When Private Goes Public: Miami Collections Raise Ethical Questions

Art Basel Miami Beach is an ostentatious display of wealth and the wealthy. That this obvious fact is annually broached with dismay and shock by much of the art world is in no small part due to Art Basel itself, which, increasingly, insists on being similar in style to a biennial or large-scale exhibition, with a film program, installations, a speakers’ series, performances, outdoor public art and more. But this it can’t and never will be. With the exception of dealers and staff bound (tragically) to booths for the duration of the fair, few come to Miami Beach at the beginning of December to spend four days inside a sterile, windowless convention centre.



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