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Master Miami During Art Basel: An Insiders’ Guide to the City

Art all day and parties all night is all well and good. But you still need to eat. And chill out in nature. And exercise. And maybe drink and shop.

With that in mind, two of Miami’s art world (and Art Basel) insiders shared some of their favorite addresses with me. Multi-disciplinary artist Carlos Betancourt catapulted the Miami art scene in a progressive new direction since arriving to the city in the 1980s as one of the first artists in Wynwood when that scene was just starting. Unconventional Argentine curator Ximena Caminos is the former artistic director and chair of Faena Art and partner and CCO of the Faena Group. She has recently been appointed Artistic Visionary Planner for the Underline in Miami, the largest public art project in the U.S.

Here are their curated lists.

From Ximena Caminos:

Find inspiration at the beach. She says, “One of the best things of Miami is its connection to nature. The beach is where I go to think. I often take long walks on the boardwalk and use this time to reflect while taking in Miami’s endless skies.”

Shop at Upper Buena Vista and the Citadel.

Discover up-and-coming local artists. “Miami is full of incredible artists who are enriching the local art scene all year long.” Her favorite places to find them are Fountainhead Residency, the Bakehouse Art Complex and Nina Johnson’s gallery.

Eat at Boia De in the historic Buena Vista neighborhood of Miami Beach for “delicious real food” and a staff that “make you feel at home.” Other restaurant picks: Blue Ribbon, Mandolin Aegean Bistro and Pao by Paul Qui.

Sip cocktails at Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami.

From Carlos Betancourt:

Sip a mezcal cocktail at Sugar, the rooftop bar at East, Miami, because their bartender has made some unique creations and there’s a great view.

Browse the second-hand shops at Flamingo Plaza in Hialeah, which are refreshingly free of trends.

Duck out of the fair on a weekday to kayak on Biscayne Bay. He says it’s worth it because of the “colors of the sky and the sea in Miami. The tones and shades of blue are infinite. I have been jogging here for more than 30 years, and there’s an immediate connection with nature, land and sea. I receive many ideas while at the boardwalk.”

Eat at the food counter at Tropical Supermarket or the food hall at Citadel in Little River. Have take-out from Joe Stone Crab, or sample Cuban “fritas” at El Rey de Las Fritas in Little Havana.

Finally, see their collaboration for Art Basel. Yesterday, the hotel East, Miami debuted its inaugural art program “On the Edge: The Hopeful Forest,” an installation by Betancourt that was curated by Caminos.  The installation takes inspiration from the city and explores what it means to live in an urban environment. It features totems made from repurposed, abandoned objects found in the surrounding downtown community.

 

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