Don’t Miss: Our Guide to Art Basel Miami 2015

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 2 - 2015

artDon’t Miss: Art Basel 2015

TALDE Miami Beach
Thompson Miami Beach’s new Asian-American neighborhood restaurant and bar, TALDE Miami Beach, celebrates Art Basel on Thursday, December 3, with the launch of its new Late Night Noodles menu crafted by star chef/restaurateur Dale Talde. Sure to be the go-to spot after hours, the special menu and an accompanying happy hour will be available every Thursday through Saturday, from 2:00 a.m. until 4 a.m. Special for Art Basel, TALDE will also feature a DJ line-up featuring hometown and visiting acts, including the New York-based G Brown (Thursday, Dec. 3); John McSwain (Friday, Dec. 4); and PaseRock of Peachfuzz (Saturday, Dec. 5).

Fun at Libertine

Newcomer Libertine has stolen the downtown scene with a nightly mix of music curated by Michelle Leshem ranging from Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode, Blondie, old school hip hop or to new and underground sounds of indie dance including Cut Cupy, Aeroplane, Holy Ghost! to modern disco and deep house late night. This hybrid spot turns from a bar to an intimate dance floor with an interior harkening back to the glamorously decayed watering holes of turn of the century London. Libertine’s interior features eclectic décor like a floor covered in thousands of pennies, easy leather sofas, a DJ booth fashioned from a re-purposed Baby Grand piano and an expansive cocktail bar featuring a comprehensive mixology program. With opening hours from 10pm till whenever (located in Miami’s 24 hour district) you will be sure to get your dose of debauchery as you rub shoulders with some of Miami’s favorite gatekeepers for a back to not so basics good time.

Art Basel Miami
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for art collectors and enthusiasts; not to mention those who love a great party or ten- every night. What has become known as Miami Art Week, which runs from Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6, includes Art Basel, one of the world’s most important art fairs, and dozens of satellite fairs, street art displays, performances, and something to see and do in just about every corner of Miami Beach, Wynwood, and the Miami Design District. Below, find a rundown of what you absolutely should not miss. All fairs take place from December 3-6, unless otherwise noted.

Art Basel Miami
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Art Week’s pièce de résistance, is the biggest event on the South Florida calendar. Currently in its fourteenth season, Art Basel will attract the most significant art collectors from around the world. Art Basel, features traditional, contemporary and modern art from every corner of the globe. Art Basel will take over the Miami Beach Convention Center and nearby Collins Park, where several large installations will remain through February.
Design Miami
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street

Among the most stylish fairs, devoted entirely to interior design, Design Miami, showcases the decorative arts from furniture to rugs, sculptures and just about every type of creative home furnishing and decor imaginable. Global exhibitors aim to astound and delight with cutting-edge designs and displays.

Art Miami
3101 NE 1st Avenue

Art Miami is among the most elegant fairs of the week, with a stylish, gallery-like feel. Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from 125 international galleries. It is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami and continues to garner praise for its variety of unparalleled art.
PULSE Miami Beach
4601 Collins Avenue

Aside from providing a platform for different artists, this year the PULSE will spotlight Conversations —exhibitions that create a dialogue between two artists. This relaxed and approachable fair is among the most fun. Exhibits are often high-tech or whimsical. Please note that PULSE is closing a day before the other shows.
3101 NE 1st Avenue

CONTEXT, a sister fair to Art Miami showcases emerging and mid-career artists. It has a more relaxed and open atmosphere than other fairs. Visitors are encouraged to meet with and talk to the actual artists than in other shows.

SCOPE Miami Beach
Ocean Drive & 8th Street

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, SCOPE returns to its central location on the sand on Miami Beach. Well-known for showcasing international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming, this year, SCOPE plans to “tap into the cultural psyche to present the most pioneering work across multiple creative disciplines.”
Ocean Drive & 12th Street

UNTITLED is considered among the most avant-garde of the art fairs of Miami Art Week. UNTITLED’s international galleries and non-profit art spaces highlight emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. Taking advantage of the beachfront location, UNTITLED will also feature some outdoor art spaces for sculpture this year.
Aqua Art Miami
1530 Collins Avenue

Located in the stylish Aqua Hotel on Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach, Aqua Art Miami runs throughout the entire hotel. Each hotel room is transformed into an individual gallery space around an open-air courtyard. This progressive setting sets Aqua apart from the other fairs, allowing visitors and collectors to discover new talent and acquire art pieces in a relaxed atmosphere.


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