Must-See Miami Art Basel Galleries

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By: Shayne Benowitz

In town for Art Basel? Don’t skip Miami’s thriving gallery scene

The thriving and ever-changing gallery scene is part of what makes Miami such a dynamic destination for arts and culture. If you’re visiting in December for Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week 2021, be sure to pay a visit to Miami’s local galleries. While the mural-splashed neighborhood of Wynwood was once the epicenter of the gallery scene, new up-and-coming areas like the Design District, Little Haiti, South Beach, Downtown Miami, Allapattah and Little Havana are attracting more and more artist studios and galleries.

With an emphasis on cutting-edge contemporary art by both emerging and established local and international artists, there are always exciting exhibits on display at Miami’s galleries, especially during Miami Art Week. Here’s your guide to Miami’s must-see galleries during Art Basel Miami Beach 2021.

Wynwood

Gary Nader Art Centre

Specializing in Latin American modern and contemporary art, Gary Nader Art Centre is a mainstay in Miami’s gallery scene. With blue-chip artists ranging from Fernando Botero to Diego Rivera and Wilfredo Lam, Nader is one of the most sought after dealers for art from this region.

Spinello Projects
Spinello Projects

Spinello Projects

Founded by Anthony Spinello in 2005, Spinello Projects is one of the most ambitious and provocative galleries in Miami. His eye for superstar emerging contemporary talent like Agustina Woodgate has propelled his gallery into the hallowed halls of Art Basel Miami Beach. A gallery, creative space and innovative platform for nomadic site-specific and curatorial projects, he launched The Annex in 2017 to provide space for promising up-and-coming Miami-based curators, art organizers and artists. It’s currently in Allapattah's Gesamtkunstwerk Building.

Little Haiti

N’Namdi Contemporary

Second-generation art dealer Jumaane N’Namdi founded N’Namdi Contemporary in Little Haiti as a sister gallery to his original space in Chicago. With a focus on master, mid-career and emerging artists, he has an eye for developing prestigious art collections as a consultant and curator for both private and corporate clients. His artists range from New Orleans-born abstract expressionist Ed Clark to metal sculptor Eric Stephenson.

Primary.

On the cutting edge of Miami’s art scene, Primary. was founded by artists BooksIII Bischof and Typoe, as well as curator Cristina Gonzalez in 2007. The multidisciplinary organization thinks beyond the scope of the gallery walls with many street artists and muralists in their program including, Miami-based artist Magnus Sodamin and Los Angeles-based artist Kenton Parker.

Emerson Dorsch

Opening in 1991, Emerson Dorsch Gallery was one the first Wynwood galleries, ushering in the arts district that exists today. They also led the migration of galleries to Little Haiti in 2017. Run by husband-and-wife duo Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch, they’re committed to a core of select South Florida artists and also host exhibitions by emerging and mid-career visiting artists.

Nina Johnson

Nina Johnson-Milewski founded Gallery Diet in Wynwood in 2007 before moving to Little Haiti and rechristening her space Nina Johnson. She represents dynamic Miami-based artists like Bakti Baxter and Emmett Moore. Her gallery’s focus is design and sculpture.

Downtown Miami

Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Fredric Snitzer is a pioneer in the world of Miami galleries who originally opened his eponymous gallery in Coral Gables in the 1970s. Today, in Downtown Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, it remains one of the only Miami galleries to consistently show at Art Basel Miami Beach. His impressive roster of artists includes Hernan Bas, Alice Aycock and Maria Martinez-Canas.

South Beach

Oolite Arts

A mainstay on Lincoln Road since 1984, Art Center South Florida has transformed into Oolite Arts, a cultural complex and artist studio space that hosts about 20 artists-in-residence. With open studio hours seven days a week, visitors can tour current exhibitions and working studios for a glimpse into the artists’ creative processes.

David Castillo and his dog Harry
David Castillo and his dog Harry

David Castillo

One of the only Miami art gallery owners to show at Art Basel Miami Beach, David Castillo has cemented his reputation as one of the city’s preeminent art dealers. From his new gallery space in the Design District, he boasts an impressive roster of contemporary artists, including Miami video artist Jillian Mayer.

Miami Design District

Locust Projects

Founded by a trio of Miami-based artists in Wynwood in 1998, Locust Projects is a not-for-profit exhibition space dedicated to providing an experimental canvas to emerging contemporary artists without the pressures and limitations of traditional galleries. In 2009, they relocated to the Design District, where they exhibit works by a wide range of both visiting and local artists.

Little Havana

Futurama 1637 Art Building

The Futurama Building in Little Havana serves as an artist studio and exhibition space hosting 12 artists. Located on Calle Ocho, their mission is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in Little Havana. A visit here is a great way to experience the contemporary art of Miami’s creative Cuban community all under one roof.

Allapattah

Mindy Solomon Gallery

Exploring the intersection of art and design through an ongoing dialogue between two and three-dimensional objects, while embracing diasporic voices, Mindy Solomon Gallery opened in 2009. Representing both mid-career and emerging international artists in painting, sculpture, photography and video, she fosters a sense of community through her gallery’s exhibitions and public lectures.

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