Art Observed’s Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 Guide to Fairs and Events with Newslink Summary

December 3rd, 2012

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 photo by ArtObserved

Despite the large number of exhibitors from New York who are in recovery from Hurricane Sandy, almost  every Chelsea gallery scheduled to exhibit will be at this year’s 11th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach week. Events begin as early as today, Monday, December 3rd and run through Sunday, December 9th. Exhibitors and artists are preparing for a flurry of activity, with a multitude of fairs, some old, some new; public installations, exhibitions, collaborations and of course, parties centering around the Delano, The W, Soho Beach House, The Deauville, The Raleigh, The Standard and others. Check out the detailed schedule of events below.

Visionaire Magazine party at Delano Hotel 2011 photo by ArtObserved

More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part in The Art Basel Fair, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. Top-quality exhibitions in the museums of South Florida and special programs for art collectors and curators also help make the event a special time for encountering art. And every year, a greater number of art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world participate in Art Basel and the satellite fairs.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 photo by ArtObserved

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), a not-for-profit collective of professionals working with contemporary art, will host the NADA Art Fair. Held in parallel with Art Basel Miami Beach, the Fair features 88 emerging art galleries from 19 countries, as well as performances, lectures and events. The work of emerging contemporary artists is presented in an intimate setting with an entire section of the venue set aside for solo presentations.

And this is the inaugural year for the  UNTITLED Fair, a curated fair in a tent on the beach designed by Terry Riley and curated by Cuban-born and Miami-raised Omar Lopez-Chahoud. UNTITLED will feature approximately 50 international galleries.

UNTITLED Fair Miami Beach – courtesy UNTITLED


Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Vernissage Monday, December 3rd, 2012 6 to 9pm by invitation only
Public hours: Wednesday, December 5th – Saturday, December 8th, 2012 from 11am to 7 pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm
The Vernissage is open to VIP cardholders (request VIP access by registering online). 12th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.

Peres Projects participates in NADA, Miami Beach ten year anniversary 2011


Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
MOCA & Vanity Fair International Party
This year, an estimated 3,000 guests will take in the Bill Viola: Liber Insularum show.
Details: Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4. 770 NE 125th St.

Whitewall Winter Issue & Beta Website Launch Cocktail Event with Louis Roederer
Tuesday, 7-9 pm, The Delano Hotel Beach Club, 1685 Collins Avenue

Lucien Smith, Warhol Ones, Cash Counter, 2012 Half Gallery at NADA

White Cube Informal Dinner & Party
Tuesday, 8:30PM – Late. Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue

Alec Soth, A-1 Motel, Sean Kelly Gallery at Art Basel

Silencio by David Lynch (formerly the LeBaron)
Delano and Shore Club, Tuesday-Saturday. David Lynch is mounting a version of his Parisian club in the basement of The Delano. Hosted by Arnaud Frisch and Antoine Caton. All week.

Where is Le Baron?
11:00PM – Late
Varying locations, TBA each day
December 4 – 9, @lebaronfamily on Twitter. All week.

Art+Auction The Power 100
Haven Lounge 1237 Lincoln Road
Multi-artist Video Installation curated by Spinello Project
Tuesday, 7.30 – midnight

The James Royal Palm
Tuesday, private dinner for Tobias Meyer and Peter Brant. (1545 Collins Avenue;

Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 Le Baron at Florida Room Photo by Art Observed


Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Public dates: December 6th through 9th, 2012
Preview on Wednesday, December 5th from 3 – 6pm | Vernissage on December 5th from 6 – 9pm by invitation only
Art Basel Miami Beach will host 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Art Basel Miami Beach

Adolph GottliebUntitled, courtesy Pace Gallery at Art Basel

Art Video: Wednesday, 8 and 9pm | Art Video features film and video works by international artists, presented by the galleries of Art Basel Miami Beach. Selected by David Gryn, Director of Artprojx. Organized in association with London‘s Artprojx, Art Video will be screened in the SoundSpace Park, on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New World Center, as well as within five viewing pods inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Bass Museum of Art Reception | Wednesday, 9pm to 12 midnight | ‘The Endless Renaissance – Six Solo Artist Projects: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Barr y X Ball, Walead Beshty, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ged Quinn, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook‘. Hosted by Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bass Museum of Art. View the exhibition during special museum hours: Thursday – Monday of Miami Art Week from 10 am to 6 pm. 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

W Magazine and Dior Homme host “Can I Make The Music Fly,” a film by Bruce Weber.
Wednesday, December 5th from 9-11pm. 9:30pm screening followed by a musical performance by Azari & III.

