Art Basel officially kicks off with a heavy lineup of things to do, places to be, and art not to miss. Many of the premier and must attend events are invite only, but here’s a handy daily list of some pretty cool events to check out. There’s also a list of art fairs offering free admission.
Part 1: Soul Basel Mega Guide – Black Exhibits to Check Out During Art Basel
2901 NE 1st Ave, Midtown Miami
December 2-5, 11AM – 8PM
December 6, 11AM – 6PM
Admission: 1 day pass – $40; multi-day fair pass – $85
Art Miami, Miami’s longest running art fair, has evolved and expanded tremendously since its inception 26 years ago and has now become one of Miami’s premier anchor fairs alongside Art Basel. More than 85,000 collectors, curators, museum professionals, and art world luminaries attend the annual fair in the Wynwood Arts District. Between Art Miami and its sister fairs, CONTEXT Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami, the brand has become its own cultural destination attracting curious travelers, serious collectors and casual enthusiasts from all over the globe. Art Miami’s 2015 line-up features 120 galleries from 19 different countries.
Art Miami VIP Private Preview
Tuesday, December 1, 5:30PM – 10PM
Collectors, curators, artists, art enthusiasts, and members of the press are invited to experience an exclusive first view of the highly anticipated Art Miami and CONTEXT at a cocktail reception presented by Merrill Lynch and benefitting the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). By invitation only for VIP cardholders.
Art MIami Exclusive VIP Reception
Thursday, December 3
Merrill Lynch and Diamonds Unleashed along with Art Miami will come together to host an exclusive VIP reception in the fair’s VIP lounge for Diamonds Unleased Ambassadors, Miami Dolphins players, Merrill Lynch clients, and top collectors. By invitation only.
Aqua Art Miami VIP Kickoff
Wednesday, December 2, 3PM – 10PM – The Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave
The VIP kickoff opens up Aqua’s 11th season highlighting emerging and young artists and showcases over 100 artists across 28 cities and 10 countries at the retro Aqua Art Hotel in Miami beach.
Mana Contemporary VIP Preview Dinner
Tuesday, December 1, Doors open 7PM; Dinner begins 8:15PM – Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St, Miami
Held at Mana’s 30-acre campus in Wynwood, this second annual event inaugurates the central 140,000 sq ft Mana Wynwood Convention Center featuring a diverse roster of exhibitions and programs.
Mana Contemporary Opening Night Cocktail
Wednesday, December 2, 5PM – 7PM – Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St, Miami
Wednesday, December 2
PINTA Miami Preview Party
5PM – 9PM – MANA Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St
Fair open from December 3 – 6, 11AM – 8PM
Now in it’s second year during Miami Art Week, PINTA Miami hosts a preview for an exhibition of more than 50 modern and contemporary art by Latin American and Spanish artists. The venue will also be hosting and collaborating with the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Miami Symphony Orchestra and Tiroche DeLeon Collection, among others.
IVY Cocktail Party at PULSE Miami Beach Art Fair
5PM – 8PM – Indian Beach Park, 46th Street & Collins Ave, Miami Beach
The cocktail party is a celebration of the conclusion of the 2nd annual IVY Innovator Program presented by Cadillac at the PULSE Art Fair. IVY & Cadillac will host members, finalists and winners from the 2015 Innovator Program, as well as members of the media for an evening of delicious beverages and appetizers overlooking the ocean. Cadillac will also have a dedicated booth where visitors will have a chance to watch New York-based graffiti artist, David Paul Kay, live-paint a 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. PULSE will be open from December 1 – 5.
“Taste What’s Next” with Bon Appetit Magazine & Volvo
7:30PM – 10:30PM – MAPS Backlot, 342 NW 24th St, Wynwood
Private cocktail reception and dinner featuring a unique collaboration between Michelin-starred Chef Fredrik Berselius and artist Chris Doyle on original works of art. The artists’ installation and food experience, rooted in the theme “Taste What’s Next” in the culinary and art arenas, will be revealed at the dinner and showcased the next day to private guests.
