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7. Verge Art Fair:This nifty tossed salad of offerings strikes palatable balances that won't leave you feeling hungry for fresher talent a half-hour after leaving. If Verge Art Fair is good enough for Charles Saatchi and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, then surely local and visiting art-lurkers can keep pace with this showcase of exclusively emerging artists. With fairs held in New York and Basel each year, Verge swells with unique works and projects, riding its popularity from its Miami debut last year. The small, fashionable Catalina Hotel in Miami Beach will host this year's Verge. The fair includes a drawing show, highlighting the oft-overlooked medium, and a DIY event founded by the show's creators, Edouard Steinhauer and Michael Workman. Noon to 8 p.m. December 3 and 4 and noon to 6 p.m. December 5 at 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $5 to $20. Click here.
8. Art Miami:Art Miami, now in its 21st year, features modern and contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and prints from Europe, Asia, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and the United States. It packs some serious star power on both artistic and pop-culture fronts. This year's artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Rauschenberg. Don't miss out on South Florida art godmother Bernice Steinbaum's booth. It's also stretching its arms to the Mandarin Oriental for an Asian art exhibit, curated by Lowe Museum director Brian A. Dursum. Art Miami's own curator, Julia Draganovic, heads the video program at the fair, titled "In What We Trust." 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 1 through 4 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 5 at 3101 NE First Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $10 to $40. Click here.
9. NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance):Held at the Deauville Hotel, the epitome of Rat Pack panache, this fair's booths are arranged as gaudy French ballrooms featuring opulent chandeliers hanging over edgy art that clashes delightfully with its surroundings. At NADA's Deauville Beach Resort base, the Bas Fisher Invitational and Twenty Twenty Projects will join more than 90 exhibitors presenting affordable but stunningly edgy and elegant contemporary projects. On December 3, nonprofit photography project Humble Arts Foundation will debut Manual Transmission Miami, an intriguing mixed-media installation/performance projecting original works onto projectors surrounding the Deauville's pool area. With a mission that states "We believe the adversarial approach to exhibiting and selling art has run its course," prepare for some subversive visuals. 2 to 8 p.m. December 2, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 3 and 4, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 5 at 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free admission. Click here.
10. Design Miami/: Design Miami/ is the only Art Basel satellite fair that focuses on applied design elements; i.e. furniture, lighting design, and interior décor. Limited editions of modern-era home and commercial furnishings are on view from firms based in New York, Paris, London, and Brussels. This year, the fair will feature an interactive, multimedia project from fashion house Fendi and New York architects Aranda/Lasch, who have also designed a special "mini city" pavilion that serves as the exhibition venue itself. Noon to 8 p.m. December 1 through 4 and noon to 6 p.m. December 5 at Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $15 to $25. Click here.