Art Basel And The Miami Art Scene: NewNowNext Travel

Art Basel in Basel 2014

Next month is Art Basel in Miami Beach, when thousands of art lovers, collectors and exhibitors will descend on the city to see the the latest in painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media and more.

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The show has attracted celebrities since its launch 13 years ago: In 2012, Beyonce posted photos of her favorite pieces on Instagram.


Last year, Pharrell, Kevin Spacey, Tegan and Sara, Zoe Saldana, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton and Lenny Kravitz all soaked up the art and  glamour.

You can expect a similarly stellar crowd at this year’s Art Basel: Miami Beach—December 4 to 7 at the Miami Beach Convention Center—with all the openings, VIP parties and exhibitions, like Robert Wilson’s version of The Death of Marat, featuring Lady Gaga as the slain revolutionary.


But you don’t have to be an A-lister to enjoy Art Basel—or Miami’s diverse artistic offerings. Below, we map out the Miami art scene.


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Art Basel Miami Beach


More than 250 galleries are represented every year at Art Basel Miami Beach, held the first week after Thanksgiving. They’re joined by seminars, screenings, parties and performances.

Between December 4 and 7, more than 70,000 attendees will view (and, in some cases, actually buy) works from masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as rising art stars pieces by newly emerging stars.

Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photography, film are displayed in the main hall, while “ambitious artworks and performances become part of the landscape” at nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

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The Pérez Art Museum Miami was originally founded in 1984 as the Center for Fine Arts, with no permanent collection of its own. It’s since been renamed (twice, actually) and is now dedicated to international 20th and 21st century art with a focus on art of the Americas.

An acclaimed new building designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron opened in Downtown’s Museum Park in December 2013, and has helped make the museum a true destination.

Bass Museum of Art


The Bass Museum opened in the mid-1960s, when the city accepted a donation of Renaissance and Baroque works from collectors John and Johanna Bass and housed it in the former Miami Beach Library.

Today the Bass specializes in art from around the world from the Renaissance to modern art, as well as prestigious traveling exhibitions. Artist represented here include Cornelis van Haarlem, Peter Paul Rubens and Ferdinand Bol.

MOCA Miami

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The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami describes itself as “the museum where new art is discovered,” and indeed, its collection of established and emerging modern artists includes John Baldessari, Louise Nevelson, Edward Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Zoe Leonard, Nam June Paik, Mariko Mori, Edward Kienholz,  Raymond Pettibon and Matthew Ritchie.
Past  exhibitions have featured Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, and Julian LaVerdiere.

Lowe Art Museum


Part of the University of Miami, the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables began as three classrooms in 1950 and has expanded to a  a 17,500-object collection in its own building, with strong showings in Baroque, Renaissance, Asian and Native art.

The Design District

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Historically part of the neighborhood of Buena Vista, the Design District is comprised mostly of low-rise warehouses and gallery spaces that were reclaimed after falling prey to urban decay in the 1980s and 90s. It’s home to more than 130 galleries, dealers and show rooms, with a Ar & Design night held every second Saturday of the month.

Increasingly, high-end stores like Ric Owens, Christian Louboutin and Pucci have moved into the neighborhood, evincing yet another evolution for the district—into a top retail destination.

Wynwood Art District

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Wynwood is known for its vibrant street art and warehouse galleries—murals have blanketed the Wynwood Walls since 2009, when community advocate Tony Goldman had the idea to have works from the world’s greatest street artists on view in one accessible place.

The ideal way to take it all in is with a guided walking tour, offered the second Saturday of every month.

Art Deco Buildings

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Formally known as the Miami Beach Architectural District, this was the first 20th-century neighborhood selected by the National Register of Historic Places, with 800 structures, most built between 1923 and 1943, recognized for their historical significance.
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Along Ocean Drive, numerous hotels punctuate the landscape with bright colors, portholes and bold geometric patterns, including the Beacon, the Clevelander, the Waldorf Towers, the Tides and the Carlyle.
If you can get inside the Raleigh Hotel, make a beeline for its legendary pool (above), popularized in Esther Williams movies of the 1950s.

Cuban Art

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Miami’s thriving Cuban community is well represented in the city’s art scene, with galleries exhibiting works by colonial, modern and contemporary artists who trace their roots back to the island.

Cuba Ocho (1465 SW, 8th St., Suite 106) has been a mainstay in Little Havana for more than a quarter-century. The Cuban Art Project, meanwhile, promotes exhibitions around the city.