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Attending Art Basel Miami Beach

Roy Zipstein Inside Cesar Pelli's long-awaited and controversial Carnival Center for the Performing Arts

Photo: Roy Zipstein

Miami was founded on the fun-above-all principle of nightclubs, and the idea that the august Swiss art fair would pick the city as its sole satellite has a certain loopy logic. Despite the fair’s focus on edgy contemporary art, Basel itself was (and remains) the polite embodiment of old-line Europe, with Miami the tropical frontier--and the ideal blank canvas.

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Inspired by: Art Basel — by Tom Austin, Published Nov. 2006

Hotels (9)

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    The National Hotel Miami Beach

    Located in the Art Deco District, the historic National Hotel provides a quiet retreat from the party atmosphere of Collins Avenue. The beachfront

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    Perry South Beach

    Formerly Gansevoort Miami Beach

    Perched at the buzzier end of Miami Beach’s main entertainment strip, Collins Avenue, this sprawling blue-and-whit

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    The Standard, Miami

    Picturesque, serene and located on Miami Beach, the Standard spa offers the perfect wellness getaway. At the spa, you can revel in all types of hyd

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    Fontainebleau Resort & Spa Miami Beach

    This crescent-shaped landmark hotel has a longstanding reputation for grandeur. Recently, more than $200 million was poured into an elaborate renov

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    Sagamore Hotel, Miami Beach

    A sweeping porte cochere greets visitors at this graceful Modernist hotel from the 1940s, which also functions as a contemporary art gallery. The m

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    Shore Club South Beach

    Nearly 10 years after its splashy opening, the Shore Club remains one of the top spots in Miami to ogle beautiful people modeling the latest design

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    Delano Hotel

    When Ian Schrager opened the Delano, a revamped 1940s Art Deco building, in 1995, it was considered a brave, even misguided move, as South Beach wa

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    The Raleigh

    A 1940 Art Deco masterpiece that served as a backdrop for many Esther Williams films, this hotel delivers the grace and pure fantasy of old-line Mi

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    The Setai

    With some 40 floors, the Setai rises over South Beach like an opulent obelisk, serving as a playground for damn-the-expense visitors. Adrian Zecha

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    Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

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    Karu&Y

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    Evolution

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    Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

    Located in Wynwood, this no-nonsense Latin American dive is known for fresh, affordable food. Regulars overlook the shabby interior (think plastic

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Activities (25)

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    Standard Spa

    Located inside The Standard hotel in Belle Isle Park, this 12,500 square-foot holistic and hydrotherapy spa provides a broad range of relaxation tr

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    Knoll

    Workplace furnishings of modernist design have been this high-end retailer's sole focus for more than 70 years. From its downtown location in an hi

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    FENDI Casa

    Club House Italia meets Fendi design in this custom furniture line favoring luxe fabrics and monochrome color schemes. Sixty countries worldwide no

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    Pulse Contemporary Art Fair

    New York, Los Angeles, and Miami play host to this annual arts celebration billing itself as “the leading US art fair dedicated solely to contempor

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    NADA Art Fair

    Hosted by the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), this contemporary art festival takes place every December at the Deauville Beach Resort on Collins A

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    Design Miami/

    This international design show held annually in December has been a critical and popular hit since its 2005 inception. Inspiring a sister show in B

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    Rubell Family Collection

    It doesn't get more authentically Miami than an avant-garde contemporary art collection housed in a former DEA warehouse. Miami Beach hotel barons,

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    Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

    Downtown North Miami plays host to this small, but mighty, Charles Gwathmey-designed museum completed in 1996. An earthy, angular structure lined d

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    MoCa at Goldman's Warehouse

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    Marguiles Collection at the Warehouse

    Don't let its nondescript location fool you. Modestly housed in a converted warehouse, this privately owned collection occupies a massive warehouse

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    Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

    Second only to the Lincoln Center in its super-sized proportions is Miami's world-class performing arts complex with a half-billion-dollar price ta

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    Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation

    The celebration and nurturing of Latin American art is the guiding passion behind this non-profit foundation established in 2002. The "matriarch" o

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    Scope Art Fair

    Founded by gallerists Alexis Hubshman and Peter Surace, the Scope Art Fair was first held in the Gershwin Hotel in New York back in 1991. In Miami,

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    Ink Art Fair

    Founded in 2006, Ink Art Fair is sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, whose members specialize in offering original, cont

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