Every year it seems the art of Art Basel becomes ever more eclipsed by parties, but what if the art were the party?
Such is the mission of Basel House, a one-stop shop for day-to-night action in the form of live mural painting, live music, good food, friends, and fun. Nestled in the heart of Wynwood's graffiti-stained streets, the
“For a lot of people, that [old factory] symbolizes graffiti more than any other place in Miami,” longtime street art supporter and organizer Tony Albelo says. “Basel House, for me, is the epicenter of graffiti in South Florida.”
Albelo and his team at Swarm Inc. know there
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This year aims to be the biggest and
But it's not about the food and the music, although that stuff is pretty cool. Basel House is truly about the street art, of which there will be a dazzling array. Albelo and Swarm teamed with the Brooklyn-based Bushwick Collective to lure more than 50 of the globe's finest street artists, representing Tokyo, Germany, Amsterdam, France, Brazil, and, of course, Miami itself.
Artists will paint live day in and day out, changing the face of Wynwood for another year. Take a night off of champagne sipping and save a few dollars. Leave the stuffy art deals to the celebrities, and hit the streets.
Thursday through Sunday, December 3 through December 6, at the RC Cola factory, 594 NW 23rd St., Miami. The festival kicks off at noon daily and runs until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 p.m. Sunday. Performances by Problem Kids, Fat Joe, and more to be announced. Admission is free. Call 305-461-2700 or visit baselhouse.com.