Having done the aforementioned research as well as having attended Art Basel Miami Beach, I am now a total expert…or maybe just someone with a few more pearls of wisdom than they had before they went. In any event, I thought I’d share said pearls here for those who plan to go in the future!
1.Make a Game Plan – Despite being at Art Basel for three full days, I barely scratched the surface. I only made it to two of the many fairs – Art Basel itself, and SCOPE Miami. This was partially due to work obligations and ability to get tickets, but also because of the overwhelming amount to see and do, and the sheer physical size of the event. Read up in advance, find out the must-sees, and do your best to see them!
2. Grab a Map – Like I said, the fair is HUGE. 297 Galleries in one space is no joke. It’s easy to get lost, lose who you came with, or forget how to get back to that awesome piece you saw an hour ago. Grab a site map and a pen for help, if your memory and sense of direction is anything like mine.
3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Celebrities: Art Basel is celeb-spotting heaven. While I seem to have missed them all, Sylvester Stallone, Lenny Kravitz, and Adrien Brody all were showing their works at this year’s fair, and Leonardo DiCaprio, Katie Holmes, and Kylie Jenner were in attendance, just to name a few.
4. Bring a Snack and Stay Hydrated: A true survival tip. The champagne was ubiquitous and started early, but the food was hard to find. To last the day, throw a granola bar and a water in your bag.
5. Wear Comfortable Shoes: This is a tough one, because you want to look cute at Basel. But if you’re going to be able to walk the massive expanses of incredible art, you’re going to need to sacrifice those major heels. The best thing I did was bring a pair of flats in my bag, after I learned my lesson the hard way.
6. Enjoy the experience: There’s a lot of hype about Art Basel, sometimes around the silly, superficial stuff. But at the end of the day, you’re getting to see some of the most renowned, inspiring, and incredible works of art from all over the world under one roof.