Art Basel + Art Week Miami

Art Basel Miami Beach returns to the newly reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center December 6-9, 2018 for its 16th edition. The week surrounding this seminal art fair is known as Miami Art Week when more than 20 satellite fairs descend upon the city. They showcase works by cutting edge contemporary artists and galleries across the world.

In addition there are a multitude of events at over 60 Arts Institutions, hundreds of  events at Miami’s 72 independent Art Galleries, dozens of outdoor and place-based Art Installations, numerous elite social events, hundreds of parties and so many “Art Happenings” that no person or organization has a complete list.

Over 70,000 visitors are expected to visit the official Art Basel events at the Miami Beach Convention Center.   And more than 1,000,000 people will visit at least one of the many Art Week Miami events.


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19 +1 Great Things to Do at Art Basel + Art Week Miami

The Official Art Basel Miami Beach

The 20 Satellite Art Fairs at Art Week Miami

The New Re: Imagined Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Museums + Cultural Institutions

Destination Guide:  Miami + Miami Beach

Reflections on The Best Party Ever!


Art Basel History

While Art Basel in Basel Switzerland may be considered the most authoritative art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach is much bigger and way more fun.

“Art Basel began in 1970 when Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt of Basel, Switzerland, created an international art fair that quickly proved to be a success. More than 16,000 visitors attended the inaugural show in 1970 to see 90 galleries and 30 publishers from 10 countries.”

The first Art Basel Miami was scheduled to begin in December of 2001, but it was cancelled due to 9/11.  To lessen the impact,  local art collectors like Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz and Don and Mera Rubell opened their homes to showcase their art collections.  The success of these events established that there was strong support for Art Basel in Miami and they were critical to the re-start of Art Basel in 2002.  They also inspired a new Miami tradition.  With each new edition of Art Basel Miami, more and more local institutions and private individuals created their own Art Basel inspired events.  And Miami being uniquely Miami, all sorts of individuals, businesses, clubs, community organizations and brands created new events and parties for the visiting international art crowd.   With so many parties and Miami’s perfect December weather, Art Basel Miami became the “must go to” event for anyone and everyone connected to the global art industry and Art Institutions.   With the world’s top artists, the super-wealthy collectors and the international press visiting Miami, all sorts of celebrities, art wanna-be’s and corporate brands started coming.   How better to burnish your personal brand or corporate image than to hang with the world’s top artists and the big money collectors.  Rather quickly Art Basel Miami became something unique and so much more than the Art Basel art fair.

“The International Art World regards Miami as one of the most attractive place to be in winter.”

“There’s something inherently alluring about the fleeting chance to peer into – and momentarily be a part of – the notoriously ostentatious world of visual art, and as such, it seems the fair’s secondary role is to serve as a fashion show and tireless photo op-provider.”


Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

This year, over 200 of the world’s leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces.

Opening Hours & Venue

Private Day (by invitation only)
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 11am to 8pm Vernissage  (by invitation only)
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11am to 3pm Public Days
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 3pm to 8pm
Friday, December 7, 2018, 12 noon to 8pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 12 noon to 8pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 12 noon to 6pm
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139


You might assume that an elite and prestigious Art Fair in a Convention Center is stodgy, elitist, and boring.  Some art fairs are just that.  Art Basel’s success is due in part to its efforts to transcend the elitist pedestal and to stay relevant.

When an art gallery receives an invitation to participate at Art Basel, it’s like a high school senior receiving the Harvard acceptance letter.   It’s an invitation to the big leagues. It confers to any young gallery that it is doing something innovative and significant in the art industry.  For any  new artist to be invited and showcased, Art Basel provides global recognition to influential art collectors, galleries, museum curators and the global art media eco-system.

When you walk the floor of the Art Basel convention, don’t just look at the art works by famous names that are being sold for millions.  Skip that!  It’s the least interesting.  Look at art from artists who are at Art Basel for the first time.  They are doing something interesting or disruptive.  They are the future.

“Among the galleries at Art Basel [in] Miami Beach, which runs through Sunday, you will find, as always, a mix of blue-chip trophies, rising talents…and genuine discoveries.” Jason Farago | The New York Times

To showcase fresh and innovative young galleries and emerging artists, Art Basel curates and presents Nova and Positions.


