An arc of mirrored beams currently stands on Miami Beach — reflections of sand, ocean, sky and nearby debauchery can be gulped down in one glance, along with the spirit of its creator, Phillip K. Smith III. This is a microcosm of Art Basel Miami.
Originally founded in Basel, Switzerland, in the 1970s, the elite weekend landed in the sunshine city in 2002, attracting 30,000 attendees and taking on a fresh persona. Art enthusiasts and newcomers alike could admire the works of struggling and iconic creatives from around the globe, surrounded by tropical beaches, diverse culture and a style-conscious crowd.
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Today, Basel incorporates the entire city, beyond the convention center and galleries. Smaller satellite fairs show boundary-pushing exhibitions, top fashion labels, brands and musicians offer interactive experiences and performances, and local businesses and landmarks welcome visitors with unique events.
We’ve gathered our must-do list for the 2017 season, which includes some local color and adventure — we think they’re as inspiring as the art on display.