The most prestigious art show in the Americas kicked off today in beautiful Miami Beach, Florida and continues through December 9th. Art Basel curates from more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Over the past decade, Art Basel Miami Beach has transcended the worlds of art, music, and fashion to bring a creative frenzy from Switzerland to America’s shores. We have the inside scoop on the hottest parties, exhibits, and events taking place during one of Miami’s biggest events of the year.
Showcasing galleries are clustered together in two revitalized neighborhoods just north of Miami’s downtown design district. These spaces function as popular art enclaves that draw high-powered collectors, aficionados, and curious admirers alike. The New York Times says of the festival, “This high-wattage art fair, one of the biggest in the world, has infused the burgeoning contemporary art scene in Miami with an unmistakable swagger.”
As Art Basel Miami’s popularity has mushroomed in recent years, it has become difficult to visit all the exhibits in a matter of four days. We’ve narrowed the list to the most exclusive, unique events and exhibits.
An absolute must-see is The Fountain Art Fair (2505 North Miami Avenue) Now in its seventh year, Fountain features over 35 exhibitors and a “visual display of installation heavy artworks” in a 25,000 square foot warehouse. Fountain boasts fabulous parties and cutting-edge works during Art Basel. Be sure to make it to their spin-off of Brooklyn’s Tiki Disco party on Saturday night.
Nirvana fans should anticipate a unique three-part performance and exhibit called “KURT” at Miami’s Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (174 E Flagler Street). This stirring tribute to the late Kurt Cobain includes an appearance by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, a short film by Adarsha Benjamin, and a 15-minute live version of the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video directed by Los Angeles choreographer Ryan Heffington.
Round out the week staying out late and heading over to LIV (4441 Collins Avenue), where superstar DJ Tiesto will be spinning beats all night. This unique concert experience is his last stop on his eight-city world tour sponsored by GUESS.
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