For the city of Miami, Christmas comes early—a couple of weeks early to be exact. Drawing collectors and artists, celebrities and gallery owners, Miami Art Week is an invasion of the world’s creative collective. All eyes are on Miami for the first week of December as Art Basel, the world’s premier modern and contemporary art show, unfolds on Miami Beach. Art Basel’s international lineup calls upon works from over 25 countries and usually showcases over 200 galleries. We know, that’s a lot to see in one week—and it’s not even the tip of the iceberg.
With more than 20 art fairs inhabiting Miami Beach, Downtown, and the Wynwood Arts District, there’s plenty of art to interpret and new talent to uncover. But how will you know where to go? That’s what we’re here for—we’ve got you covered. Here are the year’s best art fairs in Miami.
Art Basel’s draw isn’t just its surrounding landscape (although who doesn’t love South Beach), but the masterpieces that grace the blank industrial canvas that is the Miami Beach Convention Center. Masters of the Modern and contemporary and emerging artists eagerly wait all year for Art Basel. It’s the chance to put their emotions on display for critics and connoisseurs of the art world.
Art Basel’s next-door neighbor, Design Miami is a mecca for furniture, lighting, and objets d’art. Expect lamps that don’t look like lamps, chairs that defy physics, and an entryway that will have you contemplating its meaning. Sit in on one of the many panels and lectures with the foremost authorities in design, architecture, art, and fashion. While you’re at it, see if there’s something you can take with you. This fair is about collectible design.
Miami’s longest running art fair, Art Miami is undoubtedly the most important show during Art Week. Occupying the famous Midtown Miami complex in the burgeoning Wynwood Arts District, the fair showcases a surplus of international galleries and works of art within the modern and contemporary space. This is the largest concentration of collectors, curators, dealers, and artists you’ll find off the sands of Miami Beach.
To tune into the heartbeat of the contemporary art world, head over to PULSE. Peek through the looking glass and into the world of video and new media at PULSE Play, a window into the realm of all things digital. Lose track of time meandering through PULSE projects, a series of large-scale sculptures, installations and performances that are audience immersing. Then, follow your gut over to IMPULSE where solo exhibitions are handpicked by a committee, and one will be presented with the PULSE Prize.
Miami Project is the new artsy kid on midtown’s tent-cluster block. The fresh fair has received critical praise for showcasing plentiful female and cutting-edge works. New in spirit but an old soul, Miami Project curates a selection of historically important pieces from over 60 galleries from across the U.S. Possibly the quirkiest fair of Art Week, the Miami Project is as intimate as it gets.