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Preparing for the Perfect Storm… Which Avatar are You?

 Previewing the Anticipated Highlights of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 and the Week of Art and Culture

Monday, December 3 – Sunday, December 9, 2012


Preparing for the Perfect Storm… Which Avatar are You?


Previewing the Anticipated Highlights of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 and the Week of Art and Culture

Monday, December 3 – Sunday, December 9, 2012


There are many different ways to enjoy the ever-expanding art week in Miami.  Depending on your appetite for art, preferences for parties and entertainment, as well as the somewhat restrictive budget quotient, you may want to consider these four different “dream week” styles from Art Concierge Miami- before you make your plan!  

“All about Art”

“Parties and People”

“I Want it All”

“Basel on a Budget”

Every participant will enjoy an unforgettable experience during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.  … a high-octane blend of art, performance, design, fashion, music and fun to be balanced with culinary pleasures.  VIPs receive invitations to the most sought-after vernissages and private events throughout the week, and there is so much art to see (and buy!). 

It takes serious planning and organization to execute “the perfect storm.” Even the best plan is likely to go awry, so just remember to have fun, and try to get some sleep!

There are some exciting new fairs this year, and new installations and cultural programs.  Each of the fairs operates independently, and represents a particular style of art, era or theme.  Based on the most current information we could find, there are now twenty-four fairs to explore this year- including six that are new.

In addition to the fairs, most of the local museums, private collections, collaborative projects and galleries plan programs and new exhibitions. 

“Art week” is infinitely more than art.  The showrooms in the Design District, and many fashion houses, get involved with events and a cultural blend of artistically-infused installations and events.  “Pop-ups” prevail all over the cities of Miami and Miami Beach and capture the attention and interest of the attendees.  Bling! This year, there is a new medium “floating installation” with the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair (a girl’s best friend… just saying…) aboard the SeaFair Yacht hosted by diplomats from Italy, Spain, Brazil, Philippines, Australia, and Lebanon.  And the curious, highly-anticipated enormous manmade alligator weaving through Biscayne Bay – perhaps like a gigantic float during a Chinese New-Year Parade.  Music is making a big statement this year as well, with VH1 partnering with Scope.

Don’t forget to check out the amazing public art – opening with short performances on Wednesday, December 5.  Collins Park, directly in front of the Bass Museum, is home to “Art Public” – an installation organized by Art Basel and the Bass, with approximately twenty major works from amazing artists, including Jaume Plensa.  (details: Best of all, it’s free!  

One of the best ways to manage the logistics is to create a plan according to the respective vernissages as well as geography.  It is critical to navigate the area with a good understanding of distance and travel time.  Even the most organized schedule can be difficult to keep due to traffic!

The event circuit is complex and evolving – for those who plan the week around the parties and people-watching (a true form of art!), it is true marathon.

But really…where to go.. what to do and when??? We look forward to sharing the details – and hope to see you swirling around town!



Dream Week for “I Want it All” people…

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Dream Week for “I Want it All” people…


From endless art to parties, from underground events to the glitzy celebrity-studded affairs.. let’s face it, you want it all!


Here are some highlights to share…  hope to see you there!



MON DEC 3 – UNTITLED and Select

One of the most highly-anticipated new fairs this year, UNTITLED launches the week with a private event. This is “the ticket” to have on December 3. The fair is exceptional in both context and location. It is curated (typically biennials are curated, but not art fairs) by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, which promises to capture the audience in a meaningful ensemble. The fair structure is designed by renowned architect, and former Miami Art Museum Director, Terence Riley. The location represents the best of Miami Beach – it will be the first fair to be housed on the beach, located between 13th and 12th streets. Preview rating: Magical!

Select- new fair, new concept. Intriguing! Wynwood warm-up party.

TUES DEC 4 – Total of 14 Fairs’ Opening events: Highlights include Design Miami, Art Miami and Context

3:00 Overture/3:00 Scope/4:00 Art Asia/6:00 Red Dot Openings:

4:00 pm Design Miami, Collector preview (and/or 6-10 VIP preview)

5:30 pm Art Miami, VIP preview

8:00 pm MOCA Vanity Fair party

9:00 pm Design Miami


WED DEC 5- Total of 4 Fairs’ Openings: Presenting Art Basel Miami Beach Vintage 2012!

10:00-noon INK preview breakfast

4:30 pm Art Basel Collector’s Circle preview, (and vernissage 6-9pm)

8:30-11:30 PopUp Piano Event in partnership with New World Symphony benefit for African Orchestra- at The Perry Hotel

9:00pm – midnight: BASS Museum of Art VIP opening reception of The Endless Renaissance party


THURS DEC 6- Final 6 Fairs’ Openings plus Design District surprises

Traditionally, this is the “Design District” night. Italian Design showrooms host a number of cocktail events, and there are a few “last minute surprises” with fashion house pop-ups. Rumor has it Chanel is coming to town for the first time…sshhhh.

10:00-1:00 Pulse private brunch

10:00-2:00 NADA Preview

5:30-10:30 PooL Vernissage at Casa Moderna


8:00-11:00 Private Collectors’ dinner at Overture


7:00-10:00 Miami Project Art Fair – Opening Party with Performance by Hundred Waters (new fair, “A-list” Miami art scene young crowd, Host Committee Chair Michael Margulies)

7:00-11:00 Scope VH-1 Party


06:00 – 11:00 “Party on the Plaza” Miami Art Museum (MAM) – their largest event of the year. Celebrating the opening of New Work Miami 2013 exhibition, showcasing newly-commissioned works. Hosted by MAM Director Thom Collins with special musical performances and cocktails on the Museum’s outdoor plaza.


