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Once again, it’s time for the annual migration of Winter-bound art worlders to the sunny climes of Miami, Florida for Art Basel Miami Beach, our country’s sexiest most important art fair. Starting next week, collectors, curators, critics and artists will head South for the yearly glut of parties exhibitions. The bad news is that outside of Art Basel Miami’s official fair, most of the surrounding events and shows are pretty bad. Good thing Paddy Johnson (Art Fag City) has your back! She just posted her own guide to the best fairs, museums and events in Miami.

The official fair, plus satellite fairs NADA, Ink, Seven, Pulse and Aqua all make the must see list. The latter fairs largely focus on emerging artists and tend to show more unexpected (and interesting) work. Also of note is Paddy’s recommendation of private collections to visit, spaces that are particularly abundant in Miami. These include the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, the Rubell Family Collection and the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, all of which have curated exhibitions on view.

Also in Paddy’s selection is #rank, an event at the Seven art fair that we’ve posted our own recommendations for. #rank will definitely be one of the highlights of this year’s Miami Beach for anyone without a few million to blow on the goods on display.

So if you’re headed down South, have a great time, but do beware the crap that will keep you from the gems of your paid vacation. Pick me up a VIP espresso while you’re there, won’t you?

Kyle Chayka

Kyle Chayka was senior editor at Hyperallergic. He is a cultural critic based in Brooklyn and has contributed to publications including ARTINFO, ARTnews, Modern Painters, LA Weekly,...