Art Basel Miami Beach

December 8, 2012

Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints), 1972.

Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints), 1972.

by Jane Simon
via art agenda

Much can be—and, of course, has been—said about the role of Art Basel in the global art market. It’s a fair, after all, that can turn certain “peripheral” cities into cultural centers. What was Basel, what was Miami, before the advent of the art fair? In particular, Art Basel laid down the blueprint for turning a beach town for retirees into a world-class city replete with sophisticated art venues. Surely during a few concentrated days, checkbooks are flung open as widely as the doors to some of the city’s venerable collections. Yet scores of art viewers attend the fairnot to buy art, but to see things they rarely have the chance to experience otherwise, and even to be inspired.
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