10:00-11:30 Art Basel-Conversations

Public/Private | Rethinking the Encyclopedic Museum, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Moderator | András Szántó, Author and Consultant to arts and philanthropic organizations, New York

9:00-noon Book launch, Pulses of Abstraction in Latin America, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. By invitation only.

1:00-10:00 International Contemporary Jewelry Fair

8:00 pm -11:00 pm (estimated time) private party at Wolfsonian – FIU, presenting their new exhibitions: Leonard A. Lauder Collection “Postcards of the Wiener Werkstatte” and Esther Shalev-Gerz “Describing Labor”



Saturday and Sunday are the days to hit all of the fairs and exhibitions that you missed during the week. The events noted below are classic, and true highlights to experience. After all of the events, Art Basel “Conversations” are always a wonderful way to close out the week.

Ready to begin planning for next year?



9:00 – noon (estimated time) Sagamore Hotel brunch and performances

7:00 –11:00 Exclusive Miami Art Museum Black Tie Dinner and Gala, Major “A-List” crowd, always sells-out early.

Followed by:

10:00 – 2:00am Crash the Ball, MAM Ball after party

DJ set by Tanlines / Cocktails / Dessert bar by Hedy Goldsmith

Crash the Ball is the MAM Ball’s high-energy after party. Dance to DJ sets by Tanlines and celebrate Miami Art Week on the Museum’s outdoor plaza under the stars.


Frost Museum brunch

10:00-11:30 Art Basel-Conversations

Artistic Practice | The Artist as Musician; Angela Bulloch, Artist, London/Berlin; Rodney Graham, Artist, Vancouver; Ragnar Kjartansson, Artist, Reykjavík; Ari Benjamin Meyers, Artist, New York/Berlin; Jim Shaw, Artist, Los Angeles; Moderator | Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London



Stay tuned for the three other styles; “ All About Art”; “Parties and People” and “Basel on a Budget,” to be shared on our website and facebook page!

We hope you have an amazing “Dream Week” and look forward to comparing notes! Please contact us and let us know.

Thank you!


“It’s All about the Art”

Written by judyholm on . Posted in Art Fairs




To experience to most art during the week, it is recommended to explore the fairs, museums, galleries, private collections and public art by neighborhood. Pick a neighborhood for each day- and stay there, taking in all of the art you can digest.

The “perfect storm” plan consists of five days, which could be consolidated to fewer days if you have less time. 

There are twenty-four fairs this year, equally divided between Miami Beach, Midtown and Wynwood/Downtown Miami.  In addition to the fairs, art will be prolific in the galleries, collections, design, fashion houses, countless popups and street art- so much to see and experience.


Day 1 – hit the beach!

If you only have one day…. do Miami Beach! The entire “raison d’etre” (reason for being) of the week IS Art Basel.  Housed in the cavernous Miami Beach Convention Center, are approximately 260 Galleries from around the globe.  This fair has become the most prestigious in the United States, and is an important barometer of the commercial art market.  Last year, it was estimated that $1 billion of art exchanged hands in Art Basel.  This is serious art-and it is an incredible opportunity to see so much of the leading contemporary art as well as modern art and the masters, all under one roof.

In addition to the top galleries, Art Basel does an amazing job with programs, lectures, tours and collaborations with cross-cultural institutions. 

Don’t miss…. Art Nova – the section for the hottest artists and their new works; Public Art in conjunction with the Bass Museum; film and video with the New World Center.

Next stop –Design Miami. Directly across the street, in a “starchitect” designed tent, is home to the premier fair devoted to Design.  This fair exhibits galleries and collections from around the globe, and showcases beautiful and thought-provoking works of contemporary design.

There are six more fairs on the beach this year- ranging from NADA in the North (in the Deauville Hotel, on Collins at 67th St), to the highly-anticipated new fair UNTITLED. 

NADA is comprised of “new art dealers” and the works are represented by many up and coming galleries – including some of the top emerging talent.

UNTITLED. will be the first fair to be held literally on the beach, located between 12th and 13th Streets, and will include an ocean-facing lounge.  The fair is produced by a savvy and experienced team- with a renowned architect to design the space, and a famous curator creating the content.  It promises to be a highlight of the week.

The rest of the beach day should include visits to the other fairs (listed below north to south) and two important museums, both boasting exciting new exhibitions: 


Bass Museum of Art- 2100 Collins Ave

Wolfsonian- FIU – 1001 Washington Ave



Art Basel Miami Beach- Convention Center Dr. at 18th St

Design Miami – Convention Center Dr. 18th St (west of Convention Center)

NADA – Deauville Hotel, Collins at 67th St

INK – 1850 Collins

Select – 1732 Collins

Verge – 1671 Washington

Aqua – 1530 Collins

UNTITLED – on the beach (east of Ocean Drive between 12th and 13th streets)


Day 2 – Midtown Madness

For those not familiar with Miami and its neighborhoods, there are two adjacent areas where a massive amount of urban development and artistic creativity are spawned- Midtown and Wynwood.

