Skip to content



Whitewaller Miami 2016: Fairs

Your Guide to the Miami Fairs

No contributor

Whitewaller brings you the practical information you’ll need to know about the Miami fairs next week, with some of the highlights of what each has in store.

Art Basel in Miami Beach is celebrating its 15th anniversary with 269 leading international galleries drawn from 29 countries. The fair has vastly expanded since its first 2002 edition to include dedicated sections for film, outdoor sculpture, and prints, as well as curated shows of historical significance and explorations of new works by emerging artists—all while maintaining a consistent and competitive international roster.

Whitewaller Miami 2016: Fairs

Galleries Gavin Brown

The Survey section is returning with 14 focused presentations of work dating back to before 2000, including Romare Bearden at DC Moore Gallery, Ibrahim El-Salahi at Vigo Gallery, Margaret Kilgallen at Ratio 3, and more. Positions—the section that provides focused platforms for individual artists to present a major project—will hold 16 curated solo booths, including Adrià Julià at Dan Gunn’s booth, Max Hooper Schneider’s series “Trans-Habitats” at High Art’s booth, and more. This year, Nova—the sector dedicated to young galleries showing new work by up to three artists—will feature 35 exhibitors. First time exhibitors include Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong), House of Gaga (Mexico), and Nanzuka (Tokyo).

The fair’s VIP lounge will also showcase projects like Sun Xun’s large scale immersive installation (one of the biggest for the artist to date) Reconstruction of the Universe commissioned by watchmaker Audemars Piguet, and the presentation of the video work From Many Sides by Jamaican-French visual artist Olivia McGilchrist for Davidoff.

Whitewaller Miami 2016: Fairs

Courtesy of ABMB

VIP PREVIEW: Wednesday, November 30: 11 AM-8 PM
VERNISSAGE: Thursday, December 1: 11 AM-3 PM
DATES: December 1-4, 2016


Whitewaller Miami 2016: Fairs

Design Miami/ 2016

Design Miami/ is returning to Meridian Avenue by the Miami Beach Convention Center with museum-quality exhibitions of 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting, and objets d’art. This year, exhibitors will include Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris, New York, and London), Friedman Benda (New York), Southern Guild (Cape Town), Mercado Moderno (Rio de Janeiro), and Volume Gallery (Chicago), among others.

Following the success of the past two editions, the Design Curio program returns, inviting designers, curators, innovators, and exhibitors to present cabinets of curiosities throughout the fair, interspersed among core galleries.

Whitewaller Miami 2016: Fairs

Entrance to the fair rendering

This year, the fair has awarded SHoP Architects the 2016 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award. The New York-based firm’s stirring panel of rolling projects includes Uber’s new headquarters in San Francisco, the Miami Innovation District, and the Kids of Kathmandu—an initiative that will build 50 public schools in the Nepal’s areas heavily touched by last year’s earthquake. SHoP was commissioned to create the fair’s entrance gateway installation Flotsam & Jetsam.

The fair will also unveil interesting new design collaborations, like between architect Ole Scheeren and gourmet New York market Dean & Deluca, and Maison Perrier-Joüet and designer Andrew Kudless.

Whitewaller Miami 2016: Fairs

by SHoP Flotsam & Jetsam

PREVIEW DAY: Tuesday, November 29
DATES: November 30 – December 4, 2016


Whitewaller Miami 2016: Fairs

Courtesy of Camron PR

The 12th edition of PULSE Miami Beach returns to its oceanfront at Indian Beach Park, bringing over 70 galleries and 200 artists, 25 percent of which are first-time exhibitors. Galleries from Colombia, Spain, China, and Japan, among others, will be welcomed.

Spread over two pavilions, PULSE’s North Tent is dedicated to established galleries presenting multi- artist booths, and it’s South Tent will spotlight IMPULSE, solo exhibitions of artists eligible for the PULSE PRIZE, and CONVERSATIONS’ dual-artist shows. Highlights include the 1994 YoungArts Winner in Visual Art, Naomi Fisher, curating a booth of works by YoungArts alumni.

