John Jones guide to Miami Fairs - Art Basel, Pulse and Spectrum

John Jones guide to Miami Fairs - Art Basel, Pulse and Spectrum

From the 4th to the 8th of December, the eyes of the art world will turn to Miami Beach, Florida for a plethora of exciting international art fairs. With so much choice on offer, our team have produced a handy guide to Art Basel, Pulse and Spectrum to help curate your visit!

Art Basel

The ambitious vision of a few gallerists in 1970 has grown into the most important art show in the US, describing itself as the ‘International Art World’s favourite winter meeting place’. The event draws 50,000 visitors to Miami Beach Convention Centre to see works from over 250 galleries each year and is split into seven sectors. Look out for Nova, designed for galleries to present never before seen artworks, Kabinett, where artists are chosen to take part in curated thematic group exhibitions, and Public, where interventions and performances are situated in the public Collins Park.

One element you can’t afford to miss is Basel Conversations, a programme of daily talks between members of the international art world in a newly created auditorium for 2013. If you’re not lucky enough to be visiting Art Basel this year, high quality videos of the talks will be available online after the show. The fair will also be screening artist’s films by the likes of Nan Goldin and Yinka Shonibare MBE!

A handy shuttle bus will also be operating from Basel to Miami’s museums and art collections to encourage international visitors to see what else this vibrant city has to offer.


Across the water in North Miami’s Ice Palace sits Pulse, a dynamic rival to Art Basel which focuses solely on contemporary art and community art.

The fair will be showcasing work from John Jones clients Fine Art Society Contemporary, Brancolini Grimaldi and Purdy Hicks amongst many other esteemed galleries, and will also be hosting the Pulse Projects programme, focused on promoting audience engaging large scale sculptures, installations and performances. The 2013 programme includes appointment only performances by Breanne Trammell, a collaborative sculpture of neon tubes, steel and one way mirror glass by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, and an intricate nail and thread wall piece by Adrian Esparza.

Don’t miss the presentation of the Pulse Prize, a $2,500 cash grant awarded to an emerging artist of distinction from the Impulse section of the fair, and Pulse Play, a curated video and technology installation section of the fair which will challenge traditional art fair presentation.


If you’re looking for a quieter gallery-style exhibition as an alternative to the busy powerhouse art fairs, look no further than Spectrum! Based in mid-town Miami, this event is new for 2013 and will showcase 50 established juried studio artists alongside 50 top galleries. Spectrum will host a variety of interesting events throughout the fair; including a live photo shoot by photographer Jordan Matter and the Miami City Ballet!

John Jones is delighted to work with diverse galleries taking part in the Miami art fairs on a regular basis to frame their collections to a high museum standard. We are also proud to produce quality gesso grounds and other bespoke artist surfaces for many professional artists exhibiting this December.