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Miami will be transformed into an artists’ paradise when Art Basel officially kicks off on December 3.
Each year, the city and its famous beaches become a haven for art lovers all over the world.
Some come to find the newest art, while connoisseurs like Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz and Sean “Diddy” Combs hit the town in search of paintings that range from the tens of thousands, into the millions.
Others come to Miami to stargaze, with the hope of meeting their favorite celebrity during the week, which will host over 250 galleries and is expected to draw about 100,000 people.
This year rappers like A$AP Ferg, Wiz Khalifa, Ghostface Killah and DMX will be around Miami for Art Basel, which will come to a close on December 6.
Here’s a guide to some of the events taking place, as well as hotels that are in the area. More likely than not, these venues are already sold out.
However, it is still a good roadmap for the weekend.
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From 63rd to 87th Streets, this northern stretch of Miami Beach includes an old-fashioned bandshell, a community center and an adjoining park at the north end. With dozens of neighborhood restaurants and stores, North Beach is a quiet slice of Miami Beach frequented by locals and visitors.
Miami Project: Miami Project returns in 2015 for its fourth edition, bringing the best in modern and contemporary art to the fair’s new waterfront location. Rapper Ghostface Killah will be the highlight of this particular series when he performs on December 5 at The Deauville Beach Resort. Cost is $25 for a one-day pass or $35 for a multi-day pass. Miami Project is taking place at The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.
SATELLITE: This is a new second exhibition that will be presented during Miami Art Week at several beachfront venues, each venue stewarded by renowned art curators and groundbreaking art organizations. There are four locations within a one block radius of the North Shore Amphitheater at 72nd Street on Miami Beach. Admission to these events are free. Head over to satellite-show.com for more information.
Art on Paper: Is another new exhibition. Art on Paper’s inaugural Miami Beach edition will launch during this year’s Miami Art Week, bringing the acclaimed fair to the epicenter of the international arts community. This also takes place at Deauville Beach Resort at 6701 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. For more info and ticket prices visit: thepaperfair.com.
Where to Stay – North Beach
Carillon Miami Beach: Discover casual luxury at Carillon Miami Beach; an elegantly comfortable all-suite escape on the footsteps of the ocean with luxurious amenities and options.
Deauville Beach Resort: Nicknamed “The Hotel to the Stars Since 1957”, the Deauville Beach Resort is rich in history and is a full-service resort with modern amenities, in the heart of Miami Beach’s NoBe District.
From 30th to 63rd Streets, Mid Beach is popular for strolling, jogging and skating and partially includes the elevated boardwalk that runs from 21st Street to 46th Street. Rent an umbrella or beach chair and enjoy the day in the heart of Miami Beach.
Swizz Beatz will host the Casa Bacardi at Wynwood, a three-day celebration of all things art and Hip-Hop. Pusha T, DMX and Wiz Khalifa are scheduled to stop through the event. The event is free and open to the public if you can get in. It is taking place at #35 and #39 N.E. 29th Street, in Miami.
Diddy’s REVOLT returns to Art Basel with Blended Cultures II on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at the 10,500 square foot Maps Backlot Production House. Taking #REVOLTBlendedCultures to another level, this year REVOLT will create twice the buzz by curating an immersive music and art experience for both artists and fans to enjoy with multiple live art exhibits, DJ sets, interactive digital graffiti, photo booths and more. Artists like King Saladeen, Shades, Kazilla, and MR. Herget will show off their works, while live DJ sets from Mick, REVOLT’s Hannah Rad will keep the event poppin.
NADA Art Fair Miami Beach: NADA Miami Beach features some of the youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art. It is the only major American art fair to be run by a non-profit organization. This series of events will take place from December 3-5 at the Fontainebleau Hotel, and admission is free.