W’s Editor in Chief Stefano Tonchi will interview Diane von Furstenburg at Design Talks
Wednesday, December 5th from 6-7pm, at Design Miami. Bringing together the designers, architects, artists and critics actively influencing design discourse and production, the Talks offer insight into what drives creative output, criticism and the market.

Wade GuytonUntitled, courtesy Friedrich Petzel Gallery at Art Basel

Art Public Opening Night | Wednesday, 8.30pm to 10pm | Special performance program.
Collins Park, Miami Beach. Free public access.
Detailed program available by mid-November at

MOCA Beach Party
The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Avenue, Wednesday, 10pm – midnight

UNTITLED Fair, Special Project: Ralph Provisero, Earthramp

Chanel &’s Beachside Barbecue at SoHo Beach House
Wednesday, 10:30 pm -2:00 am Hosts Larry Gagosian, Wendi Murdoch, Peter Thiel, and Dasha Zhukova.

Chez Andre
1801 Collins Ave (Shelborne) Wed-Fri, 11:00pm -midnight
Standard Hotel’s Andre Balaz and artist Andre Saraiva in the basement of the Shelborne offers live karaoke.

Marina Abramović, Waris Ahluwalia, and friend in the back of Paris Paris. Photo by Art Observed

Absolut Art Bureau
Installation on the beach by Los Carpinteros. Bar will be open from 5:00 pm – to midnight on December 5-8th. A massive Güiro (like the Cuban instrument) will become the bar and lounge. Güiro is not only the fruit that is hollowed out and dried to make the instrument, but also slang in Cuba for “party.”

The Hole Gallery Concert with Playboy and Performance by A$AP Rocky
Delano Beach Club; Wednesday, 10pm – Close

Gert & Uwe TobiasUntitled (GUT/1878), courtesy Team Gallery at Art Basel

Silencio by David Lynch (formerly the LeBaron)
Delano and Shore Club, Tuesday-Saturday.
David Lynch is mounting a version of his Parisian club in the basement of The Delano. Hosted by Arnaud Frisch and Antoine Caton.

André Saraiva’s Le Baron Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 photo by ArtObserved

Where is Le Baron?
11:00PM – Late
Varying locations, TBA each day, December 4 – 9

BlackBook and VIBE present Danny Brown with Shepard Fairey @ Bardot
DJ set by Shepard Fairey with Danny Brown (no gunshots please!)
9 p.m. Wednesday, at Bardot Miami, 3456 N Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via Call 305-576-55770 or visit


DALeast, Rug-A, located at NW 23rd Street, Wynwood


Thursday, December 6th, 2012
December 6th through 9th, 2012
preview Thursday December 6th 10am – 2pm by invitation only
Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach,

Creative Time Champagne brunch at Villa Azur (309 23rd Street).
Thursday. A Bavarian-themed breakfast will be served at Design Miami by Audi. Hammocks, beer and stollen.

Breakfast at CasaLin “Out of Site”
Site-specific works that are camouflaged or just barely there, curated by Fredric Snitzer. Hosted by Lin Lougheed and New World School of the Arts. 55 NW 30th St., Miami. Access with VIP Cards
Thursday, 10am to 12 noon

Anish KapoorIron Sky, courtesy Lisson Gallery at Art Basel

Stefano Tonchi and Chopard host a cocktail luncheon and preview of Marilyn Forever – a collection of unpublished photos by Milton Greene. 
Thursday, December 6th from 12-2pm, Soho house. Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue. Luncheon not seated.

White Zinfandel Magazine, “De Nada” event
Thomas Demand
is a contributor to White Zinfandel Magazine, which will host “De Nada”, a culinary and art collaboration taking place at The Deauville. Thursday.

