What to do to prepare for Art Basel?
Step one – Shop our Packing list.
Step two watch the movie The Price of Everything.
Step three – hire an assistant to RSVP you to events.
Step four – buy lots of charcoal for your water.
The global art scene cascades down on Miami Beach on the first week of December each year. Galleries are filled with front-line artists, collectors, celebrities, and those who love a good party. This annual art show held at was first staged in 2002 in Miami. It is one of three Art Basel’s. The original in Basel Switzerland, and Hong Kong. Art Basel focuses on modern and contemporary art and puts more than 250 galleries and 4,000 artists from across the globe in front of the art world’s top curators, museums and collectors. So what does this all mean?
It means you should pack some vitamin B12 to keep you going because you will have a very busy schedule. And preparation is important. You will need to check out the art shows ArtBasel.com, RSVP to events, create a rough schedule (and then realize that you will not make it to most of the things on your list), then rsvp to more shows and private parties, buy tickets to alotted events that you want, and pick your wardrobe for day and night events.
Art Basel is one big party. Streaming with secret pop-up nightclubs to A-list VIP parties, Burning Man-esque events, and pop up foodie events. Gitty-up.
Packed Perfectly will tell you what to get yourself into:
Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami
Dec 8 2018-Dec 9 2018
Music powerhouses take over Virginia Key Beach Park, the roster of DJ’s is astounding. The party lasts until 7 am the next day and can be wet and chilly depending upon the forecast. Take note of that.
Blnk Cnvs Presents
Soho Studios, Wynwood
Dec 5 2018-Dec 8 2018
The Bank Cnvs Art Basel concert lineup is always stellar. It’s all happening at Wynwood’s Soho Studios.
Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION
Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION is a hot spot for late night Art Basel after parties. It is a bowling alley and ice skating rink and disco box dance club all in one.
Doheny Room at The Delano
A South Beach classic, the Delano is always buzzing during Art Basel, whether it’s an exclusive soiree by the pool, an installation in the lobby or an impossible-to-get-into pop-up club.
LIV at the Fontainebleau
For art lovers in search of the megaclub experience, LIV at the Fontainebleau has been going strong to bring you A list DJ’s.
Gramps is a spacious outdoor patio perfect for mingling with a bar with a pizza window, craft beer, and live music.
Usually a local crowd, bar menu, and underground scene.
A 100,000 square-foot warehouse space on the outskirts of Wynwood, Mana Wynwood has become the ultimate cultural event space hosting concerts, art shows, and creative happenings. Check this out!
One of New York City’s coolest speakeasy type clubs opened an outpost in the heart of South Beach. If you can stay out late enough, the bar is famous for serving a round of complimentary homemade chicken noodle soup at around 4 a.m.
Broken Shaker is the ultimate spot for a hip party and great cocktails. Set inside The Freehand hotel’s shaded courtyard with heaps of tropical charm.
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Traffic warning. For the most part, traffic is bad on Wednesday and gets worse every day until Sunday. If you take your own car, you’ll likely have trouble with parking. Take Lyft, a limo, a shuttle, a city bus, a city bike – anything so you can read or talk while you’re traveling from one area to another. Plan on an hour to get from Miami Beach to downtown Miami, with most of that time spent in gridlock close to the art venues.
Besides comfortable walking shoes, you’ll need a credit card or plenty of cash. Your art education won’t be cheap. Plan to spend $20 to $50 for admission at most venues. Art Basel Miami Beach is $60 (less online) and Art Miami is $55. Most fairs have discounts for students and seniors.
There is more art scattered throughout the city than you can see in a day. Pick one location and see as much as you can before moving to another neighborhood. If you don’t, you’ll be stuck in traffic. Make a schedule. Try to stick to it.
Hotels. The sooner you book a hotel, the more choice you’ll have. I recommend you choose a hotel in South Beach or downtown Miami to cut down on commute time. Make restaurant bookings in advance!
Don’t miss the auction at the Faena!
Scope Miami Beach, 801 Ocean Drive, $40, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Untitled, Ocean Drive and 12th Street, $35, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Design Miami (this is not an art show), Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, $32, Noon – 8 p.m.
INK Miami Art Fair (a smaller fair focusing on works on paper), 1850 Collins Avenue, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, $10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Art Miami / CONTEXT, One Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street, $55, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Miami River Art Fair, 400 SE Second Ave, $20, Noon – 6 p.m. (This smaller fair closes today.)
Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27th Street, $10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th Street, $10, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wynwood Walls and local art galleries, 2520 NW 2nd Avenue. (If you can wait a day, more will be open on Thursday.)
Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd Street, free, noon – 5 p.m.
de la Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41st Street, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art, 61 NE 41 St, free, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pan American Art Projects, 274 NE 67th St, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Art of Banksy, 6301 NE Fourth Ave., $36-$50. Advance ticket may be required. Noon – 8 p.m.
The Soho House
If you are a member, stay at The Soho House, as you will be in the mecca of many art and music events. They put up a great show in a massive tent on the beach.
If you’re a design lover, stay at The Betsy South Beach. Imagined by L. Murray Dixon, one of Miami’s most famous architects, the Georgian-style hotel’s minimalist, fresh interiors make you feel like you’re going to bed in Copenhagen rather than SoBe.
Washington Park Hotel
A party scene with style, the hotel has the advantage of being across the street from the Wolfsonian Museum—featuring international mixed media from 1885 to 1945, it’s a paean to the Jazz Age, speakeasy culture, and the radical changes brought on by the industrial revolution.
You get to hang at its bar The Broken Shaker
1 Hotel South Beach
A sprawling luxury complex with an ongoing dance-party happening at its private beachfront. Three bars, a DJ, couches, and tropical trees, swanky rooftop.
Since you will wind up here to the wee hours in the morning what better place to sleep that the Edition because you will be running into friends here every time you go.
Across the street from the Faena gallery, this chic hotel and spa will give you everything you want with the luxury of proximity.
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