Insider Guide to Art Basel: FITZ & CO CEO Sara Fitzmaurice on What Not to Miss

As we previously mentioned, this year's Art Basel lineup is impressive, if a little overwhelming. We asked Sara Fitzmaurice, CEO and President of FITZ & CO—which has represented Art Basel since 1996, and helped to launch Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2002—for her guidance on what not to miss. 

Highlights of Art Basel in Miami Beach

The Miami Beach Convention Center—home of Art Basel in Miami Beach—has undergone a major renovation, turning it into a totally state-of-the-art facility for the 21st century. The upgraded facility, redesigned floor plan and enhanced layout will provide an incredible user experience for exhibiting galleries and visitors alike. A highlight of this year’s show is Art Basel’s collaboration with New York's The Kitchen to present a new version of ‘Autorreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist...’ by Abraham Cruzvillegas. The multidisciplinary installation has been adapted specifically for Miami Beach and will combine elements of sculpture, performance, dance and music. It’s free and open to the public and will take place in the MBCC’s Grand Ballroom, taking advantage of one of the convention center’s new spaces.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Autoreconstrucción: To Insist, To Insist, To Insist, The Kitchen, New York, 2018. Photo: Paula Coura

BMW X7 Mural Tour during Art Basel in Miami Beach

Street artist Spencer "MAR“ Guilburt has selected three murals around Miami (Wynwood, Design District and South Beach) by artists that inspire him, and is also creating three new murals throughout the city himself. Beginning December 5th, Guilbert will be cruising around Miami in the new BMW X7 model, taking photos at each mural location, and will share the images daily on his Instagram (@this_means). You can also check out the project on BMW Group Culture’s Instagram and Facebook (@bmwgroupculture). A fun way to follow the action in Miami Beach on Instagram through the eyes of an artist.

 Spencer "MAR“ Guilburt

Siegelson at Design Miami/

When you crave a little sparkle, or something that feels like wearable art, check out Siegelson, the world-renowned, third generation jewelry gallery that returns to Design Miami/ for the second time this year to present astonishing examples of rare collectible jewelry. One highlight of the gallery’s booth presentation will be the Claudette Colbert Starfish, a rare ruby and amethyst starfish designed by Juliette Moutard for René Boivin, Paris, 1937, and one of the most coveted pieces of jewelry in the world. Another will be a magnificent suite owned by Jane Tibbett, the wife of opera singer Lawrence Tibbett, featuring a citrine and diamond belt with buckle necklace and earrings by Paul Flato, New York, circa 1940.

Claudette Colbert Starfish

The Pishevar Family Foundation hosts a private event for Trevor Paglen

The buzz is that this year’s most-sought after invitation is to the Pishevar Family Foundation’s event, which will bring together luminaries from the fields of art, technology, science, and space exploration in honor of Trevor Paglen. Paglen is the artist behind “Orbital Reflector,” a work of art that will be launched into outer space, co-produced by the artist and Nevada Museum of Art. The major players in tech, music and art are expected to attend, and there will be a special musical performance by Black Coffee. The event will be held at a private residence and is strictly by invitation-only. 

Trevor Paglen, Orbital Reflector balloon

Equinox will be offering Al Fresco Equinox Fitness Classes

To keep sane and fit, Equinox will offer Al Fresco classes during the week, including yoga and barre on the private beach in front of American Express’ Platinum House at the 1 Hotel South Beach. Exclusively for Equinox, Platinum Card, and Centurion members, the open-air workouts led by top Equinox talent will be held each morning, and will be a great way to start the day.

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