Held annually, Art Basel stages the world’s premier Modern and contemporary art shows in Miami Beach, attracting thousands of visitors to the buzzing city every year. Since its beginning, the event has provided a platform for fostering dynamic relationships between art galleries, artists, private collectors, and public institutions, and now attracts anyone and everyone invested in promoting the visual arts. William Pierce, an avid art enthusiast and connoisseur, has involved himself in the prestigious event in the past, most recently attending last year’s Alexander Mijares Art Basel exhibit at W South Beach Hotel & Residences.
The W South Beach hosted Art Basel’s 2011 Opening Ceremony and features various notable pieces from acclaimed artists such as Andy Warhol, George Condo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christopher Wool, and Damien Hirst. Situated in the heart of Miami Beach along famed Collins Ave, The W South Beach is at the epicenter of Art Basel, making it the perfect spot to enjoy some of the event’s most eminent shows.
From Fairchild to Wynwood, the Design District, MiMo, Brickell, Downtown, Midtown, North Beach and South Beach, all of Miami-Dade is ready to host inarguably the largest convergence of people from the international art world to descend upon a single locale for the entire year. Perhaps the biggest buzz of the week is the long-awaited Pérez Art Museum Miami opening, just minutes from the W South Beach. After endless fund-raising, excitement and hard-hat tours, VIPs are finally invited to a preview of exhibits on Tuesday, Dec. 3, before the museum opens to the Basel-going public the following day.
Other noteworthy shows for the socially-inclined include Art Miami’s VIP preview on December 3rd, Michy’s Miami Beach Pop Up and Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein launching the week of December 2nd, and Aby Rosen’s highly-exclusive dinner at the W itself.
Also, check out “The Iconic Archive” Costume Exhibition- a unique collection that explores fashion as art and celebrates the interconnected roles of fashion visionaries as artists- or the Caleidoscoop Celebration Party- a 12,000 square-foot garden of murals from Dutch artists and the biggest names in street art- for your fix of quirky and trending contemporary art.
Finally, don’t miss the Premiere Perez Art Museum Miami Gala (PAMM), the museum’s biggest event of the year as they commemorate the opening of the new Herzog & de Mueron-designed building. More than 700 of the art world’s VIPs are expected to attend what is expected to be one of the highlights of the season, including top collectors, gallerists, artists and celebrities.
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Now for your enjoyment, more unbelievable artwork featured at Art Basel: