Why the Art Basel Miami Beach fair ought to be on your bucket list this December


Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Atlantic Ocean is much larger than it seems when it comes to the international art world. Be it the distance, or the lack of government-funding and cultural councils to support its travel, art from the Americas does not circulate as much as it should in India, or even Europe for that matter. This is why a visit to Miami during the Art Basel Miami Beach fair—this year, from 3 to 6 December—is a good idea for serious collectors, who want to get a sense of the bigger global picture of contemporary art beyond Asia and Europe. The art will speak for itself; this is just a guide of not-to-miss venues when navigating through the week.

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH

Get to the fair early in order to see art from 267 of the world’s best galleries all under one roof. There is a very strict selection process to be a part of the fair; so you can walk in assured that what you see will be good.

NADA MIAMI BEACH 2015

The New Art Dealers Alliance opens on 3 December this year, with relatively young galleries showing some of the best emerging art in the country. It’s a great place to look for young, new talent.

LIVING, SHOPPING & EATING

Taking in all of the art and design of the city requires a calm space to recharge. The Setai, a beautiful hotel with Asian inspiration in its design and Zen-like atmosphere, is only about three blocks from the convention centre that hosts Art Basel Miami Beach.

Miami has an incredible culinary scene inspired by the mix of cultures present in the city. For elegant 1920s American dining in the Design District, check out the Cypress Room. For people who love steak, Prime 112 is one of the oldest gourmet steakhouses in America, and this is one of my first dining stops on any trip to Miami. For a healthy lunch, check out the homemade Greek and Turkish fare at the Mandolin Aegean Bistro. For a late dinner—after partying at the annual Le Baron pop-up parties—check out the Miami location of New York’s The Dutch in the W South Beach for American comfort food and people- watching.

To read more grab your copy of Architectural Digest India’s November – December 2015 issue, hitting stands on 5th November, 2015

Special thanks to Diana Campbell for the original excerpt.

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