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Thousands are descending on Miami Beach for Art Basel. LA art gallerists and critics talk about why the fair matters -- for good and bad. Plus, will Pershing Square get yet another redesign?

Pershing Square circa 2005. Image courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caroline Chamberlain

L.A. Galleries Head to Art Basel Miami Beach 13 MIN, 48 SEC

At least 70,000 people are expected to descend on Miami Beach for four days of partying, viewing and art buying at Art Basel Miami Beach. But why does this fair matter so much? And what are art fairs doing to the experience -- and business -- of art? Is the art world mostly producing “inoffensive tchotchkes for billionaires?”

DnA got some answers, from L.A. gallerists Tim Blum (Blum & Poe), Michael Kohn (Kohn Gallery) and Mieke Marple (Night Gallery), and critics Shana Nys Dambrot and Carolina Miranda.

Will Pershing Square Get a Design Overhaul? 13 MIN, 11 SEC

Pershing Square is one of L.A.’s oldest public spaces, and it has gone through several design changes over the years. Now there’s a call to overhaul the most recent iteration, designed by Ricardo Legorreta. Can a redesign salvage a park that was shaped by a parking structure? And what is the private sector’s involvement in the new plans? Urban Planner Brian Glodney and Sara Hernandez, of Councilman Jose Huizar’s office, talk about Pershing Square Renew, a non-profit that is working on potentially redesigning the space.

Find a timeline of how Pershing Square has transformed over the years on the DnA blog. 

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