Introduced in Miami in 2002 as an offshoot of the eponymous Geneva festival, Art Basel has quickly become one of the city’s biggest events. More than 50,000 gallery-owners, dealers, aficionados and art snobs – plus a startling number of fashionistas and celebs – descend over four days in the first week in December, keen to snap up a canvas or sculpture by an unknown, presumably in the hope it will be worth millions in a few years. Local and international galleries show paintings, photographs and varied media pieces from established art stars and emerging artists at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but discussions, film screenings, public showings and performance-art events are held all over South Beach and downtown: in hole-in-the-wall showrooms, local beaches and parks, and even, one year, on a minuscule island in the bay. For information, visit artbasel.com/Miami-Beach.

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