Geographically, Midtown is centered from 29th to 36th Streets, and between NE 2nd Avenue and North Miami Avenue.  Predominantly home to retail stores and restaurants, residents enjoy an increasing array of entertainment and shopping.  During “Basel week,” Midtown transforms into a village of art fairs, and a sea of tents.  This year, the anchor fairs of Art Miami, Scope, Art Asia, Red Dot and Art Expo, are joined by some new blood.  In total, there are eight separate fairs taking place in midtown this year, aka “the big tents.” 

The Grande Dame of the Miami art fair world, Art Miami, is adding a sister fair – “Context,” and Arts for a Better World moves over from the beach, with a new fair “Overture.” 

Miami Project is another new fair, created by artMRKT Productions from Brooklyn, a group that directs a number of important contemporary fairs in the country.  This fair promises to be interesting; with collaboration with MOCA, and a host committee of the hot Miami art crowd.

Scope, always a favorite, is adding a new twist with partner VH1.  Stay tuned!


Collections and Collaboratives:

Just north of midtown is the De la Cruz Collection (23 NE 41st St).  This beautiful space is one of the most important private collections in Florida, open to the public.

A fantastic exhibition space is Locust Projects, located at 3852 N. Miami Ave.  This is a nonprofit that showcases contemporary art, with a focus on “freedom to experiment with new ideas.”

Another great art collective is Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC), 561 NW 32 St, Miami.


Thursday and Friday, December 6 and 7 
BAC Breakfast
Free and open to the public
For the third year in a row, the Bakehouse Art Complex has been selected as a participant in the Art Basel Wynwood Studio Tours. So staying true to our past, BAC is baking for you! Join us for an elaborate spread prepared by BAC resident artists and check out our current exhibitions before you hit the fairs!

Saturday, December 8, 7-11 pm
Art Miami VIP After Party @ BAC
$10 Admission; Free for BAC Members, Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami VIP card holders/exhibitors
Bakehouse Art Complex hosts The Official 2012 VIP after-party for Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami! BAC Artists’ studios will be open along with two exhibitions on view. Enjoy complimentary beverages and live entertainment. 


Day 3 and 4 – From Wynwood to Downtown Miami and beyond

Ahhh… Wynwood.  This formerly ghetto-ish neighborhood is now the pulse of the Miami art scene.  Throughout the year, the “second Saturday” art walks each month attract thousands of locals who visit the  galleries, experience street art and music- and feel the community of culture.

During Art Basel, many of the galleries and private collections produce new exhibitions.  The best way to learn about the Miami art scene is to spend some time in Wynwood.

This neighborhood is roughly adjacent to Midtown, directly southwest.  Continuing south is Downtown Miami.  Though an entirely different neighborhood, they are grouped together for the purpose of viewing the art fairs.  Based on this navigation route, there are eight fairs and numerous galleries and collections to visit.


FAIRS (listed north to south)

Wynwood: Fountain, Seven and Just Mad Miami

Miami: PULSE, Art Africa, Pool, International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, Miami River Art


Some of these fairs are first editions – each with a unique themes or focus.

Just Mad Miami, 2136 NW 1st Avenue, in the SOHO Studios, Wyndwood, will show a complete selection of the youngest and cutting edge art from Europe and Latin America.

Art Africa, 919 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, in its second year, features artists from the African Diaspora, including artists from Africa, North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.  ArtAfrica brings a vital and essential cultural service to the South Florida community, lending the Magic City a true international flair. 

Miami River Art Fair, Miami Convention Center, 400 SE Second Ave, Miami

This first edition art fair was conceived as a showcase of world-class artists and galleries in an indoor booth setting at the Riverfront Hall which overlooks the one-of-a-kind outdoor Riverwalk Sculpture Mall which features monumental sculpture on the banks of the historic Miami River.

Bling!  Welcome to the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, Intercontinental Hotel Dock adjacent to Bayfront Park, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami

The premiere of the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair (ICJF) will feature innovative jewelry designers from around the world presenting unique, expressive contemporary jewelry conceived as works of art for museums and collectors. The Fair will take place aboard SeaFair docked at Miami’s downtown Chopin Plaza  in a beautiful waterfront location.


PULSE, in its eighth edition, holds court at the Ice Palace Studios, 1400 Noth Miami Avenue.  One of the major players, the fair traditionally includes some of the most interesting works of art.  A must see!

The Fair is divided into two sections and is comprised of a mix of established and emerging galleries vetted by a committee of prominent international dealers. The IMPULSE section presents galleries invited by the Committee to present solo exhibitions of artist’s work created in the past two years.



Some of the most important galleries and collections include:



Rubell, 95 NW 29th St

Margulies, 591 NW 27th St

CIFO, 1018 North Miami Ave


Spotlight: CIFO

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and her family to support artists who are exploring new directions in contemporary art. CIFO fosters cultural understanding and educational exchange through three primary initiatives: a Grants and Commissions Program for emerging and mid-career visual artists from Latin America; an exhibitions program showcasing international contemporary art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection at the CIFO Art Space; and foundation-initiated support for other arts and culture projects.


Select Galleries:

Nadar, 62 NE 27th St

Dorsch, 151 NW 24th

Charest-Weinberg, 250 NW 23rd St

Castillo, 2234 NW 2 Ave

Diet, 174 NW 23rd St

Snitzer, 2247 NW 1st Place

Zadok, 2534 North Miami Ave



There are two important art museums to include in the itinerary: Miami Art Museum (MAM) and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

 These two museums, along with the Bass Museum of Art and the Wolfsonian in Miami Beach, are the pillars of the art community of Miami.

