Art Basel Happenings: Art Miami

Nov 29, 2015

Art Miami is the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during art week at the midtown Miami complex in the Wynwood Arts District. Below is the schedule of events for December 1-6, 2015:

VIP Preview

Tuesday, December 1 | 5:30 PM - 10 PM
Access for CONTEXT Art Miami, Art Miami + Aqua Art Miami VIP Cardholders and Members of the Press

Art Miami, CONTEXT Art Miami, Merrill Lynch, Christie’s International Real Estate, and participating galleries and curators invite VIP collectors and accredited members of the press to experience an exclusive first view of the highly anticipated Art Miami + CONTEXT Fairs with a cocktail reception presented by Merrill Lynch and benefiting the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

These must-see events are the first opportunities to acquire the finest investment quality modern and contemporary works by emerging, cutting-edge and established artists prior to the fairs’ opening to the public the next day.

VIP Preview | Aqua Art Miami

Wednesday, December 2 | 3 pm – 10 pm
The opening of Aqua Art Miami has become the traditional Wednesday destination of influential collectors, connoisseurs and art professionals who migrate en masse from Art Basel Miami Beach’s Vernissage a short walk away. The fun and festive atmosphere encourages many to linger late in the Aqua Hotel’s inviting open spaces and seize the opportunity to purchase captivating works before the fair opens to the public.

Thursday, December 3  |  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Let's Do Cocktails  |  In the Art Miami VIP Lounge |  By Invitation Only

Celebrating South Florida Ambassadors: Amy Zakarin, Angela Birdman, Bernice Steinbaum, Dana Shear, Darlene Perez, Diane Lieberman, Dr Sharon McQuillan, Ingrid Hoffmann, Jessica Goldman, Leslie Wolfson, Louise Sunshine, Lissette Calderon, Live Judic, Nicole Lozano, Pamela Cohen, Sarah Arison and Silvia Tcherassi.  Hosted by: Kara Ross & Pamela Cohen.  Presented by Merrill Lynch.


one art nation

1AN Symposium
Presented by CONTEXT Art Miami and One Art Nation
December 4-6, 2015, starting at 2:00 PM daily

Whether you are a first time buyer, an established collector, in the industry, or simply have a passion for art, we have curated a program of reputable art experts to speak on the ins and outs of the art market. Subscribe to to receive the most up-to-date program information. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 2:00 – 2:30pm
Artist Spotlight: Picasso in Three Dimensions
The Museum of Modern Art is presenting a once-in-a-lifetime survey of Picasso's sculptures. Bruce Helander will discuss this extraordinary opportunity to explore a rarely seen, but vital aspect of Picasso’s long and prolific career.
3:00 – 3:45pmPanel: The Art of Home Design Focusing on the Display of Collectible Art
Join Luis Silva of Saccaro USA and Luciana Fragali of Design Solutions Unlimited, as they bring together various perspectives on designing living spaces for the presentation of art. 
Hosted by: 
EWM Realty International
4:00 – 4:45pm
Panel: Demystifying The Art World 
Defining the beholder whose eye is in question - this panel will peel back layers of the art world from a marketplace perspective, as well as from an institutional and historical context. This dialogue will assist the audience in understanding their place in this diverse landscape.  
Hosted by: John Wolf Fine Art

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 2:00 – 2:30pm
Artist Spotlight: Bernie Taupin - Plain Brown WrapperBernie Taupin landed in the US from England in 1970 with a dream and a musical partner named Elton John, launching one of the most successful and enduring song-writing partnerships of the 20th century. Since the early 1990s Bernie has pursued his passion for painting, as he continues to create daily, inspired by diverse design, and working in forms of abstract expressionism and text driven multi-medium pop art. Hosted by: Mark Borghi Fine Art

3:00 – 3:30pm 
Trends Among Next Gen CollectorsThere is a shift in what next gen collectors are buying and what their motivations are. This session will cover the collecting landscape and risk management for next gen collectors.  Hosted by: Chubb Personal Insurance

4:00 – 4:45pm
Panel: Street Art, From Vandalism to Gentrification
The original street artists were chased by the police. Now, they are celebrated in museums and even used as a way to promote neighborhoods. What does that mean for collectors? This session is moderated by Gracie Mansion, Senior Specialist, Contemporary and Modern Art, artnet Auctions.Hosted by: artnet

2:00 – 2:30pm
Artist Spotlight: 
From Obscurity to the Coffee-Table
Internationally acclaimed art curator and consultant and noted author, Paco Barragán, discusses how books such as Art at the Turn of the Millennium, CREAM, Vitamine P and The Art to Come offered emerging and not so emerging artists the possibility of “emerging from obscurity”.In Collaboration with: Matucana 100, Santiago de Chile

3:00 – 3:45pm
Panel: How an Artwork's Condition Can Affect its ValueExperts offer a look at what every art owner should know about damage, appraisal and restoration in the world of art collecting.
Hosted by: Appraisers Association of America

4:00 – 4:30pm
Miami as an Arts Destination Today
Miami, as most everyone knows, is about much more than just beaches, with the city's rise to prominence as a thriving art center. This session will explore the growth of the art market throughout the state, as well as the renewed interest in Miami-based artists.Hosted by: University of Miami School of Business Administration


The Children’s Art Center will provide a safe playroom on-site at Art Miami for children ages 3-13, who are introduced to art while their parents visit the fairs. Children enrolled in the program will have exclusive access to participate in activities including art explorations, games, puzzles and storytelling.

Kids Center will be open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
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