Art Basel Art Basel –The Olympics of modern art (Dec 2 - 5)
With pitched neck and studious brow, art's elite makes it biannual pilgrimage to Miami (December 2nd - 5th) and Basel (June 13 - 17th) outposts of this acclaimed art festival. Throughout the event, the two host cities are abuzz with special events and performances throughout local parks, museums and cultural institutions -- not to mention the lavish private parties thrown by private collectors in their penthouse condos and South Beach villas.
Hours11am-8pm (Miami),11am-7pm (Basel)
Try to secure VIP entry, as collectors and VIPs are allowed in one-day prior to everyone else. By the time the doors actually open, most of the prized works are long-snapped up by well-versed buyers and dealers.
Collectors and galleries from around the world assemble within a festival-atmosphere displaying prized modern works of the 20th and 21st Century. Not limited to paintings, the show includes sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs and audio-visual displays. With over 300 dealers participating in the festival, name-brand art houses like Gagosian Jan Krugier use the event for headline-grabbing sales of new and secondary works from coveted artists. Many artists, especially midlevel up-and-comers, are encouraged to create entire collections specifically for the event.