They are hosting some of the best exhibitions, lectures and events during the week of Basel, and throughout the year.


Day 5 – Design District

The Design District is rapidly evolving, with urban development underway for a major transformation.  In addition to many top design companies and showrooms, this neighborhood is attracting a growing number of luxury fashion houses, restaurants and art galleries.

The best advice is to go there, valet park at any of the neighborhood collective valets (there is no large parking garage), and explore.  During the week of Basel, most of the stores will be creating popup exhibitions and collaborations. 

Favorite gallery – Etra Fine Art, 50 NE 40th Street.  Etra Fine Art was founded in 2004 after almost two decades in Soho, NY and showcases a range of beautiful work from various contemporary artists.


One of the first to call the Design District home is the Christian Louboutin Boutique (155 northeast 40th St).  Christian Louboutin is hosting artist Ye Hongxing’s solo exhibition Dazzling future in its purpose-built gallery space, surrounding the jewel box Miami Design District boutique.

Voila!  That sums up a full five-days of art. Be prepared, and get ready to experience a fantastic week full of surprises.

“Basel on a Budget”

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Art Week Options for “Basel on a Budget”

Hi! I’m Kristina, your average 20-something, recent college grad and DEFINITELY living on a budget. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to soak up everything Miami Art Week has to offer, it just limits my possibilities.

Thankfully, Art Week has something for every pocketbook. There are several options for the budget-conscious art lover to enjoy. Of course, most after-parties and special events have a hefty price tag (or are VIP only), but there are some budget friendly events. For those of you who are in that boat, here are some great options to maximize your time and money!

Monday, Dec. 3: Select Fair starts the week off for fair-goers with its Wynwood Warm-Up Party from 8 p.m.-10:30pm. It’s a free event, so why not? You could get a coffee and get to know the area before the party and then go! Don’t get too tired though, you’ve got a long week ahead!

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Seven starts today, and it’s free! Open from 1 p.m. -8 p.m., it’d be a perfect place to start your afternoon.  If you head there early, you could leave with time to make it to some of the openings and previews of the night. It’s perfect too, because they’re close to each other! You could make your rounds in any order, but I would start South at ArtExpo’s Opening Preview. It’s from 6 to 10 p.m. and only $25 to get in. You could then hop RIGHT NEXT DOOR to Red Dot Fair’s Opening Reception. Of course, it’s from 6-10 also, and also only $25. Then, if you’ve still got time and energy, you could walk three blocks north to The Urban Collective for ArtAfrica’s Opening. It’s also from 6-10 and it’s free! Granted, four hours really doesn’t give you much time to spend at each opening, but you could get a sneak peak of all three. If none of those sound your style, there’s also the Vanity Fair party at MOCA in North Miami. It’s from 7 to 9 p.m. and only $35!

Wednesday, Dec. 5: Several fairs start on Wednesday, so it’s all about figuring out how to organize your schedule. I would start geographically (believe me, the less driving, the better!) and then financially. You could start in Miami Beach and head over to INK Miami for its free Preview Breakfast at 10 a.m. You could stay until 5 (when they close) or you could head over to Midtown and visit a few fairs over there. I would suggest starting at Miami Project, where you can buy a one day pass for $20 and visit until 3. You could move to Art Expo and then Red Dot, which are side by side and both $15 for a one day pass, open until 7. Then, if you have time, you could go to Overture, which is also $15 for a one day pass and closes at 7. There is also Seven, which is free and open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., if you have the chance. Or, if you decide to bypass Midtown, you could head to Downtown and visit the Miami River Art Fair, open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for $10 a day. Then you could go to the International Contemporary Jewelry Art Fair, open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and only $15 for a one day pass.  I think you should definitely start the day at INK then choose either Midtown or Downtown. I mean, it’s free breakfast! Then, if you’ve still got any time left, you could end the day in Miami Beach at the Select Fair VIP Preview (if you signed up online), which goes from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 6: There are more fairs on Thursday, and of course your schedule today would depend on which fairs you visited Wednesday. You could still start the day at INK in Miami Beach, with the free breakfast at 10 a.m. Then, you could stick to Miami Beach for the day and go to Aqua Art Fair. It’s open 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. and it’s only $10 for a weeklong pass! Go visit Select Art Fair, which is free and open from 11 a.m. – 8p.m. You could stop by Design Miami, open 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., with a $25 one day pass. And if you don’t mind heading a bit north, you could go visit NADA for free! It’s open 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. If you stay in Miami Beach for the day, INK has a VIP Party (that you can register online for) from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Once you’re out of there, you could end the night at the Verge party, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Another option would be to go to the Downtown fairs instead. You could start south at the Miami River Art Fair, open 11 p.m. – 8p.m., $10 for a one day pass. Then you could go to the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, which is $15 for a one day pass and open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. You’d probably have to drive, but then you could head to Pulse, which is open from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. for $20 a day. From there, you could walk to Seven, which is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and free. Then, you could go to Just MAD MIA, which is open from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $15 for a one day pass. If there’s time and you’ve got it in you, you could definitely go to Art Africa’s Speakeasy ($20) from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. If neither of those plans really suits you, you could visit the Midtown fairs. Overture is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $15 for a one day pass. Red Dot and Art Expo are each $15 for a one day pass and both open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Miami Project is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and only $20 for a one day pass.

