Art Week isn’t all about Art Basel.
While the main festival’s labyrinthine stretches of exhibits may be a universe unto itself, savvy art lovers know that the city beyond the convention center is teeming with possibilities and promise.
Neighborhoods on both sides of the causeway glitter this week with a constellation of satellite events, from intimate fairs with tightly curated rosters of local artists to the massive twin offering of Art Miami/CONTEXT that has emerged as an anchor event in its own right.
Now in its 25th edition, Art Miami is expanding its Midtown footprint with a new pavilion attached to CONTEXT, its sister fair, creating more than 200,000-square-feet of exhibition space that encompasses artwork from heavy-hitters such as Picasso, Warhol and Dali alongside contemporary artists from Miami and across the globe, including Latin America, Asia and Europe.
“One reinforces the other,” said Nick Korniloff, the fair’s director. “The discovery process is amazing.”
Art Miami will show 130 galleries representing 15 countries and 28 U.S. cities, including a strong contingent from Miami.
“That remains very important to us as we celebrate our 25th edition,” said Korniloff. “I could talk all day about the art,” he said, before adding: “But I never pick favorites.”
CONTEXT, which focuses on emerging and mid-career artists and is now in its third year, moves to a new lot on the south side of Art Miami and boasts a redesigned outdoor café and beer garden, as well as an Art Video Lounge. The lounge, curated by Italy-based LaRete Art Projects, features work by the Video-Forum at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. The institution holds the oldest collection of video art in Germany and has designed a program of four art videos specifically for the fair. LaRete has also curated video exhibits for viewing booths that line the covered walkway connecting CONTEXT and Art Miami.
Art Miami also has a presence across the bay with Aqua Art Miami. The long-running fair, which takes place at the Aqua Hotel on Collins Avenue, was acquired by Art Miami in 2014.
While the mainstay festivals are returning, a few more recent entries, such as New Material, aren’t setting up shop in 2014. There are also relatively few new festivals this year, with the most notable being Concept-Fair, a waterfront festival that will make its debut in downtown Miami near the Perez Art Museum Miami. The show, which will include 80 galleries representing artwork created before 1980. The fair’s later closing time of 10 p.m. is in hopes of capturing art lovers displaced by the earlier closing festivals but not ready to hit quite hit the legion of Basel-week parties, a schedule the organizers have fittingly described as “Miami time”.
Other notable festivals during Art Week 2014:
UNTITLED, now in its third year, will once again occupy a temporary pavilion on the sands of South Beach. This year’s design by architecture firm K/R, led by John Keenen and Terence Riley, encompasses a 60,000-square-foot floor plan that floods the space with natural light and affords an open view of the water. The fair’s success may have likely inspired a mini-trend of fairs setting up shop in beachside tents Last year’s vernissage included an appearance by Marina Abramovic, who created a limited-edition print to raise money for AIDS research – and which sold out almost instantly. This year’s launch party will be hosted by Ryan McGinley, who also created limited-edition prints that will be sold as a fundraiser for the AIDS charity ACRIA.
“We keep turning the wheel,” said Omar Lopez-Chahoud, the fair’s artistic director. “UNTITLED is aiming to be a fair for artists. To think about the artist as more than commerce.”
UNTITLED’s new curatorial team this year is Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia, co-founders of the Paris-based publishing houses onestar press and Three Star Books. Thanks to the curators’ publishing background, UNTITLED is re-imagining its catalog and developing a book that will feature select artists shown at the fair, said Scarciglia.
The fair is also expanding its programming. This year includes talks, led by artist Sean Micka, at different locations around the fair and conducted from atop a stool (a floating pink balloon will alert visitors to the talk’s locations).
A series of artist’s posters will be produced and distributed for free to UNTITLED visitors, including two works from the Toilet Paper series by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.
“Every day, there will be the promise of surprises,” said Scarciglia.
PRIZM, which debuted in 2013, moves to a new location this year at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design. The tightly curated fair focuses on artist that are part of the African diaspora, including notable Miami-based artists such as T. Eliott Mansa and Asser Saint Val.
“Diaspora artists are sometimes put in a stereotypical bubble,” said Mikhaile Solomon, PRIZM director and founder. “There are works that deal with race, and works that deal with simply being human. Works that deal with femininity and that deal with masculinity. The subject matter is very broad. There’s something for everybody.”
