Next week, the art world will once again take over sunny South Florida. From December 6 to 9 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Basel, one of the largest art fairs in the United States, will host 268 galleries displaying more than 4,000 works from modern and contemporary artists. Here’s what to expect, along with some tips on how to curate your own collection:
Someone Who Inspired Us
Iconic feminist artist Judy Chicago (best known for her 1979 installation The Dinner Party) will be the subject of an exhibition at ICA Miami during Art Basel. The show will feature six of landmark works, as well as “A Purple Poem for Miami,” an atmospheric piece using colored smoke and fireworks.
Add It to Your Wishlist
Not sure what to get the art collector in your life? Vanity Fair recommends these Art Basel-inspired gifts, including a Versace scarf, Comme des Garçons x Jean-Michel Basquiat shirt and our favorite item — New York designer Lisa Perry’s pop-art placemats.
Check It Out
In addition to Art Basel, there are plenty of other galleries and exhibitions to visit. Offering their personal picks are Cecilia Alemani, chief curator of High Line Art and artistic director of Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires 2018; Simon Castets, director of the Swiss Institute in New York City and an independent curator and writer; Orit Gat, writer, editor at art-agenda, and contributing editor of The White Review; and Ricardo Porrero, founder and editor in chief of Código magazine and founder and director of Gallery Weekend CDMX.
Know Your Stuff
Thanks to events like Art Basel, the art world is more accessible than ever. But how do you discover your own taste in art? Artsy outlines five key points, including: “Be Patient,” “Study Up,” and “Use Your Eyes, Not Your Ears.”