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November 14, 2016

Only four weeks until the arty party of the year begins! Our annual round-up of what's happening during Art Basel Miami Beach will convince you to head south again this year. We promise. Here's PART 1:


As we reported last year, the Miami Beach Convention Center is currently undergoing a $600 million renovation and expansion. According to the Miami Herald, the work is behind schedule and Florida Supercon, the second largest event held there in 2016, recently announced that they will be moving to Fort Lauderdale next year due to the ongoing construction. To be sure everything runs smoothly for AB/MB, the city now plans to shift some of the work to 2017 and the project's director promises: "There will be four halls available. The show will go on." Bob Goodman, a spokesperson for AB/MB, told the Herald: "We're monitoring construction, and we're confident they'll be ready."


That said, here's what to expect: 269 exhibitors from 29 countries, artworks by 4,000 artists and over 70,000 visitors during the fair's 15th edition, starting with VIP previews on Wednesday, November 30, and ending at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Also note that this year, for the first time, all media must be pre-registered, with no accreditation onsite.


Maggie Lee,The Pool, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and the gallery and Art Basel.


The 16 booths in the POSITIONS sector of the fair give individual artists the opportunity to present a major project. This year, for example, Dane Mitchell plans to disperse an artificial scent that is usually used by hunters for "olfactory camouflage" in the RaebervonStenglin booth; Mike Cloud will show collages that recycle product imagery and scenes of consumer culture at Thomas Erben Gallery; and Maggie Lee will recreate a teenage girl's bedroom in an immersive installation for Brooklyn galleryReal Fine Arts.


"Flotsam & Jetsam" rendering by SHoP Architects



Design Miami -- "the global forum for design" -- is back at 19th Street and Meridian Avenue, behind the convention center, from November 30 thru December 4. This year's Panerai Visionary Award went to the NYC firm SHoP Architects (Barclays Center, LGA, 626 First Ave., Pier 15 etc.) and they've created an installation called "Flotsam & Jetsam" for the public-plaza entrance to the fair. After AB/MB, "F&J" will move to Miami's Design District. Look for Milan's Atelier Biagetti and their "NO SEX in Miami," one of this year's Design Curios presented by Patricia Findlay.


Untitled (dear painter, paint me), 2015, David Krňanský via SVIT Praha


The non-profit arts organization NADA holds the 14th edition of their Miami Beach fair at the Deauville Beach Resort (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) with over 100 exhibitors from 17 countries --- plus they've included 29 project spaces this year. Their preview sessions are December 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then open to the public until 7 p.m. on Thursday, and daily through Sunday with a $20 single day ticket. A portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales go toward supporting first-time exhibitors traveling internationally to show at the fair.


via Untitled Miami Beach


The fifth edition of Untitled Miami Beach features 128 international galleries with 37 new exhibitors in an "expanded" space on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street from November 30 to December 4. The VIP Preview is November 29, 3 to 8 p.m. They are also hosting several projects including a participatory installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu called "RT TV Boards" that features surfboards inscribed with Beatles lyrics, a T-shirt stand, surfboards that you can borrow and a show