For the second year in a row at Art Basel I didn’t read a map or do any planning - I was TOTALLY happy to just get swept up by the immensity of it all. Miami was filled to the brim with art. It was amazing. If you love art like I do, you really owe it to yourself to go next year.
You can’t discuss Art Basel without first mentioning how massive it is. I cannot stress this enough. There’s tons of street art, restaurants, night clubs, parking lots, cafes, live music, DJ's - every gallery is open and every restaurant has a party. The art literally doesn’t stop.
One of the areas we visited, Wynwood Walls, was a giant block party. There was really gritty street stuff, people painting live, abandoned factories converted into festival spaces, caravans of food trucks, lots of street food and crochettas.
We also spent some time in Miami’s design district (only developed in the last 2-3 years or so). The area had a ton of boutique shops and furniture shops, and there were 4 massive tents filled with galleries and art (pop-up tents). In my Uber back to South Beach I realized that everywhere you look there’s an event and people are lined up about to do something. There’s free galleries everywhere you go, and you can always enjoy it with great food and a drink.
Beyond the incredible scope of it all, though, what I loved was the inclusivity. It really is for EVERYONE and every financial demographic (it’s not just bougey). It’s hyper accessible and enticing. It’s just so fun. For Art Basel 2017 I'll definitely be staying longer. I really NEED to get there and see more of it...
Enjoy these pics of some of my favorite art I saw, and come find me in Miami next year :)