Art Basel

Holiday spirit in South Florida has been punctuated by art-world buzz since Switzerland's mammoth fair planted itself here. Art Basel Miami Beach has grown, since its 2002 inception at the Miami Beach Convention Center, from elitist trade show to ubiquitous art party. 

All the gallery openings, launch parties and live art installations spurred during what's become Miami Art Week are impossible to keep track of. But we're trying:

See our feature stories for this year's fair and its surroundings in our Basel Stories category, and catch a bit of the pre-Basel happenings in the Before The Fair tab. Anything related to the Perez Art Museum Miami is easy to find under PAMM.

And to see how we recommend you spend this week, check out Basel Like Us. For live coverage of the art shows and street happenings we're witnessing, head to the Live From Basel stream.

But if you'd just like to see it all, scroll below.

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Your Art Basel Art
1:00 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Photo Contest: Show Us The Most Miami Art Basel Scene

Sex Machine: The art frames the audience at Art Basel.
Alicia Zuckerman WLRN

Here at WLRN, we are acknowledging one of the secret, insider joys of Art Basel week: the people-watching.

Yes, the art is the core of Basel and the satellite fairs. But the real showcase happens when you inject a mix of international artists, collectors and dealers with our usual mélange of tourists, club kids and local aesthetes.

Only in Miami. Only this week.

Which is why we are asking you to help us document it. While you’re out looking at the people art, send us your favorite only-in-Miami-during-Basel images:

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Art Basel 2012
12:46 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Slammed By Hurricane Sandy, New York Galleries Seek Recovery At Art Basel

The Art Dealers Association of America has created a relief fund to help art galleries damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Credit By Timothy Krause (WarmSleepy)/Flickr

Galleries were flooded, artwork destroyed and the New York art word left reeling when Hurricane Sandy hit at the end of October.

A month later, several of those galleries damaged in the historic storm are now in Miami for Art Basel.

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Art Basel
9:30 am
Thu December 6, 2012

So, You Like Space Flight? Naked People? Doggies? Art Basel Has Something For All

Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum shows contemporary art works that refer to Renaissance art.
Credit Elaine Chen

Often “Art Basel” is used as shorthand for the many arts events that coincide with the Art Basel fair itself, which takes place inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

But throughout Miami, galleries and artists are exhibiting their work so there really is something for everyone this week.  Below is a small sampling for various persuasions. 

You hate contemporary art: Endless Renaissance at the Bass Museum.  

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Art Basel
9:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Graffiti Chic: Wynwood Walls Opens Gift Shop

Calligraffiti shoes for the fashionista in your family
Arianna Prothero

If you want something to take home from Art Basel that won’t break the bank, the Wynwood Walls now has a gift shop.

The paint smells like it hasn’t quite dried yet on the Go! Shop which opened on Tuesday.

And, if you’re looking for that perfect gift for the emerging graffiti artist in your family, the shop sells the same Krink brand spray paint the big time artists use.

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Art Basel
6:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Is That Art You're Sitting On?

Chris Reilly and Anne Harmson enjoy their lunch in a tiny artificial park within Art Basel.
Credit C. DiMattei

While trying to navigate the colorful, crowded labyrinth that is Art Basel Miami, we reached a tiny oasis of calm smack dab in the middle of the "Art Positions" sector (whatever THAT is.)

It was a patch of soft, green artificial turf, about 40 by 60 feet, resembling a tiny putting green.  It had diminutive peaks and valleys and even shade trees.

Aaaahh.

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Art Basel 2012
2:42 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Pop-up Restaurants A-Popping During Art Basel

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink staff put the final touches on the pop-up MGFD Cafe at Design Miami.
Credit Jose Felix Perez

Along with the ever-expanding constellation of art fairs and gallery events during Art Basel, pop-ups are mushrooming at this time of year, including bars, shops and restaurants.