Designed for galleries to present one, two or three artists showing works created within the last three years, the Nova sector features strong juxtapositions and never-before-seen pieces fresh from the artist’s studio.


This sector allows curators, critics, and collectors to discover ambitious new talents from across the globe by providing a platform for a single artist to present one major project.


“The Miami fair, so long associated with beachside glitz and glamour (is) now increasingly a platform for highly politicised art. “There’s no question that this is a serious fair, it’s Art Basel in America, and therefore a place for issues and works that are emerging out of the situation of America at the moment,” says Simon Gowing, director at Tanya Leighton.” Melanie Gerlis | Financial Times


To better understand the market, social and technology forces that are impacting the global art industry, take time and attend Art Basel’s Conversations Program:

Premiere Artist Talk | Allora & Calzadilla

Collector Talk | Private Institutions and Art Education

Museum Talk | 21st-Century Audiences

Collector Talk | Changing Times, Changing Collections

Museum Talk | Looking Towards Sustainable Funding Structures in Latin America

Artist Talk | Artists’ Influencers

Art Market Talk | The Future of the Artist and Gallerist Relationship

Art Market Talk | Which Art Problems can Blockchain Solve?

Artworld Talk | VR, Celebrity, and Innovation

Biennial Talk | How Is Private Funding Affecting Biennials?

Museum Talk | What is the Role of Museums in the Age of Political Polarization?

Artworld Talk | Feminism – The Global View

Artist Talk | Judy Chicago

Museum Talk | Activism and the Institution

Museum Talk | Diversifying Collections – Indigenous Art

Artist Talk | The Artist and the Gallerist

Creative Cities Talk | Art Districts and the Community

Artworld Talk | Performance as Repair

As I am very interested in outdoor art and its social and economic impact on communities, I will attend the Creative Cities Talk.   As I am concerned about the evolving totalitarianism in governments, I want to hear the Conversations about “The Role of Museums in the Age of Political Polarization” and “Activism and the Institution”



Beyond Art Basel 

20 Satellite Art Fairs in Miami


Aqua Art Miami

Aqua’s VIP Preview takes place Wednesday December 5 from 3 to 10 p.m. General Admission days are Thursday from noon to 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When: Dec. 5-9, 2018
Where: Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Avenue
Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $100 multi-day pass (multi-day pass includes access to Art Miami and Context Art Miami)
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Design Miami

Design Miami/ is Art Basel’s official sister fair dedicated to collectible design. Preview Day by invitation only takes place Tuesday December 4 from noon to 5 p.m. for collectors and from 5 to 7 p.m. for an opening night preview. The private Vernissage is December 5 from 10 a.m. to noon and the fair opens to the public from noon to 8 p.m. It’s open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

When: Dec. 4-9, 2018
Where: Meridian Avenue and 19th Street at Miami Beach Convention Center
Tickets: From $27 one-day pass; from $75 combo ticket with Art Basel Miami Beach

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Save time (lines can be long on the day of the show) and money by purchasing your tickets online where reduced rate tickets are currently on sale. A wide variety of ticket options are available.

Fridge Art Fair

When: Dec. 2-7, 2018
Where: Invitation only secret location
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Ink Miami Art Fair

When: Dec. 5-9, 2018
Where: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: Admission is free
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Pulse Miami Beach

Pulse Miami Beach’s VIP Private Preview Brunch takes place on Thursday December 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the fair opens to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a Young Collectors Cocktails reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The fair is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When: Dec. 6-9, 2018
Where: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $40 multi-day pass
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Scope Miami Beach

The Private Platinum First View, by invitation only, takes place on Tuesday, December 4 from noon to 4 p.m. with the VIP and Press Preview from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fair is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

When: Dec. 4-9, 2018
Where: Scope Miami Beach Pavilion, 801 Ocean Drive on Miami Beach
Tickets: $35 general admission
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Superfine Miami

When: Dec. 5-9, 2018
Where: 1001 Ocean Drive
Tickets: From $8 day pass; $55 all access pass + Twilight Vernissage
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Untitled, Miami Beach

