Nick Hackworth

The artists bringing the heat to Art Basel Miami

Essays & Reviews Dazed

Miami takes centre-stage showcasing everything from reimagined pop art to alien-like installations from up-coming fine artists

It’s one of the human world’s most colourful, modern day, micro-migrations. In the first week of December of every year, the art world descends on Miami Beach for Art Basel Miami Beach and the dizzying range of young, wannabe rival fairs that have sprouted up in its shadow. From discreet European billionaires looking out of place amidst the Latino bling, to desperate crowds trying to force entry into exclusive art parties, to the variety of art installations and performances dotted along the ocean front, the spectacle of the art world temporarily grafted onto the hot mess that is Miami Beach is a truly thing to behold. Buried underneath all that wealth, naked ambition and partying, is the thing-in-itself – the art. Dazed previews the best new art that’s being shown at the best fairs – NADA at The Fontainebleau hotel and Untitled, operating from a vast tent-cum-hanger right on the beach as well as Art Basel Miami Beach itself.