It’s always been my dream to visit Art Basel… and I’m living proof that dreams come true!

I was staying with a local friend near the EDITION Hotel in Miami Beach, which turned out to be a quick walk to the remodeled Miami Beach Convention Center, where Basel was held. We checked in, got our badges, and entered the walls of one of the greatest shows on Earth… and we definitely blended right in!

Considering how huge the space is, the way the show was broken down, by gallery, makes the whole experience slightly less overwhelming. The 2017 show actually featured a completely redesigned exhibition layout, comprising a new floor plan, 10 percent more exhibition space, wider aisles, a broader range of booth sizes and larger lounge areas.

The fair presented 10 galleries that graduated into the main sector of the show this year, and introduced 20 new exhibitors who were part of Art Basel in Miami Beach for the first time, including: A arte Invernizzi, Anat Ebgi, Antenna Space, Applicat-Prazan, Ceysson & Bénétière, Chapter NY, David Lewis Gallery, dépendance, Galeria Jaqueline Martins, Hales Gallery, Inman Gallery, Isla Flotante, Múrias Centeno, Offer Waterman, Patron, Ricardo Camargo Galeria, Richard Saltoun Gallery, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Taro Nasu and Tyler Rollins Fine Art.

There was definitely something for everyone!

Across the five show days, the fair attracted an attendance of over 82,000, including influential collectors, directors, curators, trustees and patrons of leading international museums and institutions such as: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Baltimore Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Detroit Institute of Arts; Fridericianum, Kassel; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Museo de Arte de Lima; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; New Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Serpentine Galleries, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

There was too much beauty to choose from, but this turned out to be one of my favorite pieces… it was the prefect reflection of my #mood 😉

As Art Basel Hong Kong approaches, I’m trying to contain my excitement.

Until then…

Thank you for having us!

Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.