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Some­times at Art Basel Mi­ami, it can be tough to tell the art lovers from the art. Like the “ge­nie” who “flew” from gallery to gallery on his magic car­pet (OK, it was a con­verted hov­er­board) at last year’s event. Was he a pa­tron or per­for­mance art?

“He was dressed in a full ge­nie out­fit, tool­ing around the fair un­til they stopped him,” re­called Ni­cholas Christopher, the pres­i­dent of Turon Travel. “At the fairs, you go look at the art­work and you see peo­ple dressed out­ra­geously to be no­ticed. You are look­ing at the art and turn around and go, ‘OMG, what is that? It’s a per­son.’”

Yes, that line can get blurry at times; but that’s just one of the things that make the an­nual event so fas­ci­nat­ing. The con­tem­po­rary art fair, which kicks off on Dec. 7, hosts some 77,000 art deal­ers, col­lec­tors, artists and afi­ciona­dos, who come to show, sell, buy and oth­er­wise im­merse them­selves in 260 gal­leries show­cas­ing works from 30 coun­tries and more than 4,000 artists. And Art Basel Mi­ami has steadily ex­panded its bor­ders from the Mi­ami Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, where it’s been based

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