States of culture

This year’s fair at Art Basel Miami Beach has a powerful influx of artists from the centre and south of the Americas

Laura Lima’s ‘2’ (2012) is at Rio de Janeiro gallery A Gentil Carioca

On the map of the US, Florida hardly seems attached to the mainland. One side looks west into the Gulf of Mexico, the other coast is wide open to the Atlantic. There could hardly be a more appropriate place to unite the Americas and link them to Europe across the ocean – a fusion of cultures that the international art world, perhaps uniquely, can achieve.

This year’s fair at Art Basel Miami Beach once again covers a vast range. There’s a powerful influx from the centre and south of the continent: artists from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Brazil are represented throughout the numerous sections that AMBM now boasts. Modern art is strong too, and the fair claims that price points range from starter to museum-class.

The Miami effect also embraces a mighty 17 satellite fairs, alongside museum shows and open-door events at the city’s great collections, talks and debates. It is not only hurricanes that blow in across those stretches of water, but ideas and influences too.

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