringing out the big guns in the form of zany artist duo Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw in a 3,000 gallon cereal bowl that’s continually refilled with faux milk. Titled F+++ IT, the show is an “homage to the most mundane yet extraordinary ritual of pouring milk into a cereal bowl.” We’re not missing this one.
Thursday, December 1 - Sunday, December 4; Parisian Hotel
; More info HERE
Coral Cross III
A one night only exhibit and performance in one, Coral Cross III will feature the first solo art exhibit of Miami local Jorge Elbrecht alongside his own choral-thrash-metal band, Coral Cross, and the multi-media pursuits of friend and sculptor Max Hooper Schneider out of LA. Hosted by Miami’s iconic Colony Theater, this one’s a free and highly original event that’s sure to rev up your Saturday night. Black tees and “metal horns” optional.
9:30 - 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 3; Colony Theatre
; FREE; More info HERE
Art Basel Closing Event with Lola Blu
All week long participating artists including Lola Blu, Skott Marsi, Domingo Zapata and Lobyn Hamilton are invited to paint their works on a limited edition Siwy jacket over at LuLu Laboratorium. Check out the results while Lola Blu demos her painting skills to the tunes of DJ Affect.
Deets: 2 p.m.; Sunday, December 4; Lulu Laboratorium;
Belinda Gosbee is an Aussie writer, actress and coffee snob based in Los Angeles. Follow her jaunts on twitter @belindagosbee or instagram @gos22
Header image courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates & Art Basel