Pop-up restaurants have been trending in Miami and around the country for years now. The term "pop-up" restaurant has typically meant that the eating location is temporary, whether it's open one night or multiple nights.

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Art Basel
11:45 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Miami Photographer Captures Changing Canvas Of Iconic Marine Stadium

Jay Koenigsberg

Anyone visiting the National Hotel on South Beach during Art Basel this week will get a rare peek inside the Miami Marine Stadium.

The Marine Stadium was built off the Miami mainland on Virginia Key in the 1960s. It was originally used for boat racing and then later for concerts and even religious services.

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1st Annual Basel Biergarten
11:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

How Art Basel May Benefit Florida Breweries

Cigar City is one of several breweries being highlighted at the first annual Basel Biergarten.
Credit Bernt Rostad/flickr

Artists won’t be the only ones getting international exposure at Art Basel Miami Beach this year. Some Florida breweries might share the spotlight as well at the first annual Basel Biergarten.

Alongside “The Factory” art show, Wynwood Cigar Factory (101 NW 24th St.) is hosting a pop-up beer garden which will serve Florida brews exclusively.  It’s an example of the many things that have grown up around Art Basel over the past ten years.

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HOTBED
12:36 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Local Artists Find Space At NADA During Art Basel Miami

Azizi DeSouza, 31, was inspired by an unexplained mass blackbird death for a video that will be shown during NADA.
Credit Kenny Malone

Listen to the radio story here.

Fifty years ago Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett played the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach. Now a handful of college students will have their day at the Deauville.

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Art Basel
12:11 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Ready To Mix With Basel Society? Here's How

READY TO PARTY: There is a long list of parties and social events associated with this year's 'bigger, richer, snobbier' Art Basel.

Art Basel opens Thursday for the 11th year of staging the "most prestigious art show in the Americas."  

So, if anything is prestigious at Art Basel, everything must be prestigious at Art Basel. The New York Times describes the event this way: "bigger, richer, longer and, if it’s possible, snobbier than ever before."

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Art Basel
10:36 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Street Art Brings Life To A Miami Neighborhood

Greek artist B. calls his mural "a sea of objects." It was added to Wynwood Walls in 2011.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 6:08 pm

One of the nation's largest art fairs, Art Basel, opens this week in Miami. But days before the fair launches in Miami Beach, the party had already started across the bridge, in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood.

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Art Basel
12:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

What Art Basel Has Done For Miami

Credit ianbart

Art Basel begins this week, and WLRN will be your guide.  In a special hour hosted by WLRN's arts editor, Alicia Zuckerman, we give you tips on what to see, and how.  Plus we look at the fair's history and how it's shaped Miami. 

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Beautifully Destroying Miami
4:22 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Pre-Art Basel: Overlooked Area Of Downtown Miami Transformed Into Street Art Gallery

Shepard Fairey wall under construction
Daniel Rivero

The Omni Parkwest Redevelopment Association (O.P.R.A.) is collaborating with Kelly "RISK" Graval of Risk Rock Studios, Los Angeles to transform ten buildings in a blighted section of downtown Miami into a street art gallery.

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Florida Grand Opera
11:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Conducting Enhanced Moving 'La Bohème'

La Bohème At The Arsht: Tenor Arturo Chacóno-Cruz and soprano Aylin Pérez.
Credit artburstmiami.com

WLRN contributor Celeste Fraser Delgado loved Florida Grand Opera's La Bohème with its moving performance by soprano Aylin Pérez in the title role.

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Navigating Art Basel
8:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Lost In The Art? Here Are Links, Guides And A Smartphone App To Make Basel A Breeze

Art Basel, Miami Beach, 2007.
Credit ImageMD /Flickr

As you all know, Art Basel is a few days jam-packed with a ton of events, galleries and parties.

In short, it gets difficult to wade through everything that is happening starting next week.

No fears, though! We have a roundup here of some of the more helpful Art Basel guides. Some even point you to free events!

You can click through the links below:

Miami.com

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