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ART Come on, and paint the town with Art Basel And All That Bas Words by Leandra and Andrea Gallego What brings businessmen, billboard toppers, students, even royalty to Miami Beach? Other than the good food, thriving nightlife and fabulous weather, one event repeatedly attracts thousands to the Miami Beach Convention Center. From established locals like Tony Goldman, to music icons like P. Diddy and Lenny Kravitz, the Princess of Jordan to the not-so-royal princess of an unnamed hotel chain —all have been seen perusing the world's largest art exposition. This December, Miami will experience an influx of private jets and yachts boasting art collectors, dealers and enthusiasts from around the world, thanks to Art Basel. Originally a contemporary art exhibit out of Basel, Switzerland, Art Basel is a hub for art lovers across the globe. The exhibition features thousands of artists working across an array of mediums. The yearly exhibition came to Florida in 2002 for the first time and has then continued to turn the beat around every winter. This year, Miami hosts the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas, where more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part. Showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, it's become the "Olympics of the Art World." 38 MIAMI LIVING Miami Beach is preparing for more than the 65,000 people who attended Art Basel in Switzerland this June, where the display of paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and even participatory events, seemed endless. Whether Art Basel fans are attracted by more classic works now found in books, like that of avant-garde Russian painter, sculptor and architect of the early modernist movement, Vladimir Tatlin or the more recent Damien Hirst, famed for tanking a Tiger Shark to the newer, Greely Myatt, a sculptor whose constructions entail movement through the use of wooden broom sticks and steel pipes, scholars and tourists too will make the journey to see mankind's deterrence from tradition. Onlookers will find a challenge. They must use the senses to consider material and form in order to decipher why a piece is meaningful or successful. Art Basel offers the trained and untrained eye alike the opportunity to observe, listen, interact and then decide the timeless question: What is Art? While one may view a piece as a footprint of modernity, another may believe the same piece a disposable unit of furniture. Regardless, art is the measure of humanity. A diverse blend of art both new and old, Art Basel offers a place where there is something for everyone. Visitors are sure to

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