Tips for visiting
Art Basel Miami Beach
and Miami Art Week
Dec 5 - 10, 2023


Your day-by-day guide
to the world's best week
of contemporary art 


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Moore building, Miami Art Week

Special exhibits are scattered throughout the city during Miami Art Week. This photo is from a past exhibit by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch.


Miami Art Week showcases the most contemporary art you'll find anywhere in the world. In six short days you'll be able to see work from many of the world's best art galleries. This guide will help you maximize your trip.

Miami palm

This year Art Basel Miami Beach plans to bring more than 250 galleries from around the world to the Miami Beach Convention Center. If you want to see a painting or sculpture worth more than $10 million, chances are that this is where you'll have to go. But even though this art fair includes most of the world's biggest art galleries, if it's the only fair you go to during Miami Art Week, you'll miss a lot of great art.

Art Miami/Context, with a combined total of 200 galleries is also a "can't miss" event.

And every year there are amazing artworks and artists represented at the other fairs. If you like contemporary art, you should see as much of Miami Art Week as you can.

Miami Beach mapThis year's guide will help you navigate traffic, hotels, and find your best oportunities each day.

2023 highlights  

Many fairs require tickets to be purchased in advance. The one where this matters the most is Art Basel Miami Beach. You'll want to get a ticket for as early as possible in the day you want to attend so you can see the whole exhibit. If walking is difficult for you, DO NOT try to save with a senior or other discounted ticket at Art Basel. You'll be forced to walk a long ways to stand in long line to validate your identity. Two years ago the parent company was hacked and customers' data was stolen by cyber criminals, so I wouldn't recommend giving them a copy of your driver's license just to save a few dollars on admission.

An Oscar Murillo painting at RFC

An Oscar Murillo painting at the Rubell Family Collection, 2012.

Traffic. For the most part, traffic is bad on Wednesday and gets worse every day until Sunday. If you take your own car, you'll have trouble with parking as well. Take Lyft, a limo, a shuttle, a city bus - anything so you can read or talk while you're traveling from one area to another. Plan on an hour to get from Miami Beach to downtown Miami, with most of that time spent in gridlock close to the art venues. (See our transportation guide below.)

Planning ahead. Get your walking shoes ready! In three full days (from noon to 10 p.m.) you can see most of the art fairs and the private collections you don't want to miss (Marguilles, Rubell, de la Rosa and Espacio 23). In four or five days you can add most of the Miami art museums and Wynwood art galleries.

If you don't have that long, don't let the size of Miami Art Week put you off. Start somewhere and see as much as you can.

David Rodriguez, Pausa (Hiatus)

David Rodriguez, Pausa (Hiatus), at Art Miami

Plan to spend $20 to $80 for admission to most venues. Most have discounts for students and seniors. As noted earlier, many fairs require tickets to be purchased in advance.

IMPORTANT: Pick one location and see as much as you can before moving to another neighborhood. If you don't, you'll be stuck in traffic, wondering why you rejected this advice.

Expect a few things to not work out. In past years a smaller art fair was cancelled the day it was scheduled to open. Another fair closed early. A third - one of the biggest - had no electricity for hours at a time. (No lights for the paintings, no air conditioning for the guests.) This year you're bound to encounter some unexpected problems as well. The payoff is that you'll also discover some great art.

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Banksy artwork at Art Miami

Banksy artwork at Art Miami in 2015.




MONDAY HIGHLIGHTS,
Dec 4, 2023, Art Basel and Miami Art Week

If you’re in town Monday, you’re early! This is your chance to see some of the great local collections of Miami residents.


Wynwood and vacinity

* Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

* Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23 St, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wynwood area. If you walk around the neighborhood on Monday, you'll see quite a bit of street art.

 



TUESDAY HIGHLIGHTS,
Dec. 5, 2023, Art Basel and Miami Art Week

If you're in town Tuesday without a VIP pass, you're still early.


South Beach

Satellite, 700 Lincoln Road, noon - 10 p.m.


Wynwood and nearby

* Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Wynwood Walls, 266 NW 26th St, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You'll be able to see lots of street art in Wynwood without a ticket.

* Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23 St, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Design District

*De La Cruz, 23 NE 41 St, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

* Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, 35 NE 40th St, 5-8 p.m.



WEDNESDAY HIGHLIGHTS,
Dec 6, 2023, Art Basel and Miami Art Week

Wednesday is a great day to be in Miami. Art Miami / CONTEXT opens downtown and Scope and Untitled open in South Beach.

The downside of Wednesday? Traffic will be gridlocked around all the major art venues. Pick one area and see all you can before moving on.

If your time is limited, an asterisk indicates the best fair(s) in each area.

Many fairs require tickets to be purchased in advance. If you're trying to social distance, save Red Dot and Spectrum for tomorrow; at tonight's opening they'll be jammed.

South Beach

* Scope, 801 Ocean Drive, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

* Untitled, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

INK Miami Art Fair (a small fair in a hotel, with work on paper), 1850 Collins, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, noon – 6 p.m.

The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Satellite, 700 Lincoln Road, noon - 10 p.m.


Downtown area

* Art Miami / CONTEXT, Biscayne Bay and NE 14 St, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* NADA, 1400 N Miami Ave, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Wynwood and vacinity

* Red Dot, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, 6 – 9 p.m.

* Spectrum, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, 6 – 9 p.m.

* Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23 St, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

* Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Wynwood Walls, 266 NW 26th St, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You'll be able to see lots of street art in Wynwood without a ticket.



Design District

*De La Cruz, 23 NE 41 St, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

* Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, 35 NE 40th St, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 61 NE 41 St, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. A timed ticket is required. Check their website before you go; ICA sometimes changes its hours during Art Week.

Eli Broad gave a preview of his Los Angeles museum a year before it opened.

Joanne Heyler, Elizabeth Diller, Eli Broad, and Paul Goldberger discussed The Broad Museum (then under construction) at Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.



THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS,
Dec. 7, 2023, Art Basel and Miami Art Week

On Thursday, traffic will be gridlocked around all the major art venues. As a result, it will be best to pick one section of Miami and see all you can before moving on.

If your time is limited, an asterisk indicates the best fair(s) in each section. Many fairs require you to buy tickets online, in advance.


South Beach

* Scope, 801 Ocean Drive, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

* Untitled, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Aqua, 1530 Collins Ave, Noon to 9 p.m.

The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

INK Miami Art Fair (a small fair in a hotel, with work on paper), 1850 Collins Avenue, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, noon – 6 p.m.

Satellite, 700 Lincoln Road, noon - 10 p.m.


Downtown area

* Art Miami / CONTEXT, Biscayne Bay and NE 14 St, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* NADA, 1400 N Miami Ave, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Miami River Art Fair, 125 SW North River Dr., noon - 6 p.m.

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Check before going; a week ago they had no available times on their calendar.


Wynwood and vacinity

* Red Dot, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, Noon – 8 p.m.

* Spectrum, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, Noon – 8 p.m.

* Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

* Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23 St, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

* El Espacio 23, 2270 NW 23rd St. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Wynwood Walls, 266 NW 26th St, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You'll be able to see lots of street art in Wynwood without a ticket.



Design District

*De La Cruz, 23 NE 41 St, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

* Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, 35 NE 40th St, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 61 NE 41 St, Noon – 6 p.m. Check before going; a timed ticket is required.


Coconut Grove

Pinta, 3385 Pan American Drive, 3 - 8 p.m.


Aqua Art Fair
Aqua Art Fair

A few art fairs (like Ink) are staged in hotel rooms. These photos are from Aqua Art Fair.


FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS, December 8, 2023

On Friday, traffic will be gridlocked around the major art venues. Your best plan will be to pick one neighborhood and see all you can before moving on. Expect to spend at least an hour to get to another part of town.

All the main fairs are open to the general public on Friday. Many require tickets to be purchased in advance.

The fairs and museums that begin with an asterisk are your best bets.

South Beach

*Art Basel Miami Beach, 1901 Convention Center Drive, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Scope, 801 Ocean Drive, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

* Untitled, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Aqua, 1530 Collins Ave, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

INK Miami Art Fair (a small fair in a hotel, with work on paper), 1850 Collins Avenue, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, noon - 6 p.m.

