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These are the best Art Basel Miami satellite art fairs to check out in 2022

Learn all you need to know about SCOPE, NADA and more can’t-miss satellite fairs during Art Basel Miami 2022.

Virginia Gil
Falyn Wood
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Virginia Gil
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Falyn Wood
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Looking to get away from the crowds this Miami Art Week? Good luck—the city is pretty much gridlocked between the dates of November 25 and December 4. Still, if you’re willing to explore beyond the beaten path of Art Basel proper (the prestigious international show that started it all, located inside Miami Beach Convention Center), you might find yourself pleasantly surprised at what you can see.

It’s worth the extra effort (and, in most cases, the extra money) to check out the abundance of satellite art and design fairs that have sprung up in the fertile soils created by Art Basel Miami Beach over its 21-year existence. So please do schedule some time for them in between your lunches at Mandolin and suntan sessions on Miami’s best beaches.

Whether you’re just dipping a toe into the madness or a seasoned veteran, we’ve combed the great wide web, parsed dozens of press releases and called upon our own years of boots-on-the-ground experience to bring you this definitive, 2022 guide to the best Art Basel satellite fairs. If you’re already feeling tired just reading this, remember: cafecito is a hell of a drug.

RECOMMENDED: Your guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2022

Art Basel Miami 2022 satellite art fairs

Now in its 18th year, Design Miami returns to the Art Basel-adjacent Pride Park for its 2022 program, framed around the theme of The Golden Age: Looking to the Future, which celebrates a tomorrow of our own creation. Curated by Maria Cristina Didero, this year’s hopeful curatorial thread weaves together 36 of the world's leading historic and contemporary galleries, plus 13 curio exhibitors focused on explorations of cutting-edge design thinking. Convention Center Drive and 19th St, Miami Beach. Nov 30–Dec 4; $31–$112.50.

Another big art fair on the sands of Miami Beach, Untitled aims to be an inclusive, collaborative platform for discovering contemporary art by emerging artists and historical figures. Its latest program, NEST, creates a new sector of subsidized booths to help mitigate traditional entry barriers to art fair participation. This year, they’re also reintroducing their writers-in-residence program to cultivate the next generation of art critics. Untitled is big on ensuring local galleries are represented and works alongside the city of Miami Beach to ensure a zero-impact presentation. Ocean Dr and 12th St, Miami Beach. Nov 29–Dec 3; $45.

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Celebrating 20 years in Miami, the New Art Dealers Alliance has become known for showcasing underexposed artists and their works, bringing life to Miami Art Week with its young gallerists, such as folks from Toronto’s Franz Kaka and San Juan’s Embajada. This year, expect 146 galleries, art spaces and nonprofit organizations spanning over 40 cities from around the globe. It’s a slight dip from last year’s 170 exhibitors, but a huge leap from the 35 galleries that took part in NADA’s inaugural Miami edition in 2003. Ice Palace Studios, 1400 North Miami Ave. Nov 30–Dec 3; $35–$150.

Following up its record-breaking twentieth year, SCOPE reopens this year with more than 150 exhibitors. To further its mission to platform new artists and mediums, SCOPE’s experiential, multidisciplinary pavilion on the sand, New Contemporary, will once again display large-scale installations and host musical performances, panel discussions, guided meditations and morning yoga sessions. By night, the space transforms into a full nightclub with rotating DJs—because, hey, it’s South Beach. 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Nov 29–Dec 4; $60.

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For its 16th edition, the eminent fair for Latin American and Hispanic artists relocates to The Hangar in Coconut Grove, the historic base of Pan American airlines. Here, in a light-filled, high-tech hangar on the edge of the water, Pinta brings together programs, initiatives and international curators to ensure the visibility of Latin American art in a global context. This year, Omar-Pascual Castillo, Mario Gioia and José Antonio Navarrete will curate the Main Section; Oscar Roldán Alzate curates the Solo-Duo Projects and Main Section; Félix Suazo curates Special Projects; Florencia Portocarrero curates NEXT; Gean Moreno curates Intersections, and architect Daniel Fischer curates the design and spatial distribution of the fair. Hangar Pan Am, 3385 Pan American Drive. Nov 30–Dec 4; $TBD.

Art Basel (and many other shows) fork over their prime real estate to established, out-of-our-price-range names. Here, CONTEXT steps in to place emerging and mid-career artists front and center. This year’s 10th-anniversary lineup of international galleries includes Gallery G-77 (Kyoto, Japan) and Art.M (Luxembourg), among hundreds of artists from 75 galleries and more than 20 countries around the world. One Herald Plaza at 14th St. Nov 29–Dec 4; $40–$275.

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Miami’s OG art fair—and the second most attended in the world—returns to its illustrious bayfront location for a 32nd edition featuring a huge lineup of investment quality paintings, drawings, design, sculpture, NFTs, video art, photography and prints from more than 155 leading galleries across 17 countries. It’s the oldest of its kind in Miami and, as one of the first big fairs to open its doors to visitors, serves as the unofficial kickoff to Miami Art Week. One Herald Plaza, NE 14th St. Nov 29–Dec 4; $40–$275.

Billed as “two fairs under one roof,” Spectrum and Red Dot are among the longest-running fairs during Miami Art Week, together covering more than 100,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space in the heart of Wynwood. This year, over 35,000 attendees will flock to see the work of more than 1,000 artists showcased by over 280 exhibitors. Art enthusiasts and industry leaders will also return to enjoy [SOLO], highlighting established and independent emerging artists. Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 2217 NW 5th Avenue. Nov 30–Dec 4; $25–$100 (free for children 12 and under).

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Every single room of a boutique South Beach hotel is transformed into gallery spaces for the 16th annual Aqua fair, which brings an intimate and true local vibe to Miami Art Week. Make your way through mini-galleries made up of international exhibitors, featuring hundreds of artists from Miami and around the globe, and gather in the breezy hotel courtyard to discuss your favorites. The full program and exhibitors list has yet to be announced, but performance art is a huge part of the fair that’s previously featured live tattooing among its exhibitions. Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Nov 30–Dec 4; $20–$275 (free for children 12 and under).

Founded in 2013 in New York’s Lower East Side, today’s Fridge Art Fair remains dedicated to presenting eclectic, anti-commercial art in tandem with Frieze Week in NYC and Art Basel Miami. This year, Fridge returns to its home base at Esquina de Abuela in Miami’s blossoming Allapattah neighborhood. The theme for 2022 is Art Camp, a challenge to presenters to utilize the venue's unique features. Expect artists, curators and dealers of all ages from around the world to pitch their tents and present their works outdoors and in semi-enclosed spaces, kind of like the Coconut Grove Art Festival. There will be campfires, s’mores and lots of inclusive, good energy at this pet-friendly fair. Esquina de Abuela, 2705 NW 22nd Ave, Nov 29–Dec 3.

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The artist-run fair, back for its seventh edition, brings art to life—literally. Satellite focuses on performance, time-based media and installations, but brings exhibitors and VR/AR activations back into the mix this year as well. It's also relocating to Indian Beach Park, the former location of Pulse Art Fair adjacent to the Fontainebleau Hotel. Projects, performances and videos will be presented from inside shipping containers amidst outdoor installations. Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Nov 29–Dec 4; $20–$100.

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