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Miami Art Week Guide Part II - Mainland Miami
by Natalie Hegert

Find the map for Miami Art Week here. It will be updated throughout the week.

Art Miami / CONTEXT
December 3-8
VIP Preview (by invitation): Dec 3, 5:30-10pm
Public Hours: Dec 4 & 5, 11am-7pm; Dec 6, 11am-8pm; Dec 7, 11am-7pm; Dec 8, 11am-6pm

Art Miami is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami, and is a solid choice when it comes to the Wynwood fairs. CONTEXT is the sister fair next door, though I’ve never been quite clear why they’re branded separate fairs. Last year’s big draw was the Banksy Out of Context showing; this year they’re hosting a Video Art Lounge, and a special Art From Berlin section, but it comprises a mere six Berlin galleries. Art Miami also hosts a seminar series geared toward practical advice and issues for art professionals and collectors.

Selected events:
Dec 3: Artist’s Reception with Mark Glaviano and Cindy Crawford, 6-10pm
Dec 5: PAMM’s Big Jam, at Pérez Art Museum Miami’s new building, 7-11pm
Dec 7: Art Miami AfterParty at Bakehouse Art Complex, 7-10pm

Miami Project
December 3-8
Preview: Dec 3, 4:30-10pm
Public Hours: Dec 4, 11am-5:30pm; Dec 5, 11am-7pm; Dec 6, 11am-8pm; Dec 7, 11am-7pm; Dec 8, 11am-6pm

I didn’t make it to Miami Project last year, despite the fact that it’s so conveniently located in Wynwood, but I heard very good things – in fact several people I talked to said it was one of their favorites. Miami Project belongs to the artMRKT family; a very American fair, it features some very good galleries from all over the US, particularly San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

December 4-8
Opening Preview: Dec 4, 6-10pm
Public Hours: Dec 5, 12-8pm; Dec 6 & 7, 12-9pm; Dec 8, 11am-5pm

Located right across the street from Miami Project, Spectrum gives booth space to both galleries and to individual artists, selected in a jurying process.

Red Dot Miami
December 3-8
Opening Reception: Dec 3, 6-10pm
Public Hours: Dec 4, 11am-6pm; Dec 5-7, 11am-8pm; Dec 8, 11am-6pm

Red Dot Miami offers works that tend toward traditional media and fine-art objects. Art for conservative tastes.

FRANCISCO MARINGELLI, S/ título (Latas de tinta), 2013, Encáustica e óleo sobre tela de juta, 50 × 60 cm; courtesy of Galeria Mezanino, São Paulo. At Brazil Art Fair


Brazil Art Fair
December 4-8
VIP Preview (by invitation): Dec 3, 5-10pm
Public Hours: Dec 4 & 5, 11am-7pm; Dec 6, 11am-8pm; Dec 7, 11am-7pm; Dec 8, 11am-7pm

Of all the Wynwood fairs, I think I might be most excited to visit the Brazil Art Fair. The first fair dedicated to Brazilian galleries, this looks to be a great opportunity to see art from Brazil we’d otherwise not get a chance to see. With a special curated exhibition boasting some well-known names in the Brazilian art scene and a devoted area for (gasp!) Brazilian design, I predict that this fair might be a hidden gem.

Zones Art Fair
December 3-8
Reception: Dec 7, 8-10pm
Public Hours: Dec 3-6, 10am-6pm; Dec 7, 10am-10pm; Dec 8, 10am-6pm

ZONES Art Fair has a new location this year, in the Design District. ZONES purports to “merge the fair concept with performance festival,” and has an open format layout. This could prove to be an interesting antidote to the usual. The performance component (called PERFORMIA) is extensive, but it looks like most performances and video screenings mostly happen between 1 and 6pm from Thursday through Sunday, with extended hours on Saturday.

Jeremy Geddes, Ascent; Courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York. At PULSE


December 5-8
Press and VIP Brunch (by invitation): Dec 5, 9am-1pm
Public Hours: Dec 5, 1-7pm; Dec 6 & 7, 10am-7pm; Dec 8, 10am-5pm

Pulse is a bit off the beaten track in its downtown location, but worth visiting. It has a strong roster of emerging galleries, and this year features a number of good galleries from Spain and Latin America, plus Catlin Art Projects out of London.

The Outliers:

Fridge Art Fair
December 6-8
VIP Preview and Opening: Dec 5, Preview 2-7pm, Opening Extravaganza 7pm on
Public Hours: Dec 6 & 7, 2pm-1am; Dec 8, 10am-5pm

The fair that stays up late (til 1am most nights) and parties Miami style, FRIDGE is located in Little Havana, well off the beaten track for Miami Art Week. Their opening benefits Visual Aids and the PAX Miami Performing Arts Exchange, and each night features different performers, from gypsy jazz bands to electronic Latin funk hip-hop. Not sure what to expect with this one, but it might be so weird that it’s actually really fun.

Miami River Art Fair
December 5-8
VIP Preview: Dec 5, 6-11pm
Public Hours: Dec 6-8, 12-8pm

This is the second edition of the Miami River Art Fair, located in Downtown-Brickell neighborhood, right on the riverfront. It’s hard to tell what the fair is about, what will be shown or who goes there, as most of the PR tells us nothing about the exhibitors or the art, rather it just talks about the venue. If this fair is meant to be “a pioneer in the revitalization of the Lower Miami River district,” as Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado claims, they might want to rethink their priorities, and put the art first. First and foremost it’s the art that attracts the Basel dollars, not the scenery...

 Read Part I - Miami Beach fairs...

Natalie Hegert 



[Image on top: Thrush Holmes, Paradise Lost, 2013, 84 x 144 in. (213.4 x 365.8 cm); Courtesy Mike Weiss Gallery, New York. At Art Miami, booth C-14]

Posted by Natalie Hegert on 12/2/13 | tags: Miami Art Week art fairs

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