The Art F City Miami Fair Guide: You Can’t Do It All

by Rea McNamara on December 1, 2015 Art Fair + Events

Urs Fischer at Sadie Coles HQ

Urs Fischer at Sadie Coles HQ Art Basel 2014 booth.

It’s raining plastic raindrops. Yes, Miami Art Week is upon us, and you’ve already gotten our take on what’s worth checking out outside the satellites. Traffic is promising to be a real shit show with the Venetian Causeway being closed, a favoured route to the Beach. Even though the city has a free, Basel express bus, getting around will be even more of a hassle. So more than ever, plan ahead, and rely on our curated fair guide. We’re doubtful you’ll be able to do it all, but that’s always the case anyways with Miami—at least you try to do it all. Gold star for effort.

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Indian Beach Park

4601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
Opening: Tuesday, December 1, 4-7PM; runs Wednesday-Friday 10AM-7PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM
Admission: General $25, multi-pass $40, students/seniors $15Website

PULSE Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair

Last year, PULSE underwent a makeover courtesy of its then-new director, Helen Toomer: she hand-selected the galleries, did away with separating the emerging from the established, and moved the fair to the beach. General consensus was that the fair was less the commercial behemoth its known to be, and surprisingly had the vibe of an intimate group show.

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON The debut of Conversations, a presentation of galleries showing dual-artist exhibitions. One of the galleries participating in the program is TRANSFER, who will be showing the work Kate Durbin and Faith Holland (a detail of her work, “Sub/emissions”, is featured above).

Deauville Beach Resort

6701 Collins Ave, Miami, FL
Preview: Tuesday, December 1, 5-10PM; runs Wednesday-Saturday 11AM-7PM; Sunday 11AM-6PM
Admission: Pass $60, multi-day ticket $40, one-day ticket $25Website

Miami Project

You’ll get to see an Edward Hopper hung next to the work of a mid-career artist. Known for its classy restraint, Miami Project offers up a mix of modernism and contemporary, making it a less flashy alternative to ABMB.

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON Location—NADA’s former home, to be precise. Organizers cite the construction on the Causeway as the reason.   

7300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Preview: Tuesday, December 1, 7-10PM; runs weekdays 10AM-5PM, weekends 12-5PM

Prizm Art Fair

It’s a shame Prizm hasn’t gotten the traction it deserves. Now in its third edition, the satellite fair focuses on local African American art and artists of the African diaspora. Curated by former Art Africa Miami assistant producer Mikhaile Solomon, Rosie Gordon-Wallace and independent curator/frequent Art in America contributor A.M. Weaver, this seems like an obvious destination for all those institutional curators looking to know the next black artists they should be acquiring.

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON Prizm has kept their roster of exhibiting artists tight, but highlights include Jefferson Pinder (Blake Gopnik was a fan of his Ferguson-inspired video Dark Matter, featured above), and veteran photographer Dr. Deborah Willis (she organized the Black Portraiture{s} II conference and exhibition in Florence last Spring).

de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space

23 NE 41st St., Miami, FL
Tuesday, December 1-Saturday, December 5

de la Cruz Collection: You’ve Got to Know the Rules… to Break Them

What art do the rich buy? Miami’s collectors are often perceived as having a far too looming influence on the city’s cultural institutions, so of course you’ll get your fill of private collection showings. While the ellipsis in the exhibition’s title seems totally unnecessary, the expansive group show on how artists “broke the rules” is a good excuse to see their German collection, featuring works by Martin Kippenberger, Isa Genzken and Sigmar Polke.  

801 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL

Preview: Tuesday, December 1, 12-8PM; runs Wednesday-Sunday 11AM-8PM
Admission: VIP $100-150, public $35, student $25

SCOPE Miami Beach

The original satellite fair is celebrating its 15th anniversary, going to great lengths to promote its veteran status as one of the first to focus on emerging art. Also: no booth grid here!

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON Scope’s founder Alexis Hubshman says that the open plan will include close encounters with dunes, the ocean, and a big cantilevered structure: “think Lawrence of Arabia on steroids.”

