Must-See 2018 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 2018, 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, up-and-coming areas, like the Design District, Little Haiti, South Beach and Little Havana, are continually attracting both artists and the galleries that represent them.

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 2018.


Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Fredric Snitzer is a pioneer in the world of Miami galleries, originally opening his eponymous gallery in the 1970s. Today, 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. During Miami Art Week 2018, he will be displaying the works of Alexandre Arrechea.

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.

Robert Fontaine Gallery

With works ranging from the masters of Pop Art to today’s most provocative urban interventionist artists, Robert Fontaine is drawn to original artists who have no reference point to the past. Fontaine has a sharp curatorial eye with a roster of artists including London’s RYCA who revels in post-Pop iconography ranging from Warhol to Star Wars and New Zealand’s Henrietta Harris who paints near-photoreal portraits with surreal flourishes in watercolor. His artist’s works will be on display at his gallery during Miami Art Week 2018, as well as at Art Miami.

Little Haiti

Emerson Dorsch

Emerson Dorsch opened one of the first galleries in Wynwood and also led the charge when it moved to Little Haiti. Run by a husband and wife duo, the gallery is committed to a core of select South Florida artists, as well as to hosting 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, as well as international talent, like Fabien Lasserre. Her gallery’s focus is design and sculpture.

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 grounds of Art Basel Miami Beach.

South Beach

Art Center South Florida

A mainstay on Lincoln Road since 1984, Art Center South Florida is a cultural complex and artist studio space hosting 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 artist’s creative process. The group exhibition “Parallels and Peripheries” will be on display during Miami Art Week 2018.

David Castillo

One of the only Miami art galleries to show at Art Basel Miami Beach, David Castillo has cemented his reputation as one of the city’s preeminent art dealers. He boasts an impressive roster of contemporary artists including Miami video artist Jillian Mayer. Seek out his gallery inside the historic Albert Anis building on Lincoln Road. The group exhibition “The Strangeness Will Wear Off” will be on display during Miami Art Week 2018.

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 space 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. During Miami Art Week 2018, the works of Bethany Collins and Michael Loveland will be on display.


On the cutting edge of Miami’s art scene, Primary was founded by artists BooksIII Bischof and Typoe, as well as curator Cristina Gonzalez. 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.

Little Havana

Futurama 1637 Art Building

The Futurama Building in Little Havana serves as an artist studio and exhibition space hosting 12 artists at a time. Their mission is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in Little Havana. Located on Calle Ocho, visit during the neighborhood’s Viernes Culturales festivities held on the last Friday evening of the month.

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