There are lots of art fairs in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2023.-‘Oh my god’ way too many’ – and with the traffic chaos it’s hard to do more than a couple in a day so we at FAD have picked just 5 for you to see this year – They might not be the ‘best’ but they are all super interesting and fun –
1 Art Basel Miami Beach December 6th – 10th, (6&7 VIP’s) 2023, Miami Beach Convention Center
The big one – In December, the foremost art fair in the Americas will host a remarkable assembly of 277 premier international galleries, with 25 new additions enhancing an already impressive roster of seasoned exhibitors, the majority of whom originate from North and Latin America. The Meridians sector, dedicated to monumental artworks, will showcase 19 thought-provoking projects, including new and site-specific works, emphasizing fresh perspectives on our collective relationship with the planet. Within the Kabinett sector, 30 galleries will present 28 meticulously curated installations within their main booths.
Art Basel’s Conversations program, open to the public, will make a return, featuring live debates among thought leaders on pivotal topics shaping the realms of art and culture, with a particular emphasis on celebrating Latin America. Beyond the fair halls, Art Basel will extend its reach by collaborating with world-class institutions, private collections, and cultural partners, offering an expanded program of exhibitions and events across Miami Beach throughout the fair week. @artbasel
2 Design Miami December 6th-10th, Preview Day December 5th, Miami Beach Convention Center
The Good Looking one- We know this isn’t strictly an art fair but they usually show works that look like better art than a lot of the art at the art fairs. Featuring over 40 gallery and Curio presentations that respond to the curatorial theme, “Where We Stand.” Additionally, there are more than 20 brand collaborations, including partnerships with Maestro Dobel, Birkenstock, Kohler, and Audi.
Notable highlights include Adrian Sassoon (London) and Sarah Myerscough Gallery (London) shedding light on our shared environment. Moderne Gallery (Philadelphia) takes center stage with an exhibition dedicated to 20th-century historic designs engaging in a dialogue with 21st-century contemporary works. Debuting at the event are Curios Marta (Los Angeles) and Victoria Yakusha (Kyiv and Brussels), both celebrating the essence of human connection. @designmiami
3 Untitled Art Miami Beach, 6th-10th, Preview Day December 5th,12th Street and Ocean Drive.
The one by the Beach – The Untitled Art Fair will have more than 160 exhibitors. The event will have two themes: “Gender Equality in the Arts” and “Curating in the Digital Age.” The 2023 edition of Untitled will be the fair’s largest to date, with a 15 percent increase in exhibitors from last year and a special “Nest” sector dedicated to emerging art spaces and nonprofits, through which Untitled provides subsidized booths. Galleries in the Nest section include Bogotá’s Casa Hoffman, Miami’s Dimensions Variable, Buenos Aires’s PASTO, and more. @untitledartfairs
In addition, 35% of the exhibitors and nearly 60% of the artists they are showing identify as female or non-binary, according to Untitled, while 37% of artists and 23% of exhibitors identify as BIPOC, Latin American, or Asian. Exhibitors hail from 39 different countries stretching from South America to Africa to Europe.
4 FRIDGE in Miami December 7th – 10th, Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove
The FUN inclusive friendly one – Probably the most fun fair in Miami – Fridge Art Fair presents The Rainbow Popsicle Edition celebrating 10 years of the Fridge in Miami. The Grand Popsicle Gala and Art Auction Benefiting Buddy System MIA Wednesday, December 6th – 6-10 pm
“Color the Fridge” a Collaboration with Buddy System MIA and Fridge to be colored by visitors who are encouraged to bring canned goods throughout the fair to FILL THE FRIDGE, Live Music by Battle Funk and the Popsicles, Rainbow Cocktails and Prosecco Popsicles in the Courtyard Bar, A Collage amd Connect POSTCARD WALL with notes of support to the LGBTQ+ community by collaboARTive, Blow-up pool popsicles, so many popsicles, and Goody Bags with mini-art. Community partners include two other artist-founded organizations, Buddy System MIA, and collaboARTive. RAINBOW POPSICLE FLAGS OVER FRIDGE will mark the spot for an Art and LGBTQ+ community hub for Miami Art Week 2023 in Coconut Grove. Happening Daily: Sweatin’ With The Oldies with Samantha Sabatino. A Giant Rotating Rainbow Popsicle by David Craig Ellis, The Alcove by Kaitlin Martin, Popsicle Trivia, and a Poolside Sculpture Garden. @fridge_art_fair_official
5 Pinta Miami, 6th-10th December, The Hangar at Regatta Harbour
The one for Spanish Speakers everywhere and anyone interested in Latin America -Now in its 17th edition, Pinta Miami returns to The Hangar in Coconut Grove after a successful event last year with 51 exhibitors from 15 countries. The historical venue, once the base of Pan American Airlines, adds a distinctive character to the event. Irene Gelfman, Pinta Art’s new global curator, is committed to reinforcing Pinta’s position as the premier international platform for showcasing modern and contemporary Latin American art. Diego Costa Peuser, the creator of Pinta Miami, a prominent figure in the Latin American art scene with 43 years of experience, leads the initiative. Alongside Gelfman, Giuliana Vidarte, and Félix Suazo, who curate NEXT and SPECIAL PROJECTS, respectively, contribute to the success of this 17th edition. Beyond Pinta Miami, Costa Peuser has established the Pinta Art Foundation in the United States, focusing on the education and expansion of Latin American art.