Satellite, 700 Lincoln Road, noon - 10 p.m.


Downtown area


* Art Miami / CONTEXT, Biscayne Bay and NE 14 St, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* NADA, 1400 N Miami Ave, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Check before going; a week ago they had no available times on their calendar.


Miami River Art Fair, 125 SW North River Dr., noon - 6 p.m.


Wynwood and vacinity 

* Red Dot, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, Noon – 8 p.m.

* Spectrum, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, Noon – 8 p.m.

* Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

* Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23 St, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

* El Espacio 23, 2270 NW 23rd St. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Wynwood Walls, 266 NW 26th St, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You'll be able to see lots of street art in Wynwood without a ticket.




Design District

*De La Cruz, 23 NE 41 St, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

* Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, 35 NE 40th St, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 61 NE 41 St, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Check before going; a timed ticket is required.


Coconut Grove

Pinta, 3385 Pan American Drive, 12 - 8 p.m.

60 Minutes interview

In 1993, Morley Safer (right) did a story for 60 Minutes called "Yes...But is it art?" In 2013 he was at Art Basel Miami Beach to do a follow-up. The answer to his original question according to CBS? "Whatever it is, it's worth a 1,000 times more than when you first mocked it."


SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS, December 9, 2023

On Saturday, traffic will be gridlocked around the major art venues. Your best plan will be to pick one area and see all you can before moving on. Expect to take at least an hour to get from one part of town to another.

All the main fairs are open to the general public on Saturday. Many fairs require tickets to be purchased in advance.

This is NADA's last day; it closes at 6 p.m.

The fairs and museums that begin with an asterisk are your best bets.


South Beach

*Art Basel Miami Beach, 1901 Convention Center Drive, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Scope, 801 Ocean Drive, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

* Untitled, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

photoMiami, a one-day pop-up event, 1130 Washington Ave., 11 a.m.

Aqua, 1530 Collins Ave, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

INK Miami Art Fair (a small fair in a hotel, with work on paper), 1850 Collins Avenue, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, noon – 6 p.m.

Satellite, 700 Lincoln Road, noon - 10 p.m.


Downtown area


* Art Miami / CONTEXT, Biscayne Bay and NE 14 St, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* NADA, 1400 N Miami Ave, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Check before going; a week ago they had no available times on their calendar.


Wynwood and vacinity

* Red Dot, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, Noon – 8 p.m.

* Spectrum, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, Noon – 8 p.m.

* Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

* Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23 St, 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

* El Espacio 23, 2270 NW 23rd St. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Wynwood Walls, 266 NW 26th St, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You'll be able to see lots of street art in Wynwood without a ticket.


Design District

*De La Cruz, 23 NE 41 St, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


* Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, 35 NE 40th St, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 61 NE 41 St, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Check before going; a timed ticket is required.


Coconut Grove

Pinta, 3385 Pan American Drive, 12 - 8 p.m.




Street art in Wynwood, Miami

Street art on a building in Wynwood. Note the car roof in the lower left for a perspective of scale.



SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS, December 10, 2023

This is the last day of Miami Art Week. Many of the art fairs will close at 5 or 6 p.m.; Ink closes at 3 p.m. Scope is open until 8 and Wynwood Walls are open until 9:30 with a timed ticket. The best art fairs in each area are marked with an asterisk. Many fairs require tickets to be purchased in advance.


South Beach

*Art Basel Miami Beach, 1901 Convention Center Drive, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Scope, 801 Ocean Drive, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

* Untitled, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aqua, 1530 Collins Ave, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


INK Miami Art Fair (a small fair in a hotel, with work on paper), 1850 Collins Avenue, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, noon – 6 p.m.

Satellite, 700 Lincoln Road, noon - 5 p.m.

Downtown area

* Art Miami / CONTEXT Art Miami, Biscayne Bay and NE 14 St, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., may be open. Check before going; a week ago they had no available times on their calendar.

Wynwood and vacinity

* Red Dot, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, Noon – 6 p.m.

* Spectrum, 2217 NW 5 Avenue, Noon – 6 p.m.

* Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

* Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23 St, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Wynwood Walls, 266 NW 26th St, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You'll be able to see lots of street art in Wynwood without a ticket.

