Miami Art Week: 5 satellite fairs and their highlights

Art Basel Miami Beach opens on Thursday, anchoring the greater Miami Art Week, which will features event and happenings surrounding art and design all over the city. Below, we look at some of the many satellite fairs taking place and some highlights of their 2018 programs.

Art Miami
General admission December 5-9

Veteran fair Art Miami -- in its 29th edition this year -- is a key destination for collectors of 20th- and 21st-century art. Highlights this year include the New Horizon Project, for which artist Heiner Meyer was commissioned to design a paint job for the BMW E3; the coat of paint was executed by legendary aerosol artist Walter Maurer, who builds on his past work for the BMW Art Car series. The 1968 car going on display has never before been seen and is both fully restored and fully functional.

Art Miami is presented alongside Context and Aqua, which together represent a full spectrum of contemporary art, from emerging to established.

Scope Art Fair

General admission December 5-9

Scope is notable for its location -- in a bespoke pavilion on the sand on Ocean Drive -- and its focus on emerging art. This year, it will be emphasizing its ties to new contemporary and street art, letting the publication HI-FRUCTOSE take over the tent with curated projects featuring artists Okuda, HOTTEA and AJ Fosik.

December 5-9

Untitled is distinguished by its curatorial approach -- each year a guest curator is chosen to select galleries and develop special projects to be shown at the fair. This year, artist-run platform AGUAS is curating projects including "A Group of People Walking Through the Space" -- three sculptural installations by diverse artists to be situated indoors and on a terrace overlooking the beach -- and Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija's ongoing performance and installation project "Do We Dream Under the Same Sky?"


Superfine! is described as "the ultimate people's fair," set in the heart of town and seen as an accessible alternative to the big players that attracts younger buyers. Playful additions include ice cream, cocktails and "cotton candy clad champagne," while pieces can be bought for as little as a few hundred dollars.

December 5-9

Taking place in the Wynwood Art District along with the major fairs Red Dot and Spectrum, the Latin American art fair Pinta is this year broadening its scope by inviting increased participation from Spanish and Portuguese exhibitors. The "AD-Astra" section gathers works that inquire after "the nature of human achievement"; among them, Mark Niskanen and Jani-Matti Salo's "Focal Point" employs pinspot lights, a pressure sensor and a processor in pondering the magnitude of contemporary solitude.

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