by Andreea Belba
The esoteric Miami Beach will reopen its gates in early December inaugurating a more dazzling edition where exclusive galleries, illustrious artists, enthusiastic admirers, fervent collectors and curators will relish on the most refined contemporary art. Prestigious in terms of exhibition space, quality, and reputed artists who look to expand their position on the worldwide stage, Miami is the cradle of endless ravishing events revolving around the commonly known Art Basel Week (December 1st – December 4th , 2016), a bloom of prolific art shows, celebrations, splashy parties, music concerts, film, and design.
Miami Beach will always make a splash in resplendent art deco architecture, impressive local art museums, fine sandy beaches and a bustling nightlife remaining an exclusive and emblematic haven with a unique variety of influences. Vibrant and effusive, Art Basel Miami will feature all forms of visual arts and multimedia works, the impact of satellite fairs enhancing its notoriety (Pulse with a new dialogue approach between artists, Satellite with audacious projects, Scope Miami Beach concerned in contemporary art market.)
Since its start-up in 2002, Art Basel Miami has continually evolved into an exquisite art fair, a prolongation of the original Art Basel in Switzerland providing a platform for emerging and established artists from all over the world. It is an annual unique show that reveals modern and contemporary art from curatorial perspectives. Conceived as a pivot in the region, Art Basel Miami’s aim is to create a diverse artistic ecosystem in terms of participating galleries, artists and artworks to be mirrored in amazing contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, digital art and installations. Each show is a genuine event emphasizing the latest achievements of each sector enchanting and stimulating the visitors’ imagination and creativity. Moreover, Art Basel Miami will bring forth to a myriad of other innovative stands, outdoor exhibitions, private parties and grandiose openings.
The 15th edition of Art Basel Miami sounds particularly exciting as a high percentage of the former participants will reapply this December but there is also an endless list of first-time participants. Emanating from North and Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, the 269 outstanding galleries are dispersed in nine sections: Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Public, Survey, Film and Magazines will embellish the main hall, Collins Park and SoundScape Park with paintings, sculptures, drawings, large-scale installations, photographs, and films of the highest quality belonging to modern and contemporary masters, and to emerging artists as well.
Galleries, the highly invigorating sector, will comprise 193 exhibitors covering paintings, installations, sculptures, drawings, photographic, digital and video art. While some top names have renewed their participation, others will make their first appearance such as Altman Siegel, Cherry and Martin, GALLERYSKE, Labor, Pilar Corrias, etc. Pairing galleries will comprise Galerie Micky Schubert with sculptures by Benedicte Gyldenstierne Sehested (b. 1977) and paintings by Mark van Yetter (b. 1978); Maisterravalbuena by Maria Loboda (b. 1979) and Cristián Silva (b. 1969); mother’s tank station belonging to Nina Canell (b.1979) and Sebastian Lloyd Rees (b. 1986). Revolver Galería with José Carlos Martinat (b. 1974) and Andrea Galvani (b. 1973) will inspect the gap between the real and the virtual, Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b. 1985) and Oscar Muñoz (b.1951) will explore the impact of language upon spy systems, and Freedman Fitzpatrick will analyze bias across three generations of German artists: Amelie von Wulffen (b.1966), Lucie Stahl (b. 1977) and Mathis Altmann (b. 1987). David Castillo Gallery will display artwork by Sanford Biggers (b. 1970) and Xaviera Simmons (b. 1974) to reveal morality in the context of historical and cultural contexts. Moreover, Vivian Caccuri (b. 1986) and Jaime Lauriano (b. 1985) at Galeria Leme will convey the dynamics between Brazil and Africa, whereas at Travesía Cuatro, Sara Ramo (b. 1975) and Mateo López (b. 1978) will explore the language of objects.