VIP Art Collectors Lounge 2011, furnished by Herman Miller. Photo by ArtObserved

Private View, Rubell Family Collection “Alone Together”.
Opening with Interactive Food Installation by Jennifer Rubell. Thursday 9am to 12 noon. Hosted by the Rubell Family. 95 NW 29 Street, Miami. Free public access.

Dan ColenTBT, OHWOW It Ain’t Fair Exhibition

OHWOW It Ain’t Fair Exhibition
December 6 – 9th, 2012, Opening reception: Thursday, December 6th, 6 to 9pm, 743 Washington Avenue

Miami Art Museum Party on the Plaza
Features music by the Spam Allstars and New Work Miami 2013, a group show by roughly 12 Miami artists.
Details: Thursday 7 to 11pm 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-3000,

Jon Kessler Live In Your Head at Salon 94 2012 at Art Basel

Dom Perignon with Stavros Niarchos, Alex Dellal, Vito Schnabel at the W Hotel
Thursday, 11:00 pm. Party for collectors such as Steve Cohen and Peter Brandt.

Interview Magazine and Ferrari Party 2011, photo by Art Observed

amfAR Inspiration Miami Beach Party
Thursday, 9pm -1 am. Presented by amfAR, Josh Woods Productions & Interview Magazine. Silent Auction Presented by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art. Exclusive Online Auction Hosted by artnet Auctions. Guest DJ Set by Solange Knowles, Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue

Luminous Rosé
with Stavros Niarchos, Alex Dellal, Vito Schnabel, Thursday, 11pm. WALL, W South Beach 2201 Collins Avenue

Jefferson Hack and Andre Balazs’ screening for Marco Brambilla’s EVOLUTION at The Standard Spa Miami Beach 2010 photo by Art Observed

Westway Pop-Up at Shore Club Redroom hosted by Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte
Thursday, 11pm – close

Silencio by David Lynch (formerly the LeBaron)
Delano and Shore Club, Tuesday-Saturday.
David Lynch is mounting a version of his Parisian club in the basement of The Delano. Hosted by Arnaud Frisch and Antoine Caton.

David Lynch Mulholland Drive Silencio

Where is Le Baron?
11:00PM – Late
Varying locations, TBA each day
December 4 – 9

KURT, with a performance by Thurston Moore @ Gusman Center  (thurston of sonic youth)
An all 90s evening about Kurt Cobain, with dance number by Ryan Heffington, a short film by Adarsha Benjamin, and a musical performance by Thurston Moore.


Friday, December 7th, 2012
Postcards from the Weiner Werkstatte at The Wolfsonian-FIU
Featuring Postcards from the Weiner Werkstatte: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection and  a temporary installation by Miami artist Bhakti Baxter, Untitled ([construction of good]) in the museum’s Bridge Tender House, on the sidewalk outside.
Friday 7 to 10 pm. Open to Wolfsonian Diplomat-level members; $250 per year and up. 1001 Washington Ave., South Beach, 305-531-1001,

Alice Channer, Pencils (yellow and cream), courtesy Lisa Cooley Gallery at NADA

CIFO Brunch “Unsaid/Spoken”.
Selected works from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection and The CIFO Collection, curated by Moacir dos Anjos and José Roca. Hosted by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. Friday 9am to 12 noon 1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami.

Annette Kelm, courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery at Art Basel

Nicolas Jaar. Presented by MOCA.
His 2011 Space Is Only Noise, is experimental electronica. Performing live sound at the Mondrian South Beach.
Friday, 10pm, Mondrian South Beach Hotel. 1100 West Avenue, Miami Beach.

Moncler’s 60th Anniversary Party
Location TBA to invited guests prior to event, Friday, 10:30 pm
French clothing line’s 60th anniversary party hosted by chairman Remo Ruffini, exact location hasn’t been announced.

MoMA/PS1/VW Benefit for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Delano Beach Club; Friday 9pm – midnight. MoMA and MoMA PS1 are partnering with Volkswagen of America to host a special benefit for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Richard ArtschwagerHouse at the Shore, courtesy David Nolan Gallery at Art Basel

Silencio by David Lynch (formerly the LeBaron)
Delano and Shore Club, Tuesday-Saturday.
David Lynch is mounting a version of his Parisian club in the basement of The Delano. Hosted by Arnaud Frisch and Antoine Caton.

