Miami Art Week kicks off tomorrow and we have some questions. Will activists throw soup on the paintings at Art Basel to draw attention to climate change, as they have in Europe?
While we wait and see, we have compiled some must-see highlights so you can plan your itinerary:
State of play: The effective hub of the week’s universe is the Miami Beach Convention Center, where, in its 20th year, Art Basel Miami Beach hosts 283 galleries.
- Tuesday and Wednesday are restricted to viewings by invitation only.
- The public can buy tickets from Thursday to Saturday.
But there are many outside the convention center:
What else: Filmgate Interactive, from December 2 to 5, will offer cinema, virtual reality and extended reality experiences in various locations.
- Madonna is reissuing her 1992 book “Sex,” and some of her Steven Meisel photographs will be on display in a temporary beachfront gallery.
- Web3 and crypto diehards will keep trying to make NFTs at The Gateway: A Web3 Metropolis (taking up 12 buildings and two city blocks in downtown Miami) and BitBasel (six days of programming in the Design District).
Satellite art fairs
- Design Miami offers furniture, lighting and more. Convention Center Drive & 19th Street, Miami Beach.
- Fridge Art Fair is an unpretentious fair in Esquina de Abuela (EDA) in Allapattah. 2705 NW 22nd Ave, Miami.
- Art Miami highlights recognized contemporary artists. At its sister fair, Context Art Miami, a Banksy sculpture is up for grabs. One Herald Plaza, Downtown Miami.
- Spectrum Miami showcases independent artists and young galleries, while Red Dot Miami features 75 galleries from around the world at Mana Wynwood. 2217 NW 5th Avenue, Miami.
- Nada Art Fair showcases new contemporary artists at Ice Palace Studios in Miami Beach. 1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami.
- Pinta Miami spotlights Latin American and Spanish designers at the Coconut Grove Hangar. 3385 Pan American Drive, Miami.
- Untitled Art Fair: Admire emerging artists and historical figures in Miami Beach. 12th Street and Ocean Drive.
- Ink Art Fair presents works on paper in the suites of Dorchester in Miami Beach. 1850 Collins Ave.
- Scope Art Fair: Admire “new contemporary works” on Ocean Drive in South Beach. Between 8th and 10th Avenues at 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.
- Prizm Art Fair explores how African artistic creation has influenced fine art around the world. In the Design District (4220 N. Miami Ave.) and Little Haiti (212 NE 59th Terrace).
- Muse Art Fair pays tribute to black, multicultural and female artists at the Angler Hotel. 660 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.
- Satellite Art Show: What would the week be without a few works in shipping containers? Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.
You can only look at so many works of art before you feel overwhelmed and your eyes get blurry. But the holidays? Never enough!
- LIV kicks off the festivities with Alesso on Wednesday night, then Black Coffee on Thursday, the Chainsmokers on Friday and Martin Garrix on Saturday.
- Factory Town has a packed schedule of late-night events, including a psychedelic-themed party called Delusionville on Thursday. More hip music and dance events here and here.
- The chic Esmé Miami Beach Hotel will host a rooftop celebration, overlooking Española Way, on Friday night. You could get in if you RSVP via email ahead of time.
- Rappers Travis Scott and Skepta headline the Mirror Mirror festival on Saturday, dedicated to late fashion designer Virgil Abloh.
- Also Saturday night, Lezchic hosts the Red A Fair with an adults-only circus, featuring a dunk tank, fortune teller and full bar in North Miami.
Digest everything you’ve seen around delicious food at some of Miami’s trendiest spots. Just be sure to call ahead.
- Vietnamese restaurant Phuc Yea will host an Art Week kick-off party on Thursday with live art performances and installations by Gian Franco Guerrieri, a Miami artist whose work is heavily influenced by Japanese calligraphy, pop culture and street art.
- An “art, music, food and cocktail village” called Hive will span two blocks in Wynwood from Thursday through Sunday.
- Major Food Group – the team behind New York staples Carbone and Sadelle’s – has just opened an outpost of its Italian concept Contessa in the Design District. Expect fine meats, antipasti, signature pizzas and a homemade gelato program.
- At the Michelin-starred Jardinier, Veuve Clicquot will take over the garden terrace for an ephemeral Garden Gastronomie series featuring locally sourced vegetables and champagne.
- Bagatelle Miami hosts theme parties for Miami Art Week at its new location at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Come for the seasonal menus and stay for the dance party.
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