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Art Basel in Miami Beach | Everything You Need to Know

The sultry, sexy, and stylish fly south to kick off the season in high style.

Miss Rosenby Miss Rosen

Art Basel in Miami Beach is the global destination for the worlds of art, glamour, and wealth, drawing more than 77,000 visitors to Magic City every winter. Featuring four days and nights of unrivaled luxury, Art Basel in Miami Beach attracts jet-setting artists, collectors, and celebrities from around the world. Since its inception in 2002, the fair has become the crown jewel of the American art scene.

The 15th edition returns this year with 269 international Modern and contemporary galleries from 29 countries, featuring work by some 4,000 artists. The VIP previews begin Wednesday, November 30, and the fair is open to the public Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4. For all attendees taking flight this year, Crave Online has prepared a guide to everything you need to know about Art Basel in Miami Beach.

© Art Basel

© Art Basel


Art Basel in Miami Beach has become as famous for its art as its parties. In the 1990s, South Beach became the epicenter for global nightlife, reintroducing the glamour and glitz of Studio 54 to the scene. From open door to invite-only, the city has something for everyone—and the clubs don’t close until 5 a.m., while those in the Park West district are open 24 hours.

DuJour Media’s Jason Binn told Page Six, “Most of the private jets in the US are expected to be in South Florida. It’s going to be bigger than the Super Bowl.” Binn is organizing his 14th Art Basel party celebrating cover star Kris Jenner and the publication of Bruce Weber’s “All-American XVI,” which will be held on November 30 at the Confidante hotel. Co-hosts include Karolina Kurkova, Nick Cannon, Scott Disick, Brett Ratner, and Audrina Patridge, with fashion designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Ti Chow, of Public School and DKNY, on the wheels of steel.

While that undoubtedly be an invitation-only event, revelers can get tickets to parties featuring sets by Young Thug and Sclohmo and Calvin Harris. Leading music site Resident Advisor will be hosting their first Art Basel party at Magic City Warehouse, featuring sets by Floating Points and DāM-FunK, with a special appearance by The Black Madonna.

Wong Ping, Still from ‘Doggy love’, 2015, Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery

Wong Ping, Still from ‘Doggy love’, 2015, Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery

Wynwood Walls 

A Museum of the Streets, Wynwood Walls was conceived by visionary real estate developer Tony Goldman, the mastermind behind New York’s legendary Bowery Wall. In 2009, Goldman transformed the facades of windowless warehouse buildings into giant canvases for the greatest graffiti and street artists in the world to paint every year, creating a rotating gallery of public art unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Participating artists include old school legends like P.H.A.S.E. 2, FUTURA, and LADY PINK, alongside contemporary street artists such as OS GEMEOS, FAFI, AIKO, and MISS VAN, along with perennial faves like Shepard Fairey, Ron English, and The London Police. Every year the legendary Martha Cooper comes to photograph the creation of the new works, keeping the paintings alive long after they have disappeared.

The Design District 

In tandem with Art Basel, the city simultaneously hosts Design Miami, a global forum for design. The world’s top galleries gather here to present museum-quality exhibitions of contemporary pieces of furniture, lighting, and objets d’art, balancing the commercial and the cultural aspects of the design industry. Held in the Design District of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, Design Miami is the perfect complement to the works presented during Art Basel.

 Keiichi Tanaami, Dazzling City, 2016, Courtesy of the artist and NANZUKA

Keiichi Tanaami, Dazzling City, 2016, Courtesy of the artist and NANZUKA

The Art

The Miami Beach Convention Center is where it all begins, where the best of the best by more than 4,000 artists is presented for your delectation. The fair is organized in 9 sectors including Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Survey, Public (at Collins Park), Film (at Soundscape Park), and Magazines. There will also be a series of Conversations and Salons on site, providing access to the practices of philosophies of the masterminds in today’s art world.

Expect to see a diverse mix of classic works of Modern art alongside cutting-edge works of contemporary art. Each booth is brilliantly curated, creating its own little universe, relieving visors of the dreadful sense of being inside a convention hall. Give yourself plenty of time to take it in, for the scope and scale of Art Basel in Miami Beach is nothing short of magnificent.

Satellite Fairs

With the success of Art Basel in Miami Beach, a flurry of ancillary art fairs has taken the city by storm, providing a diverse array of artists and galleries from all over the world. Highlights include Scope Miami Beach, Untitled Miami Beach, Art Miami, Pulse Miami Beach, Satellite, INK Miami Art Fair, Fridge Art Fair, Aqua Art Miami, Art on Paper Miami, and the Nada Art Fair.

 Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain, 2016, Courtesy of the artist and The Bass.

Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain, 2016, Courtesy of the artist and The Bass.


Private View

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only)

Public Days

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016, 3pm to 8pm
  • Friday, December 2, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12noon to 6pm

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach
Tickets: $50 day ticket; $105 permanent pass (if purchased online in advance)

Opening Artwork: © Art Basel

Miss Rosen is a New York-based writer, curator, and brand strategist. There is nothing she adores so much as photography and books. A small part of her wishes she had a proper library, like in the game of Clue. Then she could blaze and write soliloquies to her in and out of print loves.