Art Miami
The Art Miami Pavilion
Midtown / Wynwood Arts District
3101 N.E. 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 515-8573 Dec. 4-9, 2012
Hours: Click here for a list of hours
Price: Free to $65

Miami isn’t just a warm haven for frozen tourists or flashy fashionistas. The city also boasts a diverse and vibrant arts community that will celebrate the 23rd edition of Art Miami beginning December 4, 2012. Nationally recognized as America’s preeminent art fair market, this event kicks off Art Week in Miami by bringing together artists, curators, collectors and aficionados in an extraordinarily diverse pavilion that serves as the focal point for the best in modern and contemporary art represented by over 125 galleries. Here are just a few of the myriad attractions to enjoy.

The CONTEXT Pavilion
This brand new pavilion, adjacent to the main Art Miami pavilion, provides an additional 43,000 square feet of gallery space with air conditioning on concrete floors. It debuts this year as the quintessential hive of growth and creativity for over 50 galleries providing the best in emerging and mid-career artists as well as artist installations, curator projects, multi-media productions and immersive environments designed to engage and attract artists, collectors and curators.Related: South Florida’s Best Art Shows

Dec. 4 – Dec. 9 during normal fair hours

For the first time at the Art Fair the work of noted graffiti artists will be prominently displayed. Five walls each bearing six tons in weight will be the canvas for colorful, unique stencils by artists whose key information will be distributed on site.

Sugar and Gomorrah
Dec. 4 – Dec. 9 during normal fair hours

Included in a portion of the outdoor exhibition area is Peter Anton’s experiential interpretation of the destruction of a Sodom and Gomorrah-like world. Art meets carnival ride as viewers journey through this modern interpretation in the world’s first participant ‘art ride.’

Dec. 4 – Dec. 9 during normal fair hours

On display in the CONTEXT area of the Art Miami pavilion, this gallery marks the very first time that the art of some of Berlin’s finest galleries will be showcased. Sponsored by the European Union, works both international and contemporary by such artists as Christine Rusche, Christine Klatt, Franziska Klotz, Levke Leiss, Susanne Ring, Inka & Niclas and Eva Bertram will be featured.

MAM Party On The Plaza
Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Hosted by Miami Art Museum director Thom Collins, this party is the largest event of the year and will celebrate the New York Miami 2013 exhibition by featuring newly commissioned works by some of Miami’s best-known and up-and-coming artists. Special musical performances and cocktails can be enjoyed by Art Miami VIP cardholders and exhibitors.

Curator’s Office
Based in Washington, D.C., this micro-gallery space specializes in inviting a curator (critic, artists, collector, museum curator, educator or promising student artist) to feature a tightly focused synopsis of the featured concept’s work. The invitee provides the culturally significant narrative to the featured display, as well as discusses its significance and purpose.Lyons Wier Gallery
This New York City-based gallery specializes in featuring artists that represent ‘Conceptual Realism,’ the artistic discipline that transcends the simple function of art as pictorial. The style embraces the use and impact of textures and colors on a given piece, accentuated by the deft touch of the artists’ hand to imbue deeper meaning to the subject.

Swedish Photography
Championing richly diverse Swedish photographers, this Berlin-based gallery provides an artistic showroom for established and up-and-coming Swedish photographers to show their work and be discovered and appreciated. The gallery displays a variety of different exhibitions annually in which photographers can express themselves, as well as book releases and other events.

Nina Menocol Gallery
Founded in 1990 in the ‘Zona Rosa’ heart of Mexico City, this gallery specializes in consolidating and promoting fine Mexican, Cuban and Latin American art to the rest of the world. It is the first gallery to exhibit works of contemporary Cuban artists born and educated within the revolution, and is one of the first in Mexico to promote Mexican and Latin American emerging artists.

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