Pulse Miami Beach: The Pulse Contemporary Art Fair is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. The fair goes until December 5 and costs $25 for a single day pass or $40 for multi-day entry. For more info check out: pulse-art.com
Fridge Art Fair: Fridge Art Fair’s philosophy is to make the art fair scene accessible to diverse exhibitors and visitors alike and celebrates creative freedom, encouraging exhibitors to explore all possibilities within their spaces. Head on over to the Holiday Inn Miami Beach to check out the art and some creative people. Cost is $10 for a one day pass. For more info log on to fridgeartfair.com
Where to Stay – Mid-Beach
Grand Beach Hotel: Built in 2009, this super modern Miami hotel offers the highest levels of luxury and comfort. Leisure facilities include two heated Jacuzzi’s, a well-equipped gym, three swimming pools, including a tranquility pool. Awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 5 years in a row.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach: A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has 1,504 guest rooms and suites in two new luxury all-suite towers. Twelve restaurants and lounges, a 40,000-square-foot spa and a dramatic oceanfront poolscape are among the hotel’s special features.
Metropolitan by COMO: Currently the #1 hotel in Miami Beach on TripAdvisor, Metropolitan by COMO Miami Beach is one of the finest examples of Art Deco luxury on Miami Beach. The hotel combines its vintage 1930s roots with a contemporary spirit that runs through the whole property, including the sleek simplicity of in-room technology.
At the southern tip of Miami Beach, South Beach is all you’ve read about in magazines and seen on TV. South Beach attracts a lively crowd of people who enjoy the energy, fun, and sexiness of this area of the city. Take a walk through Lummus Park while enjoying views of the ocean; tour the Art Deco buildings of South Beach (the Art Deco Welcome Center is located at 10th Street and Ocean Drive) and take photos of the famous multi-colored South Beach lifeguard stands.
Adidas and A$AP Ferg: ‘Always Strive & Prosper: A Photo Exhibit by A$AP Ferg and Brock Fetch’ event at Art Basel Miami Beach. The exhibition showcases Brock Fetch’ images of the A$AP Mob. This event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Corona will set up shop at South Beach’s Clevelander Hotel on Saturday, December 5th as well. The next installment in their event series, Electric Beach, Corona will be hosting producer/DJs Craze, Astronomar, Ape Drums, and Jam Master Jay’s son TJ Mizell from 3pm-8pm. In the spirit of Art Week, Electric Beach has also invited famed Chilean street artist, Dasic, for a live art installation that will see him create on a 10 x 10 structure packed with 30-50 vinyl records.
Art Basel Miami Beach: Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and other works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. This is the big one, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Tickets are $47 for a day pass and $100 for a permanent pass.
UNTITLED.: A curated art fair for international galleries and nonprofit art spaces with a focus on emerging and mid-career contemporary art. The aim is to offer collectors an alternative viewing experience from the traditional art fair. It is about creating a conversation and offers collectors a sense of discovery, diversity and quality with an international perspective. The fourth edition of UNTITLED. will be held in Miami Beach from December 2-6, 2015. This one takes place on Ocean Drive and 12th Street near the beach. Cost is $25 for general admission. Visit www.art-untitled.com for more info.
Scope Miami: SCOPE taps into the cultural psyche to present only the most pioneering work across multiple creative disciplines. With over a decade of critically acclaimed art fairs and non-profit initiatives that extend beyond the ordinary in Contemporary art, design, music, and fashion. This cool event is going down at the Scope Pavillion at 801 Ocean Drive until December 6. It is going to cost you $35 for general admission or $100 if you want to be treated like the VIP you are. Check out scope-art.com for more.
Craft Social Club Opening: Located at 100 Collins Ave, between 1st and 2nd Street, next to Prime Fish, Craft Social Club will open its doors and celebrate its Grand Opening during Art Basel. The new venue is Hip-Hop friendly and even has some signature drinks named after Wu-Tang’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard. The Grand opening weekend starts December 3.
Where to Stay – South Beach
The Setai: An oasis of tranquility amidst the vibrant energy of South Beach, The Setai, Miami Beach’s teak-accented, Asian-inspired suites – from studios to a 4-bedroom penthouse – feature Italian linens, free WiFi, and rainfall shower heads. The hotel also has three outdoor pools and a private beach.
Delano South Beach: Designed by Philippe Starck, the iconic Delano South Beach provides guests with an impressive balance of elegance and playfulness.
The Tides South Beach: Located in the heart of South Beach at 12th and Ocean Drive, The Tides’ boasts 1930s-era Art Deco style and a collection of 45 stunning and ultra-spacious guest rooms and suites, each with interiors designed by Kelly Wearstler and guaranteed views of the Atlantic Ocean.