I’m always struck by the ways in which destinations justifiably and mainly renowned for a single attribute want to be known for something else. (Yes, but it’s really about the history! It’s really about the cuisine! And no one knows that we have more animal species than any other place on earth!) Well, Miami Beach—known, for well, the beach, one of the best and longest stretches of sand and turquoise water on the planet—has done something remarkable with Art Basel.
Started in 2002, the event has become one of the largest and most influential arts gatherings on the planet. In a way, the success of Art Basel Miami Beach (and Miami’s emergence as an epicenter of modern design) makes sense, given that the pulchritudinous locale boasts one of the highest concentrations of art deco and mid-century architecture anywhere.
The excitement officially runs from December 5-8 and coincides with Design Miami/—a celebration of collectible design, decor and architecture that takes place December 4-8. But exhibitors, critics and mavens can’t help but get a jump on the festivities and hobnobbing, with programming scheduled from Dec. 2.
The main event at the Miami Beach Convention Center brings together works from 250 galleries, with outdoor venues at Collins Park and SoundScape Park. Meanwhile, Design Miami/ will feature talks with Martha Stewart and starchitect Richard Meier, plus gallery after gallery showcasing the finest in modernist design.