Friday, Dec. 7: It’s finally Friday! Think again, because you’ve still got a solid two and half days left of fair-going opportunities! Whether it’s your last day or not, there are even more fairs open today. Again, you could start your day with a breakfast at INK at 10 a.m. If you want to stay on Miami Beach for a bit, you could go to Aqua, open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. ($10 weeklong pass), then to Verge, open 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and FREE. Select Fair is another free option, and it’s open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Then stop by Design Miami, $25 for a one day pass, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Drive further north to NADA, which is free and open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  You could end the day at the Select Fair reception, free and happening from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Like any other day, there’s always a different area to visit. You could go to Downtown instead today, and visit the Miami River Art Fair, which is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for $10, then visit the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $15 a day. There’s also the area between Downtown and Midtown! You could start at Fountain, where there will be a party from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (but the fair is open until 7 p.m.)That is just $8 per day. Walk a little south and you could visit Just MAD MIA, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $15. Then maybe visit Seven, which is free and open from 11 p.m. – 7 p.m.  If there’s time, go to Pulse, open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $20. Head a little further south if you can and visit PooL Art Fair, open from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you’re there from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. you’ll be part of the vernissage.  Then you could head back to Fountain for its free Reception from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.! If you choose to visit Midtown today, you could visit Overture, which is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. for $15. Then head to Red Dot and Art Expo, each $15 and both open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  You could hop over to Miami Project after those, which is open from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and only $20. Whether you head to Midtown or spend the day further south, Art Africa is not far in Overtown, and $20 for the whole week (open 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.) But wait! There’s another option for today: you could visit the Downtown fairs: Miami River Art Fair and the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair. Miami River is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $10 for one day and the ICJF is $15 for a one day pass and open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8: The weekend is here! Time to relax OR, it’s time to visit some more art fairs! Again, you could start your day with a breakfast at INK at 10 a.m. If you want to stay on Miami Beach for a bit, you could go to Aqua, open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. ($10 weeklong pass), then to Verge, open 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Select Fair, open 11 a.m. -8 p.m. (both are free). Then stop by Design Miami, $25 for a one day pass, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Drive further north to NADA, which is free and open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  If that plan doesn’t float your boat, you could go to Downtown instead today, and visit the Miami River Art Fair, which is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for $10, then visit the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $15 a day. There’s also the area between Downtown and Midtown! You could start at Fountain, which is open from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. and just $8 per day. Walk a little south and you could visit Just MAD MIA, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $15. Then maybe visit Seven, which is free and open from 11 p.m. – 7 p.m.  If there’s time, go to Pulse, open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $20. Head a little further south if you can and visit PooL Art Fair, open from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you choose to visit Midtown today, you could visit Overture, which is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. for $15. Then head to Red Dot and Art Expo, each $15 and both open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  You could hop over to Miami Project after those, which is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $20. Whether you head to Midtown or spend the day further south, Art Africa is not far in Overtown, and $20 for the whole week (open 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.) But wait! There’s another option for today: you could visit the Downtown fairs: Miami River Art Fair and the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair. Miami River is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $10 for one day and the ICJF is $15 for a one day pass and open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Sunday, Dec. 9: Let’s say you’re still alive on Sunday and still have some money left for gas or a cab. In that case, you should head over to the Frost Museum’s FREE Breakfast in the Park at FIU. It’s open from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Yeah, that may be a little far, but it’s a free breakfast and a great change of scenery and low-key chance to socialize. If you still want to visit more fairs, they are all still open. If not, you could always go for a nap after that, and rest up for Art Africa’s Closing Mixer, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


It’s a long week and there are hundreds of thousands of square feet or art to be seen and heard. If you schedule your time right, you can enjoy the week with (hopefully) minimal problems and ensure that you’re seeing all you want to see. Planning ahead is your safest bet, especially if you’re one a budget. Happy fair-going!


Written by judyholm on . Posted in Art Fairs

In recent years, and with growing audiences, Art Fairs have become an international mecca for the art world.  In a few short days, a large number of buyers, sellers, collectors, advisors, aficionados and novices gather and transact tremendous sales that set the image and value of the represented artists and galleries.

Art fair opening night previews are typically fun and exciting. They provide the first opportunity to purchase artwork before the fair opens to the general public. Opening nights are frequently gala events, supporting charities and nonprofit art organizations.

Fairs are not only for trade, but also a wonderful way for the public to enjoy art in a concentrated way, where many galleries bring in works from across the globe for display at the fair.  Typically, all forms of art are exhibited:  paintings, sculptures, photographs, video and “site specific” installations. Fairs are also increasingly broader, and more “commercialized” with more commerce and art forms being added to the mix.  Other cultural disciplines, such as design, fashion, music, dance and food are now blending into the scene.  Pop-up store, tents and temporary galleries are transforming the landscape of single-venue fairs of the past.

The growing popularity and importance of Art Basel Miami Beach, entering into its eleventh edition in 2012, has led to the perhaps the most prolific example of the transcultural format, now drawing almost twenty independent parallel fairs and a seemingly countless number of ancillary cultural events.

Some fairs have been in place for many years.  For example, Art Cologne (Kölner Kunstmarkt), established in 1967 is considered the first art fair organized by and for commercial galleries to exhibit and sell Modern and Contemporary art. The fair runs for almost a week, includes galleries from over 20 countries and attracts about 60,000 visitors.

