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HAPPENINGText: Ilaria Ventriglia

First edition for the American offspring of Art Basel. Art Miami, lively and colourful, has little of the airs of its mountain relative in Switzerland. Ilaria Ventriglia paid a visit for us.

Miami Beach Convention Center. Courtesy Art Basel Miami Beach

The fastly multiplying number of fairs leads us to believe that it is something of a winning formula. It is of little relevance whereabouts in the world it takes place, whether it is art or design, crafts or food, the mechanics are the same. Strong communication, an opening party for “selected” guests, white spaces, lots of people ranging from trade operaters to Sunday visitors and you’ve got the show on the road.

“Art Positions”, container at Collins Park. Courtesy Art Basel Miami Beach

This year Art Basel/Miami Beach (5th – 8th December 2002) was something new. After no less than two years of preparation – the last edition was cancelled as a result of the unhappy September events in America – here we have the child of Art Basel. The Swiss art fair which is held in June with 33 editions under its belt, has become big enough to be repeated with a winter edition.

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