The Art F City Fair Guide: Welcome to Hell

by Paddy Johnson on December 1, 2014 · 4 comments Art Fair + Events


Gerhard Richter provided the background for our lovely (not-Photoshopped) tableau back in 2012. At Art Basel Miami Beach.

I haven’t talked to a single person who isn’t sick of the art fairs, but since we’ll all be in Miami this week for them, we’re in this shit together. So let’s make this as quick and as painless as possible. Here is the Art F City fair guide. We didn’t bother listing everything because it’s not worth trying to see everything. A little curation never hurt anyone.

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The beach

South Beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street
December 1 Vernissage, 6pm – 9pm; December 2, Press Preview, 1pm – 3pm; December 2, VIP Preview, 3pm – 7pm; December 3, open to general public, 3pm – 7pm; December 4, open to general public, 11am – 7pm; December 5, 11am – 7pm; December 6, 11am – 7pm; December 7, 11am – 4pmWebsite


The fair with a name so generic it’s impossible to find in any inbox search. Note to the organizers: Using all caps and a period at the end does not solve the fair’s searchability issues.

UNTITLED. is open for a full grueling seven days. It wins points with AFC because it uses a pink logo, JUST LIKE US!

By appointment only. RSVP:
Monday through Sunday 1-pm onwards Website


The fair we’re most biased about is not a fair. It’s all digital art, all the time! That means salon-style exhibitions and daily artist talks exploring networked culture. It’s organized by XPO Gallery and Transfer’s Kelani Nichole. Nichole shares a space with the AFC offices. Consider that your disclaimer.

But whateves. With artists such as Carla Gannis, Rollin Leonard, and Claudia Mate on the scene, we’re considering camping out there for the week.


110 NE 36th Street

Miami, FL 33137
Tuesday, December 2, 5:30pm to 10:00pm; Wednesday, December 3, 10:00am to 7:00pm; Thursday, December 4, 10:00am to 7:00pm; Friday, December 5, 10:00am to 8:00pm; Saturday, December 6, 10:00am to 7:00pm; Sunday, December 7, 10:00am to 6:00pmWebsite

Miami Project

Back in 2012, when PULSE Miami was hemorrhaging exhibitors, The Miami Project managed to pick up a bunch of these galleries. Pulse is now in a position of having to woo these galleries back—not a fun task, given that the Miami Project is known to be a well-run fair.

The Art Miami Pavilion

3101 NE 1st Avenue
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 VIP Preview 5:30pm - 10pm GENERAL ADMISSION: Wednesday, December 3 11am - 8pm Thursday, December 4 11am - 8pm Friday, December 5 11am - 8pm, Saturday, December 6 11am - 8pm, Sunday, December 7 11am - 6pmWebsite

Art Miami

Honestly, I’ve never cared for this fair—too much crap—but who am I to pooh-pooh other people’s taste? For those who dig conservative and/or contrived modernism and contemporary art, this fair is for you!

Art Miami, Aqua and Context (not listed in this guide) are all run by the same company.


7200-7300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 33141

The Select Art Fair

A smaller fair with a focus on emerging and mid-career artists represented at international galleries. We have no idea what to expect.

The Rubell Collection

95 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127
Dec 3-7, WED—SUN, 9am-6pmWebsite

The Rubell Collection, To Have and to Hold

Find out what art rich people buy. A museum full of the art one couple has collected over the last couple of years. (Not a fair.)

The beach

1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Wed | Dec 03 | 11:00AM - 8:00PMWebsite


This fair may outlive us all— it’s been attracting collectors for more than 15 years. In this iteration of their Miami fair, Scope will play host to more than 150 galleries, almost none of which we know. A few of them have to be good, right?

Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Dr.
Miami beach, FL
Private View Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only), Thursday, December 4, 2014, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only), Thursday, December 4, 2014, 3pm to 8pm, Friday, December 5, 2014, 12 noon to 8pm, Saturday, December 6, 2014, 12 noon to 8pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014, 12 noon to 6pm Website

Art Basel Miami

The biggest fair. It’s the best because collectors spend the most here, the true measure of success for any fair.

The Aqua Hotel

1530 Collins Avenue
Wednesday, December 3, VIP Preview 3 pm - 10 pm GENERAL ADMISSION: Thursday, December 4 12 pm - 9 pm, Friday, December 5 11 am - 9 pm, Saturday, December 6 11 am - 9 pm, Sunday, December 7 11 am - 6 pm Website

Aqua Art Miami

One of the few remaining hotel fairs in Miami, and of them, clearly the best. Tends to be high on illustration.


Deauville Beach Resort

6701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Thursday, December 4 10AM–2PM Private preview, Open to the public: Thursday, Dec 4; 2PM–8PM, Friday, Dec 5; 11AM–8PM, Saturday, Dec 6; 11AM–8PM, Sunday, Dec 7; 11AM–5PMWebsite

NADA Miami Beach 2014

The best fair for emerging artists because collectors of this market spend the most here. I guess there’s no reason to leave the wifi-vortex and chandelier-ballroom hell that is the Deauville then? Inconvenience and smushed exhibition spaces are distinguishing marks of character, not flaws!

Indian Beach Park

4601 Collins Avenue
Thursday December 4 Private Preview Brunch Invite-only 9am–1pm, Thursday December 4 1pm–7pm, Friday December 5 10am–7pm, Saturday December 6 10am–7pm, Sunday December 7 10am–5pmWebsite

The Pulse Art Fair

After years at the Ice Palace, Pulse offers a shake up. It’s now in a tent on a beach. We notice Winkleman has returned after spending last year at Untitled.


924COLLECTIVE December 2, 2014 at 9:27 am

I suppose general attitudes fluctuate greatly between generational & geographical lines. Living in Miami, we don’t see a December week of art in the upper 70s as any version of “Hell”. Welcome to the subjective reality of the art world.

New Yorkers spending a week in Miami talking about New York constitutes a geographical shift but not a mental one. “I haven’t talked to a single person who isn’t sick of the art fairs, but
since we’ll all be in Miami this week for them, we’re in this shit
together. So let’s make this as quick and as painless as possible.” #PRAY4AFC

For “Hell in Miami” google MYTHS OVER MIAMI, for classic 90’s good vs evil realness.

Francis Thiebaud Winters December 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

BURN. ouch. I mean, “Hell”….it’s MIAMI, not BALTIMORE or PHILLY or some actual SHITHOLE. Who doesn’t like PALM TREES ??? #PRAY4AFC

Paddy Johnson December 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

But we love Baltimore and Philly. And neither of those cities are shitholes!

Francis Thiebaud Winters December 2, 2014 at 11:43 am


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