A few years later, Art Basel was established in 1970 by a group of local gallerists and is now the largest Modern and contemporary art fair in the world. This year in June, 65,000 people attended the fair. Art Basel is the parent company of “Art Basel Miami Beach” and has recently taken over a third fair in Hong Kong, to be produced for the first edition in May 2013.


Biennales are major shows of contemporary art, held every two years. They are typically international in scope and hosted by a major city. A major distinction from Art Fairs is that they are non-commercial.  There is a committee-based selection of artists to show select works, but the art is not for sale.  A biennale usually has an official theme, and is held throughout the host city in many venues. There are more than fifty art and design biennales around the world today, including the Venice, Kassel, Sydney and New York City’s Whitney.

History of the Venice Biennale

Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is one of the most important and prestigious cultural institutions in the world. In 2011, the Biennale recorded over 370,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition, which runs from Jun 1 through the end of November, every “odd” year. Following the introduction of the Art Exhibition, additional cultural festivals were added in the 1930s: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival ever organized). Subsequently, the city hosted the first International Architecture Exhibition in 1980, and added a Dance festival in 1999.  The city is now filled with the festivals year-round.

Arte Americas

Written by judyholm on . Posted in Art Fairs

Arte Americas – Reflections on Latin American Art

(as appeared in Miami Beach News 3/22/12)

Launched in 2003, the year after the first Art Basel Miami Beach, Arte Americas celebrated its tenth edition in early March.  The importance of Arte Americas to metropolitan Miami is paramount.  Not only does our geographic location represent the primary gateway to Latin America, but provides a visible showcase to some of the most important art and artists emanating from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America.

The show was created under the direction of Dora Valdes-Fauli; is backed by a veritable “who’s who” in the art world- with Leslie Pantin as President, Emilio Calleja as Vice President, and an advisory committee of over eighty members, including Paul Cejs, Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, Bonnie Clearwater and Silvia Karman Cubina. This year’s fair contained works from forty-eight local, domestic and international galleries, and included several exceptional projects.  “Art Talks,” open to the fair attendees, approached important topics regarding Latin American art – from current trends and history, to collecting and programming.  The panel included our own Arts and Culture Council board member, and Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum-Silvia Karman Cubina.  The final lecture, entitled “Living in Color” featured the life and work of the brilliant Carlos Cruz-Diez.

I was honored to attend the opening night of the fair, and was dazzled by the vibrant sounds, sights and feeling swirling around the space.  While all of the galleries presented beautiful works of art from very talented artists, a few highlights stood out for me.

Most Magical: Rafael Barrios, represented by Art Nouveau Gallery, creates illusions that defy gravity.  His works seem to literally bounce in the air, yet they are masterfully rooted, with a base that appears delicate and improbable.

I had the delight of meeting the artist at his vernissage last month, and have a deeper appreciation of his work.  In addition to the pieces exhibited here, he has also been commissioned by the city of New York, with a series of nine huge pieces adorning Park Avenue from March through June, located directly in front of the Armory building.  The Armory show, the most important contemporary art fair in New York, also occurs in March.

Most Powerful: The powerful work of Manuel Carbonell was highly visible in the fair.  The smooth, strong, black forms are a joy to behold. To quote the artist, “I search in my sculpture for the essence of the forms and the absence of detail while I struggle to obtain a feeling of monumentality…”

Most Dynamic: George Billis and his New York-based George Billis Gallery.  I chatted with George about his Gallery, and the beautiful and whimsical work of Alejandro Mazon, “The Memory of Rabbits” is a collage of nostalgic images- imbued with religion, family, work, love, heaven and beyond.  It is a fantasy created in acrylic, vintage papers, found objects, and mounted on canvas.

In addition to his Gallery, he directs Red Dot Fairs, present at both the Armory and the prestigious satellite during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Most Creative: West Encounters East, “Light and Shadows” curated by Stella M. Holmes

This exhibition is part of an evolving concept created by collector and museum trustee, Stella M. Holmes.  Cross-cultural ties bind all of the artists represented in this exhibition – Latin American artists with Asian heritage.  The influence of multi-cultural backgrounds is apparent in all of their works.  In particular, I was mesmerized by the photography of Guillermo Ueno, born and working in Buenos Aires, Argentine.   His work demonstrates a juxtaposition of light and dark, emotion often hidden from the faces of the subjects, or obscured from view.  Beautiful.

Most Forward-Thinking: Office of Engaged Teaching, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (ETSCA), established by Dr. Brian Schriner, Dean of FIU Architecture and the Arts, Chair of the Miami Beach Arts and culture Council. 

As previously reviewed in an earlier column, the focus of the Office of ETSCA is “create, innovate and inspire a more beautiful, sustainable, healthy, and just tomorrow” through the Arts.  It is committed to research and activities that will impact the health and sustainability of local and global communities; it will bring together various FIU offices, local governments, business leaders, students, alumni and faculty to accomplish its mission.

FLOR500 is a multidisciplinary project developed by Miami artist Xavier Cortada to commemorate Florida’s quincentenniel in 2013.  500 Floridians will be selected to depict 500 native wild flowers- the same species that adorned the landscape when Ponce de Leon arrived in 1513 and named it “La Florida” from the Spanish word for flower. There will be more exciting components to this project, with connection to the community and the land, thereby fulfilling the mission of the ETSCA.