Also returning this year:
• PULSE decamps to South Beach from downtown Miami this year, setting up shop in a temporary pavilion that includes dozens of galleries from across the globe, large-scale sculptures and PULSE Play, which showcase video and new media works. This year’s edition includes a group video exhibition, “Through the Window,” a group exhibition of Miami artists that portrays, among other subjects, the last moments of legendary Jimbo’s bar on Virginia Key.
• SCOPE returns to South Beach in 2014, having also moved to the Beach from its Miami location last year. The fair, which occupies an ambitiously scaled pavilion on Ocean Drive, continues its Breeder Program, which works as an incubator for emerging artists, as well as its popular music-art mashup lounge sponsored by VH1.
• NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance), a nonprofit dedicated to showcasing new or under-exposed artists, returns to the stately North Beach ballrooms of the Deauville Resort on Collins and 67th Avenue. Though a bit north of the scrum of South Beach fairs, it draws a steady stream of visitors throughout Art Week.
• Miami River Art Fair at the Miami Convention Center in downtown Miami will feature monumental installations as part of the Riverwalk Sculpture Mall, which brings artists’ work from Italy, France, Cuba, Colombia, Korea, Spain and Mexico.
• FusionMIA returns to Wynwood with an exhibit of abstract works by African American artists and an awards gala honoring Dr. Tuliza Fleming, curator for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; artist and scholar David C. Driskell and Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET, the parent company for Black Entertainment Television.
SATELLITE FAIRS SCHEDULES
• Aqua Art Fair: Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets $15; $75 multi-day fair pass to Aqua, CONTEXT and Art Miami. aquaartmiami.com
• Art Miami: The Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $35; $75 multi-day pass also includes CONTEXT and Aqua art fairs. art-miami.com
• Art Spot Miami: 3011 NE First Ave. (inside Spectrum art fair), Midtown. Hours
: 1-9 p.m. Dec. 4-6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7; Tickets: included with admission to Spectrum. aldocastilloprojects.com
• Concept-Fair: Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Hours: 1-10 p.m. Dec. 3-6; 1-7 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $15; concept-fair.com
• CONTEXT Art Miami: Inside the Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3-4; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $35 (Included with entry to Art Miami); $75 multi-day pass also includes Art Miami and Aqua art fairs. contextartmiami.com
• Design Miami\: Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3, 4; 11-8 p.m. Dec. 5; noon – 8 p.m. Dec. 6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25; designmiami.com
• Fridge Art Fair: 3rd Street Garage Artspace, 300 SW 12th Ave., Miami. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 5-8; 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets: free. fridgeartfair.com.
• FusionMIA: NW 2nd Avenue & NW 22nd Street, Miami. Free. Hours: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Dec. 4-7; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. fusionmia.com/
• INK Miami Art Fair: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7. inkartfair.com
• Miami Photo Salon: Cuban American Phototheque Foundation, 4260 SW 74 Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 2; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 4; 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets: $15. miamiphotosalonfestival.com
• MiamiProject: Northeast 29th Street and Northeast First Avenue, Miami. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25. www.miami-project.com
• Miami Street Photography Fair: Kike San Martin Studios, 2045 NW First Ave., Miami. Free. Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Dec. 4-5; 10-11 p.m. Dec. 6; noon-5 p.m. Dec. 7. www.miamistreetphotographyfestival.org
• Miami River Art Fair: Miami Convention Center at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: Free with online registration. miamiriverartfair.com
• NADA Art Fair: The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7. newartdealers.org
• Prizm: Miami Centerfor Architecture and Design, 100 NE First Ave., Miami. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5; noon-7 p.m. Dec. 6-8. Tickets, $10. prizmartfair.com.
• Pulse Miami: Indian Beach Park 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Hours 1-7 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $20. pulse-art.com
• Red Dot Miami: 3011 NE First Ave.; Miami. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec.4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Tickets: $15. www.reddotfair.com
• SELECT Art Fair: 72nd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Free. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3-6; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7. www.select-fair.com
•SCOPE Miami Beach: 910 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3-7. Tickets: $25. www.scope-art.com
•Sculpt Miami: 46 NW 36th St., Midtown. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4-7. Free. sculptmiami.com.
•SPECTRUM Miami: 3011 NE First Ave., Midtown. Hours: 1-9 p.m. Dec. 4-6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7; Tickets: $10. www.spectrum-miami.com
•UNTITLED: 12th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Hours: 3.-7 p.m. Dec. 3; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4-6; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25, $15 for Miami Beach residents. art-untitled.com