This week marks the beginning of Art Basel Miami Beach. A week of growing satellite fairs, pop-up shows, parties and live art performances that makes for the largest art fair event in the United States. Galleries, artists, and art collectors come from all over the globe to participate in this weeklong art experience. Freeway Editions is excited to be participating this year and we would like to highlight some of the more popular fairs and events going on now through December 7th.
Art Miami - Is celebrating its 25th edition as the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during Art Week at the Midtown Miami complex in the renowned Wynwood Arts District. It is one of the most important annual contemporary art events in the United States, attracting more than 72,500 motivated collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts from around the globe during Art Week 2013. Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from 125 international art galleries.
CONTEXT- CONTEXT is the sister fair to Art Miami. CONTEXT is committed to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. This art fair brings together seventy-eight international galleries from forty -three countries with over four hundred and sixty artists represented. This fair in tandem with Art Miami allows for artists, galleries, and collectors to develop an open dialogue and share new ideas about contemporary art. Context takes place from December 2-7th.
Aqua Art Miami- Aqua Art Miami will celebrate its tenth consecutive installment this December and its second as one of the Art Miami family of fairs. One of the best fairs for emerging art during Miami’s Art Week, Aqua has consistently earned critical recognition for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young and established galleries with strong emerging and mid-career artists. Aqua’s unique environment – in a classic South Beach hotel with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard – has become a favorite gathering spot for collectors, curators and art-lovers to discover fresh talent and acquire new works while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections.
Concept Art Fair (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami) — This tiny fair only 16 exhibitors but that is because this particular event takes place on a mega yacht. The Sea Fair Mega Yacht, which is moored in Biscayune Bay at Bayfront Park and will host the week’s only art fair devoted to showing and selling secondary market works. Small but mighty this fair attracts many of the Art Week fairgoers.
Design Miami (Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach) -This fair’s 35 exhibitors aim to showcase the very best in modern and contemporary design, including new commissions created expressly for the occasion and an immersive “Curio” section in which dealers, curators, and designers curate total environments displaying art, furniture, decorative elements, and functional objects.
Ink Miami Art Fair (1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) - As its name suggests, this small but underrated fair housed in the Suites of Dorchester hotel and sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association focuses exclusively on works on paper. Its intimate setting and smaller scale works are a celebrated contrast to the its fellow art fairs.
Miami Project (110 NE 36th Street, Miami) is an art fair put on by Art Market Productions is a partnership between Jeffrey Wainhause, Max Fishko and the dealers they work with. Art Market Productions since 2011 has produced a contrasting type of art fair that focuses on making connections between collectors and dealers in the most optimal settings and contexts. With 69 galleries hailing from both coasts of the US this smaller fair is dedicated to fostering relationships.
NADA Miami Beach (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — The New Art Dealers Association returns to the Deauville Beach Resort for their 11th annual event in Miami with a mixture of internationally revered art nonprofits
Pulse Contemporary Art Fair (4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — A standby of the satellite circuit, Pulse has relocated to Indian Beach Park this year with 71 galleries and its trademark lineup of special projects, emerging gallery showcases, informal roundtable discussions, and artists competing for the coveted Pulse Prize.
Scope (1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) this fair has a massive list of exhibitors exciting new young galleries and artist but most importantly the hip-hop producer and art collector Swizz Beatz is curating an exhibition at the fair.
Untitled (Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach) — With 96 galleries in its revamped waterfront tent, Untitled’s third edition is its biggest to date. World famous contemporary artists fill the fair with special projects, interactive works, and new exhibits.
This is a mere taste of the fairs, events, and exhibitions that are to take place during the weeklong extravaganza. For more information please visit the official site: Art Basel
Stay tuned for more news from the fairs!