Pinta 2017: the international side of art in Miami

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Publicity, Juan Downey Galeria Artespacio 1979 Chile/ Celofan, 2017 Nicolas Radic Galeria Xs Chile, Pérez Art Museum Miami, East Facade. Photo By Daniel Azoulay Photography/Publicity

The city famous for its shopping options and beaches opens space for international fairs and exhibits this month



Artists, curators, and collectors have a set destination for the first week of December: the art season in Miami. With the first airs of winter in the US, the city becomes the host of over 20 fairs, bringing together 1,200 galleries from all over the world – Latin America is well represented at the 11th edition of Pinta Miami, one of the most relevant events in the art calendar, held from the 6th to the 10th.


Known for introducing the art from the continent to the international scene, Pinta is building on the success of its 2016 event, when it had a record of 30,000 visitors. Maybe that’s why it’s repeating some formulas from the previous year: like the slogan “crossing cultures” and the locale, close to the famous urban art murals in Wynwood.



Among the new arrivals are the Pinta Country Sections, special areas that show a panorama of the contemporary scene in Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. The three countries are part of the Pinta x-ray thanks to the work of local curators, like Florencia Battiti and Luisa Duarte. LATAM is a sponsor and the exclusive airline of the event.


The real crossing of cultures, however, is not limited to an exposition. Around 80,000 people disembark in Florida this time of year for the traditional Art Basel Miami Beach. Art galleries are included in itineraries that feature sunset parties and hip restaurants. In December, not far from the hot Caribbean summer, Miami shows its colors – a scene that has become part of the city and is reflected in its several museums throughout the year.


More art in the city

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The structure has stilts supporting a marquee that appears to float over the Atlantic. The locale hosts exhibitions that give special attention to international artists and works from the 20th and 21st centuries.



Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Tycoon James Deering’s old residence maintains almost all the original furniture pieces. Built around a century ago, its 11 buildings are located by the banks of Biscayne Bay, next to South Miami Avenue. The orchidariums and gardens occupy 4 acres and are another can’t-miss attraction.



Institute of Contemporary Art

The museum recently moved to a brand-new building, a few blocks away. The exhibitions present the work of local artists, and a visit there is also a great opportunity to explore the Design District.


LATAM has direct flights to Miami from São Paulo, Santiago, Lima, and Rio de Janeiro.