PULSE is debuting a PROJECTS section with “Miami Marbles”—a commission from digital artist Anne Spalter that uses photographs and video replicas of last year’s Miami Arts Week, and digitally alters and distills images of the city’s atmosphere, architecture, and foliage to create contemporary landscapes.

PULSE PLAY is experimenting with a new spin. This year, the section will be comprised of new media and video works that have been submitted directly through an open call to guest curators Rebecca Jampol and Jasmine Wahi, who subsequently made their selection.

PRIVATE PREVIEW BRUNCH: Thursday, December 1: 10 AM-1 PM
DATES: December 1-4, 2016


Art Miami’s 27th edition kicks off Miami Arts Week on Tuesday, November 29 with a VIP Preview to benefit the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The event will take place in the Art Miami Pavilion at the midtown Miami complex in the renowned Wynwood Arts District. Fine investment quality paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design, sculpture, and video art spanning from the 20th and 21st centuries will be shown.

Together with its sister fairs CONTEXT  and Aqua, Art Miami is offering the largest show in town with an unrivaled number of 285 exhibitors—of which Art Miami is hosting 135, which is 10 more than last year. Highlights include new work by Adrien Brody at Benrimon Projects (New York) and Bernie Taupin at Waterhouse & Dodd (New York). Famed exhibitors include Alon Zakaim Fine Art (London), Opera Gallery (Miami), Wetterling Gallery (Stockholm), and De Re Gallery (Los Angeles), among others.

VIP PREVIEW DATES: Tuesday, November 29: 5:30-10 PM
DATES: November 29 – December 4, 2016


Before inaugurating Untitled, San Francisco at Pier 70 in Dogpatch in January 2017, the fifth edition of Untitled, Miami Beach is to take place on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street this December.

The 2016 edition of the fair in Miami will be the largest to date, with an expanded floorplan accommodating many exhibitors with larger booths. The curated selection features 128 international galleries from 20 countries and 48 cities, with 37 new exhibitors, including galleries from Iceland, Sardinia, and South Africa, while preserving a strong presence of Latin American and European galleries.

Untitled projects this year include Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu’s Do We Dream Under The Same Sky, which is presented by Nathalie Karg Gallery (New York). Another installation by radical Argentinian conceptual artist Noemí Escandell is presented by Henrique Faria Fine Arts (Buenos Aires). The work, originally shown in 1995, consists of a plinth stocked with blank newspapers with the headline ‘Escriba la noticia que desea leer’ (write the news that you want to read). Recreated bilingually at Untitled, visitors will be invited to fill in their own news and leave for others to read, contribute to or take.

This year’s fair lounge, which is open to all, is designed by Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Gordon who created Jungle Lounge—an immersive environment outfitted with wallpaper with a banana motif, palm trees, and acapulco chairs and tables.

VIP PREVIEW: November 29
DATES: November 30 – December 4, 2016


SCOPE Miami Beach returns to the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street. Featuring over 130 international exhibitors from 22 countries and 57 cities, SCOPE Miami Beach will welcome over 50,000 visitors over the course of six days. Amidst an outpouring of critical acclaim from press, curators, and collectors, and a digital and social media outreach campaign garnering over 450 million impressions, SCOPE Miami Beach is once again poised to lead the charge for the emerging contemporary art market.

Established as the original incubator for emerging work, SCOPE’s Breeder Program celebrates its 16th year of introducing new galleries to the contemporary market. A remarkable opportunity for exposure, the Breeder Program alumni includes: Peres Projects, John Connelly Presents, Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Spinello Projects, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, Rokeby, and Magical Artroom, among other notable galleries.

