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Art Basel Miami: A first-timer's guidebook

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A looker-and-maybe-collector guide to that great big art happening by the beach


"WANNA stay at my apartment and do Art Basel Miami"?  ME: "Does a chicken have hard lips?  CALL ME LATE to the party: my first-ever pilgrimage to this seaside artfest with decidedly "Suisse" cachet comes more than 6 years after the birth of this blog. What's my excuse?

First, I live smack dab in the Chelsea gallery district of New York City, so there's art a bagel's throw from my door (this has got to make up for living in the smallest studio in the country). Second, a full palette of art fairs: Frieze, Armory Show, Untitled, Pulse, NADA, Volta, Scope, ADAA, Collective, WANTED, Independent, Spring Break, Affordable, Art On Paper, Outsider, even Documenta - did I miss anyone? - pass through the city each year, some a whole bike ride away...


But Art Basel Miami - technically, Miami Beach, but for the snowbound, that's a tautology - is something else: a big chunk of t…