Miami becomes the center of the art world from November 29 to December 4, 2022, hosting more than 20 international art fairs, more than 1,200 galleries, thousands of artists and tens of thousands of art lovers .
It would take a month to consider art as a full-time job to see all that is happening during Miami Art Week, which also includes pop-ups, festivals, installations, parties, museum exhibits, street art, talks, concerts and more. This galaxy of events is anchored by the premier contemporary art festival in North America and arguably the world, Art Basel Miami Beach.
While it’s impossible to see it all, here are some suggestions on how to see the best of the best during Miami Art Week 2022.
Tuesday, November 29: Miami Design District
Start Art Week in Miami’s Design District, where art can be found everywhere you look. Much will be by Miami-based architect Germane Barnes, who received the award the 2022 Miami Design District Annual Neighborhood Commission enabling the concept of the architect, Rock | Rollto be installed in the public spaces of the district.
Drawing inspiration from the vibrancy of Miami’s Carnival and the city’s polyethnic culture, Barnes designed a series of whimsical, larger-than-life seating pods that rock back and forth when activated by users and feature colorful and shaggy surfaces reminiscent of the emblematic feathered costumes of the carnival. . With a nod to steel drums and the contagious joy of soca musicBarnes has also designed brightly colored wind chimes, hundreds of which will hang as melody ornaments. Rock | Roll features an architectural scale floating dome reminiscent of a giant disco ball in both form and function. Suspended overhead and animated by light and sound, the structure will serve as an outdoor gathering space dedicated to sharing and enjoying community storytelling.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Prizm 2022 Contemporary African Art Fair features galleries and artists exploring how vernacular modes of art-making originating in global African contexts have influenced the culture of fine art practice around the world. The show runs November 29 through December 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 4220 N. Miami Ave.
“Boil the toil + problem” takes place in an unused building at 39 NE 39th St. in the Design District. Works across media exploring mystical, mythological or spiritual frameworks and practices related to water will be presented. Over 40 renowned contemporary artists including Ana Mendieta, Wangechi Mutu, Marina Abramović, Radcliffe Bailey, Niki de Saint Phalle, Torkwase Dyson, Nicole Eisenman, Maya Lin and Cannupa Hanska Luger have worked in the show which is free and open to the public every day until December 11, 2022 from noon to 7 p.m.
Saatchi Yates Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new works by a contemporary Ethiopian artist Tesfaye Urgessa to coincide with his presentation at Miami Rubell Museumwhich opens November 28. Saatchi Yates is located next to the Cruz Collection and the Institute of Contemporary Art which inaugurates a new series of exhibitions, freefor Art Week.
Wednesday, November 30: Art Miami/CONTEXT Art Miami
Miami’s oldest international and contemporary art fair, ArtMiami, will continue to present the most significant works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries, offered by a selection of the most respected galleries in the world. She’s just sister, BACKGROUND Art Miami’s The 10th edition will provide the ultimate platform for mid-career, emerging and cutting-edge talent from new and established galleries.
The combination of Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami will feature more than 215 galleries from 17 countries at One Miami Herald Plaza on Biscayne Bay from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 1: Art Basel Miami Beach
VIPs are allowed to rake Art Basel Miami Beach two days before the public gets its first look on Thursday. The most beautiful of fairs celebrates its 20th anniversarye birthday in 2022. Tickets can be purchased here browse the finery brought by hundreds of leading contemporary art galleries of the whole world.
Art Basel Miami Beach is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on December 1 and 2 and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on December 3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Take special note of Native American ownership Art Gallery K from the Buffalo, NY booth, showcasing the work of three contemporary Indigenous artists, the legendary Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (Arapaho/Cheyenne) and acclaimed emerging artists Erin Ggaadimits Ivalu Gingrich (Inupiaq/Koyukon Athabaskan) and Robyn Tsinnajinnie (Diné).
New York City Garth Greenan Gallery will also feature Native American artwork, including that of Emmi Whitehorse (Having dinner).
Less than half a mile from the Convention Center, visitors to Miami Art Week will be treated to by Keith Haring the greatest work of art ever made. Starting November 28 at 1111 Lincoln Road, Keith Haring + CityKids’ talk about freedoma 90′ x 30′ banner, can be seen draping the building.
