Just a Hint of Basel

wynwood walls!
Photos: Manny Hernandez

Black-rimmed glasses? Check. Black dress by independent designer? Check. Lanky, artsy boyfriend? Check.

You’re ready to conquer Art Basel. All you need is our curated list of who, what, and where.


ebony bones!Begin with breakfast (and local art) at Gallery Diet or Kevin Bruk Gallery. While in the neighborhood, see developer Tony Goldman’s latest initiative to paint the town: street art murals dubbed Wynwood Walls (Northwest 25th Street, at Northwest Second Avenue). Between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., watch AmericanAirlines Arena’s outdoor video exhibit, a film of homegrown talent like Bert Rodriguez, TM Sisters, and Luis Gispert. End opening night with an outdoor concert by Ebony Bones, the UK’s answer to Lady GaGa, from 10 p.m. to midnight at Collins Park (2200 Collins Avenue).

Looking to buy? Nonprofit Bakehouse Art Complex gathers more than 70 working artists in 33,000 square feet. Get some air at World Gardens, an interactive installation by landscape architect Harry Nelson at Midtown’s Art Park (36th Street, at Midtown Boulevard). At night, bribe your way into Art Asia’s private soiree at architect Chad Oppenheim’s house (complete with a first look at Yi Zhou’s film The Ear, starring Pharrell Williams).

photo miami!Friday
The Design District is known for its art studios, but all you see are throw pillows. Take a guided tour of resident artists’ work spaces at 10:30 a.m., starting at Locust Projects. A few blocks north, infamous photographer David LaChapelle displays new works at Wolfgang Roth & Partners Fine Art gallery. For celeb sightings: Beg an invite to the private Photo Miami fundraiser (hosted by Usher) at Viceroy. At 10:30 p.m., NY transplant Fountain Art Fair boasts a live show by G.Love (no word on the Special Sauce). And at 11 p.m., W South Beach hosts We Rock the Arts, a poolside bash with performances by Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Jesse Yusef Murphy (Brazilian Girls).

the box!See Scope’s newest addition, Covent Garden, a marketplace with fashion, goods (books, records), and projects (tattoo design by local talent Santiago Rubino), curated by Miami’s own Karelle Levy. Stop by The Webster for a first look at artist Jeff Koons’s line of watches for Ikepod. Get tipsy and hit The Box. NYC’s risque burlesque show migrates to Nikki Beach with aerialist acrobats and anatomically, um, innovative acts.

botanic garden!Sunday
Nurse that hangover with fresh air at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, where you can see avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama’s garden exhibit. Conclude your Basel frazzle at an alternative fair like O.H.W.O.W.’s It Ain’t Fair, an offbeat display of 30 international artists.

Burgeoning ecosensitive aesthetic? Check.

Photos: Manny Hernandez; Lionel Bonadventure / Getty Images; Sean Higgins, Raga Jog, 2009, Courtesy of the Artist and Collette Blanchard Gallery; Courtesy of The Box; Benjamin Thacker