This is the week when thousands of artists, collectors, critics, gallerists and assorted celebrities and hangers-on make their annual pilgrimage to Florida for the art fair known as Art Basel Miami Beach — a tip of the hat to the mother ship in Switzerland.
The eye-boggling array of gallery booths on the mainstage is only the beginning. In addition to the satellite fairs that have proliferated around the city, attendees will visit museums, private collections, public art displays, lectures and, of course, parties.
No one can see it all. ArtsCriticATL is here to help. My colleague Rebecca Dimling Cochran and I are off to Art Basel on Tuesday morning. We hope to get a jump on things before the fair officially opens to the public on Thursday, and we’ll report back on what we find. For those of you who are going, we hope to help you plan your trip. For those of you who aren’t, we hope to give you a taste of the action.
We don’t want to do this alone, either. If you are there and want to share your own observations, please use the comments section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll try to post as many of them as I can.