Art Loves Fashion Gala by Planet Fashion TV
6PM – 10PM – Spectrum Art Fair Tent, NE 2nd Ave at 17th St
The VIP Gala will take place at the opening night of Spectrum Miami Art Show, a 60,000 square foot pop-up museum of art that will house pieces from hundreds of international art galleries for the week. Burberry will feature their fall 2015 pret-a-porter collection in a live over the top fashion show, that will be viewable to the public from the street. There will also be performances by Sony recording artist Cris Cab, and fashion shows by Art Hearts Fashion and Erick Rosetes, the producers of LA Fashion Week. For info: PlanetFashionEvents.com
Tracy Wilson Mourning & Honey Shine Art Basel Kickoff
6PM – 9PM – Gallery 88, 237 20th St Suite C, Entrance on Liberty Ave
Tracy Wilson Mourning hosts a celebration of expression with legendary artist, Anthony Liggins. Enjoy art, cocktails, and hors d’oevres. RSVP at email@example.com.
NoMi Basel Block Party
9PM – Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCA) Plaza, 770 NE 125th St, North Miami
Come party with the city of North Miami as we kick off Art Basel week at the NoMi Basel Block Party in the MOCA plaza. Enjoy live entertainment, graffiti artists, body painters and more.
Thursday, December 3
9AM – 2PM – Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St, Miami
The Bakehouse Art Complex presents its signature Baker’s Breakfast, an opportunity to come break bread with its 60 working resident artists before the art fairs. At the Baker’s Breakfast, artists share an international breakfast experience for visitors, inspired by the Art Deco bakery building where their studios are housed today. Guests will have access to exhibitions and open studios. This is a free event, and shuttle service will be provided from the Bakehouse to other art venues in Wynwood.
Eva Longoria & Ricky Martin hosts special recognition for Jorge Perez
8:30PM – Perez Art Museum, 1400 Biscayne Blvd
Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin join forces with the Global Gift Initiative to celebrate a night of giving back to honor the Related Group’s Jorge Pérez in recognition of his longstanding dedication to and support of the arts, most notably for his role in establishing the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Proceeds for the event benefit the Eva Longoria Foundation, the Ricky Martin Foundation and the Global Gift Foundation. Make your reservations here (tickets required): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Absolut Elyx & Water for People Charity Cocktail Party & Art Auction
7PM – 10PM – Delano South Beach, 1685 Collins Ave
Absolut’s luxury vodka Elyx and non-profit organization Water For People will celebrate their pa
rtnership on the opening night of Art Basel with an outdoor gala, featuring a barbecue and bespoke cocktails and a music line-up that includes a DJ set from Jasmine Solano and live performance by Swedish artist, Elliphant. An auction will be held for a sculpture created by artist Antony Gormley, which will be sold to raise funds for Water for People.
Art For Life Art Auction hosted by Russell Simmons
7PM – Park Grove Penthouse Sales Gallery, 2701 S Bayshore Dr
Russell Simmons, David Martin and Jorge Perez will host the annual Art For Life Art Auction benefiting Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The auctioneer, Simon de Pury, will be amongst artists including: Art For Life 2015 Featured Artist Wangechi Mutu, Romero Britto, Renee Cox, Shepard Fairey, Theaster Gates, Mr. Brainwash, Kehinde Wiley and more. Members of the host committee include Craig Robins, Lisa Austin, Allison and Chip Brady, Franklin Sirmans and more. All proceeds will benefit Rush Philanthropic’s arts education programs for inner-city youth and gallery programs for emerging artists and curators. Auction powered by Artsy.
7PM – 12PM – Macaya Gallery, 145 NW 36th St
Three artists will each use a FERRARI F430 Challenge Car as a medium for creative interpretation, and attendees will get the opportunity to witness Edouard Dubal Carrie’s painting of the F430 Challenge Car. A portion of proceeds from the bidding on the car will be donated to the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance. Invite only. Tickets available at artceleration.com/get-tickets. Please use ticket code Edouard2015
Ornare Art Basel Kickoff 9th Annual Tastemakers Showcase
7PM – Ornare Showroom, 4040 NE 2nd Ave, Suite 103
Ornare, Miami’s premier, ultra-luxury Brazilian interiors showroom, will host a showcase to feature work by seven of Miami’s most influential interior designers on showroom walls transformed into large spectacles. Hundreds of VIPs, art & design enthusiasts and tastemakers will enjoy specialty cocktails and canapés, along with live music to set the vibe.
