,Every year, during the first week of December, it's Art Basel Miami Beach.
For 2019, it's Sunday, December 1st through Sunday, December 8th.
Every year, I try to attend either Art Miami or Art Basel. These are two different art exhibitions, but both are the largest during this time.
I try to attend these shows in order to learn what other artists are doing. I love to see what the international galleries are displaying for their collectors. It's an eye-opening, exciting opportunity to see a few hundred world wide galleries and perhaps thousands of different world wide artists. I take notes and sketches, keeping my eyes open for ideas and techniques to use in my paintings.
Last year, my husband and I did a Friends and Fire evening when the conversation turned to Art Basel. Everyone in the South Florida area that know little about art believe that Art Basel Time is for local artists and galleries.
Art Basel Miami Time is for International Tourism.
Art Basel Miami Time averages 80,000ish visitors from all over the world.
The two main art shows are Art Basel and Art Miami.
Art Basel Miami Beach averages 270ish leading galleries from 35ish countries.
Art Miami is averages 250 international galleries.
INTERNATIONAL. This means that NO or FEW South Florida artists and/or galleries are exhibited or shared during this time. The satellite shows are lost in the "noise" of both of these large fairs...and there are 100s of satellite shows that piggy back on these two main fairs. It's difficult to get attention to these smaller shows because of the marketing power of the two main fairs.
I do encourage you to go see art during Art Basel Time...but remember that to see the actual South Florida artists, you can see them all year around. I attend to see International artworks that I would never get to enjoy otherwise.
If you like podcasts, a great episode about why artists should see major exhibits like Art Basel and how to visit Art Basel on a budget, click over to it on this paragraph and listen to The Artist Next Level Podcast with Sergio Gomez: My visit to Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, December 13, 2018.
If you decide to attend either show, let me know! Maybe we can meet there for a little while!
About this artwork: Other Side of Fence Palm Tree Abstract, 24 by 24 inches, mixed media on canvas, 2017, by me, Angeline Marie Martinez