On Friday, we told you about the satellite art fairs cropping up on Miami Beach. Now we skip over the bay to Wynwood for four more art fairs worth a visit. Never be intimidated or deterred by thinking you have to buy anything while strolling the fairs. Yes, the ultimate goal of both dealer and buyer is to find something that really moves you and might make you a bit of money someday. But the higher aim of any art fair, exhibition, or biennial is to engage the viewer at the ground level. The satellite fairs outside of Art Basel Miami Beach are pointedly less exclusive and less expensive. Read on for Part Two of our Guide to Satellite Art Fairs.
p.m. December 5 at 3101 NE First Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $10 to $40.
Art Miami, now in its 21st year, features modern
and contemporary paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, and
prints from Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and the
United States. It packs some serious star power on both artistic and
pop-culture fronts. This year's artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Andy
Warhol, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Rauschenberg. And don't miss South
Florida art godmother Bernice Steinbaum's booth. The fair is also
stretching its arms to the Mandarin Oriental for an Asian art exhibit,
curated by Lowe Art Museum director Brian A. Dursum. Art Miami's own
curator, Julia Draganovic, heads the video program at the fair, titled
"In What We Trust."
6. Art Asia Miami
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
December 2 through 4, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 5 at 2901 N. Miami
Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $15 to $100. Visit artasiafair.com.
established in 2008, is one of Miami's newest fairs. As its name
suggests, the fair showcases galleries and artists from the Eastern
Hemisphere, including Taiwan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Moscow, and
Istanbul. A new curatorial platform, Art Asia Presents, will feature
mixed-media project Ecstasy by Feizi Gallery's Li Xin and large-scale
installation Traverse by Galerie Kashya Hildebrand's Meeson Pae Yang.
One show-stopping sculpture displayed at last year's Art Asia included a
giant cube made of ivory mahjong tiles with a telescopic hole on each
side -- all pointing toward a miniature stereoscopic image of a Chinese
couple getting it on.
7. Fountain Miami
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 3 through 5 at 2505 N.
Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $10. Visit fountainexhibit.com.
This is the fifth edition of the show, launched in 2006, and will
feature projects from New York-based galleries DCKT and Claire Oliver.
Oliver's hysterically flamboyant performance artists Eva + Adele
(husband-and-wife hermaphrodites who have dressed alike, quite
fabulously, for the past 15 years) will likely grace every major fair
with their playful antics. Expect celebrity-collage portraits, life-size
dummies, and guerrilla-style installations. On Friday, December 3, catch No Age and DJ Lauren Flax, and on Saturday, at the New Times party, see Ninjasonik and G. Love -- plus a special music performance by Shepard Fairey.
8. Pulse Miami
1 to 7 p.m. December 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 3 and
4, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 5 at 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami.
Tickets cost $10 to $15. Visit pulse-art.com.
Now in its sixth
incarnation, one of Wynwood's lights-out fairs roars back with more than
80 galleries from across the globe and with a section celebrating the
incorporeal human body and skull-staving lineup of video presentations.
Pulse Miami promises to be one of the swankiest satellite fairs on the
circuit this December. Gansevoort South will host parties for exhibitors
and VIPs, and the fair has a haute list of sponsors, including Jaguar,
Artnet, and the Epic Hotel. But don't be fooled by the glitz: This show
presents powerful contemporary photography (arguably the fair's primary
focus), installation, and mixed-media works. Gallery Diet, featuring a
special installation from Christy Gast for Pulse Projects, and Diana
Lowenstein Fine Arts will represent the 305. Be sure to check out the
Impulse section, where galleries present solo exhibitions of artists'
work created in the past two years, as well as the Pulse Play> video
lounge, featuring "Water on the Mind" -- videos about the emotions
inspired by the Gulf oil spill. See highlights from last year's Pulse here.