MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Described as “the most prestigious art show in the Americas,” Art Basel opens its Miami Beach 12th edition on Thursday, December 5th.

It brings with it a swarm of satellite art fairs and parties that envelope the entire city. From Fairchild to Wynwood, the Design District, MiMo, Brickell, Downtown, Midtown, North Beach and South Beach, all of Miami-Dade is ready to host one of the largest gatherings of people from the international art world.

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More than 200 of the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries – from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia – display paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, and digital art by over 4,000 artists. Visitors can find works ranging from inexpensive editioned pieces by young artists to multimillion-dollar museum-caliber masterpieces.

Art Basel officially opens Thursday, December 5th and runs through Sunday, December 8th.

Art Basel has grown over the past decade in South Florida and it doesn’t hurt that the event is staged in paradise.

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The art show isn’t just about the art featured at the Miami Beach Convention Center, there’s also plenty of excitement surrounding the satellite exhibits. There are more than 20 satellite art shows this year, many of which have established themselves as powerhouses, generating tens of thousands of visitors and millions of dollars in sales.

Art Basel’s largest satellite fair is Art Miami and its definitely a main attraction. In addition to the main Art Miami fair that coincides with Art Basel Miami Beach, it also runs a companion satellite, CONTEXT Art Miami, at the same Midtown Miami location.

New satellite fairs this year include a focus on art from specific countries.

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Among them is Arts Kuala Lumpur, a new fair focusing on art from Malaysia.  There’s also the Brazil ArtFair and Performia which focuses on performance art.

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Lisa Petrillo