Art Nexus is offering tours in Spanish and English through the Art Basel exhibits on Miami Beach. Art critics and art historians selected by ArtNexus will lead the public in developing understanding and appreciation of some of the best works presented by more than 200 participating galleries. Starting at 2 p.m. Daily through Dec. 7. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. $17. Details: (305) 891-7270 ext. 4 or www.artnexus.com.
THE BIEDERMAN EFFECT
The Lowe Art Museum hosts a touring exhibition, "Charles Biederman: An American Idealist." The exhibit offers an overview of the acclaimed America Modernist's life and work through an array of paintings and sculptures. Ends Jan.18. Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. $3-$10. Details: (305) 284-2024 or www.lowemuseum.org.
The Miami-Dade Public Library System exhibits paintings, drawings and photographs inspired by Edward P. Jones' novel "The Known World." The story follows the changing relationship between a father and daughter, living in 1960s Washington, DC, as a nearby railroad company buys up property and the neighborhood around them disappears. Ends Dec. 18. Main Library, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: www.mdpls.org.
ROOTS TO ROUTES
"From Roots to Routes," hosted by the Miami-Dade Public Library System, explores the historical importance and views the contributions to art by Latin American artists such as Jesus Rafael Soto and abstract artist Fernando de Szyszlo. This exhibition recognizes the works of other Latin American artists and other post-1960s work by contemporary and modern artists from South America. Ends Dec. 29. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Westchester. Details: www.mdpls.org.
CELIA CRUZ PHOTOS
Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, known for fashion and commercial photography, presents photos of legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz during her last 15 years. The series of black-and-white images captures her both on and off stage and narrates the more intimate stories of the photographer and singer's friendship. Ends Dec. 21. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Opa-locka. Details: www.mdpls.org.
RETURN OF AVANT-GARDE
Acqualina Resort and Spa hosts 23-year-old Russian artist Olga Burtseva's "Return of the Lunar Avant-Garde," the first appearance of the rising artist in Florida. Ends Jan. 6. Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Details: (305) 918-6772 or www.olgaburtseva.com.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University presents "Thoughts on Democracy," comprised of posters by 55 contemporary artists and designers highlighting modern notions of democracy. Ends Dec. 7. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University's "A Bittersweet Decade: The New Deal in America, 1933-1943" considers the impact of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs on American culture. Ends Jan. 19. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
A FUTURISTIC PAST
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is hosting "Interama: Miami and the Pan-American Dream," based on the 1960s futuristic fair, Interama. While architects' predictions and visions for Miami never came to fruition, the museum has gathered their work into a multi-sensory exhibit that looks at post-World War II culture. Ends Jan. 25. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
EYE OF THE COLLECTOR
The Jewish Museum of Florida exhibits paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from Sigmund R. Balka's collection. The collection, built over the past 50 years, is an expression of Jewish life during the height of 19th century creativity in Europe. Ends Jan. 25. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $12 for families. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
CITY OF THE DEAD
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts photography by architect Raul L. Rodriguez. "Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón" includes large color prints of the avenues, mausoleums, vaults and chapels of the Cristóbal Colón Cemetery in Havana, a resting place for national and historical figures. Ends Jan. 25. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
WINGS FOR ALL
Yinka Shonibare's exhibition created for the Miami Art Museum re-imagines the aspiration of flying. "A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child" features an idealized family clothed in wax-printed attire, each straddling a human-powered flying machine modeled after 19th-century drawings. Ends Jan. 18. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 373-3063 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
A TOUR OF FRANCE
The Miami Design Preservation League hosts a collection of Art Deco photos from France taken by Miami native Alice Goldhagen. Ends Jan. 3. Art Deco Education Center at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 672-2014 or www.mdpl.org.
The Deering Estate hosts the final exhibit of its current Artist-In-Residence program with an exhibition of works created during the past year. Ends Dec. 31. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
WHAT'S IT WORTH?
Miami Art Museum hosts an exhibition exploring the nature of value. "Objects of Value" features 20 contemporary artists whose work aims to separate an object's value from the substance from which it's made. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $8. Ends Feb. 22. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The American Society of Media Photographers South Florida hosts a collection of members' work titled "Find Us Here." Photographers from every genre display both intricately staged photos and off-the-cuff snapshots. Ends Dec. 10. 775 NE 125th St., North Miami. Details: www.asmpfindushere.blogspot.com.
In its third year, the Bridge Art Fair returns to Miami Beach and Wynwood with nearly 50 galleries presenting international and emerging art. 11 a.m. daily. Ends Dec, 7. The Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Art Midtown, NE First Avenue and NW 34th Street. Details: www.bridgeartfair.com.
BEST OF DESIGN
Design Miami, a twice yearly architecture fair, comes to Miami for four days to show off innovative creations in interior design. Ends Dec. 6. Venue and Exhibition, Miami Design District, Palm Court and 39th Street. Details: (305) 572-0866 or www.designmiami.com.