Design District

* Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, 35 NE 40th St, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 61 NE 41 St. Check first; a timed ticket is required.


Coconut Grove

Pinta, 3385 Pan American Drive, 12 - 6 p.m.




TRANSPORTATION AND HOTELS. Still to come in this report: tips on transportation, hotels, and an unforgettable trip to Everglades National Park if you have an extra day.

Julia and Liz Nolan at Spectrum Art Fair, Miami

Julia and Liz Nolan from Big Brother 17 at the 2015 VIP opening of Spectrum Art Fair, Miami


Hotels and rentals. The sooner you book a room, the more choice you'll have. I recommend you choose a location in South Beach, north downtown Miami or Wynwood to cut down on commute time. But watch the reviews and ratings before you book. Prices during Miami Art Week will not necessarily reflect quality.

If you need a cheap option, there aren't many this weekend. South Beach has a growing number of hostels where you share a room with up to eight other guests. It can be as rugged as it sounds. Mid Beach sometimes has rooms with better rates (but noticably worse furnishings). And sometimes downtown Miami lets you get a room at a discount through Priceline or a similar website. But don't stray from South Beach, Wynwood or downtown Miami or you'll pay for it in transportation time.

Transportation. The main tip on transportation is to go to a location (like South Beach, Wynwood or downtown Miami) and stay there for as long as you can. The traffic jams will affect any transportation you try, whether your own car, limo, shuttle, cab, or bus.

Car
After making it through the traffic jams, you'll have to find parking if you bring your own car. I prefer Lyft.

Cabs
Traffic will be clogged around the art fairs, so you may be tempted to walk a couple blocks so you can hail a cab somewhere else. It won't work. Empty cabs are difficult to find outside the main art areas during Miami Art Week. But you can schedule a ride with Uber or Lyft that skips the most congested blocks.

Lyft, Uber and limos
If you schedule a ride to pick you up a block or two away from the areas where traffic is clogged you will save quite a bit of time.

Lime, Bird and other scooter and bike companies
If you have their aps already loaded on your phone and you are adventurous, you might find a bike or scooter to help you make short hops around Wynwood and north of downtown. Clogged traffic won't matter on a bike or scooter, are much faster than walking. Rent the vehicle for a day if you plan to make more than three short trips. In 2021 bikes and scooters were easy to find; in 2022 they were rare.

Bus
If you arrive by air and plan to take a city bus often, stop at the bus shelter in the airport terminal area and get a multi-day pass. Passes are very hard to find once you leave the airport. Follow the purple signs for the MIA Mover and walk to the bus pass vending machines .

One thing you need to know about the Miami bus system: you have to flag the bus like you would hail a cab. Otherwise they will drive right by, even if you are at the bus stop.

Use maps.google.com and click the public transit icon to find the best option for how to get to where you want to go. But don't expect the busses to arrive on time during Miami Art Week. They won't.

Street art in Wynwood Miami

Street art in Wynwood.


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Other pages on art that you might be interested in:

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Pelican nesting in treeIf you have an extra day: If you have an extra day or if you just need a break from seeing so much art, there's nothing like Everglades National Park. But forget the bus tours.

You can see ten times more if you rent a car and drive to the park. You can be at the entrance in an hour and a half. Just inside the entrance, turn left at Royal Palm. The Anhinga Trail is a short, flat boardwalk. Within two minutes you'll be looking at birds so big you won't be able to miss them.

You won't see as many gators as you would in warmer months. But if you hear the reeds cracking, it's because something big is moving through them. Listen carefully and you may be able to spot a gator.

(When you rent your car, be sure to get insurance for the vehicle. There are vultures in the parking lot that like to eat the rubber around car doors.)

To make your trip really worthwhile, drive another 45 minutes to the Flamingo Visitor Center and rent a kayak for a couple hours. You'll be able to see more wonderful birds up close. If you're already in Miami, there's no reason to miss this great adventure.

Spoonbill


Everglades National Park, view from a kayak

If you need a break either before or after the event, Everglades National Park is only an hour and a half away. Rent a car and skip the bus tours, which don't go to the park itself. But get car insurance. The vultures like rubber on cars.


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