Mark Dahle's tips for visiting
Art Basel Miami Beach
and Miami Art Week
December 3-9, 2018


Your day-by-day guide
to the world's best art event.


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Moore building, Miami Art Week

Special exhibits are scattered throughout the city during Miami Art Week. One example: Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch will be presenting Pop Minimalism / Minimalist Pop in the Design District starting Tuesday night. (This photo is from a prior exhibit of theirs in the same space.)


Miami Art Week is your best opportunity to see the most modern and contemporary art in the shortest amount of time - and this guide will help you maximize your trip.

Miami palm

The biggest of the fairs is Art Basel Miami Beach, with more than 200 galleries from around the world represented in the Miami Beach Convention Center. If you want to see a painting or sculpture worth more than $10 million, chances are that this is where you'll have to go. But even though Art Basel Miami Beach includes most of the biggest galleries worldwide, if it's the only art fair you go to, you'll miss some of the best and most interesting art.

Art Miami/Context, with a combined total of about 235 galleries at their new downtown location, is also a "can't miss" exhibit. It opens to the public December 5.

If you like urban art, Scope, Red Dot and Spectrum had the best exhibits last year. Someone who went to all three would have had a greater appreciation for how much appropriated art is being created and marketed these days.

Miami Beach mapThis year's guide will help you navigate traffic, hotels, and find your best oportunities each day.

2018 art fair changes: Red Dot and Spectrum have joined Pinta at Mana's great location in Wynwood, helping Wynwood regain its center of gravity.

Art Miami, Context and NADA remain at their new locations downtown.

Oscar Murillo painting at RFC

Oscar Murillo painting at the Rubell Family Collection, 2012.

Traffic. For the most part, traffic is bad on Wednesday and gets worse every day until Sunday. If you take your own car, you'll likely have trouble with parking as well as traffic. Take Lyft, a limo, a shuttle, a city bus - anything so you can read or talk while you're traveling from one area to another. Plan on an hour to get from Miami Beach to downtown Miami, with most of that time spent in gridlock close to the art venues. (See our transportation guide below.)

Planning ahead. Get your walking shoes ready! In three full days (from noon to 10 p.m.) you can see most of the art fairs and the three private collections you don't want to miss (Marguilles, Rubell and de la Rosa). In four or five days you can add most of the Miami art museums and the Wynwood art galleries.

If you don't have that long, don't let the size of the event put you off. If you only have two hours, you can see a lot of great art, you just can't see all of it. And if you only have an hour, come to San Diego for my annual one-hour summary of all the highlights. (Sign Up to get a reminder.)

David Rodriguez, Pausa (Hiatus)

David Rodriguez, Pausa (Hiatus), at Art Miami

Besides comfortable walking shoes, you'll need a credit card or plenty of cash. Your art education won't be cheap. Plan to spend $20 to $50 for admission at most venues. Art Basel Miami Beach is $60 (less online) and Art Miami is $55. Most fairs have discounts for students and seniors.

IMPORTANT: There is more art scattered throughout the city than you can see in a day. Pick one location and see as much as you can before moving to another neighborhood. If you don't, you'll be stuck in traffic, wondering why you rejected this advice.

Along the way, pretend it's an adventure and expect a few things not to work out. In past years a smaller art fair was cancelled the day it was scheduled to open. Another fair closed early. A third - one of the biggest - had no electricity for hours at a time. (No lights for the paintings, no air conditioning for the guests.) A fourth "art fair" was an art gallery trying to draw traffic to its tiny venue. I'll do my best to keep you up to date and to steer you just to the best. But you're bound to encounter some unexpected problems. The payoff is that you'll also discover some unexpectedly great art.

You can jump to the information you're interested in by clicking the following links or just keep scrolling through all our great tips. I'll be updating the information throughout the event, so feel free to check back often for highlights:



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Banksy artwork at Art Miami

Banksy artwork at Art Miami in 2015.



Eli Broad gave a preview of his museum a year before it opened.

Joanne Heyler, Elizabeth Diller, Eli Broad, and Paul Goldberger discussed The Broad Museum (then under construction) at Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.



THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS,
Dec. 6, 2018, Art Basel and Miami Art Week

On Thursday, traffic will be gridlocked around all the major art venues. As a result, it will be best to pick one section of Miami and see all you can before moving on.

If your time is limited, an asterisk indicates the best fair(s) in each section.

Most fairs have discounts for seniors and students and some have discounts for buying tickets online.


South Beach


* Scope, 801 Ocean Drive, $40, 11 am – 8 pm

* Untitled, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, $35, 11 am – 7 pm

Aqua, 1530 Collins Ave, $25, noon - 9 p.m.

The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington AVE, $12, 10 am – 6 pm

Design Miami (this is not an art fair), Meridian Avenue and 19 St, $32, 10 am – 8 pm

INK Miami Art Fair (a small fair in a hotel, with work on paper), 1850 Collins Avenue, 10 am – 8 pm

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, $10, 10 am – 5 pm

Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington, $12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

ArtCenter, 924 Lincoln Road, Noon – 6 pm


Mid Beach / North Beach

* PULSE, 4601 Collins Avenue, $25, 1 pm – 5 pm (longer hours start on Friday)


Downtown area


* Art Miami / CONTEXT Art Miami, One Herald Plaza @ NE 14 St, $55, 11 am – 8 pm

* NADA, 1400 North Miami Avenue, $20, 2 pm – 7 pm

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., free, 9 am – 5 pm

PRIZM, 169 East Flagler Street, $15, 10 am – 6 pm


Wynwood


* Pinta, 2217 NW 5, $30, Noon – 8 p.m.

* Red Dot, new location, with Pinta at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, $30, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

* Spectrum, new location at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, $30, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, $10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th Street, $10, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wynwood Walls and Wynwood art galleries, start at 2520 NW 2nd Avenue and explore, 10 a.m. - midnight.

Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32 Street, free, Noon – 5 p.m.



Design District


de la Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41 Street, free, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 61 NE 41 St, free, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Pop Minimalism / Minimalist Pop, 191 NE 40 St., presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.



Little Haiti / Little River


Art of Banksy, 6301 NE Fourth Ave., about $50 with taxes and ticketing surcharges. Noon – 8 p.m.


Aqua Art Fair
Aqua is open until late

A few art fairs (like Aqua, Ink and Satellite) are staged in hotel rooms. I visit Aqua after Art Basel Miami Beach closes for the day, since Aqua is open late Thursday through Saturday.


FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS, December 7, 2018

On Friday, traffic will be gridlocked around the major art venues. Your best plan will be to pick one section and see all you can before moving on.

If you only have time for one art fair: If you like expensive art that has to be explained, go to Art Basel Miami Beach in South Beach.

If you like contemporary art, go to ArtMiami/Context downtown. If you like urban art, go to Scope in South Beach or Red Dot/Spectrum downtown.

If you prefer outdoor urban art, go to Wynwood and branch out from Wynwood Walls.

All the main fairs are open to the general public on Friday. Most fairs will have discounts for seniors and students.

In past years some fairs closed early (without notice) or had incorrect information on their websites. But this guide should prove quite helpful in maximizing your time and helping you enjoy seeing art in Miami.


South Beach


*Art Basel Miami Beach, 1901 Convention Center Drive, $50, noon – 8 p.m.

* Scope, 801 Ocean Drive, $40, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

* Untitled, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, $35, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Aqua, 1530 Collins Ave, $25, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Wolfsonian,1001 Washington AVE, $12, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., free 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Design Miami (this is not an art fair), Meridian Avenue and 19 St, $32, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

INK Miami Art Fair (a small fair in a hotel, with work on paper), 1850 Collins Avenue, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Superfine, 1001 Ocean Dr, $8, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, $10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington, $12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

ArtCenter, 924 Lincoln Road, Noon – 6 p.m.


Mid Beach / North Beach


* PULSE, 4601 Collins Avenue, $25,10 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Downtown area


* Art Miami / CONTEXT Art Miami, One Herald Plaza @ NE 14 St, $55, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

* NADA, 1400 North Miami Avenue, $20, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., $16, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PRIZM, 169 East Flagler Street, $15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Wynwood


* Pinta, 2217 NW 5, $30, Noon – 8 p.m.

