To the more cultivated devotees of Art Basel Miami Beach, the satellite fairs orbiting the main event are often more engrossing than all the mainstream action.
"I haven't been to the main fair for several years,'' designer Todd Oldham says. "The satellite fairs just gather together so much more energy.''
Here’s a breakdown of some of our favorites.
Art Miami, 31st Street and Northeast First Avenue, Miami; art-miami.com; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $15 one-day pass, $20 multi-day pass.
The city's original contemporary art fair, celebrates its 20th show, shrugging off the role of being overshadowed by Art Basel and folding its operation into the week that rules the art universe. It now entails 80 international contemporary art galleries spanning New York's Westwood Gallery and Munich's Galerie Terminus in an 80,000-square-foot space. It also has sharpened its edge with such programming as Mapping the Blank Spots, an array of video art that focuses on the realities of life in countries like Romania, Afghanistan and Chile.
Art Asia, Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami; artasiafair.com; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $20, $10 students.
With an entirely different frame of reference, this fair moves to Soho Studios and will ramp up with Miami's pop wunderkind Pharrell Williams, who will be featured in Yi Zhou's video The Ear, with music by Ennio Morricone and costumes by Rick Owens and BBC Ice Cream. This year, Art Asia is also hosting the exhibition Truly Truthful, featuring artists whose works, according to the fair's curatorial manifesto, ``contest categorical presentations of truth and reality in the world -- so-called truths in relationship to aesthetics, consumerism, colonialism, societal stagnations, individual and collective inertia and human consciousness.''
Graffiti Gone Global, 3252 NE First Ave., Miami; graffitigoneglobal.blogspot.com; free
Working the trendy edge and curated by James and Karla Murray of the books Miami Graffiti and Burning New York, the exhibition encompasses work from Miami artists and such talent as Lady Pink of Ecuador. The sponsor, SushiSamba Dromo, has hired Miami-based architectural firm HOX to create a favela-style exhibition space.
NADA, Deauville Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.newartdealers.org; 2-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; Free.
New Art Dealers Alliance sets up camp at Miami Beach's Deauville Hotel, more than 45 blocks north of Basel proper. The Deauville is still best known for having hosted the Beatles for their second performance in the United States, broadcast live and for pop posterity on the Ed Sullivan Show. In its seventh year and featuring a preternaturally hip array of galleries -- from Berlin's Pool Gallery to San Francisco's Jack Hanley Gallery -- NADA will take over the jazz club where Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack once cavorted and will host a program called Let's Talk with Independent Curators International consisting of, well, talk about art, business and all that jazz. The Deauville pool also should be a great place for parties.
Verge Art Fair, Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, www.vergeartfair.com; Noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
Bridge Art Miami is now Verge, with 30 exhibitors and a selection committee that includes gallerist Richard Feigen; Dan Cameron, founder and artistic director of Prospect New Orleans, and collector Beth Rudin DeWoody. For Verge artistic director Edouard Steinhauer, the change is about starting over and tightening up. ``It's still at the Catalina Hotel,'' he says, ``but we wanted to change from a not-for-profit fair to a for-profit fair with integrity. This actually allows us to go back to where we began, focusing more on new and emerging galleries and artists.”
Scope Miami Art Show, 2951 NE First Ave, Miami; scope-art.com; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami. $15, $10 students.
In over thirty fairs spanning the past eight years, SCOPE has solidified its position as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art, routinely hosting an impressive line-up of A-list galleries, blue chip institutional groups, and widely respected patrons whose unique collections reflect both a seriousness of purpose and a deep commitment to their personal visions.
Remaining Satellite Fairs
Aqua Art Miami, NE 25th St., Miami (at North Miami Avenue); aquaartmiami.com; 1-7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $15.
Design Miami, 39th Street and Northeast First Ct., Miami; designmiami.com; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. $20, $10 students and seniors.
FoCi Art Fair, 3000 N. Miami Ave., Miami; www.fociartfair.com; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.; $10
Fountain Miami Art Fair, 2505 N. Miami Ave., Miami; fountainexhibit.com; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday; $5.
INK Miami, Dorchester Hotel, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; inkartfair.com; Noon-7 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; Free.
Photo Miami, 3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami; photomiami-2009.com; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; $20, $15 students and seniors.
Pool Art Fair, Cavalier Hotel, 1320 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; poolartfair.com; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday with vernissage 6-10 p.m. Friday; $10; $20 vernissage.
Pulse Art Fair, The Ice Palace, 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; pulse-art.com; 1-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday; $15, $10 students and seniors.
Red Dot Fair, Northeast First Avenue at 32nd Street, Miami; www.reddotfair.com; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; $10 one-day pass, $20 week pass.
Sculpt Miami Art Fair, 46 NW 36th St., Miami; sculptmiami.com; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $5.
Zones Art Fair, 47 NE 25th St., Miami; zonesartfair.com ; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday. Free.