Where is Le Baron?
11:00PM – Late
Varying locations, TBA each day
December 4 – 9

Solange Knowles, Neon Indian DJ set, Corin Roddick DJ set, Chris Taylor DJ set, Jacques Renault, and others @ Bardot
with Neon Indian, Roddick from Purity Ring and Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear.
10 p.m. at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Age 21 and up. 


Tony Lewisn f pope.I, courtesy Shane Campbell Gallery at NADA

Rakim @ the Stage
9 p.m. at the Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami.

Terrywood Event by Terry Richardson

Terry Richardson book launch party for Terrywood, hosted by OHWOW
Friday the 7th, Terrywood at the Standard. Booksigning 7p-9p and after-party until midnight


Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Art Miami After Party
At the Bakehouse Art Complex. Saturday 7 to 10 pm. 561 NW 32nd St.,

Exhibition view, Cy TwomblyThe Last Paintings, to be shown at at Art Basel, photo courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m.
The 2012 MAM Ball, titled “If These Walls Could Talk,” will commemorate Miami Art Museum’s 29 years at Cultural Center Plaza. The Museum will reopen in 2013 as Pérez Art Museum Miami in a new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility in Museum Park. Dinner and outdoor dancing. Crash the Ball, the official After-Party of the MAM Ball, follows. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami. 305-375-5935

MAM’s Crash the Ball
MAM’s Crash the Ball post-ball party at the Miami Art Museum
Details: Saturday 10pm -2am. 101 W. Flagler St., downtown.

Walton FordGleipnir, courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery at Art Basel

Gramps and Panache Art Basel Blow-Out @ Gramps
A day party at a new bar in Wynwood. Live sets by Ital, Dent May, and Teengirl Fantasy, along with sounds by soul DJ Jonathan Toubin.
Saturday Noon to 8pm at Gramps, 174 NW 24th St.

Saturday, December 8th from 6 am to 6 pm
A 12 hour film presentation that is presented by Art Basel Miami Beach in collaboration with MOCA North Miami and the New World Center. The film will be projected on the 7,000 square foot projection wall throughout the day. Free and open to the public. New World Center, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach

Ragnar Kjartansson Bliss courtesy MOCA

Silencio by David Lynch (formerly the LeBaron)
Delano and Shore Club, Tuesday-Saturday. David Lynch is mounting a version of his Parisian club in the basement of The Delano. Hosted by Arnaud Frisch and Antoine Caton.

Where is Le Baron?
11:00PM – Late
Varying locations, TBA each day
December 4 – 9

Basel Castle
Overthrow hosts a party at Wynwood castle and in the surrounding blocks for a multi-stage party. Live acts include Jacuzzi Boys, Purity Ring, Teengirl Fantasy, Trinidad James, and others, alongside DJs like Tamara Sky and Brenmar. Best to arrive early.
6 p.m. to late, Saturday, December 8 at the Castle, 41 NW 20th St., Miami.

NADA Pool Party at Deauville Beach Resort
2-7pm. Free and open to all, Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

UNTITLED Fair: Holton RowerUnused To This Cross I Bear, courtesy Hole Gallery


Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Lowe Art Museum Brunch and Lecture by Eugenio López, “A Collector’s Art: Highlights from the Jumex Collection” 10am Hosted by Stella M. Holmes and Brian Dursum. University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, Florida.

Dan Flavin, Untitled (to Virginia Dwan), courtesy David Zwirner Gallery at Art Basel


Additional Fairs and Projects – ongoing

PLANE TEXT – including Ed Ruscha,Richard Prince, John Baldessari, Lawrence Weiner, The Estate of Sol LeWitt, Jack Pierson, Kay Rosen, Hank Willis Thomas, Alex Ruppersberg, Gary Simmons, Mel Bochner, Alexis Smith, Jenny Holzer and Martin Creed, have each created four hour banners seen over a  four day period. From Dec. 5-9, each artist’s banner can be viewed over Morgans Hotel Group’s Miami properties (the Delano, Mondrian South Beach, and Shore Club) and overhead the Miami Beach Convention Center and the Miami Design District. Pocket-sized schedules will be distributed around the city.

