The best Art Basel Miami 2017 satellite art fairs

A look at the fairs you can’t miss during Art Basel Miami 2017, from Context to Scope and other Miami Art Week highlights
Photograph: Courtesy M Sharkey
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Since it launched in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach has attracted so many collectors, art luminaries and curious creative types that the event has mushroomed into Miami Art Week. It’s a catchall title to describe the arty parties, Art Basel Miami 2017 events and growing number of satellite fairs that are spreading like wildfire across the city—from South Beach to Wynwood and new neighborhoods such as Little Haiti. Once you’ve eyeballed the main fair (especially our picks of the must-see Art Basel Miami 2017 galleries), mosey over to one or all of our favorite Art Basel Miami 2017 satellite art fairs.

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Art Basel Miami 2017 satellite art fairs

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Pluto at Fridge Art Fair
Photograph: Courtesy Fridge Art Fair

Fridge Art Fair

Housed in South Beach’s Blue Moon Hotel, Fridge Art Fair features the Magnet Project, in which artists are encouraged to create a magnet to be displayed, as well as “Fridge Dog All Star Wall of Fame,” highlighting famous four-legged friends. Blue Moon Hotel, 944 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Dec 3–10; $10–$15.

Photograph: Courtesy Fridge Art Fair

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Marcel Wanders, Diamond Screen, 2017
Photograph: Courtesy Louis Vuitton Objets Nomade

Design Miami

The fest is to interior design what Art Basel Miami Beach is to art. Innovation and architecture collide here in museum-quality exhibitions. This year, Design Miami partners with Maison Perrier-Jouët to bring three digital installations by Chicago-based artists Luftwerk. The Art–Nouveau–inspired projections will be on display inside the fair, at L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët and Miami International Airport. Louis Vuitton’s exquisite Objets Nomades limited-edition collection of travel-inspired furniture and home accessories returns to Design Miami returns to the fair. Patricia Urquiola’s Palaver Chair and Marcel Wanders’s leather Diamond Screen will be on display, among other collectibles. Miami Beach Convention Center parking lot, Meridian Ave and 19th St. Dec 5–10. $20–$80.

Marcel Wanders, Diamond Screen, 2017

Photograph: Courtesy Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades

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Scope Miami Beach
Photograph: Courtesy Scope Miami Beach

SCOPE Miami Beach

With works from 25 countries, SCOPE has plenty to keep your eyes entertained. Last year brought a heavy dose of pop art, but guests can expect more street art this time around: Denver’s Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series winner Thomas Evans debuts here. This year’s special programs curator happens to be six-time NBA All Star Amar’e Stoudemire, who commissioned Brooklyn artist Steven Cogle to create a 40-foot installation based on his work interpreting the African diaspora. Buenos Aires artist Felipe Pantone’s site-specific installation, which features hundreds of hand-painted conduits as a three-dimensional gradient, adorns the greets visitors in the pavilion’s atrium. 801 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. Dec 5–10; $24–$150.

Photograph: Courtesy Scope Miami Beach

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Sunrise Blob and Sunset Blob, 2017 at Aqua Art
Photograph: Courtesy Aqua Art

Aqua Art Miami

In a South Beach hotel where rooms are transformed into gallery spaces, Aqua, now in its 13th year, brings an intimate and true Miami vibe to Art Week. Expect live tattoo art by Thea Duskin, known for her exquisite watercolor designs, and a fashion exhibit “Which Comes First, the Art or the Fashion?”—which features an installation dedicated to Keith Haring. Multimedia performances take place in the AQUA Moments sector, where sound, light and scent combine to provide visitors with a multisensory experience. Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Dec 6–10; $20–$95.

Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University, Sunrise Blob and Sunset Blob, 2017

Photograph: Courtesy Aqua Art Miami

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Pablo Picasso, La Balustrade at Art Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Art Miami

Art Miami

The 28th edition of Art Miami, which moves from midtown to downtown this year, brings 140-plus galleries to Miami, introducing audiences to the onslaught of events during the rest of the week. It’s one of Miami’s most inclusive fairs, so don’t be surprised to see works from local galleries, such as Bernice Steinbaum in Coconut Grove and Art Nouveau in Coral Gables, presented alongside pieces from far-flung cities like Frankfurt, Seoul and Paris. Have your camera ready as you walk in or you’ll miss the opportunity to photograph what promises to be one of this year’s most Instagrammed pieces: Michael Kalish’s The Art of Finding Love sculpture located at the fair’s entrance.

