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Ahoy! If you're hanging out in Florida and are anywhere near the coast from Miami on up to West Palm Beach, break out a pair of binoculars to spot us. Just look for a white sliver on the horizon, that'll actually be the ginormous white Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Reflection. We promise to wave back.
There's no ultimate destination other than a return to Miami for the start of the Art Basel festival of contemporary art. You see, this is a preview cruisethe ship's maiden US voyage. It's a bit like an airport practice run, when terminals invite people to come simulate operations so, on opening day, the kinks have been well worked out. We would say we're "kicking the tires" of the Reflection but, well, it's a boat with a massive hull...and a multi-million modern art collection with 6,059 original pieces from the likes of Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Christo, Marina Abramovic, Richard Prince and Robert Rauschenberg.
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Art Basel is now underway in Miami; technically the center of it all is South Beach, but there are fairs and exhibitions and installations and events all over the city. We'd like to tell you not to drive because traffic is a bee-yotch but then, taking a cab is not the best idea if you want to save some money to buy art.
With no good public transport options to get around, other than slow and unreliable buses, Miami's best bet for transport during this time may be a scooter or our old friend, DecoBike.
As for what not to do, we've got some tips in that department, too. Right this way...
5. DON'T forget the satellite fairs: It's not all about the official showArt Basel Miami Beach, at the Miami Beach Convention Centeralthough the art fair is worth browsing even if you don't have deep pockets. (Keep your eyes peeled for celebs. Names as varied as Will Ferrell and Sylvester Stallone have been spotted.) But definitely make time for some of the more manageable, potentially more interesting, side fairs that have cropped up in the shadows of ABMB. The best include NADA, Scope and Design Miami/.
Between December 1st and December 4th, Art Basel Miami Beach will host more than 260 galleries from around the world for the most important annual art event in the U.S.
Well-known artists and emerging talent will be showcased at various venues throughout Miami, including the Miami Beach Convention Center, which will house the Art Nova, Art Positions, and Art Kabinett portions of the festival.
Advance tickets for Art Basel are available via Ticketmaster. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach with no service charge. The theater box office is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-5pm. Standard one-day tickets are $40, permanent passes are $85, and evening ticket (valid from 4 p.m.) are $28.
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South Beach's high season officially begins this weekend with the annual Art Basel Miami Beach extravaganza, bringing hordes of pretty people to this thin barrier island off the Atlantic coast of Florida. Newspaper travel sections are filled with images of the young, fashionable, and childless frolicking in the sun, but the beauty of Miami Beach is that there's room for everybody to have a good time. And it's not even that expensive, unless you want it to be.
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Pamela Anderson arrives at Art Basel in Miami Beach with photographer friend David LaChapelle in a T-shirt and no pants. LaChapelle shot Anderson for a film featured in the Elton John "Red Piano" concerts in Las Vegas; this year in Art Basel he presented an exhibit called "Jesus Is My Homeboy."
Cityfile dismissed the celebrity guests at Art Basel as "decoration," bearing no significance to how the festival's really doing at what it's supposed to do--sell art. If so, stars were still willing to show up and look good for the cameras. Beyonce and Jay-Z took in a few galleries--furnishing one of their places together, perhaps? And Kirsten Dunst took a bunch of girlfriends to South Beach with her, before ditching them at a party to hit on Tom Brady. We had no idea he was into art!
Even The New York Times got in on the act by following their version of a tabloid star to the show, musician Malcolm McLaren, who presented his own video project to an adoring crowd. Another star presenter who made sure to be seen: Marilyn Manson, who showed up his bloody paintings and his new post-Evan Rachel Wood girlfriend.
[Photo: Daily Mail UK]
OMG! Art Basel started yesterday but there aren't any missed connections for it yet? Let's face it, you can admire the W Models but you aren't going to be painting beautiful pictures with them this weekend. There's always this sad sack, in case you like works in progress.
Twist Bar: This South Beach institution has something for everyone in its seven bars, though it's dangerous for scarves. 1057 Washington Ave.
