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Lamar Peterson, "The Proud Gardener," 2022

What to See at the 2022 Miami Fairs

While visiting the exhibitions during Miami Art Week, visitors will not want to miss these top fairs at premier destinations in the heart of Miami.

Florian Maier-Aichen Florian Maier-Aichen, “Not yet titled (rocks at the coast of Point Mugu),” 2022, C-print; Image © Florian Maier-Aichen, courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.

Art Basel Miami Beach Dates: December 1–3 VIP Preview: November 29 & 30 Galleries: 283

For the 20th anniversary of Art Basel Miami Beach, the fair is presenting its largest edition thus far, welcoming 283 galleries from 38 countries and territories at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Made possible with support from Lead Partner UBS, the 2022 fair will feature leading international art spaces in the fair’s main sector, alongside presentations of emerging artists in Positions; works predating the year 2000 in Survey; the Edition sector, which will see 11 galleries presenting prints and editioned works; and new work by up to three artists inhabiting the booths in the Nova sector. 

“It is truly exciting to celebrate our 20-year presence in Miami Beach,” said Marc Spiegler, global director, Art Basel. “Over the last two decades our show has not only reinforced its pivotal position in the region—uniquely bridging the art scenes of North and South Americas, Europe, and beyond—but also played a galvanizing role in the city’s profound cultural transformation. The increasingly diverse range of galleries and artistic voices represented will make our show richer in discoveries than ever before.”

Along with a full roster of returning galleries, fairgoers will find presentations from 26 first-timers, like Vienna’s Sophie Tappeiner; Berry Campbell and Queer Thoughts, both based in New York; the London gallery Edel Assanti; And Now of Dallas; and São Paulo art space Paulo Kuczynski. Across the fair’s platforms, highlights to look out for this year include Dread Scott’s historic study of violence, presented by Cristin Tierney; Chris Sharp Gallery’s debut presentation featuring Ishi Glinsky, whose exploration of material looks at the connections between Indigenous peoples and land; the latest photos and sculptures in John Edmonds’ look at the human form and African art, on view with Company Gallery; and a duo installation about the immigrant experience by Anabel Juárez and Greg Ito, shown by Anat Ebgi

Toni Losey Toni Losey, “Fernando and Javier,” 2022, courtesy of J. Lohmann Gallery.

Design Miami Dates: November 30–December 4 VIP Preview: November 29  Galleries: 50 galleries and Curio exhibitions

This year Design Miami/ returns to the city’s Pride Park, where its 18th edition will see the best of the design world represented by 50 gallery and Curio shows. Under the curatorial direction of Maria Cristina Didero, exhibitors at this 2022 iteration have been tasked with finding inspiration in the curatorial theme “The Golden Age: Looking to the Future,” in an optimistic foreshadowing that follows the fair’s recent Basel edition, “The Golden Age: Rooted in the Past.”

“I selected the theme The Golden Age with the ambition of exploring how it might be applied across great scratches of human existence, from the distant past to our collective future. Design Miami/’s flagship fair at Miami Beach is always full of energy and optimism for the future,” said Didero. “At a time when human beings are challenged in unprecedented ways, I hope that the theme will offer a source of inspiration to imagine and shape a brighter future for human beings and our planet.”

Encompassed in the gallery presentations are names both new and returning, along with showcases of contemporary design and those highlighting noteworthy feats of historic design. Among these are shows like the debut of the Paris-based Galerie Negropontes; Philadelphia’s Moderne Gallery, highlighting vintage and contemporary American Studio design works; the exhibition of handcrafted furniture and objects “Inkundla,” by Cape Town’s Southern Guild; and a group show focused on innovative, sustainable, and restorative design titled “Material Shores,” which is on view with Sarah Myerscough Gallery from London.

Of Curio’s thought-provoking installations—which fairgoers can find situated throughout the fair’s main gallery booths—not to be missed are J. Lohmann Gallery’s “Curious Creatures” by Toni Losey and Ahryun Lee; the experiential work of Lily Clark with “Stroll Garden”; Aqua Creations, presenting “Light on Water”; and the wearable art of renowned creatives like Ai Weiwei, Giuseppe Penone, and Atelier Van Lieshout, presented by Elisabetta Cipriani

Amy Bravo “Soul Boot” 2021 Amy Bravo, “Soul Boot,” 2021, 34 in. H x 27 in. W x 11 in. D, Ceramic, Plaster, Cowboy Boot, Found Fabric, Thread, Photo, Acrylic and Paraffin Candles; courtesy of the artist, Cary Whittier, and Swivel Gallery.

NADA Dates: November 30–December 3 VIP Preview: November 30, 10 AM–4 PM  Galleries: 146

During its 2022 edition, which will take place at Ice Palace Studios, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is celebrating both its 20th edition in Miami and two decades since the fair’s inception. NADA continues its mission of supporting those emerging in the world of contemporary art through a roster of 146 exhibitors that represent 40 cities from across the world, accompanied by its signature series of talks, events, performances, and the Curated Spotlight, which is supported by TD Bank.

