Miami’s satellite fairs take on issues like climate change, pollution and labour

We select some of the most interesting projects to see at events across the city this week


Art Miami/Context

One Herald Plaza, NE 14th Street, 5-10 December

Having outgrown their former digs in midtown, the city’s longest-running art fair Art Miami, now in its 28th edition, and its sister fair, Context, which angles toward mid-career and emerging artists, will convene at the former home of the Miami Herald newspaper, a 14-acre site nestled on Biscayne Bay, with some 140 exhibitors on hand. This year Context also stages the Deep See Project, conceived by artist Tina Spiro, which allows fair-goers to navigate a water-submerged Miami using virtual reality, calling attention to climate change and sea level rise “that will most certainly impact South Florida”, says Carol Damian, the project’s curator.

Gordon Matta-Clark’s Garbage Wall (1970) Courtesy of The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and David Zwirner, New York/London

Untitled Miami Beach

Ocean Drive and 12th Street, 6-10 December

The six-year-old curated fair in South Beach is focusing on shelter, structure and national identity, with commissions from Carlos Cruz-Diez, Lucy and Jorge Orta, and an installation of Gordon Matta-Clark’s Garbage Wall (1970). First raised to mark Earth Day in 1970, Matta-Clark’s work is “more of a question than a statement”, says Jessamyn Fiore, the co-director of the artist’s estate. For Untitled Miami Beach, students from Florida International University Honors College, in collaboration with the estate, will replicate the work using marine detritus gathered from the Deering Estate waterfront park. “By reconstructing this artwork with the specific garbage of a particular place—in this case the garbage now polluting Miami’s waterways and beaches—the audience is invited to see their own waste anew,” says Fiore.

Design Miami/

Miami Beach Convention Center, Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, 6-10 December

For the installation sector at Design Miami, the young architect and furniture designer Harry Nuriev, the co-founder of the New York and Moscow-based Crosby Studios, has collaborated with tinsmiths and metalworkers in Russia to produce a series of historically resonant (and wildly intricate) floor lamps that reference the folk architectural and craft traditions of that country, his birthplace. Drawn to the “rich, storied, and varied forms” inherent to those practices, Nuriev says, “the interplay of old and new, function and art is always a source of interest for me, in how they conflict, certainly, but also how they build upon and contextualise each other.”

Nada Miami

Ice Palace Studios, 1400 North Miami Avenue, 7-10 December

The New Art Dealers Alliance fair celebrates 15 years and trades the Fontainebleau on the beach for Ice Palace Studios downtown. Bogotá-based Carne is one of two galleries that secured Nada’s International Gallery Prize, which sponsors spaces outside of the US to exhibit at the fair. An artist-run venture, Carne will show work that touches on themes of consumption, labour and leisure by its founders and operators, the Columbian artists Adriana Martínez, Santiago Pinyol, Mariana Murcia and Juan Sebastián Peláez, who split proceeds from sales or else channel them back into the space. “This has been our modus operandi: a project of self-representation that takes the informal spirit of artist-run spaces and applies it to the international art market,” Pinyol says.

Bolo (Saks Afridi & Qinza Najm), Carousel (2017), video Bolo (Saks Afridi & Qinza Najm)

Pulse Miami Beach

Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, 7-10 December

Although the plug was pulled on its March fair in New York, Pulse Miami has held steady at year 13 and will again take place at Indian Beach Park, with more than 70 galleries participating. It is the first under new director Katelijne De Backer (a former head of the Armory Show in New York and Art Miami). Pulse Play, devoted to new media and curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol, takes “power” as its theme. For example in their film Carousel, the Pakistani American artist collective Bolo (Saks Afridi and Qinza Najm) imagines a grotesque amalgam of historic dictators as a way to question “the duplicity of rhetoric in dictatorships and democracies, alluding to patterns of power cycles and ascendancy in human nature and human history”.

Satellite Art Show

Ocean Terrace Hotel, 7410 Ocean Terrace, 7-10 December

Returning to the abandoned motel where it premiered in 2015, the artist-organised Satellite Art Show, the newest face in Miami this December, is set to include a self-described virtual reality dance hall, a “nonstop” performance art lounge, and a lie detector test stationed inside a disused bathroom. The New Orleans-based avant-garde performer Diem Massad Al-Jouni, aka Dangerous Rose, will also stage a new performance, titled Clown-Cockateur, that features “live pole-dancing, a massage room and ‘fetish closet’, where she will also be selling her provocative ‘art videos,’“ says the fair’s creative director, Brian Whiteley.

Other Fairs:

Aqua Art Miami

530 Collins Avenue, 6-10 December

Art Africa Miami Art Fair

Historic Clyde Killens Hall, 920 NW 2nd Avenue, 5-10 December

Form Miami

Washington Avenue and 17th Street, 6-10 December

Fridge Art Fair

Blue Moon Hotel, 944 Collins Ave, 4-10 December

Ink Miami

Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Ave, 6-10 December

Miami River Art Fair

James L. Knight International Center, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, 4-6 December

Prizm Art Fair

Mana Downtown, 145 East Flagler Street, 5-17 December


1700 NE 2nd Avenue, 6-10 December

Scope Miami

1700 NE 2nd Avenue, 5-10 December

Spectrum Miami Art Show

1700 NE 2nd Avenue, 6-10 December


56 NE 29th Street, 6-10 December

Red Dot Miami

1700 NE 2nd Avenue, 6-10 December