Nova, the fresh sector, will host 35 new galleries exposing vivid paintings of maximum three artists. Edouard Malingue Gallery and Wong Ping’s film, House of Gaga with Josef Strau, Vivian Suter, and Nanzuka range among newcomers. Dedicated mainly to young galleries, Nova will also showcase works by Keiichi Tanaami (b. 1936), drawings by Hiroki Tsukuda (b. 1978) and a video by Oliver Payne (b. 1977). Leo Xu Projects will exhibit for the first time an installation of works by Aaajiao (b. 1984), Cui Jie (b. 1984) and Liu Shiyuan (b. 1985) showing an urban model and the Shanghai myth, whereas Clearing will highlight an installation by Harold Ancart (b. 1980) and Korakrit Arunanondchai (b. 1986). The sector will also show creations exploiting chicken skin, animal fur, and synthetic flora to investigate anxiety as a result of radical biotech by Anicka Yi (b. 1971) at 47 Canal, Rita Ponce de León (b. 1982) and Ishmael Randall Weeks (b. 1976) at Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo; Rey Akdogan (b. 1974) and Elaine Cameron-Weir (b. 1985) at Hannah Hoffman Gallery; Xavier Antin (b. 1981) and Renaud Jerez (b. 1982) at Galerie Crèvecoeur; and Matthias Bitzer (b. 1975) with Armin Boehm (b. 1972) at Francesca Minini. Nicole Wermers (b. 1971) and Margo Wolowiec (b. 1985) will search for the social and psychological significance of daily forms at Jessica Silverman Gallery. Wojciech Bąkowski (b. 1979), Julia Rommel (b. 1980), and Christine Rebet (b. 1971) will study time-based methods by means of drawing, painting and animated film. Kaspar Müller (b. 1983) at Société will have solo presentations, Kostis Velonis (b. 1968) at Kalfayan Galleries will present redeemed sculptures, whereas Mika Tajima (b. 1975) at 11R will display conceptual works made of textile, wood and steel. Joan Jonas (b. 1936) will combine several Murano mirrors and a video piece at Galleria Raffaella Cortese while Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte will expose solo exhibitions by Wanda Pimentel (b. 1943) and Michael Dean (b. 1977) at Supportico Lopez. Simone Subal Gallery will show works of Anna K.E. (b. 1986) and Florian Meisenberg (b.1980), while Ghebaly Gallery will reveal the link between architectural space and the body rendered by Kelly Akashi (b. 1983) and Patrick Jackson
Edition, the printing sector, will spotlight 11 leaders reputable in prints and edition works like: Alan Cristea Gallery, Carolina Nitsch, Crown Point Press, Gemini G.E.L. LLC, Pace Prints, Paragon, Polígrafa Obra Gràfica, Sabine Knust, STPI, Two Palms and ULAE.
Positions, the resourceful sector with 16 solo stalls, will include eight newcomers: Callicoon Fine Arts; Christian Andersen, High Art, JTT, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Off Vendome, Thomas Erben Gallery and Various Small Fires and notable artists to exhibit a main project on focused platforms. Adrià Julià’s (b. 1974) multimedia installation will include a mural reflecting Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, while Manuel Burgener’s (b. 1978) installation will reveal the effect of light between sculptures and photograms. Callicoon Fine Arts will focus on tapestries and Ulrike Müller’s (b. 1971) enamelwork, while High Art will display Max Hooper Schneider’s ‘Trans-Habitats’. Beto Shwafaty (b. 1977) will depict the Brazilian current matters at Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani based on video and architectural techniques whereas Becky Kolsrud’s (b. 1984) installation will mirror the artist’s dedication to the feminine profile. Jeanette Mundt (b. 1982) will expose female figures from historical paintings, Melanie Gilligan’s (b. 1979) TV sculptures with abstract animations will criticize the commerce systems, whereas Maggie Lee’s (b. 1987) installation will remodel a teenager’s bedroom, and Gao Ludi’s (b. 1990) symbols from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will scrutinize how the virtual world interacts with the real one.
Survey, the thematic sector, will feature historical projects with solo presentations by individual artists, juxtapositions or various cultural exhibits. This sector will comprise Carmelo Arden Quin (b. 1913) at Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte, Romare Bearden (b. 1911, d. 1988) at DC Moore Gallery, Graciela Carnevale (b. 1942), Ibrahim El-Salahi (b. 1930) at Vigo Gallery, Margaret Kilgallen (b. 1967, d. 2001) at Ratio 3, Giorgio Morandi (b. 1890, d. 1964) at Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M. and Howardena Pindell (b. 1943) at Garth Greenan Gallery. There will also be David Reed (b. 1946) at Peter Blum Gallery, George Rickey (b. 1907, d. 2002) at Maxwell Davidson Gallery, Barbara T. Smith (b. 1931) at The Box, Betye Saar (b. 1926) at Roberts & Tilton, and Jacques Villeglé (b. 1926) at Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois.
The fair’s project-based sections Kabinett, Public, and Film as well as the Magazines will add a surplus of value to the main gallery sectors.
Kabinett, the thematic sector based on various curatorial conceptions, will present a plethora of group and solo exhibitions as well as art-historical showcases. Artists from the Galleries section will present their works in a distinctively mapped out space.
Public, the outdoor sector conceived in cooperation with the Bass Museum of Art, will enchant its visitors with outdoor sculptures, installations, and shows, placed in a public space at Collins Park.
Film, the dynamic sector, will present movies about artists curated by David Gryn and Marian Masone. The screenings will be projected on a huge wall in the Convention Center and in SoundScape Park.
Magazines, the editorial sector, will offer worldwide art magazines in single stands or collective booths.
No art lover should miss this four-day amazing cultural experience that will break all frontiers metamorphosing Miami into a global art show with electrifying programs both for the amateurs and the aesthetes. Sponsored by its Lead Partner UBS, Art Basel Miami will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 1st to December 4th, 2016.