By far, Art Basel Miami is one of the most important events on the contemporary art world’s calendar acting as an annual temperature check for the industry from December 1 to 4. However Basel - as it’s affectionately known - is also one of the most accessible and interesting art fairs in the world despite its VIP clientele.
You don’t have to be Beyonce and Jay z (who regularly shop the fair) to get up and close to these pricey pieces of artwork.
One of the other highlights of the fair is how it brings the city of Miami to life, making it even more energetic than the party city normally is. Hundreds of art-centric parties happen all over the city throughout the week packing Miami’s most exclusive clubs, hotels and bars to the rafters. Celebrities like Leonardo Dicaprio and Miley Cyrus can be seen among other high rollers all mingling with art world denizens.
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However back to the important stuff, the art. Basel will this year host 269 galleries from 29 countries at the Miami Beach Convention Center and is now in its 15th year. The fair is split into five different sections comprised of paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and films.
The main section Galleries hosts 193 galleries; Survey, features just 14 presentations of work from before 2000; Edition, is made up from 11 print-based galleries and; Positions, is a platform for 16 solo artists showcasing major works.
The exhibition also extends to nearby Collins Park and SoundScape Park becoming part of the city’s outdoor art scene of which Miami is very well regarded, specifically for it’s Wynwood District graffiti murals and art covered public walls. Day tickets are USD$50 and permanent tickets valid for all four days are USD$105 online.