USA | Dec 3, 2023

Jamaican artists share spotlight in Miami this December

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Artworks on display at a previous staging of the Spectrum Art Fair in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Facebook @SpectrumArtFairs)

Art lovers will converge in Miami and Miami Beach in December for Miami Art, Culture and Heritage Month. 

The highlight of the month is Miami Art Week 2023 which during the period of December 5 to 10 is hosting over 20 international art fairs featuring thousands of artists at venues across Greater Miami & Miami Beach.  

Among the artists whose work will appear at Miami Art Week events are Jamaican Gavin Jordan, who will be at Spectrum Miami Art Fair, at Mana Wynwood in Miami’s Wynwood Art District, and Leasho Johnson who will show his works at Untitled Art Fair in Miami Beach. Both events are run from December 6 – 10.  

In an interview for USA Art News, Jordan, a sculptural artist, revealed he will showcase his latest series “Hoping for Today’s Tomorrow,” a collection that delves into the struggles and aspiration of people of color seeking a better life, emphasizing the urgency for a brighter future in the present moment. His artwork often centered around the human figure, employs an innovative technique with industrial screws, creating a captivating three-dimensional effect. The use of vivid colors sparks raw sensations, while the interplay of light and dark, achieved through varying screw depths, accentuates contrasts within the pieces. His unique style blends modern impressionism, pointillism, and perceptual art—a fusion of technical skills from his corporate life and innate creative talent.

Concerts, art installations, parties, street art and much more can be enjoyed during this art-filled week. Miami Art Week draws crowds of art connoisseurs and newcomers from across the globe in celebration of artistic expression. The streets of neighborhoods like Wynwood, Downtown Miami and Miami Beach are transformed into an art canvas of innovative creativity.

At the heart of the annual celebration is the international art fair Art Basel Miami Beach, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 6 to 10. Art Basel is where art connoisseurs can explore art pieces ranging from immersive installations to historic masterpieces. This is an art extravaganza like no other where global top-tier galleries highlight modern artwork crafted by seasoned artists and rising creatives. Art Basel Miami Beach is intentionally divided into distinct sectors, ranging from one exhibiting large-scale artwork to another featuring a creative playground with young artists and avant-garde galleries.

Art events in Miami and Miami Beach during December include:

AfriKin Art Fair December 3-10 – featuring international contemporary artists in a transformative melding of art and culture highlighting the creativity of Africa and its kinship. 

CHROMA December 5-19 – see modern artworks, like fiber art and intricate sculptures crafted by 15 emerging and mid-career artists.

Satellite Art Show – December 5-9 – Stroll Lincoln Road on South Beach to view interactive installations, mixed-media presentations and one-of-a-kind performances celebrating the future of art.

NADA Miami 2023 – December 5-9 – The 21st edition of NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Miami takes place at Ice Palace Studios, where rising artists will showcase the future of creativity.

Art Miami – December 5-10 – With over 33 years of curating art exhibitions, Art Miami is Miami’s longest-running contemporary art fair and offers an iconic waterfront experience where you can explore a selection of 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces from prestigious art galleries.

CONTEXT Art Miami – December 5-10 – spotlights the world’s most-cutting-edge modern artworks, 

Design Miami – December 5-10 – Reflect on how design plays a profound role in our ever-changing world, personal identities and cultural heritages at Design Miami/, featuring historic and contemporary artwork.

Faena Art – December 5-10 – see  cross-disciplinary monumental artworks that blur the line between conventional and experimental artistry.

Prizm Art Fair – December 5-10 – Immerse yourself in nearly 100 international art galleries and innovative contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora at the Prizm Art Fair.

SCOPE Miami Beach – December 5-10 – Journey through SCOPE Miami Beach on Ocean Drive as you view over 130 contemporary galleries with large-scale artwork inspired by experiential storytelling.

Miami River Art Fair – December 6-8 – Enjoy a 360-degree rooftop view of the Downtown Miami skyline at the boutique Miami River Art Fair, known for its international flair. See special creative projects, such as NFT art and virtual booths.

Untitled Art – December 6-10 – This distinguished independent art fair offers an inclusive cultural hub unveiling contemporary works of emerging creatives and historical artists.

Aqua Art Miami – December 6-10 – Dive into the art world of Aqua Art Miami, spotlighting artworks by young, emerging and mid-career artists.

Art Beat Miami – December 6-10 – Celebrate a decade of Art Beat Miami’s dynamic galleries featuring emerging and established artists from the Caribbean, African American diaspora and beyond.

INK Miami Art Fair – December 6-10 –  showcases the art of both the 20th century and newly unveiled works.

Red Dot Miami – December 6-10 – The curated art fair shines a light on leading contemporary artwork, exhibitors, select nonprofits, institutions and art industry professionals.

Spectrum Miami – December 6-10 -Independent artists, studios and emerging galleries gather at Spectrum Miami to push creative boundaries. 

Florida-based Jamaican mixed media artist, Gavin Jordan. (Photo: Black Artists+Designers Guild)

Pinta Miami – December 6-10 – Through its modern art gallery, Pinta Miami highlights the creativity of Latin American and Spanish artists who have overcome global challenges. Pinta also offers virtual gallery tours.

A Copper Experience: Art Basel Miami Edition – December 8 – featuring  wearable fashion, art and twisted copper jewelry designed to elevate vibrations.

HIVE: A Culinary & Cocktail Village – December 7-10 – Indulge in a fusion of art, food, music and culture at HIVE: A Culinary & Cocktail Village, where two city blocks in Wynwood will be transformed into a foodie journey of the arts.


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