Art Basel Miami is over-the-top frenzy and fun, from people watching to the best art showings in the country. In short, it’s fantastic.
There’s no rest for the weary this season for some very well connected, creative types. As soon as Thanksgiving weekend wraps up, the international art scene descends on South Florida for Art Basel Miami, the undeniably posh—and undeniably best in the country—art show.
If you’ve never been, think South Beach on steroids. The popular hot spot is already packed with pretty people on a normal night, but around Art Basel Miami, it gets downright frenzied. VIPs used to the red carpet being rolled out upon their arrival find themselves (gasp!) without even a “plus one” to events. Even if you don’t score invites to the most in-demand parties, the energy and celebrity/supermodel stargazing alone are worth a trip down there—so think ahead to next year if interested.
And then there’s the art. Showing at Art Basel Miami is so prestigious, that even some of the organization’s own award winners (including Best New Artist nods), are unable to show an exhibition because of the cost.
Some highlights this year included a 15-year retrospective of the Margulies Collection, a special screening of Tim Burton’s much-anticipated film Big Eyes, a Rubell Family Collection exhibition called “To Have and to Hold: 50 Years of Marriage and Collecting” and the Premier International Art Show that runs every day and includes work by more than 4,000 artists of all genres from 267 galleries world-wide.
Art Basel hails from Basel, Switzerland and now also runs in Hong Kong, but man, there’s something about Art Basel Miami. One underwater installation required guests to take a dip in the pool, so bathing suits were needed and hairdos sacrificed for art. Plus, the weather has been sunny and warm enough to warrant the usual skimpy outfits, flashy convertibles, strolls on the beach (South Beach has never seen so many fashionably white European calves) and plenty of outdoor events. Celebs, of course, turned up in droves as well: Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Miley Cyrus were among the stars caught Art Baseling.
The Veuve was flowing, the clubs were hoppin’ and the outfits were skimpy, even for South Beach. Oh, yeah, this was most definitely Art Basel Miami.
Another way to see At basel without coming to Miami is Artsy’s Art Basel page. Their goal is to make all of the world’s art accessible to anyone. Their Art basel pages includes over 1000 artworks from exhibitors, artist info, and editorial content surrounding the fair. They even offer an iPhone app which includes a personalized visitor’s guide.