Your Guide To Navigating Miami's Art Basel 2019

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Your Guide To Navigating Miami's Art Basel 2019

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Set to take over Miami neighborhoods Dec. 5 to 8, Art Basel Miami is one of the most exceptional modern and contemporary art shows and fairs in the world. The annual spectacle offers a platform for renowned artists and galleries and is a can’t-miss event for aesthetes to newcomers alike.

Ahead of the four-day occasion, Markowicz Fine Art Gallery art curator, Bernard Markowicz, weighs in on some of the must-sees, plus offers tips for first-time Basel-goers.

Markowicz’s must-see galleries and shows to attend during Art Basel:

1. Art Miami is one of the city’s premier fairs featuring important works from globally recognized artists. Not to be missed there, visit the exclusive new artworks from street artist Kai and be awed by the hyper-realistic sculptures by world-renowned sculptor Carole Feuerman.

2. Another can’t miss is famed artist Richard Orlinski’s pop-up store in the Miami Design District as well as his exclusive show, titled “Do Not be Afraid of the Wildlife,” at Mondrian South Beach. His sculptures can be seen everywhere from the Croisette in Cannes to the slopes in Courchevel, and lucky for us, his iconic wildlife sculptures will now take over Miami.

3. The “I’m Not a Trophy” art show by Arno Elias at The Sagamore Hotel is another highlight. It will be an innovative and immersive art exhibit, entirely dedicated to endangered species and centered around the work of this esteemed French artist and wildlife photographer.

Survival of Serena Pink Cap, Carole Feuerman

Art Basel 2019

promises to be one of the largest to date and is predicted to draw more than 78,000 visitors from around the globe. With so much to see and do, avoid feeling overwhelmed by following these tips:

1. Stick to a neighborhood and walk it. Make a plan for each day by mapping out the different areas of Miami and what you want to see, and commit to everything within one neighborhood, per day. That way you can avoid traffic (and the nightmare of having to find parking and paying high fees) when going from one part of town to another. Explore by foot all the galleries, fairs and parties within walking distance of each other. If you’re not familiar with the neighborhoods, you can download a guide to each neighborhood online.

2. Prepare to take tons of photos. Pack a portable cellphone charger, as you will find yourself stopping repeatedly to take photos of the art and the live performances, and of course, take selfies with artists and celebrities.

3. Don’t be intimidated by size and price. Whether you’re a novice, art aficionado or party hopper, you can avoid feeling intimated by the fairs and VIP events by visiting all the edgy galleries and pop-up parties around the main fairs in downtown Miami, Wynwood and the Design District. After all, many fair participants are also local venues around town, where you can find a mix of art, fashion and music.

- Bernard Markowicz