There is a small group of destinations in the world whose single name causes a flood of images in our head, and one of them is, without a doubt, Miami. Its multiple personality, its gruesome history and the iconic nature of its streets has earned it a place in our saturated collective unconscious.
This peculiar and eccentric city of a mestizo soul today looks better than ever reinvented in the capital of design and art. This is attested by its lively Design District and the dozens of art meetings it hosts, among which the American edition of the all-powerful Art Basel fair stands out.
“Miami Beach”, one of Assouline’s latest releases, explore the thousand and one facets of that fascinating city that, for decades, has been devoured by its own myth.
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A much needed book
Browse carefully This book has a magical effect because it transports us to the very heart of the American capital of diversity. From the hand of its author, Horacio Silva, a journalist of Uruguayan origin, we have a different vision of this city with the soul of a transformer. A journey that takes us through some of the best-known icons of this metropolis and that also takes us into some of its lesser-known places.
We will visit mythical spaces As the Surf club or the glittering Faena Hotel and other emblems such as the emblematic Raleigh Hotel. Don’t skimp on rescue classics As the Joe’s Stone Crab nor does it stop valuing the contemporary architecture of buildings such as the Pérez Art Museum Miamiby Herzog & de Meuron.
It also takes note of the rich cultural and social melting pot that coexists in Miami, an example of plurality that is not always replicated in the rest of the country. Perhaps that is why it is such an appropriate book at the moment. Its pages are a song to freedom, to the absence of prejudices and to individual expression without complexes. I said, a very necessary book …
Art Deco Legacy
How could it be otherwise, the book dedicates a good number of pages to one of the most famous neighborhoods of the city. A conservation prodigy that, thanks to an effective heritage policy, recovered the splendor of Ocean Drive, one of the most iconic arteries in the country. Along this avenue-museum facing the sea, dozens of art deco buildings follow one another facing a row of infinite palm trees facing the ocean. A optical illusion difficult to imitate…
Between the architectural jewels that you can find on this walk include some of the most famous hotels in the city such as the Leslie Hotel] (in the image), the Carlyle or the Colony Hotel. Staying in any of them is quite an experience.
An atypical mecca of art
By all is known Miami nightlife and entertainment and the cult of the body of many of its inhabitants. For something the title of the sexiest city from the United States. And, although for years that sanbenito has chased her around the globe, for some time now the city has sought a new position.
To do this, far from increasing its fame as the capital of debauchery (that is already left to Las Vegas), Miami chose at the time capitalize on local creativity and become a catalyst for talent. Once such heritage was highlighted, they took advantage of the siren songs of its emerald coast to attract the famous Basel art fair to its shores. Far from its snowy peaks Art Basel moved in 2002. to Miami to give a voice to artists from the overseas continent. And so, year after year, this multi-colored city has become an atypical cultural capital to which more than 80,000 people make pilgrimages to learn about the latest news from the universe. arty.
If you want to know better the intricacies of this city a thousand times reinvented, the book “Miami Beach” is your destination. Now I can only wish you a good trip.