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Lourdes Gutierrez’s Guide to Art Basel

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Since 2002, art aficionados and high-end galleries from around the world have flocked to Miami for the annual Art Basel event - a global art fair staged in Miami Beach, Hong Kong, and Basel, Switzerland. The beauty of Basel lies in its breadth, from the exclusive invite-only opening night and countless celebrity-attended private events, public exhibitions, and vibrant satellite fairs. Over the course of four days, visitors gather to learn, critique, peruse, and purchase the most intricate and unusual art. This year, expect a variety of private collections and events from Miami Beach to the Arts and Entertainment Districts. Here are our top picks by neighborhood:

Miami Beach

Design Miami Meridian Avenue & 19th Street

While Art Basel showcases modern and contemporary work, Design Miami focuses on design - from furniture to jewelry and more. Tickets are available starting at $27 for the exhibition, which takes place from 12/5 - 12/9.

Art Basel 1901 Convention Center Drive

Over 200 modern and contemporary art galleries will be present at this year’s official Basel fair. Tickets range from $50 - $450 on 12/6-12/9, while the opening day, 12/5, is by invitation only.

Faena Festival “This is Not America” 3300 Collins Avenue

This inaugural free event, curated by Zoe Lukov, puts Miami’s role as a welcoming city to those from across the US, Americas, and around the world. Exhibitors can expect activations at the Faena hotel, forum, and on public streets from 12/3-12/9.


Spectrum 2217 NW 5th Avenue @ NW 22nd Street

After three years in the Arts & Entertainment district, Spectrum is returning to Wynwood. Visit Mana Wynwood from 12/5 - 12/9 to see work by the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, and Tom Wesselmann.

Arts and Entertainment District

CONTEXT One Herald Plaza

CONTEXT Miami is notorious for placing emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists. This focus attracts a wide range of exhibitors over a six day period from 12/4 - 12/9. Opening night includes a VIP preview, while the remaining days are open to the public.

Design District

de la Cruz Collection 23 NE 41st Street

Founded in 2009, the de la Cruz Collection is a physical extension of

collectors, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz. Stop by during Art Basel to deep dive into the work of international contemporary artists over the last thirty years.

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