One Herald Plaza, NE 14th St. Dec 6–10; $35–$95.

Pablo Picasso, La Balustrade, 1953

Photograph: Courtesy Landau Contemporary at Galerie Dominion

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Rene Ricard at Half Gallery
Photograph: Courtesy Half Gallery

NADA Art Fair

Known for showcasing underexposed artists and their works, New Art Dealers Alliance brings life to Miami Art Week with its young gallerists, such as New York City’s Half Gallery, which exhibits 20 Rene Ricard works and one never-before-seen work by the artist. Chances are you’ll discover something on the cusp here. This year, Pérez Art Museum Miami curators María Elena Ortiz and René Morales will select one piece from the fair for PAMM’s permanent holdings. Ice Palace Studios, 1400 North Miami Ave. Dec 7–10; $10–$40.

Rene Ricard

Photograph: Courtesy Half Gallery

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Untitled, Miami Beach
Photograph: Courtesy M Sharkey

Untitled, Miami Beach 

Also parked on the sand, the sixth edition of Untitled brings a heavy dose of contemporary art with its biggest showing to date—136 exhibitors from 26 countries around the world, including Cuba and Iran. In addition to its gallery sections, the fair features numerous solo presentations, such as new exhibitor False Flag, which brings a suite of four sculptures by Sterling Crispin from New York. Untitled also welcomes a group of artist-run and nonprofit exhibitions, including Aperture Foundation and Brodsky Center at Rutgers University. Ocean Dr and 12th St, Miami Beach. Dec 6–10; $15–$25.

Photograph: Courtesy M Sharkey

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Red Dot Miami
Photograph: Robert J. Hibbs

Red Dot

Red Dot Miami, which shares a tent with sister fair, Spectrum Miami, is one of Miami Art Week’s few gallery-only fairs. Now in its 12th year, the international showcase includes works by more than 75 galleries and 500–plus artists. Not in the market for new art? Red Dot also hosts Art Labs, Art Talks and special events to keep you entertained. 1700 NE 2nd Ave. Dec 6–10; $10–$85.

Photograph: Robert J. Hibbs

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Hector Arce-Espasas, Ode to Paradise (Dancers), 2017
Photograph: Etienne Frossard

Pulse Miami Beach

More than 70 galleries from all over the world will be on display under a massive pop-up structure in Mid-Beach. For its 13th edition, Pulse Miami Beach reenlisted guest curators Rebecca Jampol and Jasmine Wahi to lead PLAY, a dedicated showcase for video and new media art, under the umbrella theme “Power.” The pair handpicked 10 finalists from 800 total submissions. Pulse’s Projects sector comprises several large-scale sculptures that address fertility (Fischer Cherry, Fertility, 2017), immigration (Jeana Eve Klein, Recent Activity, 2017) and other prescient issues. Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Ave. Dec 7–10; $15–$100.

Hector Arce-Espasas, Ode to Paradise (Dancers), 2017

Photograph: Etienne Frossard

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Spectrum Miami Art Week
Photograph: Robert J. Hibbs

Spectrum

This five-day, juried art fair does more than exhibit work, hosting talks, workshops and meet-and-greet with artists daily. More than 160 exhibitors are expected at the seventh edition, informed by 2017’s curatorial theme [FUSION], including Noor Blazekovic from Irreversible Projects in Miami, whose floral installation adorns the show’s entrance. The Katyushka doll of Miami Art Week, Spectrum boasts show-within-a-show ArtSpot—a contemporary art fair by international and Latin American artists—and [FOTO SOLO], a stand-alone photography exhibit by 10 international artists. Sweetening the deal for visitors this year, Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami have partnered with Frost Science to provide free admission to the fairs for those who purchase a Total Experience ticket from the museum during Miami Art Week. 1700 NE 2nd Ave. Dec 6–10; $10–$85.

Photograph: Robert J. Hibbs

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