Art Basel is around the corner. One of the most anticipated times of year, art enthusiasts from around the globe flock to Miami during the first week in December to indulge in some of the best and most sought after art collections. For five days, Miami transforms into the ultimate destination for contemporary and fine art world. Whether Wynwood Walls street art or South Beach’s Art Basel fine arts fair is your scene, the city is sure to “wow” with eclectic art tastes from around the world.

Among world renowned exhibitors, Spectrum Miami, Red Dot Miami, and ArtSpot Miami form the acclaimed contemporary and fine art experience that collectively presents some of today’s most coveted national and international artists and galleries from the U.S and from around the world. Redwood Media Group, based in California, exclusively produces the three art fairs housed in one location—considered to be the only multi-show production of its kind during Miami Art Week.

The annual Opening Night Preview Party will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Midtown Miami and feature innovative contemporary art from over 100 galleries and artists, live fashion, cocktails, and DJ entertainment.

Spectrum Miami Contemporary Art Show, Red Dot Miami

The exhibition space and purpose-built structure on NE 2nd Avenue, which Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami have occupied as sister art fairs for the past two years, has grown to become the ultimate destination for the fine art industry professional and contemporary art enthusiast who collectively seek a more accessible experience with exhibits showcasing the world’s most progressive portfolios by some of today’s elite artists, galleries, and emerging talents. The shows attract more than 38,000 attendees each year and represent more than 650 artists and galleries worldwide.

“We look forward to presenting three of our most prestigious annual shows, all of which will be exclusively developed and operated by RMG under one roof for the second year,” says Eric Smith, president of Redwood Media Group.

“Wynwood Arts & Entertainment District has become the epicenter for the avant-garde urban and cultured art scene during Miami Art Week, and we like to think of our central location as an international village of art within which the entire industry converges to do business and enjoy five days of artistic entertainment. Acquiring ownership of Red Dot Miami in 2015 and moving to the Arts & Entertainment District during the same year positioned our multi-show format as a major highlight of the art world’s most important week of the year.”

Red Dot Miami, a curated gallery-only contemporary art show, now in its 12th year, presents [IMPACT] as the curatorial theme for 2017. Art not only reflects society but also influences it. From individual creative explorations to large-scale exhibitions seen by millions, the [IMPACT] art has on all is immeasurable. This theme forms a common thread throughout the special exhibits and programming that showcases exhibitors, art industry professionals, and select nonprofits and institutions. Red Dot Miami features galleries representing over 500 leading contemporary artists from primary and secondary markets throughout the world.

The five-day show attracts more than 30,000 visitors and high-net-worth collectors who interact with the specially curated programming, which includes the Spotlight Gallery Program, a focused look at several cutting-edge galleries chosen by the Redwood Media Group selection committee; Art Labs, a series of outstanding projects by leading galleries, art institutions, and art collectives within the show; and Art Talks, an inside look at the artistic experience by way of panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers, and art industry professionals. The complete Red Dot Miami program will be announced in November.

Spectrum Miami Contemporary Art Show, Red Dot Miami

Spectrum Miami, a curated, contemporary art show, now in its seventh year, presents special programs and site-specific exhibitions that showcase the thriving art landscape of the city, informed by the 2017 curatorial theme [FUSION]: the merging of artistic mediums, of exhibitors and collectors, and of the countless galleries and artists who come together to showcase their work. Spectrum Miami is where contemporary meets extraordinary, featuring the works of more than 160 exhibiting artists and galleries from the Florida region and around the globe.

Known for its urban and upscale works of art, Spectrum Miami includes Art Labs and Art Talks as well as the Spotlight Artists Program, providing collectors with a focused look at several prominent artists who will each be creating a site-specific exhibition, and the LaunchPad Artist Program, showcasing an emerging and unrepresented artist who is selected to create an exhibition at the show, resulting from a collaboration among local art institutions, galleries, and Spectrum Miami. Spectrum Miami will also include [FOTO SOLO], a stand-alone exhibit, introduced at Artexpo New York in 2016, that features up to 10 artists from various continents who have been chosen for their exemplary photographic art. The complete Spectrum Miami program will be announced in November.

ArtSpot Miami will be celebrating its fifth anniversary within Spectrum Miami in 2017. ArtSpot Miami is a specially curated show by Aldo Castillo, an international art dealer and curator. A forward-thinking art fair specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on international and Latin American artists, ArtSpot offers innovative and alternative art to affluent collectors, worldwide art institutions, designers, architects, and art enthusiasts.

ArtSpot Miami will also showcase a limited art series, “Made in the USA,” curated by Castillo, that represents a diverse cultural group of artists depicting what that phrase means to them through their works. The series will feature a range of art pieces with subjects such as cultural heritage and identification to political ideology and social issues. ArtSpot will include works from Shelley Lake, Scott Ashley, and Matt Stock, among others. “Made in the USA” will also feature Homage to Jasper Johns from Emiliano Gironella Parra, which is included in the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die by Stephen Farthing. ArtSpot reached $750,000 in total show sales by its 30 exhibitors in 2016 and is anticipated to attract more than 50,000 attendees in December.

Tickets for the Opening Night Preview Party are priced at $50. General Admission tickets for Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami are $25 for one day and $75 for the Opening Night Preview Party with a five-day pass. Tickets grant access to Spectrum Miami, Red Dot Miami, and ArtSpot Miami. For further information on the shows or to purchase tickets, please visit spectrum-miami.com, reddotmiami.com, or artspotmiami.com.

About The Author

Samantha B. Rego brings her New York City sophistication to the Arts and Culture scene of Miami Beach. From visual and performing arts to writing and culinary creations, Samantha has a passion for beauty and inspirational living. She enjoys learning about new cultures while traveling and speaks Italian and Spanish.

Samantha holds a BA in International Relations from Hunter College in Manhattan and an MBA from FIU in Miami. She has been working in strategic communications for over seven years and as a publicist boasts successes ranging from Architectural Digest and Miami Modern Luxury to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She now brings her insight and expertise to the pages of L’Etage Magazine.

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