How to Art Basel: Ten Tips for Navigating Miami Art Week From Local Experts

Ian Witlen
Crowds? Traffic? Must be Basel.
So you think you can Basel? Think again. In the annual arts mayhem that erupts across Miami at this time each year, there's no way to avoid mishaps. You're going to get stuck in traffic. You're going to forget to RSVP for that Vernissage. You're going to drink too much and go home with a Lady Gaga look-alike. It happens.

That being said, there are ways to lessen your chances of falling into Art Basel's most common traps. So we asked ten local arts experts for their advice.

See also: The Ten People You Meet at Art Basel

Antonia Wright, artist
"My favorite thing to do during Basel is to check out the lectures. When you are tired, I recommend grabbing a colada and heading to one of the talks at the Convention Center. I saw Bill Viola speak last year and it knocked my socks off."

Galena Mosovich, local arts writer
"Focus on the art, even if you don't think you understand it. You will one day. It's likely to hit you when you least expect it. See as much as you can and avoid the parties that lack substance."

Myra Wexler, artist
"Make a plan for each day, mapping out the different areas of Miami and what you want to see. Break it down to doable chunks.

"That said, it's impossible to get it all in. Do your research and pick your battles. Start out early. Take public transportation, whenever possible. Traffic and parking will be unbearable....Most of all I wish us all GOOD LUCK in accomplishing or goals during this madness."

Pamela Wasabi, fashion photographer and writer
"If there's one thing every Art Basel sucker needs to experience, it's to get lost! Yes, to let loose of your lover's hand, or group. To turn off your phone, or [maybe] it suddenly ran out of battery accidentally. To jump in the wrong shuttle taking you to an unknown art fair. To buy a ticket alone and enter an unexpected fair or party. To catch yourself staring at a wall for five minutes without moving, blinking or talking. To talk to a stranger famous in their town but unrecognized in our city.To experience, at least for a quick hour, art, culture, and Miami with your very own instincts."

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174 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL

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Michelle Lopez
Michelle Lopez

I agree with pamela wasabi. That's my absolute fave thing to do.

Mark Erdman
Mark Erdman

some of these are alright advice, Will Thomas but the biggest advice is a glass of wine is like 12 bucks inside, so bring a flask

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