Miami Beach, December 3 – 6, 2015
267 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. Ambitious large‐scale artworks, films and performances become part of the city’s outdoor landscape at nearby Collins Park and SoundScape Park.
Miami has exploded into a well-known destination that attracts some of the top artists in the world. From sophisticated Art Basel for the cultural connoisseur, to graffiti-clad Wynwood for the emerging muralists, Miami has something for everyone.
It’s also the time of year when Miami’s own museums and galleries present their most compelling work. “It’s the quintessential place to show,” says Robert Fontaine, director of the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Wynwood. “It’s a spotlight on the newest of the new. These artists are producing the best works of their career to show at the world’s fair of fine art.”
Where art is found, a fashionable crowd is never too far behind. Designers and magazine editors throw events and parties, from luxury retailers in the Design District to the rooftops of chic boutiques in South Beach.
Art Basel is all about surprise and delight. A simple stroll through South Beach during the fair will offer public art and installations, unparalleled people watching opportunities, and spectacles unable to predict.
And speaking of parties, for those in the know and who can get past the velvet rope, Art Basel is a whirlwind of non-stop revelry. Nightclubs host celebrity-splashed soirees and “pop-up” clubs dot the city from South Beach to Wynwood, offering ephemeral experiences for lovers of nightlife.
The city is now home to more than 20 distinct pop-up art festivals during the coveted first week of December. And you don’t have to be a member of the artistic elite to enjoy the many events that take place during Miami Art Week and Art Basel. There are events of all kinds and tickets available at all price points.
by Zoran Opalic, Kara Franker