It is said that it takes 200 years for a city to become a cultural center like New York or Paris.
Until the 1980s Miami was a town for tourism in retirement. Art museums were few and fr between,with uninspiring collections and galleries almost nonexistent.
Then Cocadollars sitting in garages were put to work building a skyline. Shortly thereafter Miami Vice became the most popular show on TV. And people discovered Art Deco.
Sophisticated clientele began arriving from Manhattan - then from European and South American capitals as well.
But still , it was all about the party and the beaches.
In 2002 Art Basel arrived.Admission was $ 5 and people walked out with Picassos to take home to their Art Deco houses and condos.
The Show began to grow exponentially.
Big Money Started To Change Hands
Miami was becoming beyond cool.
Miami was becoming cultured.
Art Basel Was The Impetus.
The Largest Modern Art Fair In The World.
Art Acceleration. Everyone in the Art World has to have a Miami plan.
And while Miami is a very new reinvented city.
Miami Became The Center of the Modern Art World.
A Cultural Center In 12 Years , Not 200.