While people around the rest of of the country continue adding layers of clothing and finish up their holiday shopping (check out BA’s wish list here), many of the art world’s finest—er, wealthiest and prettiest—will flock to sunny Miami, FL, this week and descend upon the countless parties, poor decisions, and smaller fairs surrounding the 2018 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach.
The presence of Southern galleries at fairs including NADA Miami, Pulse, Aqua, and Prizm—founded in 2015 to spotlight work by artists of African descent—is small but mighty. Whether you’re boarding a Miami-bound flight, dear reader, or just boiling in Instagram-fed FOMO, BA has compiled a guide to Miami in December for those seeking out galleries and artists based in the South—a few of which, coincidentally, were featured in this recent New York magazine roundup of art galleries “in the heartland.”
This post will be updated with further information as it becomes available.
Ice Palace Studios
14 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 9
Tif Sigfrids – Athens, GA: Booth 5.04
Sigfrids, who shares her Athens location with artist Ridley Howard’s gallery, will present work by artists Gracie DeVito, John Fahey, Becky Kolsrud, Mimi Lauter, Joe Sola, and Andy Giannakakis, whose exhibition “The Gypsy” closed in Athens this past weekend.
Good Weather – North Little Rock, AR: Booth-as-exhibition in the Ice Palace lobby
Good Weather returns to NADA Miami for a third year in a row with a special project: a booth-as-exhibition in the bathrooms and breezeway lobby of Ice Palace Studios with work by Allen Brewer, Anthony Campuzano, Cities Aviv, Corey Escoto, Ben Foch, iris yirei hu, Ravi Jackson and William Wasserman, Seth Keller, Stephen Kent, Tim Mann, George Camden Riley, Dylan Spaysky, and Ben Wolf Noam, along with an offsite presentation of recently unearthed monochromes by Michael Assiff.
The Art Miami Pavilion
One Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street
Tuesday, December 4 – Sunday, December 9
Jonathan Ferrera Gallery – New Orleans, LA: Stand AM334
New Orleans-based gallery Jonathan Ferrera presents work by artists Skylar Fein, Elliot Green, Bonnie Maygarden, Lisa Sanditz, and Paul Villinski.
Pulse Art Fair
Indian Beach Park
4601 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 9
Maus Contemporary – Birmingham, AR: Booth 206
Birmingham’s Maus Contemporary will present work by artists Leslie Smith III, Irene Grau, Catherine Tafur, Melissa Vandenburg, Yoshishige Furukawa, Barbara and Michael Lesigen, and Travis Sommerville, whose exhibition “The Line” remains on view at the gallery through December 14.
Hathaway Contemporary – Atlanta, GA: Booth S-103
After opening its second location and preparing the destruction of its first, Hathaway Contemporary Gallery will present work by Atlanta-based artist Joseph Guay.
Aqua Art Miami
1530 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Wednesday, December 5 – Sunday, December 9
GSU’s Welch School will present work by graduate students including Andrew Adamson, Aaron Artrip, Jessica Caldas, Shanequa Gay, Amin Ghasemi, Mohammad Javad Jahangir, Travis Lindquist, Ana Carolina Meza Mendoza, Nathaniel Dean Mondragon, Maria Ojeda, Carla Powell.
Prizm Art Fair
Alfred I. Dupont Building
169 E. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33131
Monday, December 3 – Sunday, December 9
TILA Studios – Atlanta, GA
After a competitive application process, TILA Studios selected ten Georgia-based, Black women artists as its inaugural Garden Fellows: Christa David, Jasmine Williams, Shon Pittman, Evelyn Quinones, Ebony Black, Ariel Dannielle, Ayanna Smith, Angela Davis Johnson, Grace Kisa, and Sachi Rome.
September Gray Fine Art – Atlanta, GA
September Gray will present work by artists Lillian Blades, Frank Schroeder, and Jamele Wright.
But wait, there’s more:
If you’ve had your fill of fairs but are still hungry for more art, check out “… while the dew is still on the roses…,” the most significant exhibition to date of work by artist Ebony G. Patterson, at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, or “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning,” a major survey of work by the iconic feminist artist, opening this week at ICA Miami.