The third year of Photo MIAMI features more than 60 galleries and 200 established and emerging artists from around the world for five days of eclectic photography and new media art works. Ends Dec. 7. NW 31st Street and North Miami Avenue, Miami. $15. Details: www.artsfairsinc.com/photomiami.
NEW ON THE SCENE
The New Art Dealers Alliance's annual fair features nearly 90 contemporary arts exhibitors. Ends Dec. 7. Ice Palace, 59 SW 14th St., Miami. Details: (212) 594-0883 or www.newartdealers.org.
Aqua Art Miami will be held at the Aqua Hotel on South Beach and in Wynwood near the heart of Miami's gallery district. The fair, comprised mainly of galleries from the West Coast, focuses on supporting young dealers and galleries with emerging artist programs. 11 a.m. daily. Ends Dec. 7. Aqua Wynwood, 42 NE 25th St., Miami. Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. $15. Details: www.aquaartmiami.com.
BRIDING THE GAP
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair comes to the Wynwood Art District to bridge the gap between established and emerging art fairs. This year's fair will bring together galleries from around the world and recognize emerging artists. 10 a.m. daily. Ends Dec. 7. SoHo Studios, 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami. Details: www.pulse-art.com.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the first exhibition of Albanian-native Anri Sala's videos and photographs in the US. The collection reflects how the collapse of communism affected Albania and Eastern Europe. Ends March 1. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
DRAWINGS FOR DANTE
Miami Dade College and Spain's Caixanova Bank will bring a collection of 100 prints to Florida commemorating the 700th birthday of Italian poet and author of the "Divine Comedy" Dante Alighieri. Commissioned in 1951 by the Italian government, Salvador Dali spent three years creating the visual narration of Dante's descent into hell and his rise through purgatory into heaven. Ends Jan. 31. Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 237-7186 or www.mdc.edu.
CONNECT THE DOTS
Red Dot Miami makes its third appearance, featuring more than 40 galleries from the US, Spain, the UK, Mexico, Venezuela and Puerto Rico exhibiting modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper. 11 a.m. daily. Ends Dec. 7. Midtown Miami, Wynwood Art District, 3501 NE 1st Ave., Miami. Details: (917) 273-8621 or www.reddotfair.com.
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation hosts a collection of work from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection titled "The Prisoner's Dilemma." The exhibition, curated by Leanne Mella, showcases contemporary art works that articulate the ways in which artists respond to the exercise of power in daily life. Ends March 1. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, 1018 N Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 455-3380 or www.cifo.org.
ASIA IN WYNWOOD
The International Asian contemporary art fair will make its debut in the Wynwood Art District. Building on the economic success and cultural boom of Asia, the fair brings more than 60 galleries together to showcase paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, mixed media, installations and video from established and emerging Asian artists. 11 a.m. Ends Dec. 7. Wynwood District, 300 NE 1st Ave., Miami. $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors Details: (212) 268-6148 or www.artasiafair.com.
The five-day art fair features collections of 20th and 21st century works by emerging, mid-career and career artists from Europe, America and Asia. Each day also includes special exhibitions and curatorial projects, outdoor sculptures and video installations. 10 a.m. Dec. 4. 11 a.m. Dec. 3, 5-7. NE First Avenue between NE 32nd and NE 31st streets. $15 for one-day pass. Details: (888) 772-8926 or www.art-miami.com.
ArtCenter/South Florida hosts "Kaiju Monster Invasion Miami Beach 2008," an exhibition featuring Japanese monster-inspired interpretations by renowned contemporary Western and Eastern artists. 8 p.m. ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 674-8278 or www.artcentersf.org.
POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the opening of an exhibit inspired by French author Michel Houellebecq's 2005 novel, "The Possibility of an Island." The exhibit addresses fundamental anxieties about such issues as aging, death, irrelevancy, culture, destruction and sexuality in the present and the future. 9 a.m. Ends March 21. MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. Admission by donation. RSVP required. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
SCOPE, an emerging contemporary art fair, returns for its seventh year, hosting 88 exhibitors from 22 countries in a 60,000-square-foot pavilion in the Wynwood Art District. SCOPE supports the international emerging artistic community as well as local schools and not-for-profit art institutions. 10 a.m. daily Ends Dec. 7. 2951 NE 1st Ave. and NE 30th Street, Miami. $10 students, $15 others. Details: www.scope-art.com.
Miami Art Musuem hosts a collection of public sculptural installations, including "Silver Rabbit Balloon." Cultural Center Plaza at Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The Bass Museum of Art and the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow present work by Russian artists titled "Russian Dreams." The exhibit features contemporary expression across several media including photography, architecture and sculpture. Ends Feb. 8. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7530 or www.bassmuseum.org.