Arte Americas is an integral and invaluable part of the Miami landscape.  The role of promoting and highlighting a vast range of artists from around the world, with connections and ties to Miami, is critical for the further development of our culture.  From the well-established masters, to the innovative and bold students, the works exhibited at Arte Americas is a beautiful showcase for the past, present and future of art in Miami, resonating with the important heritage from Latin America.

Bravo to the countless individuals who have contributed to the success and ensured the future of this wonderful fair.  We look forward to seeing you all again in 2013!

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A Highlighted Selection of 2012 International Fairs

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A highlighted selection of 2012 International Fairs 

With hundreds of  art fairs happening across the globe, the list below is of many of the major fairs, with an emphasis on the US and European markets.

January 2012 Art Fairs

Miami International Art Fair
January 12 – 16, 2012
Seafair MIA (Maimi)
Intercontinental Hotel Dock adjacent to Bayfront Park aboard SeaFair
January 12 – 16, 2012
London Art Fair
January 18 – 22, 2012
Los Angeles Art Show
January 18 – 22, 2012

Art Los Angeles Contemporary
January 19 – 22, 2012

Art Palm Beach
January 20 – 23, 2012
San Francisco Fine Print Fair
January 27 – 29, 2012

February 2012 Art Fairs

San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show
February 2 – 5, 2012
American International Fine Art Fair (Palm Beach)
February 3 – 12, 2012
Art Rotterdam (Netherlands)
February 9 – 12, 2012
ARCO (Madrid)
February 15 – 19, 2012
Seafair MIA (Miami)
Intercontinental Hotel Dock adjacent to Bayfront Park aboard SeaFair
February 16 – 20, 2012

Art Wynwood (Miami)
February 16 – 20, 2012
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
February 17 – 21, 2012


March 2012 Art Fairs

arteamericas (Latin American Art) Fair (Miami)
March 2 – 5, 2012
The Art Show (New York)
March 6 – 11, 2012

  • Scope New York
    March 7 – 11, 2012
  • Art Now (New York)
    March 8 – 11, 2012
  • Theorize NY (New York)
    March 8 – 11, 2012
  • The Armory Show (New York)
    March 8 – 11, 2012
  • Fountain Art Fair New York
    March 9 – 11, 2012
  • PooL Art Fair New York
    March 9 – 11, 2012


  • Contemporary Video Art Fair (New York)
    March 9 – 11, 2012


  • Volta NY (New York)
    March 9 – 11, 2012

TEFAF Maastricht 2012 (The Netherlands)
March 16 – 25, 2012
Art Dubai
March 21 – 24, 2012
New York Arts of Pacific Asia Show
March 20 – 25, 2012
Glasgow Art Show (Scotland)
March 23 – 25, 2012
Art Paris Art Fair 2012
March 29th – April 1, 2012

April 2012 Art Fairs

CIGE 2012 – China International Gallery Exposition (Beijing)
April 12 – 15, 2012
Dallas Art Fair (Dallas, TX)
April 13 -15, 2012
Mexico Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City)
April 18 – 22, 2012
Art Cologne (Germany)
April 18 – 22, 2012
Art Brussels (Belgium)
April 19 – 22, 2012

May 2012 Art Fairs

Pulse New York
May 3 – 6, 2012
Red Dot New York (Canceled due to labor union disputes)
May 3 – 6, 2012
Frieze New York
May 4 – 7,2012
May 4 – 7,2012
SF Fine Art Fair (San Francisco) 
May 17 – 19, 2012
Hong Kong International Art Fair (China)
May 17 – 20, 2012
Seafair – Greenwich Art and Design (Greenwich, CT)
Docked at Marina Jacks aboard SeaFair
May 24 – 28, 2012

June 2012 Art Fairs

Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair (London)
June 7 – 17, 2012
Art Antiques London (London)
June 13 – 20, 2012
Art 43 Basel (Switzerland)
June 14 – 17, 2012

GZ-ART BASEL (Switzerland)
June 13 – 17, 2012

Festival International Montreal en Arts (F.I.M.A) (Montreal)
June 27 – July 1, 2012
Master Drawings London 2012
June 27 – July 5, 2012


July 2012 Art Fairs

July 13 – 15, 2012
artMRKT Hamptons (Bridgehampton, NY)
July 19 – 22, 2012


August 2012 Art Fairs

August 2 – 5, 2012
Art Nocturne Knocke – International Art and Antiques Fair (Belgium)
August 11 – 19, 2012

September 2012 Art Fairs

Sao Paolo Biennale, Sep 5-11
SH – The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair (Shanghai, China)
September 7 – 9, 2012
Berliner Liste 2012
September 13 – 16, 2012
Houston Fine Art Fair
September 14 – 16, 2012
Art Now – Chicago
September 20 – 23, 2012
AVENUE Antiques, Art & Design at the Armory (New York, NY)
September 21 – 24, 2012

October 2012 Art Fairs

Fine Art Asia 2012 (Hong Kong)
October 4 – 7, 2012

Frieze Art Fair (London)
October 11 – 14, 2012

Paris FIAC – Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain,

18 – 21 October 2012


Texas Contemporary Art Fair (Houston)
October 18 – 21, 2012

American Craft Show NYC and Contemporary Art Fair NYC
October 19-21, 2012

Wynwood Art Fair (Miami)
October 26 – 29, 2012

November 2012 Art Fairs

Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (Dallas)
November 1 – 5, 2012
Abu Dhabi Art (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
November 7 – 10, 2012