When: Dec. 5-9, 2018
Where: Ocean Drive and 12th Street on Miami Beach
Tickets: $30 general admission
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Art Miami

When: Dec. 4-9, 2018
Where: One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street, Downtown Miami
Tickets: $55 one-day pass (includes admission to Context); $100 multi-day pass (includes admission to Context and Aqua Art Miami)
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Art Beat Miami Art Fair

When: Dec. 5-9, 2018
Where: Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Street, Little Haiti
Tickets: Admission is free
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Art of Black Miami

When: Throughout Miami Art Week 2018 and year round
Where: Kroma Art Space, 3670 Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove and various locations
Tickets: Prices vary depending on event
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Context Art Miami

When: Dec. 4-9, 2018
Where: One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street, Downtown Miami
Tickets: $55 one-day pass (includes admission to Art Miami); $90 multi-day pass (includes admission to Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami
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HIVE Village

When: Dec. 6-9, 2018
Where: Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood
Tickets: Admission is free
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Miami River Art Fair

When: Dec. 3-5, 2018
Where: James L. Knight International Center, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, Downtown Miami
Tickets: Free
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NADA Miami

NADA Miami’s VIP Preview, by invitation only, takes place Thursday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to noon with an Opening Preview, by invitation only, from noon to 2 p.m. The fair opens to the public from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fair is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When: Dec. 6-9, 2018
Where: Ice Palace Studios, 1400 N. Miami Avenue, Downtown Miami
Tickets: $20 single day; $40 run of show
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Pinta Miami

When: Dec. 5-9, 2018
Where: Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Avenue, Wynwood
Tickets: $20
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Prizm Art Fair

When: Dec. 3-9, 2018
Where: Alfred I. Dupont Building, 169 E. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami
Tickets: From $10 one-day pass; from $25 multi-day pass
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Red Dot Miami

When: Dec. 5-9, 2018
Where: Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Avenue, Wynwood
Tickets: From $25 general admission; from $75 opening night + five-day pass
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When: Dec. 6-9, 2018
Where: 18 NW 14th St., Downtown Miami
Tickets: $25
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Spectrum Miami

When: Dec. 5-9, 2017
Where: Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Avenue, Wynwood
Tickets: From $25 general admission; from $75 opening night + five-day pass
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Art Basel: Artist Studio Visits

Friday 7 December 2018  9am – 12 pm



Cultural Institutions


With their world-class art museums, extensive private collections, and vibrant gallery scene, Miami Beach and the surrounding area offer a wealth of opportunity to view the finest Modern and contemporary art. Many of Miami’s internationally renowned institutions offer special exhibits to coincide with Art Basel.


Art Museums 

The Bass Museum

The Bass Ball, Saturday 15 December 2018 6:30pm – 11:00 pm

The Bass

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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (ICA)



Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

pamm presents

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)*

Reception Thursday 6 December  8-11 pm



The de la Cruz Collection 

Reception:  More/Less  Friday, 7 December  9am- 12 pm



The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

Reception: 7 December  9 am- 12 pm


The Rubell Family Collection

Rubell Collection


The Wolfsonian



Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami


Faena Art

The nonprofit organization Faena Art will launch an annual art festival—the Faena Festival—this year in Miami. Its first edition will take place during Miami Art Week, which runs from December 3 to 9, and is organized by Faena Art curator Zoe Lukov; it will be free and open to the public.

Titled “This Is Not America,” the festival’s 2018 edition derives its name from Alfredo Jaar’s 1987 work A Logo for America, which will be presented on a LED Jumbotron mounted on a boat that will travel along the Miami Beach shoreline each day of the event. The monumental piece was originally commissioned by the Public Art Fund, a New York–based organization, and it was first displayed in Times Square.

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Basel House Mural Festival

The 6th Annual Basel House Mural Festival is the place to be during Art Basel Week where street art, eclectic music, innovative unique vendors, and new-age art installations from across the globe come together to create an unparalleled experience. In the center of Miami’s WynwoodArts District, across 30,000SF of mural wall space, including projection mapping installations, artisan vendors, and a whole lot more. This FREE event will offer live painting, unique art installations, vert ramp, live music, late-night DJs, mural tours, Saturday Night Art Battle, workshops, art & lifestyle vendor marketplace, cocktails, food trucks, and more.