Galore’s Basel Bombshells party presented by Tumblr and Delmar Swim
11PM – until – Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave
Special performance by Miguel and DJ sets by Mia Moretti, Chelsea Leyland, YesJulz, and Sam French.
Friday, December 4
8PM – 12AM – Nikki Beach, One Ocean Dr
The official Scope party features performances by Mack Wilds and Lil Dicky and music by Jasmine Solano. RSVP at email@example.com.
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale
8:30PM – 11PM – Beach Tent at Nautilus, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Hosted by Russell and Danny Simmons and Rosario Dawson. By invitation only.
4th Annual Vibes Art Basel
9PM – 4AM – Toe Jam Backlot, 150 NW 21st St
This annual music, art, and fish fry party is usually one of the hottest for Art Basel and is presented by Guinness and 305 Films this year and hosts by Felisha Monet from 99 Jamz. On the turntables is Jamaica’s Stone Love as well as Tom LaRoc, LS One, and Dutty Dex. A collective art exhibit will also be featured. Limited early bird donation tickets are $15 at vibes305.com with proceeds to benefit the 305 Films Summer Camp.
Nakid Magazine Issue Release Party
10PM – Libertine, 40 NE 11th St
The party celebrates Jen Stark. Admission is $10; RSVP at libertinemiami.com/nakid.
“Rap Tees” Launch Party
Basement Miami at Miami Beach Edition, 2901 Collins Ave
Music by DJ Ross One and DZA and hosted by Peachfuzz. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 5
REVOLT Blended Cultures II Party
6:30PM – 1AM – Maps Backlot Production House, 342 NW 24th St
Coming off the heels of the successful REVOLT Music Conference back in October, REVOLT returns to Miami for Art Basel for its Blended Cultures II party featuring live graffiti, mural creations, emerging DJs, and live art exhibits. Detroit art legend, Shades, will do a live graffiti painting of a new Fiat 500X Crossover while local artists do live painting on a massive outdoor wall.
Art Basel performance by Slick Rick
10PM – Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1st Ave, Miami
Join us for some Art Basel craziness! Slick Rick will be gracing us with a performance. This will surely be one for the books. No cover. 21+
Coors Light Soundtrack Refresh Tour Event ft Fabolous
9PM – 2AM – ToeJam Backlot, 159 NW 21st St
Coors Light and award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer DJ Mustard will bring its Soundtrack reFRESH tour back to Miami for Miami Art Week. Over the summer, Coors Light assembled a collective of top DJs across the country, to showcase the regional sounds and styles that helped influence and shape hip-hop culture. Coors Light will now return to Miami, with DJ Mustard, DJ E-Feezy and a special guest appearance by Fabolous. Free.
III Points Art Basel Concert Series
9PM – until – Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St
The concert features performances by A$AP Rocky and Kaytranada. Tickets cost $25 to $50 at showclix.com.
Sunday, December 6
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum Breakfast in the Park
9:30AM – 12PM – Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St, Miami
The annual Breakfast in the Park features a complimentary outdoor breakfast, informal lecture by noted sculptor, Alice Aycock, guided tours of The Sculpture Park FIU and of the Carola Bravo: Blurred Borders exhibit in the museum. RSVP at artinfo@FIU.edu
All Week Long
Untameable House Party Concert Series featuring Alicia Keys, DMX, Wiz Khalifa and more
December 3 – 5, 11PM – 2AM – 35 NE 29th St
Swizz Beats presents the No Commission Art Fair concert series featuring multiple artists. RSVP at http://bacardi.splashthat.com
- Thursday, December 3 – Alicia Keys, Hannah Bronfman and Nana Kwabena
- Friday, December 4 – Pusha T, DJ Esco & A-Trak
- Saturday, December 5 – Swizz Beatz, DMX, DJ Runna, Araab Muzik, Wiz Khalifa
Hive Pop Up Art Village & Lounge
MANA Wynwood, 2250 NW 2nd Ave
December 2 – 6
HIVE is a free, five-day pop up experience featuring a daily music lineup, outdoor art installations with live art programming, an arts & crafts village, a pop up restaurant, and over 40 artisans showcasing original works of art.
