Art Basel Miami Beach which launched in December 2002 and, before the decade was out, had become a fixture on the global art calendar – showed that the place was capable of attracting a regular, well-heeled clientele. And was proof that Miami wasn’t so cultureless after all.
Perhaps it was Art Basel-inspired, but now there’s another evolution. The buildings of Miami Beach, so many still awkward and downtrodden, are being turned into works of art themselves. The names attached to the new skyline attest to the accompanying ambition: Pritzker Architecture Prize winners Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster. Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.