Paint the Town: Washington Goes to Art Basel Miami

Tracking Washington’s contribution to the world’s preeminent art fair. Has the art world recovered?

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Jason Rhode's installation, "Untitled," 2004, Rubell Family Collection

Jason Rhode's installation, "Untitled," 2004, Rubell Family Collection

From December 1-6, 2009, Miami Beach became the epicenter of the art world once again when the most important art show in America, Art Basel Miami Beach, and its nearly two dozen satellite fairs, welcomed the annual pilgrimage of art world players. The event annually takes the temperature of the art market – and the diagnosis this year was good. Over the course of several days, I set out to host a group of Archives of American Art supporters in a series of events and to meet and connect with the vibrant Washington, D.C., art community that made its way to sunny Miami.

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