Breaking Basel: Art Basel Miami is not only a major global cultural event, but an economic engine

Art Basel Miami brings an estimated $2 billion of economic activity to the region.

What three passionate gallerists launched as a small art fair in Basel, Switzerland in 1970 has spread to Hong Kong and Miami Beach.

Art Basel Miami from Dec. 4-7 will draw more than 250 of the world’s leading international galleries and over 75,000 art lovers. 

The epicenter is the Miami Beach Convention Center, which will have more than 500,000 square feet of exhibition and presentation space. Films will be presented in both the convention center and the New World Symphony’s SoundScape park at 500 SE 17th St.

Art Basel Week can be a dizzying experience with 285 exhibitors from 34 countries, the Wynwood Walls, and various satellite fairs. To help you narrow your art-browsing agenda, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Galleries at Art Basel plus a Top 5 Off the Beaten Path list, which features satellite fairs and other art-related events.

Many of the events are in Miami’s Wynwood Art District, which comes alive during Art Basel. SFBW’s Art Basel report includes a profile of Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Properties, a company that was founded by her legendary father, Tony, in 1968.

Top 10 Galleries at Art Basel

Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

Gagosian Gallery, New York, London, Geneva, Hong Kong- Jeff Koons 

Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich

Marian Goodman, New York, Paris, London

Gemini G.E.L. LCC, Los Angeles

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Salzburg

Lisson Gallery, London

Pace, New York, London

White Cub, London, Hong Kong, S�o Paulo 

Bernard Jacobson, London, New York

For the full list of the 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach exhibitors, please visit: www.artbasel.com/en/Miami-Beach/For-Visitors/2014-Exhibitors.

Top 5 Off the Beaten Path

Wynwood Walls is a collection of
graffiti and street art near downtown Miami. www.thewynwoodwalls.com

Red Dot Art Fair is a “satellite fair” located in the Wynwood Art District, features a diverse selection of emerging, mid-career and established artists. www.reddotfair.com

The Art of Fashion Show at The Adrienne Arsht Center is an experience that portrays the timelessness of fashion as art. www.theartoffashionshow.com

Design Miami is a global forum for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating design. www.miami2014.designmiami.com

The Harper’s Bazaar and ShopBazaar pop-up shop brings exclusive fashion picks and personal style consultations to Art Basel. https://goo.gl/WG19OD

Goldman Properties helps Wynwood continue its transformation in the art, real estate worlds

Miami’s Wynwood District is a satellite hub for Art Basel and a sensory feast and experience unto itself.

 �This area is free and accessible for all. – A must on your list to explore the neighborhood during the fair,” says Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Properties, a company that was founded by her legendary father, Tony, in 1968. 

As CEO of the company today, Goldman Srebnick oversees the evolution and direction of Goldman Properties” revitalization efforts and leads the development of companywide real estate, hospitality, art and design projects, with a key focus on the vitality, aesthetic and artistic component of all products.

Her responsibilities also include the management of the company’s talented team of more than 250 employees and a portfolio of assets in New York, Philadelphia, Miami Beach and the evolving Wynwood district. The rich mix includes hotels, restaurants, office buildings, commercial, retail and residential spaces and Wynwood Walls, the highly acclaimed outdoor museum of street art. 

Now considered a global leader on re-imagining, reconstructing and transforming declining districts into artful, thriving global destinations, Goldman Properties has put the Wynwood district on the global map. 

“When we came to Wynwood in 2006, dad saw this could be the center for the creative and knew we needed a pedestrian neighborhood. This was a thriving place with street art and it needed to be curated. We curated the art and took it to the next level,” she says.

Wynwood Walls is one of the most acclaimed street art museums in the nation, curating new works by hot international artists.

 �It is such a thrill, such a joy, being able to chose new murals during the week before Art Basel,” Goldman Srebnick says. “There are a lot of artists painting walls. It is like watching these urban artists dance with a spray can, being able to see them in their creative element.”

Wynwood has helped put Miami on the map in the global art business, she says. “Wynwood is like a laboratory of art – the world’s greatest, living, breathing laboratory of museum quality and up-and-coming superstars – it has a bit of everything.” ?

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.