Kevin Beasley / Casey Kaplan Gallery NY / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

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Best Of Art Basel Miami Beach

My first ever Art Basel had to be at Miami Beach!

I’ve heard so many amazing things about Miami’s art scene and Art Basel’s arrival there has cemented it as a capital of modern art. It gave me the perfect opportunity to visit Miami for the first time while accessing some of the finest contemporary art in the world.

An added bonus is all of the other art fairs happening at the same time including Art Miami, Untitled, Pulse, NADA, Red Dot, Design Miami… the list is endless! There are so many art fairs on that I’d love for it to take over both weekends next year. Art Basel alone took me two full days to view but it was an amazing two days, I have to say!

Location

The Miami Beach Convention Centre plays host to Art Basel, perfectly located in the centre of Miami Beach with tons of transport options to reach it. This year the layout was transformed to give each gallery more space to create their own atmosphere and to lead naturally into the next gallery space. I thought it was wonderfully executed – so well in fact that I didn’t notice I’d been walking around for 6 hours without stopping on the first day!

Amenities

There were plenty of refreshment options with everything from fresh coffee to bottles of champagne on offer. Wifi was available in the centre of the show at a bar with lots of seating areas. Miami Beach has an amazing free trolley service (a kind of vintage bus, not a shopping trolley. Not that I thought that…) that is extended during the fair to help move visitors to and from Art Basel during public days. One thing I also thought was fantastic were the Art Basel staff stationed all around the venue to assist with travel and any other questions. This is a big art fair with lots of visitors so having friendly assistance close at hand made all the difference.

Tickets

Tickets for Art Basel are $50 online, $60 on-site and $120 for an all days pass. There were also combination tickets to include access to Design Miami next door (which I loved) for $15 extra.

Getting There

I flew to direct from London to Miami with Virgin Atlantic.

Photos

All taken on iPhone 5SE.

Media Studies by Rodney Graham / 303 Gallery NY / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Media Studies by Rodney Graham / 303 Gallery NY / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

The Storm by Adrian Ghenie / Pace Gallery / Art Basel 2017

The Storm by Adrian Ghenie / Pace Gallery / Art Basel 2017

Kevin Beasley / Casey Kaplan Gallery NY / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Kevin Beasley / Casey Kaplan Gallery NY / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Karel Appel / Applicat-Prazan Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Karel Appel / Applicat-Prazan Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Kaari Upson / Massimo De Carlo Gallery / Art Basel 2017

Kaari Upson / Massimo De Carlo Gallery / Art Basel 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Sarah Morris / Berggruen Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Sarah Morris / Berggruen Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Minouk Lim / Kukje Gallery Seoul / Tina Kim Gallery New York / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Minouk Lim / Kukje Gallery Seoul / Tina Kim Gallery New York / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Julio Gonzalez / Marlborough Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Julio Gonzalez / Marlborough Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Water Tower by Bernd + Hilla Becher / Sprueth Magers Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Water Tower by Bernd + Hilla Becher / Sprueth Magers Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Izumi Kato / Take Ninagawa Tokyo Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Izumi Kato / Take Ninagawa Tokyo Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Jeffrey Gibson / Kavi Gupta Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Jeffrey Gibson / Kavi Gupta Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Women Words by Betty Tomkins / P-P-O-W Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Women Words by Betty Tomkins / P-P-O-W Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Hans-Peter Feldmann / Mehdi Chouakri Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Hans-Peter Feldmann / Mehdi Chouakri Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Sies + Höke Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Sies + Höke Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Coming From The Darkness, I Hear Your Laugh! by Jim Dine / Richard Gray Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Coming From The Darkness, I Hear Your Laugh! by Jim Dine / Richard Gray Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 / So She Travelled

Georg Baselitz / Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Tony Cragg / Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac – Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Mode by Albert Oehlen / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Mode by Albert Oehlen / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Lemuko Yelle by Tomas Esson / Fredric Snitzer Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Lemuko Yelle by Tomas Esson / Fredric Snitzer Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Chemistry Fume Cabinet by Thomas Struth / Galerie Greta Meert / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Chemistry Fume Cabinet by Thomas Struth / Galerie Greta Meert / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Barry Flanagan / Waddington Custot Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Barry Flanagan / Waddington Custot Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Mel Bochner / Simon Lee Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Mel Bochner / Simon Lee Gallery / Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Frances Draskau – Founder, Photographer & Traveller at SoSheTravelled.com

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