Still in Miami Beach, The Wolfsonian present “Turn the beat around”, an exhibition revisiting the artistic and innovative exchanges between Cuban and American musicians from the 1930s to the 1960s. Rumba, conga and Afro-Cuban jazz. Mambo, cha-cha-cha and salsa. “Turn the Beat Around” features posters, record and sheet music covers, film clips and audio from the era bringing to life the musical fusion found between cultures.
More Cuban art and culture can be seen at Space 23 in the Allapattah district. A new exhibition features works by more than 100 Cuban and diaspora artists from the collection of Jorge M. Pérez, himself a Cuban refugee.
Friday December 2: NADA, Wynwood and Pussy Riot
Start the day at NADA (New Art Dealer Alliance) Miami 2022 showcasing a diverse selection of 146 galleries, art spaces and non-profit organizations spanning over 40 cities around the world. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. at Ice Palace Studios (1400 North Miami Ave.) Buy your tickets here.
One mile from the NADA fair is the Wynwood neighborhood famous for its hundreds of street art murals. December 2 and 3, at the Wynwood Center in Soho Studios (2136 NW 1st Ave.; entrance on NW 22nd St), First video presents a larger than life immersive experience artistic activation centered around the original series “Riches”. The exhibition celebrates elements of performance illustrating freedom of expression and identity in the Black Diaspora experience through photography, sculpture, painting, music, video, and performance art.
The event is free from noon to 9 p.m., but RSVP is suggested.
Keep the good times back at ICA Miami, a mile north of Wynwood, where an exclusive, free concert by a Russian protest punk band and performance artists Pussy Riot takes place. Doors open at 7 a.m. and RSVP online is required. NOTE: RSVP does not guarantee admission and with limited seating, attendees are asked to arrive by 7:00 a.m. if expecting to see the show.
Saturday, December 3: North Miami and Little Haiti
At North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, “Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè” marks the first major solo exhibition in a museum for the artist who grew up in North Miami. This exhibit features over 40 paintings and prints and William’s first monumental sculpture, all examining the precariousness of black life in America, the urgent desire for black joy, and the affirmation of black queer humanity.
William and the exhibition curator will lead a tour of the exhibition on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
From there, visit the Art of Transformation, a five-day, two-block event in the heart of Opa-locka at the ARC (Arts & Recreation Center; 675 Ali Baba Ave). Included in the free event is AfriKin Art 2022the Africana contemporary art fair in Miami, open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
To N’Namdi Gallery in Little Haiti (6505 NE 2nd Ave.) see Harlem Globetrotter Maxwell Pearce’s “The Art of an Athlete” December 3 and 4 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pearce’s vibrantly textured multimedia works explore the diversity within black athletics and celebrate the individual abilities of athletes to do more than dribble, shoot and score. Free entry.
Nina Johnson Gallery One Mile Away (6315 NW 2nd Ave) features Raúl de Nieves, known for his vivid three-dimensional beadwork sculptures that pay homage to his Mexican heritage as well as drag and ballroom culture through the transformation of everyday materials into extravagant objects. Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
End the evening, or any night, Thursday through Sunday, at the Tribeca Music Lounge (7145 NW 1st Ct) with a live performance.
Sunday, December 4: SCOPE Miami Beach
Push to the finish line at Miami Beach REACH located on South Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive between 8th and 10th Avenues (801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach). Over 150 diverse contemporary exhibitors will be on hand, including black homeowners Knowhere Art Gallery from Martha’s Vineyard, MA featuring the “Infinite Black” collection by Charly Palmer. In each painting, Palmer testifies to African ancestry and contemporary experiences.
In 2020, Palmer was commissioned by “TIME” magazine to create the cover of its Number “America must change”. That same year, he was asked to design the cover portrait for John Legend’s GRAMMY Award-winning album, “Bigger Love.” He was recently commissioned by the United States Postal Service to design the 2023 Black History Month signature stamp.
SCOPE Miami closes at 8:00 p.m. Sunday night and is expected to present a trophy to everyone who made it that long.