* Red Dot, new location, with Pinta at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, $30, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

* Spectrum, new location at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, $30, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, $10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th Street, $10, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wynwood Walls and Wynwood art galleries, start at 2520 NW 2nd Avenue and explore, 10 a.m. - midnight

Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32 Street, free, Noon – 5 p.m.


Design District


de la Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41 Street, free, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami , 61 NE 41 St, free, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Pop Minimalism / Minimalist Pop, 191 NE 40 St., presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Little Haiti / Little River


Art of Banksy, 6301 NE Fourth Ave.,  about $50, Noon – 8 p.m.


60 Minutes interview

In 1993, Morley Safer (right) did a story for 60 Minutes called "Yes...But is it art?" In 2013 he was at Art Basel Miami Beach to do a follow-up. The answer to his original question according to CBS? "Whatever it is, it's worth a 1,000 times more than when you first mocked it."


SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS, December 8, 2018

On Saturday, traffic will be gridlocked around the major art venues. Your best plan will be to pick one area and see all you can before moving on.

All the main fairs are open to the general public on Saturday. Most fairs will have discounts for seniors and students.

Expect some changes to this list. In past years some smaller fairs closed early or had had incorrect information on their websites. But this guide should prove quite helpful in maximizing your time and helping you enjoy seeing art in Miami.

South Beach

* Art Basel Miami Beach, 1901 Convention Center Drive, $60, noon – 8 p.m.

* Scope, 801 Ocean Drive, $40, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

* Untitled, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, $35, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Aqua, 1530 Collins Ave, $25, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Wolfsonian,1001 Washington AVE, $12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Design Miami (this is not an art fair), Meridian Avenue and 19 St, $32, Noon – 8 p.m.

INK Miami Art Fair (a small fair in a hotel, with work on paper), 1850 Collins Avenue, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Superfine, 1001 Ocean Dr, $10, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, $10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington, $12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

ArtCenter, 924 Lincoln Road, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., brunch and tour 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Mid Beach / North Beach

* PULSE, 4601 Collins Avenue, $25, 10 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Downtown area


* Art Miami / CONTEXT Art Miami, One Herald Plaza @ NE 14 St, $55, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

* NADA, 1400 North Miami Avenue, $20, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., free, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PRIZM, 169 East Flagler Street, $15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wynwood

* Pinta, 2217 NW 5, $30, Noon – 8 p.m.

* Red Dot, new location, with Pinta at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, $30, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

* Spectrum, new location at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, $30, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, $10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th Street, $10, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wynwood Walls and Wynwood art galleries, start at 2520 NW 2nd Avenue and explore, 10 a.m. - midnight

Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32 Street, free, Noon – 5 p.m.


Design District

de la Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41 Street, free, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami , 61 NE 41 St, free, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* Pop Minimalism / Minimalist Pop, 191 NE 40 St., presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Little Haiti / Little River

Art of Banksy, 6301 NE Fourth Ave., about $50. Noon – 8 p.m.


Street art in Wynwood, Miami

Street art on a building in Wynwood. Note the car roof in the lower left for a perspective of scale.



SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS, December 9, 2018

This is the last day to see this amazing collection of contemporary art. On Sunday, many of the art fairs will close at 5 or 6 p.m. The best art fairs in each area are marked with an asterisk.

In past years some smaller fairs have closed early or have had incorrect information on their websites. But this guide should prove quite helpful in maximizing your time and helping you enjoy seeing art in Miami.

South Beach

*Art Basel Miami Beach, 1901 Convention Center Drive, $60, Noon - 6 p.m.

*Scope, 801 Ocean Drive, $35, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

*UNTITLED, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, $30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aqua, 1530 Collins Ave, $25, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington AVE, $12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Design Miami (this is not an art fair), Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, $27, Noon – 6 p.m.

INK Miami Art Fair (a small fair in a hotel, with work on paper), 1850 Collins Avenue, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Superfine! 1001 Ocean Dr, $10, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, $10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington, $12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

ArtCenter, 924 Lincoln Road, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mid Beach / North Beach

*PULSE, 4601 Collins Avenue, $25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Downtown area

*Art Miami / CONTEXT Art Miami, One Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street, $50, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*NADA, 1400 North Miami Avenue, $20, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

PRIZM, 169 East Flagler Street, $15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., $16, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wynwood

*PINTA, 2217 NW 5th, $20.00, Noon – 7 p.m.

