10 Art Fairs to Visit that are NOT Art Basel Miami Beach

Spectrum Miami fair view. Courtesy Photo | © Redwood Media Group
Spectrum Miami fair view. Courtesy Photo | © Redwood Media Group
Photo of Lisa Morales
28 November 2016

Celebrating its 15th year, Art Basel Miami Beach has played a major role in changing the cultural landscape of both Miami and the Americas. And, because of a flurry of satellite fairs, Miami can now proudly call itself an art destination that unifies international galleries, artists, collectors and visitors. From blue chip to quirky, there is something for everyone. Here are 10 art fairs worthy of a visit from November 27th to December 4th:

Art Miami

Art Miami’s 2016 line-up will feature over 130 galleries from more than twenty different countries, exhibiting important modern masters and blue chip contemporary artists, as well as the most sought-after living artists from around the world. Expect to see art by Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning and Ed Ruscha, as well as paintings by Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, who displayed his ‘Hooked’ exhibition at both Art New York and Art Southampton earlier this year. Make time to also visit its sister fairs: CONTEXT Miami and Aqua Art Miami.

Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizanm Wings III: Courtesy Photo | © Art Miami

Fridge Art Fair

Fridge Art Fair is a curated mini-fridge housed in the basement of The Betsy Hotel. This Art Basel Festival was formerly known as Fridge Fair founded in 2013 by Eric Ginsberg with the inaugural fair held in New York. Ginsberg and the Hotel’s art team curate a wide-range of works that fit inside a fridge. Ginsburg is the founder of Fridge Fair and widely regarded as an artist for his painterly images of dogs. During Art Basel and throughout the year, The Betsy Hotel hosts other exhibitions where art is accessible to the public in hallways, stairwells and lobby.

In honor of Coco 2004-2016, Eric Ginsburg, Courtesy Photo | © Eric Ginsberg

NADA Miami Beach

NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) seeks to explore new or underexposed art that is not typical of the ‘art establishment.’ NADA Miami Beach is recognized as a much-needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art. The 14th edition of the fair showcases the best emerging contemporary art, with exhibitors representing 36 cities from 17 different countries, 43 first-time exhibitors, and 29 project spaces.

NADA Miami Beach, fair view 2015: Courtesy Photo | © NADA


PINTA Miami will celebrate its 10th anniversary at MANA Wynwood, located in the heart of the Miami Arts District. This fair has left a mark on the world of modern and contemporary art from Latin America, and continues to expand its project to include galleries from around the globe. PINTA has been instrumental to major museums’ acquiring works by Latin American artists. However, if new to art collecting, visit the Young Collectors Desk and take a tour that focuses on the PINTA’s affordable artworks and introduces guests to the basic concepts of art collecting.

Bryce, Fernando Arte Nuevo l, Courtesy Photo | © Pinta


PRIZM Art Fair is celebrating its fourth edition and new home in the Little Haiti / Little River Community. Curated by Director and Founder Mikhaile Solomon and interdisciplinary artist William Cordova, PRIZM will showcase over 40 artists from eight countries including: France, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, St. Martin, and Trinidad and Tobago, split between two sections. PRIZM Art Fair presents the work of international emerging artists with a select focus on solo presentations by artists from the Global African Diaspora. The theme for the fourth edition will explore the global impact of Africa’s cultural DNA.

Allison Janae Hamilton, The Land of Milk or Honey (video Installation.) Courtesy Photo | © PRIZM Art Fair

PULSE Miami Beach

The twelfth edition of PULSE Miami Beach presents over 70 galleries and 200 artists from around the world. PULSE has two spacious pavilions: the North Tent highlights established galleries presenting multi-artist booths; and the South Tent spotlights IMPULSE, solo exhibitions whose artists are eligible for the PULSE PRIZE, and CONVERSATIONS, dual-artist shows allowing galleries to explore conceptual dialogues between the artists they represent. Look for the inaugural PROJECTS Special Commission by digital artist Anne Spalter. Located at the fair’s entrance, Miami Marbles invites visitors to explore ‘the Modern Landscape’ using digitally-altered photographs and video replicas of last year’s Miami Art Week.

PULSE, Fair View 2015, Courtesy Photo | © PULSE Miami Beach

SCOPE Art Fair

Celebrating its 16th year in Miami, SCOPE Art Fair will feature 135 international galleries from 31 countries and 77 cities. SCOPE is considered to be the original incubator for emerging work, and its Breeder program introduces new galleries to the contemporary market. SCOPE has partnered with Outer Spaces AR (Augmented Reality) to present the first virtual view of the contemporary art market. A monumental glass pavilion will host Outer Spaces’ 30-ft. tall virtual sphere, set against the Miami Beach, ocean-view backdrop. The app provides visitors with information as well as brings the ‘virtual fair’ experience to any geo-tagged location in the world.

Chiara Dynys, Accampamento dei Fiori, 2015 Installation. Courtesy Photo | © M77 Gallery


Spectrum Miami is a juried contemporary art show that takes place in the heart of the Arts and Entertainment District. Spectrum features specially curated programs, including Art Labs, Art Talks, Spotlight Artists, ArtSpot Miami, and more. The abundance of trend-setting artists and galleries exhibiting at Spectrum Miami will reflect this year’s theme, Elevate. Spectrum Miami is known for featuring top galleries and artists from across the U.S. and around the world, along with entertainment, curated projects, and evening events. Red Dot Miami neighbors Spectrum and showcases over 500 leading contemporary artists.

Spectrum Miami fair view. Courtesy Photo | © Redwood Media Group


Superfine! The Fairest Fair is in its second year with a new location in Wynwood. Superfine! aims to provide a space for artists, curators and dealers with the objective to connect them with an emerging collector demographic. Visitors can find affordably-priced original art, as well as informative programs designed for the new collector. Also, on exhibition are several large-scale installation projects by local and international artists.

Deming King Harriman - DnA Studio, Courtesy Photo | © Superfine!


Founded in 2012, Untitled, Art is an international art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. A team of curators identifies and chooses a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations. Highlights of special projects for Untitled include a participatory installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu presented by Nathalie Karg Gallery (New York). The collaboration includes a set of unique surfboards inscribed with Beatles lyrics and a participatory installation of Pussy Riot-inspired surfboards. ‘Hang Ten’ at Untitled because attendees can borrow the surfboards and rinse off after in the art installation’s shower.

Tiravanija and Tomas Vu for Untitled, Miami Beach, 2016. Courtesy of the artists and Nathalie Karg Gallery. Courtesy Photo | © Untitled

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