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Designer Thom Browne’s installation for Art Basel, measuring 21 feet high.

Art Basel Miami Beach—also known as a classy excuse for some time at the beach, plus champagne and night life—is now in its 18th year. Luxury brands are knee deep in it all, and the fairs are usually busiest towards the end of their days. Art Basel, although the most prominent event, is just one of the many fairs going on in Miami around the same time. There’s also Design Miami, Untitled, Context Art Miami, NADA, Scope, and Pulse, to name a few. This year, Art Basel is adding a new section—Meridians—to its already extensive fair; Meridians is presenting 34 large-scale works curated by Magalí Arriola, director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City (it opens to VIPs on Tuesday, December 3 , 4–7 p.m.).

It’s crazy to think that this year will be my 11th year (in a row) attending the fair. When I was still in university and had just finished my exams, going to Art Basel felt like a reward. Now, well, it has definitely changed—more logos on invitations, way too much to keep up with. It can be hard to know what is and isn’t worth your time. Here, a guide to getting through the week.

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