Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Beyond Miami’s Fairs, a Wealth of Superb Public Art Installations Awaits

A partial installation view of Ed Ruscha’s work Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go (1985) at the Miami-Dade Library.


Thousands—probably tens of thousands—of artworks pass through the Miami area during Miami Art Week at the start of every December, with hundreds of dealers showing at more than dozen fairs. Art Basel Miami Beach’s website alone lists almost 3,000 artworks at this year’s fair, and those are just the ones that exhibitors have gotten around to unloading. Much of that work will only make a single Magic City appearance. After that, the works will end up in a collector’s home, or a distant museum, or, alas, a gallery’s storage spaces.

But Miami, like any great metropolis, is also home to a robust number of public artworks—pieces that are on view year-round—and some are truly remarkable. Amid the hustle and bustle of Basel week, stepping away from the fairs to these displays can provide a refreshing little tonic. Below, a quick look at public works on view throughout the region by Urs Fischer, Beverly Buchanan, Ed Ruscha, and more.

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