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Art Basel – Miami Beach 2014

Each week, NewsWhistle contributor Norah Lawlor compiles a list of trendsetting and newsworthy items from around the globe.

This week, Norah takes us to Miami, Florida, and selects five top Art Basel experiences for travelers, foodies and art aficionados.


Art Basel Miami Beach returns this year with 267 galleries from 31 countries across a variety of sections. Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has grown to be one of the biggest driving forces in the creative industry, and has been described as the ‘Olympics of the Art World’. Art Basel highlights work of approximately 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars, to the 50,000 attendees the fair typically draws. The show’s individual sectors represent every artistic medium: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. Each day offers a full program of events, including symposiums, films, and artist talks.

We have put together a last minute guide to the best of what to see, where to stay and where to dine at Art Basel 2014 Miami Beach.

This year’s fair runs from December 4 through 7 with a VIP day on December 3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.


1. Visit White Cube Gallery’s Booth at the Miami Beach Convention Center

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White Cube is one of the leading galleries at Art Basel Miami Beach which will showcase and sell its works in the main Galleries section, alongside other big names like Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Sadie Coles, and David Zwirner. White Cube will be offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers.

The fair’s 13th edition introduces a new section, Survey, which will be dedicated to “precise art-historical projects”. It joins the main galleries section as well as Kabinett (curated “interventions” within the booths), a film section, Nova (younger galleries showing up to three artists), Positions (solo presentations) and Edition (prints and limited-edition works).

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2. Dine at Casa Tua


Casa Tua, a five-room boutique hotel in a Spanish-style mansion, is a peaceful respite from Miami Beach’s dizzying energy. Owned by Miami’s Grenedene family, the property echoes London’s Soho House and LA’s Ivy Restaurant.

The hotel is also home to an excellent eatery, offering Northern Italian cuisine, fine wine and exquisite art in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Stepping inside Casa Tua makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a Mediterranean villa or beach house. The main dining has painted painted-white furnishings and photographs by Helmut Newton. The menu draws from Naples and Piedmont for inspiration. Whether it’s feeling cozy in the library, taking in the atmosphere of the 20-seat Chef Table in view of all the kitchen action, or peering out at the lantern-lit trees in the lush garden, Casa Tua offers unforgettable moments. During Art Basel it’s the place to eat, but be warned — as the favored home of art buyers and top collectors, it can be difficult to get a secure a reservation. 

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3. Stay at the Riviera Hotel South Beach


Blending classic sophistication and contemporary chic, the Riviera South Beach hotel is a stylish place to stay and highly convenient for Art Basel attendees – located just steps away from the Convention Center. It’s also close to the famed Collins Avenue – where you can find the beach, boutiques, restaurants and nightlife.

The Miami Beach 1940s classic jewel is now transformed into a boutique hideaway for jetsetters and trendsetters alike. The one-bedroom suites are outfitted in modern baroque décor and there’s plenty of perks like complimentary cocktails and continental breakfast.

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4. Attend the Art Basel Miami Beach Kick–off Party and Photo Exhibition Hosted by Dujour Magazine’s Jason Binn


Dujour Magazine’s founder Jason Binn is co-hosting an event for Swiss watch manufacturer IWC on Wednesday, December 3rd, to celebrate the kick-off of Art Basel 2014 and display a photo exhibition called ‘Timeless Portofino’ – an exhibition of photos by renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh to celebrate the company’s new watch collection. IWC CEO George Kern will also co-host the glamorous event.

Held at W South Beach, the shot models and actors in the campaign include Emily Blunt, Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima, who are expected to attend the event as guests of honor. Cocktails and canapés will be served.

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5. Learn more about the international art world at the Art Basel Conversations and Salon 2014 talks program

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Featuring artists, museum directors, collectors, and curators, Art Basel’s series of talks in Miami Beach will offer intimate dialogs between prominent members of the international art world. The talk series highlights important issues by bringing together influential art world personalities, like legendary American sculptor and visual artist Lynda Benglis, and Yugoslavian artist based in New York, Marina Abramovic.

The potential of digital platforms – both as an artistic medium and as a market place – will be discussed in several panels across the week. On Friday, December 5, Chrissie Iles, curator at the Whitney Museum, New York will lead a talk with David Gryn, curator of Art Basel’s Film sector and artists Tabor Robak and Rachel Rose, looking at artists as digital revolutionaries. Salon will also feature a discussion focused on ‘Instagram as an Artistic Medium’ with Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator-at-Large at Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Art Basel’s talks program takes place in Hall C auditorium of the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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Norah Lawlor is a New York based global trend and travel observer in addition to being the founder and owner of Public Relations strategy firm Lawlor Media Group.


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