Breaking Basel: Miami New Times' Guide to Art Basel 2013

For those of us who call the Magic City home, too much of a good thing is never a problem. That's unless we're talking about the first week of December, when Art Basel in Miami Beach challenges our tolerance for excess and forces difficult decisions about what to see and what time and traffic will force us to skip.

More than 50,000 visitors have swept into town on a wave of the planet's top art galleries and the talent they represent, all congregating here for the international art world's foremost block party.

Inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, a select 260 galleries from 29 countries representing North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia are exhibiting 20th- and 21st-century artworks worth upward of $2.5 billion. More than 2,000 artists — from Picasso and Warhol to emerging geniuses and relative unknowns — will be represented at the big show. Experts estimate the fair will generate in excess of $500 million in sales.

Beyond the confines of Art Basel proper, more than 20 satellite fairs, snaking outward from South Beach to Wynwood and Little Havana, will draw an estimated 1,000 more galleries and an untold number of artists.

This week, South Florida transforms into an art lover's paradise, with miles of outdoor murals and installations, pop-up shops mushrooming around town, and a new museum on the bay opening its doors for the first time — plus dozens of concerts, club parties, and DJ sets. They're all competing to attract the eyes and ears of visiting glitterati and curious locals alike. It's the height of our cultural calendar, offering an overwhelming menu of events that's as challenging to navigate as it is to anticipate.

That's why New Times has assembled the Magic City's most comprehensive guide to the best fairs, the edgiest works, and the can't-miss parties. Get ready to indulge in too much of a good thing as the whole world watches.

Above is a handy-dandy map of all the fairs. At the bottom is the key, and below are links to the rest of our informative guide. So read on!

Art Basel 2013 Exhibit Guide

Perez Art Museum Miami Opens at Last

Spinello Projects Returns to Art Basel With Intense, Eclectic Works

Art Basel Satellite Fairs in Midtown and Downtown Entice Even the South Beach Art Snobs

Art Basel Satellite Fairs in Miami Beach Transform the Tourist Mecca

Miami Museums' Art Basel Offerings Headlined by Boundary-Pushing Artists

Miami Art Week's Newest Fairs

Miami Art Week Has Galleries Galore

Miami's Hottest Art Basel Week Parties

New Times MasterMind Awards Submission Deadline Is Dec. 13


1) Zones Art Fair Miami

Dec. 3-9. 3850 N. Miami Ct., Miami; 305-303-8852; Free.

2) Brazil ArtFair

Dec. 4-8. 3501 NE Midtown Blvd., Miami; $10-$15.

3) Context

Dec. 3-8. 3201 NE First Ave., Miami; 305-515-8573; $15-$75.

4) Art Miami

Dec. 3-8. 3101 NE First Ave., Miami; 305-515-8573; $15-$75.

5) Red Dot Art Fair

Dec. 3-8. 3011 NE First Ave., Miami; 917-273-8621; $15-$25.

6) Spectrum Miami + ArtSpot International

Dec. 4-8. 3011 NE First Ave., Miami; $5-$25.

7) Miami Project

Dec. 3-8. NE First Avenue between NE 29th and 30th streets, Miami; 212-518-6912; $25-$50.

8) Arts Kuala Lumpur-Miami

Dec. 6-8. 2235 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-433-2008; Free.

9) Pulse Miami

Dec. 5-8. Ice Palace, 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 212-255-2327; $15-$25.

10) Miami River Art Fair

Dec. 5-8. Miami Convention Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami; 973-270-7774; $10.

11) Fridge Art Fair

Dec. 5-8. PAX Miami, 337 SW Eighth St., Miami; $15 suggested donation.

12) NADA Art Fair Miami

Dec. 5-8. The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 212-594-0883; Free.

13) Art Basel in Miami Beach

Dec. 5-8. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; 305-674-1292; $26-$90.

14) Design Miami

Dec. 4-8. Miami Beach Convention Center P Lot, Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach; 305-572-0866; $15-$55.

15) Ink Miami

Dec. 4-8. Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 212-674-6095; Free.

16) Select Fair Miami

Dec. 4-8. Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 718-832-6100; $15 suggested donation.

17) Art Basel Miami Beach Video Art

Dec. 4-9. SoundScape Park, 500 17th St., Miami Beach; 305-673-7577. Free.

18) Aqua Art Miami

Dec. 4-8. Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-515-8573; $10-$75.

19) Untitled.

Dec. 4-8. Ocean Drive and 13th Street, Miami Beach; 646-405-6942; $15-$25.

20) Scope Miami

Dec. 3-8. 10th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 212-268-1522; $25.

21) New Material Art Fair

Dec. 5-8. Chesterfield Hotel, 855 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Free.

See also:
- for even more Basel coverage
- New Times' Art Basel 2013 Map (PDF)

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