I’m here and beyond. The annual cultural mega fest, during which the world’s artsy elite descend upon Miami to buy a painting or 3 between guzzling flutes of Ruinart, has expanded far beyond its namesake, the Art Basel Miami Beach fair that started it all in magic city. But the convergence of 269 galleries at the Miami Convention Centre remains the largest and most exclusive affair, populated by artists and art sellers who beat out pretty much every culture creator on the planet to win a spot inside.

Mini galleries David Castillo and Frederic Snitzer made the cut this year, along with a world assortment of institutions that’ll show everything from paintings and sculptures to installations, films, photography, and beyond. Love or hate it, Basel is a spectacle that’s certainly worth exploring at least once. In my case every year. Follow me on IG for the latest & greatest!

Best Kept Top 5

1- Art Basel Miami Beach

The anchor of Art Basel: 193 of the world’s leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries display works by 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video and digital art. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-calibre masterpieces. visit artbasel.com/miami-beach

2- Scope Miami

Established now for over a decade, having over fifty art exhibits to its name, it is dedicated to showcasing international emerging contemporary art and multidisciplinary programs, it has always been open to new visuals among which street art holds an important role. Recognized as the place to network among the cutting-edge artists, curators and galleries, SCOPE show in Miami is applauded as one of the most successful. Only the most daring of the art world are welcome to expose their talent, as SCOPE draws from the well of common cultural mind.

3- Pulse

Offers visitors an engaging environment in which to discover and collect the most compelling contemporary art being produced today. Housed within two spacious pavilions, Pulse’s overall range and diversity provides an immersive experience for its guests. Pulse’s North Tent highlights established galleries presenting multi-artist booths while the South Tent spotlights Impulse, solo exhibitions whose artists are eligible for the Pulse Prize, and Conversations, dual-artis shows allowing galleries to explore conceptual dialogues between the artists they represent.

4- Nada

The 14th edition of the fair continues to showcase the best of emerging contemporary art, with exhibitors representing 36 cities from 17 different countries, 43 first-time exhibitors, and 29 project spaces. NADA Miami Beach is dedicated to showcasing new art and to celebrating rising talent from around the globe. It is the only major American art farit to be run by a non-profit organisation.

5- Untitled

Art is international. Untitles innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team of identity, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organisations, in dialogue with architecturally designed venue. This year’s highlights include a participatory intallation by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu, RT TV Boards, presented by Nathalie Karg Gallery.