Art Basel Miami 2022 is here, celebrating its 20th anniversary since launching in the Magic City.
Art Basel is said to be North America’s most comprehensive international contemporary art fair. This is Miami’s most lively and bustling week of the year bringing in thousands of artists from 283 premier galleries and 38 countries across the globe. Art dealers, artists, collectors, and art aficionados descend to South Florida to enjoy modern and contemporary art worldwide. This week Miami becomes a playground for the world’s elite. It’s a perfect time to network, party, and indulge in the city’s art-centric events.
The largest Art Basel show will be from December 1 to December 3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC). This year’s fair will also include vibrant cultural programs across the City’s world-class institutions and private collections. The festivities start with the opening of satellite fairs and a flurry of events as more galleries, luxury brands, and nonprofits make the most of our lively city. Here are some satellite events and the must-see art fairs and exhibits.
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Miami Art Week
(November 29th to December 4th)
Art Miami, America’s foremost contemporary and modern art fair, and its sister fair, CONTEXT Art Miami, kicked off Miami Art Week 2022, opening November 29th, with an invitation-only VIP previewing evening. Distinguished for its quality, depth, and diversity, Art Miami 2022 will feature investment-quality paintings, drawings, design, sculpture, NFTs, video art, photography, and prints from more than 160 leading galleries across 17 countries. Art Miami continually showcases the most significant artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries and is a can’t miss event for collectors, curators, museum professionals, and art enthusiasts.
Long before Art Basel, Art Miami was the Magic City’s first contemporary art fair. For its 32nd anniversary, Art Miami is calling upon more than 160 galleries from across 17 different countries. The exhibit in Edgewater will feature intricate paintings, drawings, design, sculpture, NFTs, video art, and photography, offering a little something for everyone. Alongside sister fair Context in bayside pavilions on the mainland at One Herald Plaza (NE 14th Street). Sponder Gallery hosts activist and photography project collaborator Gloria Steinem on December 2nd. You don’t want to miss out on Miami’s oldest art show.
CONTEXT Art Miami
(November 29th to December 4th)
CONTEXT Art Miami, presented by Art Miami, continues to create and push boundaries in the conversation about contemporary art. The 2022 edition will showcase works from 75 innovative galleries from more than 20 countries, including Japan, Turkey, Australia, France, South Korea, and Chile.
(November 29th to December 4th)
Returning for its 18th year, Design Miami will be sure to impress. Design Miami celebrates a creative vision of tomorrow through its 18th edition theme, “The Golden Age: Looking to the Future,” which celebrates that life is really what you make it. Curated by incoming Curatorial Director Wava Carpenter, Design Miami 2022’s program explores the theme of Human•Kind. Spotlighting design-led visions for a more equitable and interconnected future, bringing together 36 of the world’s most unique galleries. This exhibition will also highlight 13 masters of innovative design. Pride Park at Convention Center Drive and 19th Street.
(November 29th to December 4th)
Faena Art brings the Faena Prize for the Arts to Miami Beach for the first time with an immersive large-scale installation at Faena Beach. In collaboration with Aorist, Faena Art commissioned “Living Room” by the post-digital art group Random International. Viewers enter the immersive installation featuring sound, light, and fog erected on the beach to visualize their unique data and make an NFT. The winning proposal for the inaugural Faena Prize for the Arts ($100,000) also will be announced.
Other Art Week Miami Beach highlights include a video series by Davide Quayola presented at the Faena Art Project Room and an unprecedented installation on the beach by Random International in partnership with Aorist. In addition, Faena Art will also feature new work by Antonia Right and Ruben Millares as part of No Vacancy, Miami Beach, and a sculpture by Petroc Sesti that will be installed at the Faena Cathedral in collaboration with The ReeflLine.
(November 22nd to December 20th)
Founded by Phoebe Saatchi Yates and Arthur Yates in London two years ago, Saatchi Yates gallery pops up in the Miami Design District (35 NE 40th Street). Germany-based Ethiopian artist Tesfaye Urgessa’s solo show of new large-scale paintings coincides with his presentation at the Rubell Museum opening on November 28th.
Superblue Miami x BMW
(November 17th to August 2023)
Superblue and BMW present Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s “Pulse Topology.” The biometric work’s 3,000 suspended light bulbs interact with and link viewers’ heartbeats, voices, and breaths as a metaphor for human connection. The first fully electric BMW i7 sedan is on display during art week only and sports the same digital effect.
Like Art Basel Miami Beach, the New Art Dealers Alliance and its NADA Miami fair turn 20 this year. Thirty-seven first-time exhibitors are among the approximately 145 galleries, art spaces, and nonprofits from 40 cities worldwide at Ice Palace Studios. Jack Shainman Gallery director Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels curates eight solo shows for the Curated Spotlight section.
More than stellar contemporary art, Untitled Art is one of the more popular fairs for its natural light-filled tent located on the beach at 12th Street. The 11th edition’s 140 galleries from 31 countries promise to be its most international to date. The VIP Lounge exhibits American painter Angela Fraleigh’s “The Raving Ones.”
Gagosian & Jeffrey Deitch
Powerhouse galleries Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch collaborate for a seventh group show. For their Miami Art Week pop-up at the Miami Design District’s historic Buick Building, “100 Years” delves into contemporary artists’ responses to the interplay of past, present, and future. View works by artists Urs Fischer, Theaster Gates, and Taryn Simon, among several participants.
SCOPE Art Show
Celebrating its 21st edition, SCOPE Art Show is returning to the white sands of South Beach. Honored by the City of Miami Beach Mayor’s Office and Commission for its extraordinary cultural impact, SCOPE Miami Beach will feature 140 International Exhibitors and will welcome 60,000 visitors over 6 days. Miami art week’s original satellite fair has grown from its initial boutique hotel location with 27 galleries to a massive white tent on the beach at 8th Street with over 140 international galleries. The 21st edition features its most ambitious New Contemporary program; the platform frees artists to explore technology, politics, and inclusivity.
SCOPE Miami Beach is once again poised to lead the charge for the emerging contemporary art market. Amidst an unprecedented outpouring of critical acclaim from the press, curators, and collectors, a digital and social media outreach campaign garnered over 500 million impressions. The event will feature larger-than-life installations, live music, high-profile panel discussions, and even early morning yoga classes.
Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami
(November 30th to December 4th)
Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami return to Mana Wynwood during 2022 Miami Art Week. Spectrum Miami, an upscale and urban curated contemporary art fair, will be located adjacent to Red Dot Miami, a curated gallery-only contemporary art fair. These art fairs celebrate the world’s most progressive portfolios by today’s elite artists, galleries, and emerging talents.
Combined, these two exhibits will be the largest and longest-running event to occur all week. Both shows will cover more than 100,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space. It is accessible for visitors on foot and by car, all within walking distance from Wynwood’s trendiest restaurants, bars, and retail boutiques. This event will highlight the work of over 1,000 artists, showcasing established industry leaders and emerging artists pouring passion into their projects.
Fridge Art Fair
This event is dedicated to showcasing eclectic, anti-commercial art. Fridge Art Fair is taking place in Allapattah. It’s a bit removed from all the buzz of central Wynwood and Miami Beach. The year the theme is Art Camp, so artists are bringing their most eccentric, amusing, and out-of-bounds pieces to display. This outdoor art fair is also pet friendly, so make sure to bring your furry friends.
A sign that the art world is booming, the 20th annual Art Basel Miami Beach presents over 280 galleries for its largest fair to date – visit artbasel.com for a list of exhibitors and programming details.
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