At a roundtable arts engagement at Locust Projects a few months ago, the conversation inevitably turned to Art Basel and it’s effect on Miami both as a city overall and the development of the arts scene. The chat touched on the blossoming scene in street-art hub of Wynwood, and of how there is a tangible sense that Miami is starting to matter in the arts world.
It would have been a positive, maybe even an uplifting conversation, if it was not filled with undertones of frustration.
You may notice a growing buzz of activity--especially in Midtown, the Design District and Miami Beach--that signals that a week (or more) of art appreciation, parties and sensory overload is almost here. The height of activity is next Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 9, but gallery openings and other events are already starting.
Below are are seven signs that Art Basel is upon us.
The Miami Herald's headquarters on Biscayne Bay has been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami Modern architecture from the 50's and 60's. NPR interviewed demolition proponents — including some prominent architects — who say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving: