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From the Publisher: Miami takes flight during Art Basel Miami Beach

INDULGE Publisher Lesley DeCanio on a WheelsUp plane during a Miami Herald CEO Roundtable event. Photograph by Alexia Fodere.
INDULGE Publisher Lesley DeCanio on a WheelsUp plane during a Miami Herald CEO Roundtable event. Photograph by Alexia Fodere.

Where does one begin when there’s so much to share in this year’s INDULGE Art Basel issue? Yes, our very own mini-masterpiece is bigger and better than ever! Our contributors have truly outdone themselves with inspiring stories and frame-worthy photos. And because we’ve artfully covered everything going on around town, I encourage you to pick up your day-planner as you page through the issue to map out your own personalized itinerary.

Let’s get started with a couple of unique options — first, the nation’s largest map fair. Even if you think that maps have gone the way of the dinosaurs in the day of GPS, I recommend this fascinating event. As Michael Perlman, CEO of BrandsMart USA, says, “People stumble into it all the time and get hooked.” Next, gather your pals for Nu Deco Ensemble’s biggest concert yet. They’ll bring their own talented friends and take on a range of genres sure to stir the soul – like the music of late, great Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. 

On the heels of some stirring music, it’s time for some mind-blowing art. Lean in to The Guide to find out what’s new at this year’s Miami Art Week. This issue comes alive with insider tips about spectacular exhibitions, can’t-miss events and what to wear to the whirlwind of parties. Two of my personal favorites are Art Miami and CONTEXT, which— thanks to Nick Korniloff — is now permanently located at the old Miami Herald site, where you can enjoy stunning works of art while taking in the breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay.

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Art for me has always been about storytelling, and in this issue we paint with a fine-detail brush and jewel-tone colors for our Movers department. Weaving together art and science, public artist Xavier Cortada is on a mission to promote climate change awareness through a unique eco-minded medium, while actively engaging 6,000 of his Pinecrest neighbors. Selfishly, I can only hope he ventures a little north and paints similarly compelling messages across Miami. If you like your art a bit more whimsical, and ’80s music and neon lights make you happy, so will Daniella Kronfle’s Midnight Color Code collection. This Miami-based haute jewelry designer has a flair for creating colorful, daring pieces that are elegant yet modern; I recommend beginning your collection with one of her exquisite Charmed Collection amulets.

While Art Week has much to offer, we would never neglect your passion for wine and travel. Far from your typical fancy wine guy, Heath Porter of Heathen Wine Tours is our guide to international vineyards and wine cellars “without pretense or snobbery.” For more travel inspiration for foodies and art lovers, writer Eric Barton documents his recent trip through Peru — from the hip neighborhoods of Lima to the vivid colors of the Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca — in our Escape feature. A little closer to home, the Bahamas are calling — specifically, the new Rosewood Baha Mar, to which you can plot your next trip with our Staycation column.

So whether you’re sipping a glass of Champagne at Art Basel Miami Beach or exploring the boutiques of the Design District, we hope that this issue of INDULGE, like a talented sommelier, is your trusted guide to the many buzzworthy attractions that make winter in Miami so memorable.

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