THE ART BASEL 2022 ULTIMATE GUIDE:
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Miami Art Week is back and bigger than ever.
The key to putting together the best itinerary for Art Basel Miami Beach: making sure you hit up a little bit of all the week has to offer. There’s the art of course, both at ABMB itself as well as several satellite fairs, and openings scattered across the city in galleries, museums, and installations. Then there’s the fashion parties, the photography exhibitions, the unveiling of new high-end concept cars, the open bars, some dinners, more than a few places to dance, and, perhaps, you might even have time for a massage or a bit of yoga somewhere along the way.
A-listers like Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cardi B and Travis Scott are flocking to the coastal-Floridian city for the hundreds of extravagant events lined up in celebration of Art Basel in Miami.
Here is a rundown of all the the things you need to know and best parties and events to attend this year.
WHEN IS ART BASEL MIAMI 2022?
Art Basel’s public days are from Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 through Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (6 p.m. on Sunday). For those who were invited to see the showrooms beforehand, please refer to Art Basel’s website for the full schedule.
WHERE IS ART BASEL MIAMI 2022?
Art Basel will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center at 1901 Convention Center Dr. in Miami Beach. Art Basel’s many offshoot events will be happening all over the Greater Miami area.
HOW DO YOU GET TO ART BASEL MIAMI 2022?
Walk to the Miami Beach Convention Center in just minutes from The Sagamore Hotel. Head north on Collins Avenue, take a left on 17th Street, and a right on Washington Avenue. The Convention Center will be on your left.
ART BASEL MIAMI 2022 EVENTS
Art Basel can be broken down into many exciting sectors. Here, we go through each one and list a few featured galleries and artists that are sure to inspire in 2022.
As Art Basel’s main sector, Galleries is where leading international modern and contemporary art galleries exhibit their works by artists ranging from young talents to 20th-century masters. See modern works from NYC’s long-running 303 Gallery, San Francisco’s Berggruen Gallery, and Miami’s own David Castillo Gallery at the show. View the full list of galleries here.
The Conversations program features talks, panels, and discussions between artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, art lawyers, critics, and more prominent members of the international art world. More details on this year’s Conversations schedule will be announced on the link provided.
You’ll find boundary-pushing, large-scale projects at Meridians. Stay tuned to the Art Basel website for a 2022 Meridians program.
All works within the Nova sector were created within the last three years. See oil and acrylic paintings from Helena Anrather’s Julia Wachtel, mixed media landscape paintings from Charlie James Gallery’s Patrick Martinez, and African contemporary art from Afriart Gallery. Check out all participating Nova galleries and artists here.
See newer galleries showcasing emerging artists at Positions. Keep an eye out for works by Leslie Martinez (mixed media, Texas), Frieda Toranzo Jaeger (mixed media, Mexico), and Tonia Nneji (acrylic and oil paintings, Nigeria). See the full list here.
Survey highlights artworks with historical relevance. In 2022, expect works by the late “pioneer of free Jazz” Milford Graves, Hungarian artist Endre Tót, and the late American photographer Dindga McCannon. See the full list here.
Editioned works, prints, and multiples are on display at Art Basel’s Edition sector. Galleries like Crown Point Press (San Francisco), Pace Prints (NYC), Paragon (London), and Polígrafa Obra Gràfica (Barcelona) will all be showcasing. See the full list here.
Galleries curate displays in a separate section of their booth at Kabinett. Projects may include thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases, and solo presentations. Stay tuned to the Art Basel website for the 2022 list.
CHECK OUT SATELLITE FAIRS
While Art Basel is the main attraction, more than 20 satellite fairs take place concurrently throughout the city. Miami’s local galleries, museums, designers and retailers use it as a time present their best work.
Take some time to stroll through Miami and let yourself be surprised by the installations, public art, and pop-ups that occur on every corner of the city.
Particularly of note: be sure to stop by these satellite fairs
Now in its 18th year, Design Miami returns to the Art Basel-adjacent Pride Park for its 2022 program, framed around the theme of The Golden Age: Looking to the Future, which celebrates a tomorrow of our own creation. Curated by Maria Cristina Didero, this year’s hopeful curatorial thread weaves together 36 of the world's leading historic and contemporary galleries, plus 13 curio exhibitors focused on explorations of cutting-edge design thinking. Convention Center Drive and 19th St, Miami Beach. Nov 30–Dec 4; $31–$112.50.
UNTITLED ART MIAMI BEACH
Another big art fair on the sands of Miami Beach, Untitled aims to be an inclusive, collaborative platform for discovering contemporary art by emerging artists and historical figures. Its latest program, NEST, creates a new sector of subsidized booths to help mitigate traditional entry barriers to art fair participation. This year, they’re also reintroducing their writers-in-residence program to cultivate the next generation of art critics. Untitled is big on ensuring local galleries are represented and works alongside the city of Miami Beach to ensure a zero-impact presentation. Ocean Dr and 12th St, Miami Beach. Nov 29–Dec 3; $45.
SCOPE MIAMI BEACH
Following up its record-breaking twentieth year, SCOPE reopens this year with more than 150 exhibitors. To further its mission to platform new artists and mediums, SCOPE’s experiential, multidisciplinary pavilion on the sand, New Contemporary, will once again display large-scale installations and host musical performances, panel discussions, guided meditations and morning yoga sessions. By night, the space transforms into a full nightclub with rotating DJs—because, hey, it’s South Beach. 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Nov 29–Dec 4; $60.
Celebrating 20 years in Miami, the New Art Dealers Alliance has become known for showcasing underexposed artists and their works, bringing life to Miami Art Week with its young gallerists, such as folks from Toronto’s Franz Kaka and San Juan’s Embajada. This year, expect 146 galleries, art spaces and nonprofit organizations spanning over 40 cities from around the globe. It’s a slight dip from last year’s 170 exhibitors, but a huge leap from the 35 galleries that took part in NADA’s inaugural Miami edition in 2003. Ice Palace Studios, 1400 North Miami Ave. Nov 30–Dec 3; $35–$150.
For its 16th edition, the eminent fair for Latin American and Hispanic artists relocates to The Hangar in Coconut Grove, the historic base of Pan American airlines. Here, in a light-filled, high-tech hangar on the edge of the water, Pinta brings together programs, initiatives and international curators to ensure the visibility of Latin American art in a global context. This year, Omar-Pascual Castillo, Mario Gioia and José Antonio Navarrete will curate the Main Section; Oscar Roldán Alzate curates the Solo-Duo Projects and Main Section; Félix Suazo curates Special Projects; Florencia Portocarrero curates NEXT; Gean Moreno curates Intersections, and architect Daniel Fischer curates the design and spatial distribution of the fair. Hangar Pan Am, 3385 Pan American Drive. Nov 30–Dec 4; $TBD.
LEARN THE SECTORS AND MAP IT OUT
There are nine sectors of exhibitors this year at Art Basel Miami: Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Survey, Public, Film and Magazines.
Galleries (the main sector) features the world’s leading galleries displaying contemporary and modern 20th- and 21st-century artworks. Nova presents recent artworks—often displaying pieces straight from the artist’s studio for the first time. Positions provides galleries with the space to present one emerging artist with one major project. And Public is a must-see with a dedicated space for outdoor sculpture and site-specific installations.
Get a map from outside of the convention center and make a plan. Even better, do a little research beforehand and decide which galleries you are most interested in seeing. The more you have a strategy, the more you will get out of the event.
Don’t already have a favorite gallery? Find the rest of the sector descriptions and participant list here. It’s not only a great way to discover new artists but see a whole group of work you might have skipped over, otherwise.