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12/28/2012

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ART INVASION Various pieces on display in the Mike Weiss Gallery exhibition at Art Miami in Miami, Dec. 8: (foreground) Liao Yibai���s 2011 stainless steel sculpture Chairman���s Chair; (background) Jan De Vliegher���s Antique Porcelain Plate Series ��� multiple paintings with no dates listed. On tables further to the right are more pieces by Yibai. All photos by Arielle Scherr STREETS FLOOD WITH PEOPLE FOR ART BASEL IN MIAMI BEACH By Tyler Whitson Staff Writer A few consecutive days out of every year, the city of Miami is transformed by artists, art aficionados and art dealers into one of the largest celebrations of art appreciation in the world, all centered on the international exhibition Art Basel in Miami Beach. performances, parties and more, all spread throughout the city. Every genre, style and subculture of art was represented, from the classical to the contemporary, the structured to the experimental, the mainstream to the underground. For the right price, patrons had the opportunity to admire high-end gallery pieces, or, for no price at all, passersby could witness pieces of street art being brought to life in real time ��� and in open daylight. This year, more than 50,000 visitors swarmed the massive Miami Beach Convention Center between the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 5, and the evening of Sunday, Dec. 9, to feast their eyes on or purchase some of the most fa- In the words of first-time Art Basel patron Rimous and sought-after art pieces in the world. cardo Maldonado, who spoke with The SaraThe official Art Basel exhibition, however, sota News Leader inside the convention cenwas only one part of the weekend���s festivities, ter on Dec. 7, ���Art just takes over Miami for which included numerous unaffiliated satel- the weekend in every way possible, and everylite fairs, private gallery exhibitions, musical one���s involved in it.���

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