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Miami Art and Design

Fueled by Art Basel, Miami's now known for its red-hot art and design scene

By Fred Bernstein

March 25th, 2007

For 4 days each December, Art Basel Miami Beach and its sister show, Design Miami, lure thousands of the world's top gallerists, design firms, and wealthy collectors to South Florida. In 5 short years, the shows have vaulted the city into the upper echelon of art destinations. But Miami's art and design attractions don't disappear when the private jets take off, and the city's homegrown scenes, bolstered by Basel, have taken root in two neighborhoods, Wynwood and the Design District, both just a short drive west of Miami Beach. The former was a neighborhood even most Miamians hadn't heard of a few years ago. But in rapid succession artists, designers, gallery spaces, and museums began moving into warehouses there, and it's now drawing comparisons to New York's Chelsea. A few blocks away, the aptly named Design District has similarly sprouted shops and showrooms with collections of furniture, housewares, and objets d'art by creators global and local.

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