*Red Dot, new location at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Avenue, $30, Noon – 5 p.m.

*Spectrum, new location at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Avenue, $30, Noon – 5 p.m.

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27th Street, $10, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th Street, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW 2nd Avenue, 10 a.m. - ?

Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd Street, Noon - 5 p.m.

Design District

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami , 61 NE 41st Street, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* Pop Minimalism / Minimalist Pop, 191 NE 40 St., presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, noon - 6 p.m.




TRANSPORTATION AND HOTELS. Still to come in this report: tips on transportation, hotels, and an unforgettable trip to Everglades National Park if you have an extra day.

Julia and Liz Nolan at Spectrum Art Fair, Miami

Julia and Liz Nolan from Big Brother 17 at the 2015 VIP opening of Spectrum Art Fair, Miami


Hotels. The sooner you book a hotel, the more choice you'll have. I recommend you choose a hotel in South Beach or downtown Miami to cut down on commute time.

But watch the reviews and ratings of the hotels before you book. Prices during Art Basel weekend will not necessarily reflect quality.

If you need a cheap option, there aren't many this weekend. South Beach has a growing number of hostels where you share a room with up to eight other guests. It can be as rugged as it sounds. Mid Beach sometimes has rooms with better rates (but noticably worse decor). And sometimes downtown Miami lets you get a cheaper room through Priceline. But don't go too far from South Beach or downtown Miami or you'll pay for it in transportation time.

Transportation. The main tip on transportation is to go to a location (like South Beach, Wynwood or downtown Miami) and stay there for as long as you can. The traffic jams will affect any transportation you try, whether your own car, limo, shuttle, cab, or bus.

Car
After making it through the traffic jams, you'll have to find parking if you bring your own car. I prefer Lyft.

Cabs
Traffic will often be clogged around the art fairs, so you may be tempted to leave the entrances to hail a cab somewhere else. It won't work. Empty cabs are difficult to find outside the main art areas during Miami Art Week.

Lyft, Uber and limos
If you schedule a ride to pick you up a block away from the areas where traffic is clogged you will save quite a bit of time.

Bus
If you arrive by air and plan to take a city bus some or all of the time, stop at the bus shelter in the airport terminal area and get a multi-day pass. Passes are very hard to find once you leave the airport.

One thing you need to know about the Miami bus system: you have to flag the bus like you would hail a cab. Otherwise they will drive right by, even if you are at the bus stop.

Use maps.google.com and click the bus/train icon to find the best option for how to get to where you want to go.

Street art in Wynwood Miami

Street art in Wynwood.


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Other pages on art that you might be interested in:

Art Basel Switzerland ArtPrize New York Art Galleries Venice Biennale



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Pelican nesting in treeIf you have an extra day: If you have an extra day or if you just need a break from seeing so much art, there's nothing like Everglades National Park. But forget the bus tours.

You can see ten times more if you rent a car and drive. You can be at the park in an hour and a half. Just inside the entrance, turn left at Royal Palm. The Anhinga Trail is a short, flat boardwalk. Within two minutes you'll be looking at birds so big that anyone will be able to spot them.

You won't see as many gators as you would in warmer months. But if you hear the reeds cracking, it's because something big is moving through them. Listen carefully and you may be able to spot a gator.

(When you rent your car, be sure to get insurance for the vehicle. There are vultures in the parking lot who like to eat the rubber around car doors.)

To make your trip really worthwhile, drive another 45 minutes to the Flamingo Visitor Center and rent a kayak for a couple hours. You'll be able to see more wonderful birds up close. If you're already in Miami, there's no reason to miss this great adventure.

Spoonbill


Everglades National Park, view from a kayak

If you need a break either before or after the event, Everglades National Park is only an hour and a half away. Rent a car and skip the bus tours, which don't go to the park itself. But get car insurance. The vultures like rubber on cars.


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