Art Basel Miami drives troves of people from across the world to Miami during the course of their art fair this week (Dec. 4th -7th). However, word on the street has always been that the satellite shows are where it is at for contemporary art goers. It doesn’t hurt that they are more affordable, attracting emerging artists, careerist, and young people.
Here is a short list of the satellite fairs I'm attempting to attend this weekend. I have to give credit where credit is due and thank Pittsburgh artist Terry Boyd for passing along these recommendations.
Enjoy! I know I'm seething with excitement over here.
UNTITLED. continues its mission to innovate the art fair experience with a carefully curated program integrating international galleries and non-profit art spaces presented in a temporary pavilion on the beach. UNTITLED. provides a compelling context for the works on view and a unique visitor experience. Led by Artistic Director Omar López-Chahoud with curators Christophe Boutin and Mélanie Scarciglia, the fair will feature over 200 emerging and established contemporary artists represented in galleries and non-profit art spaces from 16 U.S. cities and 18 countries. The following programming will take place throughout the run of the fair.
Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has been the premiere satellite fair for the discovery and acquisition of cutting-edge contemporary art. With annual editions in Miami Beach and New York City, the fair cultivates a supportive environment for its international community of galleries and provides a platform for their growth and expansion in the contemporary art market. From its inception, PULSE has presented thoughtfully-curated exhibitions and ever-evolving programming that reflect the fair’s commitment to making the visitor experience a dynamic one.
Each December in Miami, NADA runs a renowned art fair to vigorously pursue our goals of exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment.” NADA’s fair is held in parallel with Art Basel Miami Beach and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging Contemporary Art. It is the only major American art fair to be run by a non-profit organization. The fair is open for both members and non-members of NADA to apply.
With over 65 art fairs spanning more than a decade, SCOPE is the largest and most global art fair in the world, celebrated as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming. Renowned for its uncanny ability to forecast new visual trends that are embraced globally, SCOPE Art Shows in Miami Beach, Basel, New York, London and the Hamptons have garnered extensive critical acclaim, with sales of over $800 million and attendance of over 1,000,000 visitors.
I hope this helpful to all you Miami Art Basil newbies or at the very least spreads some inspiration for art travel. Any food and nightlife recommendations you might have are welcomed, please leave them in the comments below!