Curatorial platforms, immersive experiences, innovative fairs… Next stop, Miami, to make the most of a crazy week of contemporary art. From Wynwood to South Beach, we take a look at the most exclusive happenings taking place around Art Basel; here’s a roundup of the highlights.
Nada Miami. Not-for-profit platform
Nada, for those who haven’t heard, is the New Art Dealers Alliance, a not-for-profit artistic platform devoted to finding and supporting new talent on the contemporary art scene. In short, what’s (still) cool, quirky and goes against the norms of the art establishment. Taking place at Ice Palace Studios, this year, the offbeat fair is welcoming 108 galleries from 16 different countries, 23 of which are taking part for the first time. For director Heather Hubbs “Nada was founded to fill a void in the art world by providing a community where lesser‐known international galleries, emerging artists, artist‐run spaces, and both young and established galleries can co-exist”. This year, various German names are in attendance, such as Natalia Hug, Rob Tuffnell and Marietta Clages, who have come from Cologne, or Berlin-based artist Dan Gunn. Amongst the newcomers, are young New York gallery Lomex and Clearing, with offices in both Brooklyn and Brussels.
Nada Miami. From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 December. Opening on Tuesday 7 December. Ice Palace Studios. 1400 North Miami Avenue. Miami, Florida (USA). www.newartdealers.org
ArtMiami. From Josef Albers to Yoyoi Kusama
The stage is resolutely international, with around 140 galleries covering the modern and contemporary period. For this 28th edition, Art Miami is welcoming representatives from more than 22 countries and no less than 60 cities. Talking numbers, the fair attracts around 85,000 visitors each year. This year, it will be in a new venue (the former site of the Miami Herald) to display paintings, photographs, installations and videos from some of the biggest names of the 20th and 21st centuries. The fair will feature some 960 artists from Josef Albers to Yayoi Kusama, not to mention John Chamberlain, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Ed Ruscha and Cy Twombly, amongst others.
Art Miami. From Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 December. Opening Tuesday 5 December. The Art Miami Pavillion. One Herald Plaza, NE 14th Street. Miami, Florida (USA). www.artmiami.com
Pulse Miami Beach. An immersive experience
Founded in 2005, Pulse is one of the key events in the contemporary art calendar. Big names meet emerging galleries, all in the spirit of future collaboration. The 13th edition of Pulse Miami is taking place at Indian Beach Park, and is marked by the arrival of Katelijne De Backer, new director of the fair. With a guest list of over 70 galleries spread across five continents, from Denmark to Israel, Japan and Peru, Pulse should meet the expectations of the public, with a program including immersive experiences, debates on activism in the age of social media, discussion about queer art with artist and activist Phoenix Lindsey. Katelijne De Backer on Pulse: “I am excited to continue to grow Pulse’s rich legacy. I will continue to push to create opportunities for the public to experience a deeper engagement with artwork and in particular look forward to seeing how our visitors will interact with the political and social messages championed by many of this year’s Project artists”.
Pulse Miami Beach. From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 December. Opening Tuesday 7 December. Indian Beach Park. 4601 Collins Avenue and 46th Street. Miami, Florida (USA) www.pulseartfair.com
Design Miami. Emblematic shapes
A worldwide forum for design, this demonstration is more than a fair; it is a meeting place where collectors cross paths with creatives and gallery owners get on first name terms with critics from around the world. The furniture, lighting and iconic 20th and 21st century pieces on display all create a museum-like quality. For its 13th edition, Design Miami is bringing together 32 galleries and 11 installations for new exhibition platform ‘Design Curio’. Amongst the old-timers are New-Yorkers Cristina Grajales and Demisch Danant, as well as industry heavyweights Kreo, Patrick Seguin and Downtown. Three galleries make their debut at Design Miami this season: Converso, Lebreton and Maison Gerard. This year the presence of architects and historic (and contemporary) American designers including Frank Lloyd Wright and George Nakashima, as well as appearances from various Shaker-style furniture emporiums is notable. As is typically the case, there is also a dynamic cultural program with lively talks covering design, architecture and fashion.
