The Event of the Year Returns — Art Basel Miami Beach

The highly anticipated Art Basel has come to Miami Beach to showcase its prestigious 2010 international art collection to South Florida. The beginning of December is an exciting time for Miami Beach, for it hosts the region’s most exciting cultural event of the year: the largest art fair in the United States. Lovers of art have come together every year since its debut in 2002 to participate in the festivities that Art Basel has to offer. From art galleries to exhibits, parties with international music, featured films, architecture and design displays, there is so much to discover.

This year’s Art Basel has an exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, which will exhibit both 20th and 21st century works of art. Over 2,000 artists have the opportunity to have their art displayed in Miami Beach this week. Known artists and newcomers alike will have their work on display attracting the attention of the entire international art community.

Robert Goodman, Florida Representative for Art Basel, said “In addition to the fabulous art that is being shipped in by galleries from all over the world, we anticipate more than a 100 museums from across America to be represented by their Boards during Art Basel Miami Beach.” He continued with, “We already know that there are many celebrities that will be present at this year’s event, Actors Ben Stiller and Sean Penn, along with Julian Lennon and Lance Armstrong, to name a few.”

The popularity and size of Art Basel Miami Beach, stretching from South Beach to the Design District, has come to rival its sister event in Switzerland. Each year, Miami Beach hosts and welcomes art collectors, artists, curators, critics, spectators and art enthusiasts from around the world to marvel at the endless beauty that our city and the exhibits have to offer.

It’s been hard to miss the pink snails that have sprung up throughout Miami, they are an exciting reminder that Art Basel is near. The pink snail art project by Cracking Art Group has caught the attention of residents and visitors alike. They were formally introduced at the Art Deco Welcome Center, located on Collins and 10th Street, on November 19th and will slowly make their way to Collins Park in front of the Bass Museum before January 3rd.

The Convention Center will be open to the public for the expositions on Thursday, December 2nd until Sunday, December 5th from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday until 6 p.m. Spectators are invited to visit all of the exhibition sites, galleries and art studios located in the Art Deco area, Design District Wynwood, and Downtown Miami.

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