Ready to see some art? Score private invitations to fair previews or wait until the next day to begin your art-filled adventure. Art Basel Miami Beach, the main event, returns to Miami Beach Convention Center from December 1-4, with First Choice and Preview on Wednesday and the glamorous, star-studded Vernissage on Thursday. See more on its sectors below. Across the street in the parking lot, Design Miami/ sets up its chic tent through Sunday. Just look for SHoP architects’ 3D-printed, organically-shaped installation chosen as this year’s entrance pavilion, pictured. Inside, don’t miss “Sobremesa,” a collaboration about shared spaces from Airbnb and Mexico City’s Pedro&Juana. Many fairs simply hit the sand. Untitled and Scope feature nearly 130 galleries each at Eighth and Twelfth streets, respectively. Head north to the Deauville Beach Resort for the uniquely nonprofit fair N.A.D.A.
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THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Why wait when one can have art for breakfast? Catch one of these morning meals with a side of culture hosted by a nonprofit and private collection. ONE Sotheby’s International Realty sponsors National YoungArts Foundation’s breakfast and tour for José Parlá’s site-specific installation “Roots” (pictured), and JPMorgan Chase’s “When We Were Young,” an exhibit that pairs art from its collection with new works by YoungArts’ alumni, on December 1, from 9-11 a.m. Leave it to Miami collector Martin Z. Margulies to show one of the most buzzworthy artists of our time, Anselm Kiefer, in a new custom-built gallery, to boot. Come view the installation, as well as Art Povera master Jannis Kounellis’s retrospective, during breakfast tomorrow through December 2, at Margulies Collection at the Warehouse.
2100 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.377.1140; youngarts.org. 591 NW 27th Street; 305.576.1051; margulieswarehouse.com
Luxury brands from hospitality to timepieces are staging massive outdoor installations from the bay to the beach. One of the most anticipated works is #RitzRainbow, a colorful laser light beaming from developer Lionheart Capital’s headquarters in the Design District across Biscayne Bay to its pending Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. Immerse yourself in Puerto Rican visual artist Yvette Mattern’s majestic rainbow through complimentary boat rides from the Residences until Sunday. Tonight by invitation, Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet hosts a reception for Chinese artist Sun Xun’s “Reconstruction of the Universe,” a block-long, bamboo-encased oceanfront exhibit between 21st and 22nd streets through December 3 (pictured). Viewers will dive into a multimedia work of 2D and 3D animation, ink drawings, sound effects and scroll paintings, a tradition from his homeland.
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SIZING UP SECTORS
With nearly 270 galleries, Art Basel can seem a little overwhelming. Tackle the nation’s premier art fair by focusing on a single sector. Video art lovers will want to watch the Film Sector curated by David Gryn, director of Daata Editions and Artprojx in London, on New World Symphony’s projection wall in Miami Beach SoundScape Park. Naturally, this year’s theme is sound and music, including “Best Dressed Chicken in Town,” a collaboration involving 27 artists inspired by Jamaican reggae singer and deejay Dr Alimantado’s namesake song. Works by Christian Marclay to Alfredo Jaar will also be shown, along with the documentary “Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back,” pictured, at the Colony Theatre on December 2. Then wander through Art Public’s 20 works, which pay homage to David Bowie, in Collins Park.