The Coolest Venues at Art Basel

Here’s where to go when the biggest art party in the U.S. hits the shores of Miami.  

Art Basel, a four-day Miami Beach art festival (December 3rd-6th), is like an international museum exploded into the galleries, public spaces, streets, and homes of Miami. Art, artists and admirers are everywhere. More than 4,000 artists display works over 500,000 square foot of exhibit space that 70,000 visitors will view. That’s one artist per 17 people.

Photo Credit: Art Basel Miami Beach
Photo Credit: Art Basel Miami Beach
Photo Credit: Art Basel Miami Beach
Photo Credit: Art Basel Miami Beach

Here are the must-pop-in-and-go-oooh-and-ahhhh places

Collins Park
Twenty-seven large-scale installations, scattered in Collins Park between 21st and 22nd streets, turn green space into an art park. You pretty much can’t miss Tony Tasset’s Deer. Or Kris Martin’s Altar, an interpretation of the 15th-century Ghent Altarpiece, or, for that matter, Big Yellow Mama, based on the notorious Alabama electric chair. Daily (free) tours start at 2 p.m. Select pieces will stay through February.

Photo Credit: Kavi Gupta courtesy Art Basel Miami Beach
Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015. Photo Credit: Courtesy Kavi Gupta, Art Basel Miami Beach

SoundScape Park
After dark, this green acreage transforms into an outdoor theater, with a giant screen that projects various films.

Photo Credit: Art Basel Miami Beach
Photo Credit: Art Basel Miami Beach

The Yard at CasaLin
This private house in the Wynwood neighborhood stirs it up during Art Basel when it exhibits the works of local artists in its palm tree-shaded urban garden.

The Yard at CasaLin
The Yard at CasaLin

Meridian & 19th streets
Opposite the Miami Beach Convention Center is the hub for Design Miami, another big event in itself. It’s the place to peek into the design world, from jewelry by Ralph Bakker to large architectural elements, like Jean Prouvé’s 12-by-12-foot military hut from 1939.

Photo Credit: Design Miami

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