The Best Satellite Events at Art Basel Miami 2017

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Updated: 10 December 2017
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What began many years ago with Art Basel in the Miami Beach Convention Center has imploded into art week in Miami with a complete lineup of satellite events and art shows popping up at every corner. From Wynwood to Miami Beach, and cities such as Little Haiti now being included in the mix, there’s a booming selection of artsy fanfare from the beach to the mainland. Here are our best picks this season.

Design Miami

A forum for architecture and interior design, Design Miami exhibits museum-quality contemporary furniture and objets d’art by high-profile designers from all over the world. This year’s must-see booths include Norwegian Crafts, R & Company, and Airbnb—the latter showcasing a replica of the Ghent home designed by Belgian duo Muller Van Severen.

“A Wild Thing” by Muller Van Severen
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Scope Miami Beach

Now in their 17th edition, Scope brings viewers an impressive array of must-see contemporary art to Ocean Drive. With 140 international exhibitors from 25 countries, this year sees art curation by NBA all-star Amar’e Stoudemire, whose penchant for nurturing emerging artists resulted in a commission to artist Steve Cogle to create a 40-foot (12-meter) installation with African influences. Scope will also feature Chromadynamic Dimensional, a three-dimensional gradient computer glitch installation hand-painted by artist Felipe Pantone for the atrium of Scope’s Miami Beach pavilion.

Aqua Art Miami

Transforming a South Beach hotel into an intimate exhibition space with rooms that open onto a courtyard, Aqua Art Miami showcases artworks by young up-and-coming artists in a relaxed Miami setting. The unique fair features 52 international exhibitors, a tattoo parlor with artist Thea Duskin, and interactive performances, among other works.

Fridge Art Fair

Housed in the Blue Moon Hotel in South Beach, the Fridge Art Fair led by expressionist painter Eric Ginsburg offers guests a fun, fresh approach to art and focuses on showcasing individual artists rather than catering to galleries and collectors. This year, the fair displays the Fridge Doggie Wall of Fame, which highlights works of celebrity four-legged friends, and the Fridge Magnet Project, where guests are invited to create a magnet to be displayed during the fair.

Courtesy Fridge Art Fair


The Untitled fair hits the beach for its sixth edition and its largest to date. Led by director Manuel Mozo, the fair presents 136 exhibitors from 26 countries, including Turkey, Cuba, and Iran. The selection of galleries and artist-run exhibitions includes Untitled, Radio—a program of lectures and interviews broadcast live by Miami-based Wynwood Radio. Radio also features sonic art, curated playlists, and performances.

Untitled, Miami Beach
© M. Sharkey / Courtesy Untitled


Dedicated to championing rising talents in the art world, the non-profit arts organization the New Art Dealers Alliance brings viewers never-before-seen contemporary art by under-exposed international artists. Showcasing installations and sculptural pieces, the fair, which is now in its 15th year, will also invite the Perez Art Museum Miami to select one art piece from the fair to display in the museum’s permanent collection.


With a lineup of programs such as artist meet-and-greets and workshops, the five-day juried fair offers guests plenty of entertainment as well as a bold collection of contemporary art from a slate of international artists. One of the highlights from this year includes “Dancers After Dark,” where guests can watch as dancers turn into works of art during a photo shoot staged by New York-based portrait photographer Jordan Matter. Aside from photography, the art event also boasts a varied collection of sculptures, glassworks, and paintings.

Art collection within Spectrum
Courtesy of Spectrum

Red Dot

Sharing a tent with its sister fair, Spectrum, Red Dot Miami displays works from over 500 artists and 75 galleries, along with an interactive program that includes Art Talks—where selected artists give audiences a live demonstration into the techniques used for their works. The space is also brimming with provocative installations, including the must-see “A Walk in the Clouds,” curated by Noor Blazekovic, which offers guests a sensory experience that features about 2,000 freshly cut flowers in a kaleidoscope of colors hanging from the ceiling.

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