Basel in Focus: Must-See Art Megashows

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Earlier this month we listed for you the various events, shows, and exhibits going on around town this upcoming week during what has now grown to be called Miami Art Week. Focused around the Swiss born Art Basel Miami Beach Festival, Miami Art Week sees the 305 transform itself into the artistic mecca of the northern hemisphere; in the art world, all eyes will be on Miami.

For those that live in the city, the signs are already showing, and have been for several weeks: The tents are mostly all in place, the banners are lining the highways and the price of hotels are steadily climbing as rsvp’s and confirmations begin to make their way out into inboxes worldwide.

Perhaps one of the best reasons to come to Miami for Art Week is the number of fairly large shows that take place all at once. With some boasting over 250 individual galleries exhibiting under the umbrella of a single show, and more than 7 of these shows taking place in Midtown/Wynwood/South Beach, its no wonder that art aficionados, buyers and collectors flock to the city in droves.

But for those that are just browsing the works with a more museum-like observational approach, the multitude of shows and showees can be overwhelming. While each show hold a few limited focuses and genres, the sheer number of them makes it hard for viewers to find what it is they are looking for.  So we have broken down our guide to give you more information on each of the megashows taking place this week.

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Art Basel Miami Beach
Venue: Miami Beach Convention Center | 1901 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139
Admission: $42-90 (tickets)
Event Web Page
Runs: December 5 at 11:45am until December 9 at 6:00pm
Styles: Fine Art, Sculpture, Photography
Details More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Scope Art Miami
Art by: See Full list here
Venue: SCOPE Pavilion | 110 N.E. 36 St. at Midtown Blvd. Miami, Florida 33138
Admission: $15-$100VIP
Event Web Page
Runs: Wed Dec 5 – Sat Dec 8 | 11am – 7pm; Sun Dec 9 | 11am – 6pm
Styles: Contemporary Fine Art, Sculpture, Photography
Details: One of the best satellite fairs for fine and contemporary art
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Art Miami and Context
Art by: See Full list here
Venue: The Art Miami Pavillion | 3101 NE 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33137
Time: Wed, Thurs & Sat 11-7pm | Friday 11am – 9pm | Sun 11am – 6pm
Admission: $10-$65 (Tickets)
Event Web Page
Runs: until December 9 at 6:00pm
Styles: Contemporary Fine Art, Modern Art, Interior Design, Sculpture, Photography
Details: Includes Art Miami, Design Miami and Context as well Art Wynwood.
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UNTITLED Art
Art by: See Full list here
Venue: 12th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Time: Wed, Thurs & Sat 11-7pm | Friday 11am – 9pm | Sun 11am – 6pm
Admission: $20 per day, 20% discount for Miami Beach residents
Event Web Page
Event Facebook Page
Runs: Wed Dec 5 – Sat Dec 8 | 11 – 7pm, Sunday, Dec 9, 11 – 6pm
Styles: Contemporary Fine Art, Modern Art, Photography
Details This is the UNTITLED Fair’s inaugural year with over 50 galleries exhibiting.
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Red Dot Art Fair
Art by: See Full list here
Venue: 3011 N.E. 1 ave. Miami, Florida 33137
Time: Dec 5 11-7pm | Dec 6 – Dec 8 11am – 8pm | Dec 9 11am – 6pm
Admission: $15-$25
Event Web Page
Runs: until December 9 at 6:00pm
Styles: Contemporary Fine Art, Photography, Sculpture, Painting, Works on paper
Deatils: Includes sister fair Art Spot. Also features solo booths with single artist projects.
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Miami Project
Art by: See Full list here
Venue: Midtown Miami/Wynwood | NE 1st Ave and NE 30th ST, Miami, FL 33137
Admission: $20-$45 (Tickets)
Event Web Page
Runs: Wed Dec 5, 11 – 3pm | Thurs Dec 6, 11 – 10pm | Fri Dec 7, 11 – 8:30pm | Sat Dec 8, 11 -7 pm | Sun Dec 9, 11 – 6pm
Styles: Contemporary and Modern Art
Deatils:
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Pulse Art Miami
Art by: See Full list here
Venue: The Ice Palace | 1400 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33136
Admission: $15-$25
Event Web Page
Runs: Dec 6 1-7pm | Dec 7- Dec 8 11am – 7pm | Dec 9 11 am – 5pm
Styles: Contemporary Art Only
Details: Currently in its eighth edition, PULSE Miami will open on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, with a special preview evening and silent auction, hosted by artnet Auctions, benefiting the Lotus House Women’s Shelter in Miami. This year’s fair will be home to eighty-six national and international galleries, presenting exhibitions that span across all media, from works on paper, paintings, and sculptures, to performances, installations, and video art.
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Stay Tuned, up next we’ll highlight Locals making moves during Basel, some key smaller exhibits as well as musical performances taking place during the week.