The Fearless Artist Pop Up Gallery
175 NW 25th St and 2nd Ave
December 1 – 6, 6PM – 12AM
The Fearless Artist Pop Up Gallery is a unique event featuring more than 30 contemporary artists in a 3,000 sq ft space transformed into an interactive art and entertainment experience.
Urban Art Block Party
Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6, 12PM – 2AM – MANA Wynwood, 594 NW 23rd St
The Mana Urban Arts Project, the Bushwick Collective and Basel House have teamed up for a block party showcasing all that embodies the street art form, with live painting throughout the four-day event by some of the world’s top artists who will transform the former RC Cola Plant with an entire series of new murals and paintings. In addition to the live art, there will be a series of DJs and live bands, breakdance performances,
arts and craft vendors, and 50 of Miami’s best food trucks. Free and open to the public daily. Visit BaselHouse.com for more info.
Thru December 5, 2PM – 12AM – Smashed Canvas, 244 NW 29th St
Over 20 of the world’s best muralists will be painting the entire block between NW 2nd & 3rd Avenue and 28th & 29th Street, creating the perfect reception to the beautiful Wynwood Arts District. Smashed Canvas will allow you to savor a myriad of bites and enjoy exclusive craft beers and hand-made cocktails, while rubbing elbows with some of the world’s most prominent figures in contemporary urban art. 10 Days of Events featuring some amazing craft beer. RSVP for access to free samples and tastings each day from different breweries.
Wynwood Walls Miami Art Week Party
Tuesday, December 1 – Sunday, December 6, 10AM – 11PM – Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW 2nd Ave
Lynwood Walls is hosting a weeklong party showcasing 14 new large scale murals and installations by globally acclaimed street artists, as well as a program of events within the art park that will be free and open to the public.
Spencer Finch Ice Cream Truck at Hyde Midtown
Tuesday, December 1, 5PM – 10PM – Hyde Midtown, 3401 NE 1st Ave
Wednesday, December 2 – Saturday, December 5, 1PM – 8PM
Midtown fair goers will be able to have their art and eat it too as American artist Spencer Finch takes his artistic ice cream truck cross-country for its Art Basel debut. Finch uses a solar-powered truck to distill the colors of the sunset into tasty soft-serve ice cream cones dubbed “edible monochromes,” and visitors will be able to enjoy them free of charge.
Art Fairs offering free admission
1700 NE Second Ave
Visit spectrum-miami.com for visitor info. Free Thursday and Friday
Red Dot Art Fair
1700 NE 2 Ave
Visit reddotfair.com for visitor info.
Inside the Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Visit select-fair.com/miami.html for visitor info.
Miami River Art Fair
Downtown Miami at James L. Knight Convention Center
Visit miamiriverartfair.com/tickets for FREE tickets.
Prizm Art Fair
7300 Biscayne Blvd
General info for Prizm can be found at prizmartfair.com.
Ink Art Fair
Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
For general info visit inkartfair.com
Pulse Miami Beach
4601 Collins Ave. Miami Beach
General info for Prizm can be found at pulse-art.com/miami/about-pulse
Fairs offering free admission via online VIP registration:
Beach tent at 12th St and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Register for VIP status art-untitled.com/vip-registration or access general info for Untitled Fair art-untitled.com
Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Avenue
VIP registration for Aqua Art can be done aquaartmiami.com/vip#register and general fair info is available aquaartmiami.com.
Context Art Fair
Art Miami Pavilion, Wynwood Arts District, 2901 NE 1st Avenue.
Register for VIP Status contextartmiami.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=154.
Art Miami Pavilion, Wynwood Arts District, 2901 NE 1st Avenue
Apply for VIP status artmiamifair.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=154.
Wynwood Arts District , 227-247 NW 24th St
A new fair organized by a former Select fair director. Click x-contemporary.com/vip-program for VIP info.