PLATINUM FIRST VIEW: Tuesday, November 29: 12-4 PM
VIP PREVIEW: Tuesday, November 29: 4-8 PM
DATES: November 29 – December 4, 2016


The fair dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists is victim of its own success. CONTEXT has expanded this year to a 65,000-square-foot pavilion just one block away from the Art Miami pavilion in the middle of Midtown (on 118 NE 34th Street between NE 1st Avenue and Buena Vista Blvd.). This year’s edition will present more than 100 exhibitors from 20 countries and 50 cities. These include the Galleries Association of Korea (Seoul), 11.12 Gallery (Moscow), Galería LGM (Bogota), ZK Gallery (California), and Modus Art Gallery (Paris), among others.

The relocation allows for additional CONTEXT specific project space. There will be Sound Positions that will feature this year 12 listening stations, each dedicated to the work of one artist. Context Projects is featuring artists working with new technology and explores the relationship between audience, technology, performance and art. Finally, Sculpture Garden’s site-specific curatorial program is presenting experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture.

VIP PREVIEW: Tuesday, November 29: 5:30-10 PM
DATES: November 29 – December 4, 2016


The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA)’s 14th edition of NADA Miami Beach will take place at the Deauville Beach Resort with exhibitors representing 36 cities from 17 different countries, including 43 newcomers, and 29 project spaces.

To name a few, galleries such as Derek Eller Gallery, Marlborough Chelsea (New York), and Soy Capitán (Berlin) are in attendance.
NADA has announced SVIT (Prague) as the recipient of the first NADA x Exhibitionary International Gallery Prize. The Czech Republican gallery will exhibit at NADA Miami Beach for the first time in a sponsored booth provided by the Exhibitionary Prize and NADA. The gallery will feature works by Ajit Chauhan, David Kransky, and Jirí Kovanda.

VIP PREVIEW: Thursday, December 1: 10 AM–12 PM
OPENING PREVIEW: Thursday, December 1: 12–2 PM
DATES: December 1 – 4, 2016 


This year, Miami Project marks its fifth year with Miami Project Edition 5, which will be erected within an expansive structure located in Miami Beach, just steps from the entrance of NADA Miami Beach. The fair will be built seamlessly into the existing architecture, elegantly housing a dedicated exhibition space.

The street level entrance and four floors of dedicated parking ensures a high-touch environment for top collectors, and Miami Project Edition 5’s co-location with NADA Miami Beach guarantees an extremely high level of visibility for both renown fairs—surely a unique, must-see experience for Miami Beach this December.

VIP PREVIEW DATES: Thursday, December 1: 12-4 PM
DATES: December 1-4, 2016



To find out more about Miami Art Week 2016, pick up the new issue of Whitewaller Miami.



The View at The Palm Opens in Dubai with Human-Centric Purpose

Whitewall spoke with John Bricker of Gensler about The View at The Palm in Dubai.

Louis Fratino Finds Power in Images of What We Love

Louis Fratino spoke with Whitewall about keeping the studio a space free from fear of failure.

The BMW Neue Klasse Looks to an All-Electric Future

The BMW Neue Klasse is a statement piece for a new era: design language that references classic BMW for its soon-to-be all-electric lineup.

5 Favorites from the 10th Edition of FOG Design+Art

This year, FOG Design+Art, the Bay Area’s annual international art and design fair, celebrated its 10th anniversary edition.

FOG Design+Art’s 10th Edition Reflects San Francisco

The San Francisco-based art fair presents a milestone exhibition.

Best San Francisco Exhibitions: Loie Hollowell, Hayv Kahraman, and More

With FOG Design+Art taking place in San Francisco last week, we’re turning our attention to the best exhibitions on view this month. Don’t miss these solo and group shows at Jessica Silverman and ICA San Francisco.





Kelly Wearstler




Go inside the worlds of Art, Fashion, Design and Lifestyle.


This year, FOG Design+Art, the Bay Area’s annual international art and design fair, celebrated its 10th anniversary edition.
The San Francisco-based art fair presents a milestone exhibition.
With FOG Design+Art taking place in San Francisco last week, we’re turning our attention to the best exhibitions on view this month. Don’t miss these solo and group shows at Jessica Silverman and ICA San Francisco.


Go inside the worlds
of Art, Fashion, Design,
and Lifestyle.