Art Basel

A blogger's guide to Art Basel

Have you noticed the increasingly pungent smell of French perfume in the Miami breeze? The sudden proliferation of scarves and Bauhaus eyewear? Yes, Art Basel Week is underway. With art world jet-setters converging on Miami like a volley of exquisitely tailored arrows, there is more action coming our way than in a Bruce Willis movie co-starring Jackie Chan. For those of you still hammering out your ABMB plans, the following links may help out.

Top Ten (Out Of 10,000) Things To Do

Planning your attack during the onslaught of Art Basel Miami Beach requires military-style logistical planning. There are events upon events upon events, some higher-than-highbrow and others with only the most tenuous connection to art. In this list, we suggest 10 out of the literally countless things to do this coming week, from Max's Kansas City at ABMB itself to the fairly epic American Exuberance exhibition put on by the House of Rubell. Link:

Art Basel Music Guide

For obvious reason, most people think of ABMB as primarily an art extravaganza. While it is certainly that, it is also an unofficial music festival, drawing globe-trotting live acts to Miami like pilgrims arrived. As in years past, there are so many worthy shows booked during the week of ABMB 2011, including Neon Indian, YACHT, and Moby unplugged, that planning your music schedule becomes a complex math problem. To help out, we’ve curated a list of confirmed shows between Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from the Miami Music Guide. Link:

ABMB Music Guide

Beached Basel Bash @ Electric Pickle

Featuring live performances by some of Miami's best bands and DJs, the Beached Basel Bash on Wednesday, Nov. 30, is the perfect way to limber up for a week of non-stop everything. RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Beached Basel Bash Flyer

The ghosts of Basel's past

While Basel puts on a new face every year, this coverage of last year's satellite fairs might help you decide where you want to spend your time this year.

-- NADA Art Fair Photos

-- Ink Art Fair Photos

-- Seven Art Fair Photos

-- Fountain Art Fair Photos

Ready, set, go

Here's to an awesome Art Basel Week! Once the week picks up steam, we'll be live blogging at a yet to be disclosed URL. Until then, rest up.