Art Basel Miami 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

If you have never experienced Art Basel, it is worth it, even for the art novice. Art Basel boasts an eclectic array of art media, moreso than your traditional oil on canvas. Last year I had the pleasure to attend one satellite venue which endured five hours. The art was more than I expected. In one exhibit, the artist cut out one dollar bills to create a detailed illustration of the Statue of Liberyy. Passerbys stopped, amazed at the incredible detail and the giant ten foot masterpiece. Click here to follow my adventure.

Reading about Art Basel can be dizzying and planning it is daunting. I recommend sitting down and printing out the different guides and maps. The event spans several east Miami neighborhoods and Miami Beach. To simplify, the main event is at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This is for serious art lovers and collectors. For art dealers and artists who were not "accepted" into Art Basel, they are able to showcase their work in the "satellite" venues.  Now this is where the fun and party is in addition to eclectic art that are great conversation pieces.

Click here for a complete guide by the Miami Herald.

WARNING: Unless you arrive early to an event, it's highly recommended to take taxi. Parking is limited everywhere! With  taxi costs, entrance fees, food and alcohol purchases, and a souvenir, attending Art Basel is not cheap. I think I'll skip Christmas.

For locals, Art Basel is primarily a social scene, an excuse to get together with friends and be part of this panache event. However, it is encouraged that attendees purchase something--even if it's just a poster--to support the event.

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