The Best of Art Basel Miami Beach
Art Basel in Miami Beach is one of the premier art events in the world for galleries, collectors and enthusiasts alike. Art Basel holds art shows in Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Established in 1970, the annual show in Basel was the preeminent show for galleries to display contemporary and up and coming artists’ work for collectors.
After over 30 years of worldwide recognition, Art Basel expanded and debuted its first show in Miami Beach in 2002. Since then, it has become to mecca for contemporary artists and collectors. The show, which takes place for five days in the expansive Miami Convention Center, has prompted a week of art exhibits, festivities and events. Artists, collectors, tastemakers, patrons and party-goers, flock to Miami every December to enjoy the wealth of art and debauchery of what is now called, ‘Miami Art Week’.
Miami Art Week has evolved from Art Basel to exhibits, shows and installations spread throughout Miami. Live art installations take place throughout Miami and nightclubs, galleries, event spaces and hotels alike host artists and special installations.
Other prominent shows include, Context Miami, Scope and many more.
The Miami Design District hosts galleries and installations for visitors to explore.
Wynwood, known for the prolific street art and the Wynwood Walls outdoor exhibit, allows revelers and enthusiasts alike to enjoy a neighborhood defined by contemporary art.
For a part time art enthusiast and a full time party enthusiast like myself, the annual Art Basel was the perfect excuse to escape New York City for five days of the best art, parties and gatherings for the international creative community. I was lucky enough to be invited down as one of the tastemakers but I recommend anyone looking to immerse themselves in art and late DJ and dancing filled nights to head to Miami Beach next December. Stay tuned for a recap of all the best spots in Miami.