How Miami became an artistic hotspot

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“Ten years ago Miami was known mostly for its beaches and nightlife. Today it is a cultural destination with burgeoning ambitions. The city’s museums are expanding and its private spaces for art are increasingly active. Major buildings by Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron and Zaha Hadid have either been completed or are planned. As Art Basel Miami Beach celebrates its tenth anniversary The Art Newspaper asked four of the city’s most prominent figures—including Norman Braman and Craig Robins, who lobbied hard for the fair to come to Miami—how important the fair has been to that resurgence. The Art Newspaper also spoke to a leading European curator to see how the international art world’s view of Miami has changed in the past decade.”

Read on at The Art Newspaper

- TIME has a similar story. How the City on the Beach Became an International Cultural Hotspot


The Miami Herald: Art Basel opens to big VIP crowd, credit for Miami’s culture “evolution” – Opening day brought the usual rush of VIP collectors and browsers, along with backers touting the fair’s growth and Miami’s growing art scene.

Also: Deconstructing Art Basel Miami Beach – This fair is one of three to be studied in a Swiss sociology project

- Why painting is all over the floor at this year’s fair

- The Wall Street Journal – On Miami’s Art Scene, a Battle of the Brands: “Since the Miami satellite of the fair started 10 years ago, various luxury companies have glued themselves to events and dinners. They hope to attract the notice of the high-rolling collectors who visit as well as the validation of the covering media. This year it feels as if there are more hangers-on watching those high-rollers and there are also more brands entering the fray full-throttle.” Read on.

- Here’s a slide show at the Washington Post: The festival’s most intriguing art

Bizbash: Art Basel Preview: 10th Anniversary Celebrations, More Galleries at Design Miami, Mini Cooper’s Flash Mobs

Getting Ready for Art Basel Miami Beach (“The Basel”)

Two of the art world’s crème de la crème prepare for Art Basel Miami Beach. For Beached Miami ABMB coverage, visit