{courtesy of Night Gallery, Mira Dancy}
{courtesy of Night Gallery, Mira Dancy}

While celebrities and the art elite may travel from all corners of the world to attend Art Basel this weekend, for us in Southwest Florida, one of the most internationally renowned art fairs is just a trip across the Alley. Now in its 14th year in Miami Beach, Basel runs tomorrow through Sunday and features modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, films and editioned works from more than 260 leading galleries from 32 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

{courtesy of Art Basel}
{courtesy of Art Basel}

While most of the displays are contained within the Miami Beach Convention Center, the ultra-ambitious, large-scale artworks, films and performances spill over into nearby Collins Park and SoundScape Park, making Miami Beach itself pretty much like Disney for 20th and 21st century art enthusiasts. Everywhere you go throughout the weekend promises pop-up fairs, guided tours, artist talks, film screenings and the chicest of parties—not to mention the cuisine and ambiance only found among the neon lights of Miami. (Find a full schedule of events online.)

You don’t have to be an art expert to appreciate this stuff. It’s creativity come to life. (One year we attended, we found ourselves inside a life-sized recreation of a meth lab-gone-wrong, in which each room of the “house” had been meticulously staged post-explosion. Breaking Bad come to life and so, so awesome.)

{courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates}
{courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates}

Whether it’s your first time or your seventh, this is one day (or weekend!) trip worth making. (But if it is your first, you may want to brush up on these etiquette tips for attending an art fair.) Tickets can be purchased online or at the venue.

Art Basel Miami Beach
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
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{courtesy of Metro Pictures, John Miller}
{courtesy of Metro Pictures, John Miller}

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