After a numbing week in Montreal and New York, we were really looking forward to some heat which we were sure to find in Miami. We were sadly mistaken. It has been unusually cold, resulting in deserted beaches, empty pools and even emptier rooftop patios and bars. But it hasn't stopped the art lovers and partygoers alike from flocking into the area for Art Basel Miami Beach. As the sister event of the most prestigious art show worldwide, Switzerland’s Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach is a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. There will be over 250 leading art galleries from around the world and artworks by over 2000 artists, with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. There is no lack for things to do, only a lack for time to fit it all in!
With this being my first year attending Art Basel, I was not sure what to expect. But there is a buzz here, an energy radiating off all this extraordinary art deco that is both contagious and exciting. This is when the newcomers make their statements. This is when art and culture and design and people and music collide, sparks fly, and all are changed forever. I know I will be.