Since its debut 15 years ago, Art Basel Miami Beach has spawned and spread across Miami and Miami Beach, with dozens of new fairs and events in tow. This year, we’re visiting some of these efforts. It can be a bit daunting (and a bit cringey) to navigate at times, but in these diaries, we’re going to take a look at some of the work that, for better or worse, made us pause during walks down those long hallways.
Miami Art Week is back in full force for another year, with 267 galleries and thousands of artists from all over the world descending upon the city’s shores. The fair that started it all is Art Basel Miami Beach, which opened its doors to the masses yesterday. In short, the fair is an explosion of Modern to Post-modern to a mixture of everything, from Brancusi and Warhol to contemporary painters like Mark Ryden and Kehinde Wiley.
While Miami Art Week has more art fairs than one could possibly attend in five short days, the event that started it all is Art Basel Miami Beach, colloquially known as the main fair. A major market place for the world’s most high-profile artworks, it’s the kind of place where snippets of conversations like, “Did you tell him 33 million dollars?” can be overheard while walking through the aisles.