Art Basel Survival Guide & Interactive Hot Spot Map

Art Basel Miami Survival Guide with Interactive Gallery and Hot Spot Map

Are you ready? No seriously, are you ready? Because it’s going to be bananas from December 7th – 10th!  And guess what, I can’t wait! While the Art Basel madness is frustrating at times, it’s also very exciting! Art Basel makes for the perfect people watching and if you’re lucky celebrity spotting. If you see Ryan Gosling give him my number.

Below is a survival guide and an interactive map to help you get started in preparations. The map includes details for the events and opening hours. You can save this map on your phone and all of the spots will be saved for you to take along with you.

Hey guys you’re welcome! Please send bottles of champagne as a thank you 😉

Oh, and you likey my artsy photo above? #artsyfartsy

Art Basel Public Opening

When people talk about Art Basel, they aren’t talking about Lynwood. The official Art Basel is that the Miami Beach Convention Center. This year’s show brings together 268 leading galleries from 32 countries across the globe.  Access: Art Basel VIP card or purchased ticket – buy your ticket online here

This event has multiple ticket packages, check out the Art Basel site for more.


Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3pm to 8pm
Friday, December 8, 2017, 12 noon to 8pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12 noon to 8pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12 noon to 6pm

Miami Beach Convention Center
1900 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach 33139


Swizz Beatz, a hip hop recording artist and music producer who also collects art, brought an idea he was already working on that in the last year has become a platform called No Commission.  Each piece of art is hand picked especially for The Dean Collection X Bacardi No Commission Art Fair. The liquor company, a longtime supporter of the arts, is also sponsoring a VIP-only three night-concert series alongside the exhibit.
This event is free to attend.
SOHO Studios
2136 NW 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33127

Gran Centenario x Kelsey Montague

Known for her viral angel wings mural pieces, artist Kelsey Montague partners up with Gran Centenario Tequila to showcase a white and gold angel wings mural, which will be auctioned off for proceeds to benefit Mexican Relief charities. Encouraging guests to join the movement, Nautilus South Beach will display her wings at the Nautilus Lobby, and another set at the Art Basel tent, for guests to take photos and post on social media during Art Basel. For every picture posted to the hashtag, Gran Centenario will donate $10 to charity to benefit families and victims of the earthquake in Mexico City.
Inside scoop? The expected celebrity guest is Eva Longoria.
This event is free to attend.
Nautilus South Beach 
1825 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

White Cube Pop-Up Exhibition

White Cube presents an off-site project by Ibrahim Mahama, one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Ghana in recent years. Known for his large-scale installations incorporating jute sacks previously used to transport cocoa beans and charcoal, which are stitched together and draped over architectural structures, the project will feature Non-Orientable Nkansa, a towering sculpture comprised of hundreds of ‘shoemaker boxes’.
This event is free to attend.
Open from December 5 – December 10

Miami Design District
3802 NE 1st Avenue, #109
Miami Design District, FL  33137

 “The Circle of Land and Sky” Phillip K. Smith III 

Phillip K. Smith III’s piece defines a reflective space within the beach environment, composed entirely of two most prominent elements: water and sky. Formed by 300 geometric reflectors angled at 110 degrees, the artwork directly engages with the ocean surrounding and the endless heavens. As the light shifts and the viewer moves through the installation, land, water and sky are separated, merged, and displaced, subverting one’s assumed relationship with the horizon. It is a constantly changing installation that can never be seen the same way twice.
The event is free to attend.
3201 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Spectrum Miami

Discover Spectrum Miami—a juried, contemporary art show in the heart of Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District, December 6–10, 2017, featuring an international slate of artists and galleries. It’s where contemporary meets extraordinary. Join us for a five-day fine art experience, featuring Art Labs, Art Talks, Meet the Artist sessions, music, entertainment, and other special events.

Click here for tickets.

1700 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33130

Peter Tunney Debuts: Excerpts from the Taj Mahal (The Truth Always Happens)

In his new show, titled Excerpts from the Taj Mahal (The Truth Always Happens), artist Peter Tunney acts as critic and entertainer mining 1990s American culture. Atlantic City’s now defunct Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino, once a monument of excess is now being dismantled piece by piece and loaded into dumpsters. It has become a symbol of the fragile and ever changing ‘American Dream’. The Taj Mahal, which shut its doors in late 2016, serves as both inspiration and physical medium for Tunney’s upcoming exhibit.

 The Peter Tunney Experience
220 NW 26th Street
Miami, Florida 33127


Art Basel Miami Survival Guide with Interactive Gallery and Hot Spot Map


Take a load off your feet at DOA. Check out their happy hour which is available 7 days a week from 6 PM – 8 PM,  featuring $7 cocktails such as the Asian Mule, $5 beers, $7 wine, and $10 Moët & Chandon champagne and SOTO Sake. Their delicious signature bites are priced at $5! Which includes some of my favs like Crispy Squid with sansho pepper, fresno chili, cilantro and lime, and DÔA Chicken Wings with chili garlic, lime, cilantro, mint and peanuts. YUMMM!

2000 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33131
+1 305-587-2000

SAVE THE DATE: Museum of Ice Cream

The Museum of my favorite food group is coming to Miami!!! All things ICE CREAM will be coming to 3400 Collins Avenue, the four-story building designed by OMA in the Faena District.  Featuring, amongst other things, pools filled with sprinkles (yay!), giant ice cream statues, interactive ice cream art exhibits and plenty of sugary tastings throughout the space.


  • COMFY SHOES: If you are starting early I suggest wearing cute sneakers to keep your feet cozy. I PROMISE YOU – there will be tons of walking especially because the traffic will be SO BAD you’d rather walk than pull your hair out in your Uber.
  • Lip Gloss: It’s SO SO SO dry in art galleries and I’m not sure why. But it always is. Can someone explain this to me?
  • Sunglasses: It helps deter shady people. And they make you look cool.
  • Self Tanner: This is for you snowbirds so you don’t offend me with your pale skin.
  • Tied in Love Scarf: A perfect accessory for Art Basel!

Did I miss any spots?  Share your Art Basel Miami must-see hot spots in the comments below.






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