Basel & Beyond
In addition to hosting the annual celebration of contemporary art, Miami is buzzing this month with places to go and things to do—from satellite fairs to cuisine from a “Top Chef”
1. Art Basel Miami
The four-day fest, expected to draw more than 70,000 attendees, will feature works from more than 250 international galleries. Some 4,000 artists will unite in Miami Beach to showcase paintings, sculptures, photographs, films, interactive installations and ambitious large-scale pieces. Eventgoers will experience a range of specialized galleries, including never-before-seen pieces, thematic exhibits, cultural shows, film screenings and outdoor public art.
Details: Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; artbasel.com/miami-beach); Dec. 7, 3 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 8–9, noon to 8 p.m.; Dec. 10, noon to 6 p.m.
2. Art Miami and Context
The 28th edition of Art Miami, considered the city’s original and longest-running contemporary and modern art fair, will be held on the downtown waterfront. Similar to years past, the event will present an array of iconic and unique works and installations. Just a few feet away, Context, Art Miami’s sister fair, presents emerging and mid-career artists in a more-intimate atmosphere that gives attendees the chance to chat with artists and curators.
Details: One Herald Plaza (NE 14th St., Miami; artmiami.com and contextartmiami.com); Dec. 6–9, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3. Aqua Art Miami
Inside the Aqua Hotel in South Beach, more than 50 international art houses will transform intimate hotel rooms into satellite exhibits replete with sculptures, prints and more. Standout exhibitions, which follow this year’s theme of fashion, style and their connection to contemporary art, include live tattoo art demonstrations and a showcase of 20th-century designers and luxury vintage fashion titled, “Which Comes First, the Art or the Fashion?”
Details: Aqua Hotel (1530 Collins Ave., aquaartmiami.com); Dec. 7, noon to 9 p.m.; Dec. 8–9, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Basel at Hive, a garden-style pop-up lounge in Wynwood. Expect craft cocktails, music, DJ performances and a food-truck garden complete with eats from Arepa Queen, Potato Corner, the Original Greek and more. Keep an eye out for “Behind the Bar,” where local mixologists from spots such as Beaker & Gray and Bitter Truth will host cocktail demonstrations with complimentary samplings.
Details: Mana Wynwood (2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; hivewynwood.com); Dec. 6, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Dec. 7, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Dec. 8, 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Dec. 9, noon to 3 a.m.; Dec. 10, noon to 9 p.m.
5. Basel House
Swing by Wynwood for a mural festival, where street artists will paint more than 40 works of wall art within a six-block area. There also will be a digital arts and virtual reality playground, live music, food trucks, a “Sweet Spot” with Instagram-worthy desserts, and the neighborhood’s first-ever live demo of a robot painting a life-size mural.
Details: RC Cola Plant (550 NW 24th St.; baselhouse.com); Dec. 7, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Dec. 8–9, noon to 3 a.m.; Dec. 10, noon to 9 p.m.
6. Scope Miami Beach
Another tent-on-the-beach exhibit, this is one of the largest satellite fairs during Basel week, entering its 17th year. This year, Scope will feature art from more than 140 international exhibitors from 25 countries, including nightly programming.
Details: 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; scope-art.com; Dec. 6–10, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
7. Stubborn Seed
“Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford fuses food and art inside his first solo venture on Miami Beach, which opened in September. Dishes are crafted with taste and design in mind, using vibrant edible flowers, whimsical dishware and clouds of white smoke to create a theatrical dining experience. If you go, opt for the six- to eight-course tasting menu, curated by Ford.
Details: 101 Washington Ave., 786.322.5211; stubbornseed.com
8. Design Miami
Dedicated to “collectible design” and architecture, this satellite fair is full of 20th- and 21st-century furniture, lighting and objets d’art, conveniently located adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Details: Meridian Avenue at 19th St.; miami2017.designmiami.com; Dec. 6, noon to 8 p.m.; Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 9, noon to 8 p.m.; Dec. 10, noon to 6 p.m.
9. The Faena District
Spanning five blocks of Collins Avenue, the $1 billion district is a work of art itself. The neighborhood, created by Argentine entrepreneur Alan Faena, includes two hotels, three condos, a cultural center, restaurants and bars.
Details: 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305.534.8800; faena.com/miami-beach
10. The Sagamore
Nicknamed the “Art Hotel,” the Sagamore on Miami Beach displays a diverse collection of work throughout the hotel’s grounds. The hotel also is known to host a sought-after Art Basel-inspired brunch party, complete with art, bubbly and music.
Details: 1671 Collins Ave.; 305.535.8088; sagamorehotel.com.