Art Basel Miami: how the art fair landscape reflects Trump's America

By Anna Furman

The current US climate has led to a racially charged and overtly political range of artworks on display at this year’s show

Less than a month after the election, collectors, gallerists, critics, and art tourists assembled in Miami for Art Basel’s circus-like rotation of champagne-fuelled parties, raucous DJ sets, exclusive dinners on chartered yachts, and, of course, a dizzying array of gallery booths. While artworks charged with political urgency permeate the fair, the general mood of hotel party-hoppers and well-heeled PR agents is disconnected from that of the current socio-political climate and is, instead, marked by complacency.

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