RC Cola Plant,550 Northwest 24th StreetMiami, FL 33127



  • Friday, December 7th 3:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday, December 8th 1:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday, December 9th 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM


  • 10 days of painting * 40+ mural projects * 60+ artists
  • MURALS Top street artists from across the globe painting LARGE-SCALE murals across 6 city blocks in Wynwood Art District.
  • MONSTER COMPOUND Skate Ramp, Mural by RISK, Godfather of the Urban Art Movement, Pop Up Barbershop, Breakdancers, Beatboys and More
  • DIGITAL ARTS PLAYGROUND Experience a new reality as the walls come to life at night with digital video mapping projections
  • LIVE ART BATTLE Saturday night live Art Battle 9 pm – 12 am in RC Cola presented by RXBAR
  • MURAL TOURS Guided Mural Tours by Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide at 4:20 PM Daily
  • FREE BLOCK PARTY with Live Painting, Unique Art Installations, Live Music, late night DJs, Artist & Vendor Market, Food Trucks, Pop-Up Retail & Restaurant Concepts, Brand Activations, Beer Garden, Cocktail Bars, VIP, Media & Artist Hospitality Hideaway Lounge, Spray Paint Pop Up Shop, Street Art Tours and more!!
  • ARTISAN MARKET with curated, unique vendors displaying creative products, clothing, art, jewelry, and a variety of artistic and one-of-a-kind products

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Artist Receptions



Wynwood + Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls offers the world’s best collection of curated Art Walls.  It’s incredible and totally Instagram-able.   Outside of Wynwood Walls and throughout Wynwood there are hundreds of Art Walls.  Some Incredible.  Some just a mess.  Explore and find your inspiration.




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Where to Party during Art Week Miami

“It’s all One Big Party”

South Beach’s trendy hotels are always a good place to start. From lobby bars and trendy restaurants to onsite art installations, you can’t go wrong ducking into 1 Hotel, Faena, W South Beach, Soho Beach House, The Plymouth, The Delano, Nikki Beach Club…


The Bass Ball 2018  The elite fundraising social event in support of the Bass Museum.

FAENA The Fania Theater, Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, PAO by Paul Qui, The Veranda and the Living Room. Fania is the place for the Art and Culture crowd.

POOLSIDE AT DELANO  It’s where the Art People hang out when they don’t have a set private party invitation.  Its a cool vibe at night with music and a bon fire.

DOHENY ROOM AT DELANO  The Delano’s newest nightlife destination just off the iconic Philippe Starck lobby.

BASEMENT AT THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION promises to be a hot spot for late night Art Basel after parties.

LIV AT FONTAINEBLEAU For art lovers in search of the megaclub experience, all roads lead to LIV at the Fontainebleau. Going strong for nearly a decade and fresh off a multi-million dollar overhaul, revelers can expect a star-studded Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 lineup with A-list DJs like David Guetta, Tiesto, Kaskade and Calvin Harris.

GRAMPS There’s  something for everyone and it’s sure to have some cool artist collaborations and activations during Miami Art Week 2018.

THE ANDERSON You have to be in the know to find this hip little hideaway off the beaten path near the 79th Street Causeway and Little Haiti. Expect fun alternative parties at The Anderson during Miami Art Week 2018 featuring underground DJs and artist collectives.

MANA WYNWOOD Occupying a 100,000 square-foot warehouse space on the outskirts of Wynwood, Mana Wynwood has become the ultimate cultural event space hosting concerts, art shows and creative happenings. In year’s past, they’ve staged everything from a Kendrick Lamar concert to the HIVE pop-up lounge featuring a skate park, sculpture garden and live art installations during Art Basel Miami Beach.

BROKEN SHAKER Set inside The Freehand hotel’s shaded courtyard with mix-and-match patio furniture and overhead string lighting, it’s full of subtropical charm. . During Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, expect a slew of hip parties and a cool crowd.




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