Art Basel 2016: Prism’s Guide to the Guides

November 28, 2016admin

The easiest response to the question: “What’re you doing for Basel?” is to forward RSVP links or direct friends to your favorite guides. But the links pile up and the stress doesn’t get better. Well, we’ve gone ahead and gathered our favorite guides, broken them down, and curated them based on what you’re looking to get into. No need to get overwhelmed, we got you covered. Take a look at the guides and our top picks for events you actually can get into, and you can read it all in one sitting:

For the Art Snob:


Aside from bringing the dope visuals on the daily, Artsy has used its extensive knowledge and gathered it all under one roof. For those of us still looking to celebrate art during Basel, this one takes the best gallery exhibitions, art fairs, and installations and breaks them down because efficiency.

Spotlights: Hernan Bas at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, showing “Tropical Depression” and Bas’ angsty, vibrant canvases from November 29th – January 6th. “Modern Dutch Design” at The Wolfsonian-FIU featuring a colorful fresco on the exterior of the historical landmark showing from November 18th – June 11th. And Naama Tsabar at Spinello Projects makes her Miami solo debut with felt works, canvases, and sculptural installations from November 23rd – January 14th.

For the Locals:


Powerful champions for raising the quality of life for locals, The New Tropic has not only aggregated a well-rounded list of things to do and works to see this week, but they’ve taken the time to break all of that content down by day, so you don’t have to set your plans in stone. Their goods range all across the city, so you can even keep it to your neighborhood.

Spotlights: Tuesday’s YoungArts opening reception, featuring the “When We Were Young” exhibit and a site-specific installation called “Roots” by José Parla. Wednesday’s reveal of Bass Art Museum’s Miami Mountain, an art exhibit in Collins Park, followed by a reception at the Miami Beach Regional Library. And the opening Reception of Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya, Phase II, a series of site-specific art pieces and performances set in various rooms throughout the museum.

For the Ragers:

Of all the culture sources in the city (ourselves included), Miami New Times consistently knows how to party. Like, for real. Year after year, their Art Basel guide is a monstrous collection of jams, ragers, and getdowns that would make any tourist feel like they’re getting what they want out of this crazy city we call home. One thing’s for sure, Basel 2016 is throwing it down and they know what to do.

Spotlights: The Fourth Annual III Points Art Basel Concert Series featuring performances by big names like Chet Faker, Mount Kimbie, Young Thug. And Red Bull Music Academy Presents: 12 Hours of NAAFI, with LAO, Imaabs, and more, an unbelievable and free musical odyssey.

For the Indecisive:


PAPER Mag’s Art Basel Miami Beach Guide is so “mega”, it couldn’t fit into one part; so they made seven. That’s right, seven guides geared specifically toward breaking down nearly every satellite fair, can’t-miss unveiling, and must-see exhibit actually housed at the original convention center. This one’s a doozy so we suggest you grab a coffee and start with Part 1.

Spotlights: Design Miami — “the global forum for design” satellite fair from from November 30 thru December 4. The Life & Death party returning for a fifth year with Ame, Young Marco, Prins Thomas, HVOB and many more on Thursday, December 1st. And The Rubell Family Collection‘s trifecta of exhibitions in the heart of Wynwood running all week long.

For the Wanderer:


The Miami Herald knows that Miami Art Week isn’t just about Art Basel, it’s the satellite fairs, and their all-encompassing collections that have risen to the same level of the household name. Spending a whole day under the Art Basel roof is awe-inspiring, but hopping from fair to fair is where it’s at. They’ve explained the shift over the years and which satellite fairs you don’t want FOMO over. They even have a helpful map!

Spotlights: Superfine! The Fairest Fair returns to Miami after a rousing success last year, one of the funnest pop-ups all week from December 1st – 4th. Context Art Miami has been around for a while and it’s O.G. status means you can’t go wrong from November 30th – December 4th. NADA Art fair gathers the scene’s newest dealers and shows us what they got from December 1st – 4th.