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Art Overview - Art Basel 2016

By: Surfside Dec 01, 2016

Just a few days after Thanksgiving Miami will turn into an art playground for the 2016 edition of Art Week, engulfing the city with a wealth of art focused fairs, events, exhibits and much more. Here, we’ve laid out the art fairs, exhibits and events you can’t miss that are all just a short drive from Surfside! 

Art Week Fairs 

Art Basel 

Despite construction, Art Basel Miami Beach will take place at the the Miami Beach Convention Center. The largest fair and the centerpiece to Art Week, Art Basel Miami Beach boasts 269 exhibitors from 29 countries, works by over 4,000 artists and a stunning amount of visitors each day. This year it celebrates its 15th edition, and opens on Wednesday, November 30th.
December 1-4, Miami Beach Convention Center, Convention Center Drive., Miami Beach. Tickets $50.

Design Miami

Heralded as the fair for design during Art Week, Design Miami takes places behind the convention center and features the best in design from around the globe.
December 1-4, 19th and Meridian, Miami Beach. Tickets $30.

NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Fair 

The always-popular NADA has returned to the Deauville Beach Resort on Collins Avenue at 67th Street this year, just a five minute drive from Surfside. The non-profit arts organization celebrates 14 years with 29 project spaces and over 100 exhibitors from 17 countries.
December 1-4, Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets $20.

Miami Project

Now in its fifth edition, Miami Project relocated to a parking garage in North Beach, steps from the Nada art fair and just a short drive from Surfside. The fair is one of the smaller ones with only 30 exhibitors but offers a calm environment to engage with the art and artists.
December 2-4, 6625 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets $20.


Located just north of the Fontainebleau Resort in mid-beach, Pulse is notable for it’s contemporary art and focus on emerging artists. This year the fair is in two tents and highlights include an installation by artist Anne Spalter titled “Miami Marbles,” consisting of nine spheres printed with digitally manipulated images of Miami Beach. The onsite experience can be enhanced with a download of an app.
December 1-4, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Tickets: $25.

Art Week Exhibits

Though Art Week is typically focused on the buzz of Art Basel and the numerous satellite art fairs that dot the city, there are a number of museums and local galleries with exciting exhibits that are not too far from Surfside and easy to explore.

The Other Dimension

Just over the causeway from Surfside in In North Miami, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami opens an exhibition with works by Cuban-born, Miami-based artist Antuan Rodriguez. The exhibit features a selection of works, some made exclusively for the show, that explore art's ability to push viewers into an emotional state.
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 770 Northeast 125th Street, North Miami.

Julio Le Parc: Form Into Action

The Perez Art Museum Miami exhibits the largest survey of Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc’s work in North America. Featuring over 80 works, the comprehensive exhibit features large-scale installations and rare works on paper.
Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Admission cost $16.

RGA Rocket 

An opportunity to see art, fashion and architecture collide, "RGA Rocket" launches the first show for the newly launched platform of Rene Gonzalez Architect (RGA). Noted as one of Miami’s youngest and most influential architects, the exhibit will feature jewelry and furnishings by young European designers at the beautiful and modern  Prairie Residence.
November 30 – December 4 at 2038 Prairie Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is free.

Art Week Events 

If you are looking for the Art Basel experience, this is the time to attend some of the best events of the season. Whether you are looking for a street party, an artful evening or an experience, these events happening in areas neighboring Surfside are sure to leave you with a story to tell.

FAENA Forum Opening 

The Rem Koolhaas-designed Faena Forum arts center by Argentine developer Alan Faena finally opens with a series of events during Art Week. There is Tide by Side, a carnival-style parade through the Faena Arts District neighborhood, followed by a series of solo presentations by Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani and performances of a commissioned ballet “Once With Me, Once Without Me.” The parade begins mid-afternoon and will progress along Collins Avenue between 32nd and 36th streets.
3 p.m. Sunday, November 27 at 3300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Cost $25.

Wynwood Walls Fearless Party

Famous for it’s wall of graffiti, the Wynwood Walls yearly unveiling host by the Goldman Properties family is always a good time. This year the program titled Fear Less features 12 new walls thematically linked by title and double meaning – serving as a call to be fearless in a world that often seems absorbed with fear. The night will feature various events including a panel discussion with artists, a global arts exhibition, and more.
11 p.m. Tuesday November 29 at Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW Second Ave., Miami.

Art in the Park

Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art is known for it’s stunning public works and vibrant Art Week events and this year is no different. The 20 sculptures in the Art Public exhibition on the lawn of the Bass Museum are curated around the theme “Ground Control.” Among the works are a glow-in-the-dark lamppost by Wagner Malta Tavares, a pair of giant arrows by artist Tony Tasset and Ugo Rondinone’s you-can’t-miss-it neon “Miami Mountain,” a piece that was recently acquired by the museum. The exhibit opens with a free performance and beverages.
8 p.m. Wednesday, November 30 at 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Free tours at 2 p.m. daily. 

Ritz Rainbow

Seeing colors? The Ritz-Carlton Residences gets in on the Art week action with a large-scale public installation by New York/Berlin-based artist Yvette Mattern. The piece, titled "The Global Rainbow" uses seven beams of laser light to create rainbow, visible from the Design District, across Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach. The piece will appear in the night sky from on Monday, November 28 and up through December 3, 6 p.m. to midnight daily. It’s not an event per se, but something to see nonetheless.
6 p.m. to midnight, November 28 to December 3, Mid-Beach.

Art Basel and Surfside

Located just a few blocks north of Miami Beach and a short drive to the Miami Design District, Surfside offers easy access to all the Art Week events, and serves as an idyllic retreat after long days exploring the fairs and exhibits.
Here, you’ll find beautiful five-star seaside resorts and quaint beachtown restaurants to perfectly compliment your cultural experience. Need an outfit for an Art Basel party or need a spa day to recover?
With a combination of luxury amenities and a relaxed beachtown feel, Surfside is the best place to stay for the perfect art week experience.
Want to learn more about Art Basel or Surfside? For more information, you can explore for information about the fairs, event listings and in-depth articles about what to see and do. For more details about Surfside or to get in touch with town officials, please email [email protected] or explore