For the first few days of December, a good percentage of the international art world will be in Miami for its annual week of art fairs, wheeling and dealing, partying and networking—reveling in the apparently never-ending art-market boom. Art Basel Miami Beach is the main draw, but there are also numerous other satellite fairs aiming to draw crowds, each with its own focus. Below, a succinct guide to the action. (Note that the hours listed are for the general public. There are also VIP times, vernissage times, and press times, and if you can secure a VIP card—or a friend with one—the rules of the game change.)
ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
The king of them all, with more than 250 galleries—the bluest of the blue chip.
Location: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Hours: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 3–8 p.m.; December 5–6, 12–8 p.m.; December 7, 2014, 12–6 p.m.
Admission: adults $45, all days $100, students/seniors $30
NADA MIAMI BEACH
The New Art Dealers Alliance, which started its Miami fair in 2003, will have about 100 exhibitors—a bevy of young galleries alongside onetime-scrappy outfits that are now established.
Location: Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Hours: December 4, 2–8 p.m.; December 5–6, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; December 7, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
In its third year, Untitled will have about 100 galleries in a tent on the beach at 12th Street. The focus is on emerging and mid-career artists.
Location: On the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street
Hours: December 3, 3–7 p.m.; December 4–6, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; December 7, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Admission: adults $25, students/seniors/Miami Beach residents $15
The 25-year-old fair will present some 200 galleries—125 in its main section and 75 in its Context section, which focuses on young artists—in a tent in Wynwood.
Location: 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami
Hours: December 3, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; December 4–6, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; December 7, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Admission: adults $35, with catalog $75, multi-day $105, students and seniors $105
The blue-chip design fair is toasting its 10th edition this year with 35 design galleries. It’s conveniently located just across the street from Miami Basel.
Location: Meridian Avenue & 19th Street
Hours: December 3–4, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; December 5, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; December 6, 12–8 p.m.; December 7, 12–6 p.m.
Admission: adults $25, students and seniors $55
Run by Art Market Productions, which organizes Texas Contemporary, Art Market Hamptons, and other fairs, Miami Project will include just under 100 exhibitors in a tent in Miami, near Art Miami.
Location: Corner of NE 1st Avenue and NE 34th Street, Miami
Hours: December 3–4, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; December 5, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; December 6, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; December 7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Admission: adults $25, multi-day pass $35
For its 10th edition, the satellite fair moves from Miami to a tent in Indian Beach Park in Miami Beach. It features 70-odd exhibitors.
Location: 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Hours: December 4, 1 p.m.–7 p.m.; December 5–6, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; December 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: adults $20, multi-day pass $25, students/seniors $10
More than 100 exhibitors will fill a pavilion in Miami Beach for Scope. There is also a Heineken House area, which features live painting performances and Heineken beer.
Location: 910 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Hours: December 3–7, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Admission: adults $30, students $20
Information compiled by Anna Heyward