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Master Miami During Art Basel: An Insiders’ Guide To The City

Sugar at East, Miami, local artist Carlos Betancourt’s favorite spot for mezcal cocktailsMICHAEL WEBER PHOTOGRAPHY

By Ann Abel

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:

Miami curator Ximena Caminos. EAST, MIAMI

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.”

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 … continue reading



Ann Abel is a travel writer and editor and was a senior editor at ForbesLife. She writes for Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, Well + Good NYC, and other print and online publications.”In the name of lifestyle journalism, ” she says, ” I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.” She lives in Lisbon.

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