BT's: Put on your best bustier because you'll be competing with the strippers for attention. 5922 S Dixie Hwy.
· W Models in Hummer Golf Carts Will Be Asking "What's Your Wish?" [HC]
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· Missed Connections coverage [Jaunted]
Recession or not, the art world soldiers on! Art Basel Miami Beach officially opens Thursday but the so-called satellite events are already underway in Wynwood and the rest of Miami.
There are about a billion suggestions for what's happening and where you should be, but if we were flying to South Beach tonight, we'd be plotting our course to Olaf Breuning’s Sand Sculpture in front of the Sagamore Hotel. It's like a sand castle... only art!
· Art Basel Miami Beach: Olaf Breuning’s Sand Sculpture [The Moment]
· The Art Basel Side Scene [Miami Herald]
· Twenty-One Cranky Ways of Looking at Art Basel Miami Beach [Artinfo]
· Art Basel Miami Kicks Off Cautiously, Optimistically [NYM]
· Art Basel Miami Beach 2008 Preview [Cool Hunting]
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[Photo: Sagamore Hotel]
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Just because there's a global financial meltdown on doesn't mean Art Basel Miami Beach is going to be any less faaah-bulous this year. And while the event technically runs December 4-7, pre- and post-festival fun means you might as well spend the first third of the month in South Florida. Fortunately, finding a decent place to eat is now easy, thanks to the newly-launched Thrillist guide to Miami.
Editor Bill Kearney rounded up five of the city's best new spots for us, from the ultra-trendy to the retro-casual, so no matter which art dealer you're entertaining--or trying to get a job with--you'll know where to go.
All the details are after the jump, and as for tracking down the spots? It's as easy as consulting our Thrillist Guide to Miami Restaurants map mashup.
The biggest travel story of the week--besides the Battle for JFK, of course--is Art Basel Miami Beach. We haven't been too concerned with it because our big sis site HotelChatter has the coverage locked down. (That's what happens when all the good parties are at hotels.)
But even if you don't care for scenestery Miami hotel news, there's plenty of other lodging happenings to keep up on, like a deal on a stay at Google Island and hotel bathroom fantasies. (Sounds racy, no?)
· Art Basel Miami Beach coverage [HotelChatter]
· Reader Deals: Want to Stay on Google Island? [HotelChatter]
· Cubicle Dreamin': Bathroom Fantasies Edition [HotelChatter]
· The Cove Atlantis Has a Killer View [HotelChatter]
· Heathrow's Yotel Is Opening Tomorrow [HotelChatter]
The phrase "most important art show in the United States," when placed next to "Miami Beach", makes us uncomfortable, because Miami is the city that brought us The Birdcage, Miami Sound Machine and Perez Hilton. But from December 6-9, Miami switches from sweltering to sophisticated, playing host to Art Basel Miami Beach, arguably the country's most noteworthy art fair.
Now in its 6th year, Art Basel Miami Beach has added an additional 18 satellite shows to its roster. In addition to events taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the fair's newest additions have elbowed into Art Basel's already jam-packed list of events. Depending upon your area of interest in the arts, the fair doesn't need to be so overwhelming. We've broken down a few of the newest additions that are worth checking out.
Like pretty much everything else in the city, Art Basel Miami Beach is loud, proud, overpriced and decked out in white. Still, it's one of the top parties on the international art circuit. If you are a jet-setter or just want to play one for a weekend, there's no place else you should be December 6 to 9.
An extension of the celebrated Art Basel show in Switzerland, the Miami Beach version inundates 200 galleries with the work of 2,000 artists and the attitudes of countless more buyers and hangers-on. Snatching up the hottest stuff from the bleeding edge of contemporary art is important but so too is hanging around eating canapes. (Or not eating canapes, depending on whether you have a modeling contract.)
One of the best venues is "Art Positions", a collection of shipping containers set up as galleries right next to the beach. New York's PS1 is organizing the DJs, films will play under the stars and on the eve of the event, December 5, a rollicking concert will kick things off.