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  • Associated Press Guests walk by visual artist Barbara Chase-Riboud’s sculpture “La Musica Red Parkway, 2007” during the VIP opening of Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida, on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 01, 2016 10:01 pm

Zika can't slow Art Basel exhibitions in Miami Beach

KELLI KENNEDY | Associated Press

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami’s art world does not stop for Zika-carrying mosquitoes. Poolside parties, outdoor red carpets and blocks of art fairs are continuing this week for Art Basel Miami Beach.

Art Basel officially began Thursday, but associated events started earlier in the week – unaffected also by noisy celebrations across town in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood over the death of Fidel Castro.

The editor of Ocean Drive magazine, Jared Shapiro, says that parties have been attended by celebrities such Heidi Klum and Venus Williams.

Concern that the festival would be thwarted flared in July when the first cases of Zika transmission through mosquito bites on the U.S. mainland were reported in Miami’s arts district of Wynwood and later in Miami Beach. The worry has since subsided, and attendance has been brisk.