Most people are probably beginning to understand that Art Basel Miami Beach has spawned a crapload of periphery events all vying for the attention of Mr. and Mrs. Bigbucksartbuyer.
Among Basel's unofficial happenings are a handful of art fairs that have attained a noteworthy stature. Three new fairs will make their debut this year, bringing the 2005 total to five, six if you count Papa Basel. Here's the breakdown:
Aqua Art Miami
Frustrated with an apparent lack of West Coast representation in Miami during Basel week, a group of Seattle dealers and artists has created Aqua Art Miami. Consisting of 36 young and established galleries predominantly from Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and various European cities, the fair will settle into the two-story motel-style Aqua Hotel. Organizers have arranged a complimentary bus to shuttle visitors to and from Entrance D of the Miami Beach Convention Center, leaving every fifteen minutes between noon and 8:00 p.m. for the duration of the show. Admission is free and includes a catalogue. Saturday, December 3, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 4, noon to 5:00 p.m. Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.aquaartmiami.com.
Promising to "do for design in Miami what Basel did for art," design.05 makes its Miami debut at the historic Moore Building in the Design District. This fair consists of fifteen international design galleries exhibiting postwar- to contemporary-style furniture and decorative arts. The four-day event will also feature "Design Talks" a series of candid panel discussions four special exhibitions including an installation by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Zaha Hadid, a garden lounge where you can peruse your favorite design publications, with cocktails courtesy of Bombay Sapphire and Perrier. Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Monday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $16 and includes an exhibition catalogue. The Moore Building, 191 NE 40th St, Miami; www.design05miami.com.
Aqua Art Miami
Design Talks: Crashing the Party: DesignArt, Friday, December 2, 8:00 p.m. Buick Building, First Floor, 3841 NE Second Ave., Miami; Multi-Colors in Design, Saturday, December 3, 8:00 p.m. Buick Building, First Floor, 3841 NE Second Ave, Miami; Zaha Hadid in Conversation with Craig Robins, Sunday, December 4, 6:00 p.m., The Moore Building, 191 NE 40th St., Miami; www.design05miami.com.
Art Loves Design Street Party: Join the party in Miami's creative hub Saturday, December 3, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Design District, NE 38th to 42nd Street, between North Miami Avenue and NE Second Avenue, Miami.
NADA Art Fair
Back for its third year, NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) will present 83 contemporary galleries and nonprofit art spaces from eighteen countries at the idyllic Ice Palace Film Studios in Overtown. Local galleries to exhibit include Ingalls & Associates and Rocket Projects. Also look for New York's Electronic Arts Intermix, which will screen new and classic video works from its extensive collection. After you've had your fill of art-gazing, take a moment to relax on one of the Ice Palace gardens' heavenly hammocks. Admission is free. Thursday, December 1, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Friday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 3, noon to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ice Palace Film Studios, 59 NW Fourteenth St., Miami; www.newartdealers.org.
An invitation-only show consisting of 60 American and international galleries, Pulse will take place within a 30,000-square-foot tent in the Wynwood Art District. Organizers maintain that unlike most art fairs, Pulse requires each participating gallery to present a curated show in contrast to simply slapping up works by selected artists. An on-site exhibition curated by Jade Dellinger called "Destination Works" will feature caricature drawings commissioned by Maurizio Cattelan at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay; Florida-themed works distributed by Brooklyn-based painter Steve Keene; and new paintings and sculptures by Florida artists such as Gean Moreno, Odili Donald Odita, Joe Griffith, and A.A. Rucci. Thursday, December 1, 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is ten dollars. 2700 NW Second Ave., Miami; www.pulse-art.com.
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Celebrating its fourth year, -scopeMiami will house 70 exhibitors from the Americas, Europe, and Asia in the quaint Townhouse Hotel on Miami Beach. This fair distinguishes itself from others by asking each exhibitor to concentrate on the work of only one contemporary artist or collective. The result is an intimate setting where visitors can easily converse with artists and dealers. Additionally the comprehensive program includes Performance-scope, Cinema-scope, -scopeTV, a "guerrilla media vehicle" (a truck with 125 screens displaying video works), and panel discussions. Through Sunday, December 4, noon to 8:00 p.m. Admission is ten dollars. Townhouse Hotel, 150 Twentieth St., Miami Beach; www.scope-art.com.
Panel Discussions: Local Art Market vs. Global Art Market and Breaking Down Walls: Trailblazers in Contemporary Art, Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Townhouse Hotel, 150 Twentieth St., Miami Beach; www.scope-art.com.