Design Miami. From Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 December. Opening Tuesday 5 December. Meridian Avenue and 19th Street. Miami, Florida (USA). http://miami2017.designmiami.com
Untitled Miami Beach. A curatorial adventure
Come along to Ocean Drive for this fair, which launched in 2012, and it must be said, is a real feat of curation. For its 6th edition, Untitled is exploring themes with links to current affairs, notably the issues of recycling, homelessness and national identity. Overlooking the ocean, Untitled presents works from artists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Thiago Martins de Melo, Gordon Matta-CLark and even Lucy and Jorge Orta. Let’s not forget that last July the fair’s patron, Jeffry Lawson, named Manuela Mozo (formerly of Simon Lee Gallery and Metro Pictures) director, to manage international development of the brand and to supervise the strategic vision of the Miami and San Francisco fairs. This year it is once again Omar Lopez-Chahoud looking after artistic direction – as he has done since inception. The Untitled line-up comprises 136 exhibitors, from 26 countries. Notable amongst the 41 newcomers are galleries from Cuba, Iran, Peru and Turkey.
Untitled Miami Beach. From Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 December. Opening Tuesday 5 December. Ocean Drive and 12th Street, South Beach. Miami, Florida (USA). www.untitledartfairs.com
Pinta Miami. Cultural crossings
Every country, every culture, every genre… With a record 30,000 visitors passing through its doors last year, Pinta is back for its 11th edition with an extended project involving galleries from around the world. New this year is the transformation of the classic ‘Solo project’ into ‘Solo-Duo’. On the theme of geographical wanderings, this exhibition created by curators Dan Cameron and Jesus Fuenmayor deals with the truths and myths of geopolitical categorization. Also new is the Platforms section, managed by Roc Laseca, which gives more visibility to modern and contemporary contributions, whilst the “Country” space is reserved for work representative of its country of origin. For Diego Costa Peuser, founder and director of the fair “Pinta Miami 2017 will be more international and interdisciplinary. In our second year of ‘crossing cultures’, we look to continue featuring the best of modern and contemporary art within the contexts established by our curatorial team”.
Pinta Miami. From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 December. Opening Wednesday 6 December. Mana Wynwood. 2217 NW 5th Avenue. Miami, Florida (USA). www.pintamiami.com
Scope Miami Beach. Emerging artists
The 17th edition of Scope Miami Beach returns to the sands of Ocean Drive with 140 international exhibitors from 25 countries and no less than 60 cities. Some 55,000 visitors are expected over the course of the 6 day fair dedicated to emerging talent in the contemporary art scene. For the occasion, Scope has called upon American basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire, who launched his “Melech” collection as testimony to his interest in culture and philanthropy. Body and mind, conscience and action…the NBA star will curate one of the Scope programs and participate in a talk held by the former director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Eric Shiner.
Scope Miami Beach. From Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 December. Opening Tuesday 5 December. Scope Miami Beach Pavilion. 801 Ocean Drive. Miami, Florida (USA). www.scopeart.com
Superfine. Hyperfestive fair
With a minimal 50 exhibitors, but over a million pieces of artwork, launched in 2015, Superfine defines itself as a ‘A hyper‐curated contemporary art fair’. It is also an extremely festive space, with multiple open-art events, installations, night-time musical performances and various LGBTQ show films being shown- not to mention a pop-up bar. There are no extortionate prices to be found here, more than 70% of work is going for less than $5000 and the highest price of the whole fair is a modest $10,000. Operating on a sustainable model, for the third year in a row the fair allows those on a lower budget to invest in the creation of contemporary art. There’s just one rule; to bring joy and enthusiasm to the art of collecting art. Superfine was named ‘Best Art Festival’ by the Miami New Times in 2017.
Superfine. From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 December. Opening Wednesday 6 December. 56 NE 29th Street. Miami, Florida (USA). www.superfine.world