Many visitors expected this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach (ABS) to be even bigger. But with a smaller footprint, high-profile artwork, and a new guest program, which encompasses gala, power lunch, poolside cocktail party, gala dinner, and “Sneak Party,” the world’s largest art fair held in South Beach, seemed primed to bring it all. This year, the four-day fair, which was first held in 2006, attracted 76,000 visitors, generating an estimated $344 million for the economy.
This year, 21 galleries from around the world exhibited in a 40,000 square foot space. It is smaller than last year’s 38,000 square foot fair, but its exhibitors include Norman Rockwell Artworks, selected by master artist Keith Haring. All galleries except at the downtown Arte Factory, Miami, will display work by Latino artists. Representatives from 850 artists were also called in to participate in the fair’s “artist survey.”
Being a prominent and historic center of cultural activity (Antonin Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Wynwood Art District, and Museum of Arts & Design), South Beach is an ideal location for the art fair, taking the lead of other major art festivals such as Art Basel Basel, Documenta 16, Dada + Versailles, NADA, and Frieze Art Fair Miami Beach.
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