Here’s everything you need to know for the 2021 edition of art week in Miami Beach, featuring art fairs catering to every art lover.
Get your checkbooks and your crypto wallets ready—Miami Art Week is back. The Floridian bacchanal will bring hundreds of galleries and many more culture vultures to the Magic City next week to see art, expend pent-up energy from two years away, and capitalize on all that new tech money flowing into town.
Some fairs have tweaked their schedules as a result of new health guidelines and travel restrictions. Art Basel, the main event, is closing one day early this year, running from December 2 to December 4, preceded by a two-day VIP preview to prevent overcrowding. Like many fairs, Art Basel is also bringing blockchain into the equation, hosting an NFT exhibition called “Humans + Machines: NFTs and the Ever-Evolving World of Art” organized by blockchain currency Tezos. (Visitors can create A.I. self-portraits and mint them as NFTs.)
The full lineup this year is slightly slimmer than during peak Miami times. VOLTA cancelled its debut fair due to pandemic-related restrictions and scheduling issues, with plans to try again in 2022. The Aqua Art Fair has also called off this year’s edition, and Prizm, the satellite art fair dedicated to art of the African diaspora, is pivoting to a virtual edition.
Don’t worry, though—there is a lot to see on the ground. Here’s your go-to guide for all the fairs during Miami Art Week.
Art Basel Miami Beach
After a strange, zombie-esque edition in 2020 that took place largely online—though a few intrepid souls ventured to the eerily quiet beachfront haunts—Art Basel is returning to Miami Beach in full force. More than 250 international galleries are planning to attend, though it’s worth noting that over half those dealers have space in the Americas, perhaps due to still-sticky travel requirements and limited acceptable vaccinations. But the fair will be saved from dull homogeneity thanks to the U.S. lifting travel restrictions on countries including India, China, Brazil, and most of Europe.
Make sure to stop by the second-ever Meridians section dedicated to oversize artworks, organized by Mexico City-based curator Magalí Arriola. Meanwhile, New York’s Housing and Deitch Projects, London’s Southard Reid, Lagos and Los Angeles’s Rele Gallery (which represents rising market star Marcellina Akpojotor), and Mexico City’s Pequod, among others, will show at Basel proper for the first time.
When: November 30–December 1, VIP preview; December 2–4, open to the public
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami
The 17th edition of Design Miami/ is organized by Wava Carpenter, the fair’s incoming curatorial director, and the theme for the more than 35 exhibitors at the fair is “Human Kind.” The theme is intended to show how design can help build a more equitable future.
When: November 30, VIP preview; December 1–5, open to the public
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center P-Lot, Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach
Cost: $29–35; VIP $112.50