A mock-up of how artist Jack Pierson’s banner will look. Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York

Wednesday – Sunday, December 5th – 9th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A $700 million dollar show, Masterpieces from The Berardo Collection, through March 2013. Curated by Gary Nader and exhibiting 110 masterpieces from a 100-year period. Work by Bacon, Balthus, Basquiat, Botero, Calder, Dali, De Chirico, Duchamp, Ernst, Fontana, Kapoor, Kiefer, Klein, Koons, Lam, Leger, Lichtenstein, Magritte, Manzoni, Matta, Miro, Mondrian, Picasso, Polke, Richter, Rivera, Soulages, Stella, Twombly, Vieira da Silva, Warhol, Wesselmann, among others. 62 N.E. 27th Street, Wynwood Art District, 305-576-0256

Antony GormleyStay III, courtesy White Cube Gallery at Art Basel

Thursday – Sunday, December 6th – 9th
“Blade” (Steve Ogburn), aka “The King of Trains”. He has exhibited at the LA MOCA and the Brooklyn Museum. Adjust Gallery 150 N.W. 24th Street, Wynwood Art District 305-458-2801 (Aric Weiss, Curator)

Design Miami “Drift” inflatable entrance by Snarkitecture

Floating Sculpture at Design Miami
Snarkitecture’s giant inflatable tubes create a landscape in a pavillion leading into Design Miami.

Hermès collaborating with Hiroshi Sugimoto

Sugimoto’s images printed onto silk scarves. Hermés pop-up location in the Design District.

Bernar Venet/Bugatti
The artist interprets a Bugatti engine as a painting on a custom automobile, on view at The Rubell Family Collection.

Black Lords Desi Santiago South Beach courtesy Societe Perrier

Desi Santiago’s Godzilla-size black dog installation at Lord’s South Beach
(1120 Collins Avenue;

Exhibit A “Moving the Still,”
A festival of animated GIF images curated by Paddle8 and powered by Tumblr in the Wynwood arts district in Miami. “Moving the Still,” 318 NW 23rd Street, Miami;

Wednesday – Sunday, December 5 – 9
In its 11th year in the current Midtown location The Fair is open Wednesday – Saturday from 11am to 7pm and Sun from 11am to 6pm
110 N.E. 36th Street (at Midtown Boulevard), Midtown Art District

Wednesday – Sunday, December 5th – 9th from 11 am to 7 pm
“100 Warhols an Overview: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Unique Work on Paper, Trial Proofs and Edition Prints”.
Scope Pavilion Buena Vista Avenue & N.W. 34th Street, Midtown Art District Street Midtown Miami,

Mickalene ThomasA-E-I-O-U and Sometimes Y (Mama Bush), courtesy Lehmann Maupin Gallery at Art Basel

Wednesday – Sunday, December 5 – 9 Highlights are Banksky Out of CONTEXT, “Art from Berlin”: seven Berlin-based galleries selected by a panel of experts and CONTEXT’s New Media Lounge. Fair hours are Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday from 11am to 7pm; Friday from 11am to 9pm; and Sunday from 11 am to 6pm. The Art Miami Pavilion 3101 N.E. 1st Avenue, Midtown | Wynwood Arts District

Yayoi KusamaNarcissus Garden, courtesy Robert Miller Gallery at Art Basel

International and contemporary work by exhibiting galleries. Public Fair hours from Thursday, December 6th to Sunday, December 9th. The Ice Palace, 1400 North Miami Avenue

Allora & CalzadillaArmed Freedom Lying on a Sunbed, courtesy Gladstone Gallery at Art Basel

Tuesday, December 4th,  from 6 to 10 pm
Red Dot Miami shows works by emerging, mid-career and established artists. Fair hours are Wednesday from 11am to 7pm, Thursday – Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. 3011 N.E. 1st Avenue, Wynwood Art District

Jason Middlebrook, Breakthrough 2012 courtesy Dodge Gallery, showing the artist’s work at UNTITLED

-V. Artzimovich

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