December 2012 Art Fairs – Miami and Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach
December 6 – 9, 2012
Aqua 12 at the Aqua Hotel (Miami Beach)
December 6 – 9, 2012
Art Miami
December 5 – 9, 2012
ART ASIA (Miami)
December 5 – 9, 2012
TBD – Arts for a Better World (2011)
TBD – Art NOW (2011)
Design Miami, Dec 5-9
Fountain Art Fair, December 6-9
INK Miami Art Fair (Miami Beach)
December 5 – 9, 2012
International Contemporary Jewelry Fair (ICJF), which will premiere during Art Basel Miami Beach week, December 4th to the 9th of 2012 (NEW)
NADA Art Fair – Miami Beach
December 5 – 9, 2012
TBD Pool (2011)
December 5 – 9, 2012
Red Dot Miami
December 5 – 9, 2012
Scope Miami
December 4 – 9, 2012
Select Fair – Miami Beach
December 5 – 9, 2012
AOA Tribal Art Miami Show
December 6 – 9, 2012

Untitled, Dec 5-9 2012 (NEW)

Verge Art Miami Beach
December 6 – 9, 2012

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011

Written by judyholm on . Posted in Art Fairs

(excerpts from article appearing in Miami Beach News 12/14/11)

The Monday morning after “Art Basel week” for art lovers around the globe feels like the day after Christmas or Hanukah.  All the bright, shiny presents were opened, ripped open, to discover the joys inside.  The new toys have been discovered, played with and now put away in the closet.  The new sweaters tried on and now folded neatly in their new drawers.  The memories of rich meals still heavy in our bellies. The new gym routine can wait a few more days.

It’s time to relish the gifts of the previous week.  Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, or ABMB, concluded the tenth consecutive year.  The year-long preparation culminated in an intense myriad of art, performing art, design, jewelry, cars, fashion, music, dancing, food and wine. 

While the figures of the sale of art were still being compiled, the ripple effect of the frenzied week of art fairs and exhibitions with their competing vernissages was indelible in our minds…

I visited Miami Beach last November, specifically to attend ABMB 2010.  The trip was comparative research for my pending projects in the forthcoming Venice Biennale.  Nothing prepared me for the experience, and how incredibly consuming the week of art has become here.  Returning back to San Francisco, I announced to my friends and colleagues that I was relocating to Miami Beach. Yes, relocating.

Flash forward to ABMB 2011, and here I was, a proud newcomer to “the beach.”  I share with my friends around the world every day (thank you facebook) how ecstatic I am to be living in this amazing city.  And, reflecting on ABMB 2011, I am even more delighted than before.

The pulse of Miami Beach, already vibrant, races furiously for this week of art and culture.  During the past year of preparation, art aficionados train like triathletes.  Who’s going to be hot this year?  What will surprise us?  Who will disappoint?  Who’s buying?  Who’s gone up, and who’s gone down?  How much can we consume of the simultaneous fairs and programs that now compete for our attention… How can we measure the success- from the actual sale of art to publicity, buzz, press, social media tweets and face book postings?

ABMB spawned 14 collateral fairs, spread across Miami Beach and Miami.  On Miami Beach, the centerpiece is the official show in the convention center, with 260 international galleries representing the most prestigious art on the market today.  Most serious art collectors and their agents make their deals prior to arriving, and show up privately for a few hours to complete the transactions.  Millions of dollars exchange hands quietly, before the frenzy.

Rippling out from the epicenter, are not only the 14 parallel fairs, but countless other exhibitions, galleries, restaurants and hotels- all showcasing some form of art. 

Art, art, art is everywhere.

After my personal experience from 2010, when, as a benefactor to MOCA Miami and the Guggenheims, I had “invitations” to some of the most elite openings and associated parties; I still wanted an even better experience this year.

And I got it.  Through “Special VIP” status, art collectors, press, and other connected and hip art “people” gain access to the inner sanctum of the VIP Lounge, hosted by the top fair sponsors, from UBS, Cartier and Net Jets to Bally and Ruinart Champagne.

Perched on my lovely central spot in the lounge, courtesy of Ruinart, I greeted friends from London, Paris, Berlin, Venice, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  I met new friends.  “Wow, amazing” I thought… we’re all here at the same time- gathered for art, art, and more art.

From this preview spot, we were all able to compare notes.  Notes about the art world and its people.  Notes about summers in St. Tropez and Ibiza.  Notes about which parties were supposed to be the most fun.  And back to art.  And so on.

The proliferation of art and culture centered in Miami Beach is truly impressive.  This beautiful jewel of a city shines with its dynamic and strong pulse, friendly and hospitable inhabitants, fascinating and complex international influence and forward-focus on the importance and practice of art and culture.  Thank you ABMB.  Thank you Miami Beach for this warm welcome.



Best Show: ABMB

Best Concept and Program: Arts for a Better World

Best Lecture: Art Basel Conversations- Karl Holmqvist poetry reading

Strong Showing: Art Miami, NADA, Design

Most Exciting: Bass Museum/Art Public (Collins Park)

Always Amazing: New World Center

Best Party: Shelborne Hotel/Art of Night

Best Kept Secret: Miami Beach Botanical Garden


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