Basel Basics

Heading South for Art Basel Miami Beach? We've curated all the information you'll need to savor this annual art extravaganza.


When: Public days December 6-9

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center

Who: More than 200 galleries from North and Latin America, Europe, Asia, andAfrica, displaying top works by modern,contemporary, and up-and-coming artists.

Highlights: In addition to its main exhibition area, Art Basel also houses special sectors that cater to different concepts within contemporary art dialogues. Nova, for instance, invites galleries to display works created within the last three years, allowing for a sense of immediacy and excitement.Positions, on the other hand, are spaces devoted to one new talent presenting one major project. In contrast to both Nova and Positions, Survey looks to the past with pieces made before the year 2000.Getting there: With the launch of Brightline services to Miami earlier this year, art lovers can now arrive at Art Basel without languishing in I-95 traffic. It takes one hour to travel from West Palm Beach to the Brightline Miami Central Station. From there, order up a Lyft (Brightline’s official ride share partner) for the short drive to the convention center.

Singers, Francesco Clemente, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill

For kids: Bringing along a budding Picasso?No problem. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend. If you need some alone time, fret not:Art Basel also offers a free kindergarten and playroom program for children ages 4 to 12.A team from the Miami Children’s Museum will watch over your young one and help him or her make arts and crafts while you tour the convention center.

For Palm Beachers: The Society of the Four Arts hosts an annua lfield trip to Art Basel, taking place this year on December 7. Participants will depart the Four Arts, tour the festival with art expert Sofia Vollmer Maduro, and return to Palm Beach the same day. The Armory Art Center will also mount a field trip south on the same day.

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