Over the past decade, the Art Basel Miami Beach extravaganza -- the art fair and the hundreds of events around it -- has made a name for itself as a tropical Woodstock for the wealthy, a weeklong immersion in art, partying, and big spending. Its latest iteration ended yesterday, and it was as notable for what was missing -- political art, photography, market confidence, and, by and large, free food -- as for what it had, which was a dotting of great art; an incredible, nonstop bacchanalian energy; and what hoteliers and art-fair managers say was the greatest invasion of celebrities Art Basel has ever seen.
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