The Moore Building-Elastica

191 NE 40th St., Miami, FL
Opening: Tuesday, December 1, 5-8PM; runs Wednesday-Sunday 11AM-8PM


It’s like a Bruckheimer buddy pic: Deitch and Gagosian, together again, running the town. It’s an all figurative show, with over 50 artists from the 1980s on. Bonus: there will be a voguing parade by video artist Rashaad Newsome.

The Art Miami Pavilion

3101 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL
Preview: Tuesday, December 1, 5:30-10PM; runs Wednesday-Saturday 11AM-8PM, Sunday 11AM-6PM
Admission: one-day pass $40; multi-day pass $85 Website

Art Miami

Miami’s longest-running fair is one AFC has always been non-plussed about, but since this is a fair round-up, we’re obligated to include. They also oversee CONTEXT (dedicated to emerging and mid-career) and Aqua.

Ocean Terrace Hotel

7410 Ocean Terrace
Preview: Tuesday, December 1, 5:00-10PM; runs Wednesday-Saturday 11AM-8PM, Sunday 11AM-6PMWebsite

Artist Run at SATELLITE

Self-interested plug: We’re exhibiting our F.A.G. bar at Artist Run at The Ocean Terrace Hotel. This show is going to be the bomb. Every artist run center has transformed their room into an installation space. There is a hotel in a hotel, three bars, a travel agency and more. Participating spaces include: Platform, Open Space, Tiger Strikes Asteroid (the show’s organizers), Transmitter and more.


Aqua Hotel

1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
Preview: Wednesday, December 2, 3-10PM; runs Thursday 12-9PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM-9PM, Saturday 11AM-6PM
Admission: one day pass $15, multi-day pass $85, students and seniors $10Website

Aqua Art Miami

Probably one of the better boutique hotel fairs—come for the South Beach art deco, stay for the art installed in intimate rooms on the first and second floors. It’s also part of Art Miami.

Miami Beach, at Ocean Drive and 12th Street

Preview: Tuesday, December 1, 4-8PM; runs Wednesday-Saturday 11AM-7PM; Sunday 11AM-4PM
Admission: General $28, Students and Seniors $18, Miami Beach Residents $18, free for children under the age of 12


As Miami’s only curated art fair—not to mention one of the best beachfront ones—Untitled has benefited in letting the fair’s Artistic Director Omar López-Chahoud in collaboration with curators Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarcigilia select the participating galleries but also the works that will exhibit. While in the past, a few dealers complained about this approach, it’s become the fair’s distinguishing factor, as well as its strong authoritative presence of South American art.

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON For Untitled’s fourth edition, a web radio station will be broadcasting live its program of conversations and talks. Of particular interest is Sara Ludy’s WARZONE, a Second Life field recording presented by bitforms gallery (Wednesday, December 2, 4:30-5PM). You can chill and listen to the station at the fair in Lawrence Weiner lounge chairs.

Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL
Preview: Wednesday, December 2, 3-8PM; runs Thursday 3-8PM, Friday-Saturday 12-8PM, Sunday 12-6PM
Admission: Multi-day pass $100, day ticket $47, student and senior ticket $30Website

Art Basel Miami Beach

The main blue-chip hunting grounds! 

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON Former Armory Show head Noah Horowitz is now running the ABMB show. The “Nova” and “Survey” sections are apparently worthwhile to check out.

Rubell Family Collection

95 NW 29 St., Miami, FL
Opening Wednesday, December 2, runs Wednesday-Sunday 9AM-6PM

NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection

The private collection to end all private collections. The Rubell Family is showcasing works by female artists in their 45,000 square foot museum, and even rotating the works throughout the show’s run. Expect to see Yayoi Kusama, Sarah Sze, Kara Walker, Cindy Sherman, Ana Medieta, Isa Genzken and more.


The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL
Preview: Thursday, December 3, 10AM-2PM; runs Thursday 2-7PM, Friday 10AM-7PM, Saturday 10AM-6PM
Admission: Run of show $40, single day $20, student and senior single day $10Website

NADA Miami Beach

If you’re looking to get a download on emerging artists to watch—like the Artspace-cited Heidi Hahn, above, showing in the booth of Jack Hanley Gallery—this is the place.

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON In May, NADA announced its move to the the Fontainebleau, which means you won’t have to deal with the gnarly traffic and maybe you’ll even get a wifi internet connection. (Don’t worry—it looks like the ballroom has somes of chandelier action going on.)

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