Fairgoers will recognize the names of more than 80 returning members, representing cities like Paris, Dubai, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Toronto, and Copenhagen, while 37 art spaces will join for their first presentations. Expect to find the layout including solo presentations (such as REGULARNORMAL, with the work of Aya Brown; de boer Gallery, showing work by Teresa Baker; King’s Leap, presenting Nandi Loaf; and Chela Mitchell Gallery, exhibiting the work of Siena Smith), group shows (including those from galleries like Friends Indeed, Jacky Strenz, Misako & Rosen, and Marinaro), and a special lineup of Projects, highlights of which include EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop with the work of Dindga McCannon; Dalè Zine presenting work by Alejandra Moros and German Caceres; and Moarain House with an installation by Amanda Moström

“This year’s fair is a major milestone for us as we celebrate 20 years of the New Art Dealers Alliance and NADA Miami. Since 2002, NADA has championed its global gallerist-driven community, with year-round initiatives that prioritize the arts ecosystem,” said NADA executive director Heather Hubbs. “We look forward to celebrating with the best of contemporary art this year in Miami.”

Osborne Macharia, Osborne Macharia, “Remember the Rude Boy 4”; courtesy of the artist and Montague Contemporary.

SCOPE Art Show Dates: November 29–December 4 VIP Preview: November 29  Galleries: 130+ presenters

The beachside art experience of SCOPE Miami Beach returns to its bespoke exhibition space on the sands of South Beach at Ocean Drive and 8th Street for the fair’s 21st edition. Fostering an environment for discovery, this year will see more than 130 exhibitors alongside the fair’s flagship program, The New Contemporary, which encompasses special works, installations, and immersive experiences focused on art contributing to local community engagement and global politics alike. The fair’s 2022 roster of events will also include panel discussions, wellness programming, and entertainment.

Welcomed with an entrance designed by Quintessenz’s Tomislav Topic, visitors will want to spend time browsing what’s new from this year’s exhibitors—including longtime presenters like 193 Gallery, NG Gallery, The Chemistry Gallery, Mirus Gallery, and Christopher Cutts Gallery, and newcomers like Bahnhof, Galerie Carole Kvasnevski, Montague Contemporary, and Iram Art. Meanwhile, the expanded Atrium is home to curated activations making up The New Contemporary, such as a special NFT showcase by Superchief Gallery NFT, the monumental digital Monolith installation by ArtRepublic, Jen Lewin’s 12-foot-tall infinity mirrored Ursa Minor, and other sculptural works and installations that push past the boundaries of typical fair booths. 

SCOPE also offers auxiliary happenings to engage visitors from morning to night. Begin the day with a morning yoga flow and sound bath, presented daily by wellness partner Alo Yoga; visit its lounge, dining space, and curated food experience between happenings like talks and viewing art; and end the day at the fair’s digital stage, where live performances transform the venue into a nightlife destination. 

Lamar Peterson, Lamar Peterson, “The Proud Gardener,” 2022, oil on canvas; courtesy of the artist and F and F Gallery.

Untitled Art Dates: November 29–December 3 VIP Preview: November 28 Galleries: 140+

Under the care of artistic director Omar López-Chahoud, Untitled Art returns to Miami Beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street for its 11th edition, where more than 140 galleries and art spaces will be in attendance, representing 31 countries. Backed by a goal of diversifying and supporting the art ecosystem at large, the fair has selected presenters who are sharing the work of undiscovered and acclaimed creatives alike, seen across a lineup complete with booth presentations, performances, site-specific installations, and the second iteration of the Nest sector. 

“For this year’s edition of Untitled Art, we are looking to stage an ambitious and forward-thinking presentation that reconsiders the role of an art fair in today’s cultural landscape,” said Untitled Art’s founder and director, Jeffrey Lawson. “In response to the growing commercialization of the art world, we are prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity, and providing space for collectors, art historians, curators, writers, and academics to interact, learn, and discover. We are excited to return with our strongest and most international program yet.”

Beginning this year, the fair will select one gallery annually to share a solo booth shining a spotlight on an older or deceased artist whose practice remains relevant in the discourse of contemporary art—this year’s feature is Galerie Christian Lethert of Cologne, Germany, bringing the work of the 82-year-old German artist Imi Knoebel. The Nest sector (offering subsidized booths to emerging art spaces) welcomes 21 presenters from destinations like Mexico City, Chicago, Tehran, Kyiv, Buenos Aires, and Oslo. Nest is also accompanied by a curated digital exhibition with 3D and VR experiences by Digital Partner Vortic, who has also sponsored the Nest Prize. Be sure not to miss the Vilebrequin immersive booth at the fair, in partnership with JRP|Editions, where the swimwear brand will present an array of products in collaboration with Kenny Scharf, Sylvie Fleury, John M Armleder, and a first look at the limited-edition capsule collection by Deux Femmes Noires, founded by Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont




A few of our favorites from Design Miami/’s well-curated collection of pieces by leading global designers, open this week.
Over the weekend, NADA returned to New York for its tenth edition with presentations from 92 up-and-coming galleries. We’ve compiled our seven favorite exhibitions from the fair.
Janis Cecil, Founder of New York’s revered JGC Fine Art, shares with Whitewall her excitement for discovering new creatives this month.


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