What to See in South Beach

Local Galleries to Watch: This year, look for Wynwood-based Spinello Projects within ABMB’s Nova sector, an advanced subdivision devoted to never-before-seen pieces fresh from artists’ studios. For Gravitywell, Anthony Spinello curated a selection of unorthodox works by three artists: Sinisa Kukec (Miami), Naama Tsabar (New York), and Agustina Woodgate (Miami). Spinello is only the third Miami-based gallery to be included in Nova in the fair’s history.

Agustina Woodgate, Hemispheres Destiny, Found dart board, clock, rotation motor, 15″ x 35″ x 3″, 2013

Agustina Woodgate, Hemispheres Destiny, Found dart board, clock, rotation motor, 15″ x 35″ x 3″, 2013


Celebrate design culture and commerce with museum-quality exhibitions of 20th – 21st century furniture, lighting and diverse pieces of art. This high-end design fair is located in an impressive pop-up tent adjacent to the Convention Center (where ABMB takes place). This year, New York-based architecture practiceformlessfinder designed the entrance to the fair. The “Tent Pile” pavilion will be a dramatic aluminum roof balanced on the apex of a pyramid of loose sand. Milled aluminum benches offer resting space in the shade, where the cool air naturally generated by the structure fans visitors.


SCOPE, one of the largest satellite fairs held during ABMB, is moving from Midtown to the sands of Ocean Drive at 10th Street in Miami Beach. The 70,000-square-foot pavilion will feature an outdoor beach lounge with views of the ocean along with 100 international exhibitors and 15 Breeder Program galleries (program that introduces new contemporary art galleries to the market).  Don’t miss the Official VH1 + SCOPE Party on Dec. 6, featuring a live performance by sister-duo Tegan and Sara.


Meander through Collins Park on the east side of the Bass Museum of Art in for an al fresco oasis. Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of New York’s Public Art Fund, will transform the sprawling lawn into an exhibition space during Art Basel with large-scale sculptures, video, installation and live performances.


Dive in to the emerging art scene at the Aqua Hotel on Miami Beach. The focus is on young dealers and galleries with a strong emphasis on emerging and early-to-mid career artists. The vibe is casual and relaxed, a hassle-free retreat from the mania.


The 60,000-square-foot pavilion is just north of SCOPE at 12th Street on the beach. The focus here is on the viewer’s experience with the help of less segregated exhibition spaces for international galleries and non-profits to show side-by-side.