7 Places to Visit in Lieu of the Cancelled SEVEN Miami Art Fair

Organizers of one of the jewels of Art Basel’s satellite art fairs, SEVEN Miami, have cancelled the event. The rising influence (and cost) of Miami’s Wynwood art district caused the organizers to disband SEVEN after issues with city permitting. SEVEN plans on coming back next year, but it’s certainly disappointing that the provocative exhibit will be MIA in 2013.

As they say, though, the show must go on. I’ve curated 7 other highlights of Art Basel in honor of SEVEN Miami’s ill-fated demise:

The Art Basel 7 List:

  1. Art Basel: MTO - Road Trip

    Art Basel in Miami will be worth a Road Trip

    MTO: “Road Trip” – Street artist MTO created this hyper real mural in anticipation of Art Basel. It’s located in Wynwood Art District of Miami, NW 24 St. and NW 2nd Ave. Check out his Facebook page for more of his work.

  2. FAILE BAST: “Deluxx Fluxx Arcade” – Three Brooklyn artists are bringing their interactive arcade to Miami. People can play pinball, Foosball, and video games on their custom made pieces of art. It’s located in a vacant retail space on the corner of 16th St. and Washington Ave.
  3. Marina Abramovic: “A Portrait of Marina Abramovic” – The self-proclaimed “godmother of performance art” will debut her latest 3D short film this December during Art Basel. One of Lady Gaga’s new pals, Abramovic will appear (tastefully) nude in her film and features Serbia’s Svetlana Spajic performing an ancient Greek song for the soundtrack. Bring a handkerchief if Abramovic’s past performances prove prophetic. It’s located at the Jewel Box, YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd.
  4. Banksy: “Red Hook Balloon” – Privateer (pirate) art collector Stephen Keszler is bringing one of Banksy’s works from his Brooklyn art binge this October. Keszler is making the displaced image of a red balloon with band-aids available for sale during Miami’s art gala for a price tag of $400,000. Those without that sort of loose change can likely see the piece at Art Miami.
  5. Colette of Paris/Alchemist: “Drive-Thru” – Colette in Paris is a world renown clothing boutique noted for it’s fashion forward daring. Alchemist is it’s American (Miami) contemporary. The two will team up to offer a “to go” experience via a drive-thru in a parking garage. Shoppers can order artistically influenced from an eclectic menu. Sunglasses are also available. The drive-in is located at 1111 Lincoln Rd. on the 5th floor of the parking garage.
  6. Art Basel Mana Wynwood Concert Series -EM band Darkside will headline the three night concert series. Their performance will feature their debut album, Psychic, for the first time. More music shows (unannounced) each night will follow the opening act and art focused programming will feature during the night. The music is located at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd Ave. Tickets for the Darkside show will be $32.
  7. Accion Cultural Espanola: “Tapas: Spanish Design for Food” – The gastronomic influenced art exhibit will present a fusion of Spanish design and food. Miami will be the first U.S. stop on this travelling tour and was intentionally selected to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida. Dinner time is located at the Moore Building in Miami’s Design District, 3841 NE 2nd Ave.

Realistically, this list could 700 and not 7.  There’s just so much to see and do

Ari Good, JD LLM, a tax, aviation and entertainment lawyer, is the shareholder of Good Attorneys at Law, P.A. He graduated from the DePaul University College of Law in 1997 and obtained his L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida.

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I’m curious to hear ideas from others about other hidden gems at this year’s Art Basel and satellite art fairs.