Arte: Art Basel Opens in Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011: Celebrating the 10th Edition
From December 1 through 4, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 10th edition of
Art Basel Miami Beach, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than
260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa
will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st
To mark its 10th edition, Art Basel Miami Beach will inaugurate a new collaboration
with the Bass Museum of Art on the Art Public sector, which will transform Collins
Park with unique artworks and performances by renowned artists and emerging
talents. For the first time, Art Video will be presented on the large-scale outdoor
projection wall of the New World Center, designed by Frank Gehry. The free public
viewings will be part of a number of special events and performances taking place
across Miami Beach for the duration of the show to celebrate the 10th edition.
Over the past ten years, Art Basel Miami Beach rapidly developed from a vibrant newcomer on the global art scene to the leading international art show in the Americas. The
list of participating galleries, chosen by the Selection Committee, makes
Art Basel Miami Beach the most prestigious art show of the Americas, featuring both
established and emerging galleries. By redefining and optimizing its sectors,
Art Basel Miami Beach has constantly responded to the evolving needs of its galleries.
Between 2002 and today, Art Basel Miami Beach has gradually extended its footprint by
over 50 percent, and increased the number of exhibiting galleries from barely 200 galleries
in 2002 to more than 260 galleries at this year’s edition. Outside the halls, public art works
have repeatedly transformed numerous locations across Miami Beach.
The decade has also marked a time of great transformations in the cultural scene of South
Florida and Miami Beach. Major private collections including De la Cruz Collection
Contemporary Art Space, CIFO, Rubell Family Collection, World Class Boxing, and the
Margulies Collection enlarged their presence in Miami Beach and their reputation across
the world. In addition, public institutions such as the Miami Art Museum and MOCA North
Miami are extending their scope with new building projects, scheduled for completion in
2013. Many observers have called this decade ‘a cultural renaissance’, that made the
Greater Miami area an exciting destination for the international artworld. The show has likewise helped catalyze the evolution of the Latin American art scene,
serving as an annual meeting point for its existing players and its new collectors. The rapid
surge in the numbers of collectors from the entire continent – and the steady pace at which
they have broadened the scope of their collections – have made the show a true nexus
between the art scenes of Europe, North America and Latin America.
Art Galleries
The Art Basel Miami Beach Selection Committee has chosen more than 200 galleries for
the main sector of this year’s show. More than half of the exhibitors come from outside the
United States, with strong participation from Europe, 26 galleries from Latin America, nine
galleries from Asia and two from Africa. The following galleries are exhibiting for the first
time in Art Galleries: Galerie Berinson (Berlin), DAN Galeria (São Paulo), Loretta Howard
Gallery (New York), Marc Jancou Contemporary (New York), Long March Space (Beijing),
McCaffrey Fine Art (New York), Galería Sur (Montevideo), and Richard Telles
(Los Angeles). The following galleries are returning to the show after a short hiatus: Air de
Paris (Paris), Alexander and Bonin (New York), Galería Helga de Alvear (Madrid), Gavin
Brown’s enterprise (New York), China Art Objects (Los Angeles), Sadie Coles HQ
(London), Galerie Eigen+Art (Berlin), Alison Jacques Gallery (London), Galerie Peter
Kilchmann (Zurich), Galerie nächst St. Stephan (Vienna), SCAI The Bathhouse (Tokyo),
and Silverstein (New York). The full list of exhibitors can be found at
Art Kabinett
In Art Kabinett, galleries selected for the Art Galleries sector will present more than 20
curated exhibitions in a separately delineated space within their booth. The curatorial
concepts for Art Kabinett are diverse, including thematic group exhibitions, art-historical
showcases and solo shows for rising stars. Details on the Art Kabinett sector will be
announced in October and will be available at
Art Nova
In this year’s Art Nova sector, 42 emerging and established galleries from 17 countries are
presenting new works by either two or three artists. In all, recent works by 104 artists will
be on display, providing visitors with an opportunity to see pieces fresh from studios
around the globe – and making the sector an ideal opportunity to discover the newest
artistic tendencies. Further details on Art Nova will be announced in September and will be
available at
Art Positions
Art Positions creates a platform for a project from one emerging artist, allowing curators,
critics and collectors to discover ambitious new talents. The sector presents 16 young
galleries from nine different countries, showcasing cutting-edge projects by the artists
Emily Sundblad (Algus Greenspon, New York), Rosana Ricalde (Baró Galeria, São Paulo), Icaro Zorbar (Casas Riegner, Bogotá), Cinthia Marcelle (Silvia Cintra + Box 4, Rio de
Janeiro), Jessica Warboys (Gaudel de Stampa, Paris), Theaster Gates (Kavi Gupta,
Chicago/Berlin), Carissa Rodriguez (Karma International, Zurich), Alexandra Bircken
(Kimmerich Gallery, New York), Sven Johne (Klemm’s, Berlin), Jorge Satorre (LABOR,
Mexico City), Paulo Nazareth (Mendes Wood, São Paulo), Mandla Reuter (Francesca
Minini, Milan), Cesar Cornejo (Galeria Lucia de la Puente, Lima), Otavio Schipper (Anita
Schwartz Galeria de Arte, Rio de Janeiro), Analia Saban (Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los
Angeles), Marco Rountree (Travesía Cuatro, Madrid). Details of Art Positions will be
announced in October and will be available at
Art Public
Art Public will for the first time be curated by Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of
Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and co-founder of
the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), a non-profit organization for public art. For the
first time, Art Public will collaborate with the Bass Museum of Art to transform Collins Park
with unique artworks and performances, by both renowned artists and emerging talents.
This year, Art Public expands with more artworks on show than ever before, while at the
same time the sector will be focused within a strongly defined exhibition area. Works on
display will engage directly with the viewers, interrupting the daily routine of passersby in
poetic and surprising ways. Details of Art Public will be announced in November and will
be available at
Art Basel Conversations
Art Basel Conversations offers audiences access to first-hand information on the main
aspects of the international artworld, opening with an artist talk featuring a legendary
practitioner. Taking place in the auditorium adjacent to Entrance D of the Miami Beach
Convention Center every morning, topics of the free panel discussions include
‘Public/Private: The Evolution of Museum Missions,’ ‘Collector Focus:
Art Basel Miami Beach and South Florida: A Decade of Transformation’ and ‘The Future of
Artistic Practice: The Artist as Poet.’ Distinguished artists, collectors, museum directors,
architects, curators, critics, gallerists, and publishers will take part. After each Art Basel
Conversation, the audience can meet the panelists personally. The detailed program will
be announced in November and will be available at
Art Salon
Taking place in the auditorium adjacent to Entrance D of the Miami Beach Convention
Center every afternoon, Art Salon is a platform for discussion where artworld figures will
present their projects, with an emphasis on the most current themes in contemporary art.
Informal in format but international in scope, it also features artist talks, roundtable
discussions and lectures. The detailed program will be announced in November and will
be available at Art Film
Art Film is again curated by Zurich film connoisseur This Brunner. Details will be
announced in late September and will be available at
Art Video
In Art Video, galleries will present a varied selection of video works. Organised in
association with London’s Artprojx, screenings of Art Video will be presented for the first
time in two different locations: in SoundScape Park on the outdoor New World Centre
projection wall and within five viewing pods inside the Miami Beach Convention Centre.
Full details on Art Video will be announced in October and will be available at
Museums and Private Collections
Once again, Miami’s leading private collections – among them the Rubell Family
Collection, CIFO, the De la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, World Class Boxing,
the Margulies Collection, and the Dacra Collection – will be opening their homes and
warehouses to guests of the international art show. The museums of South Florida will
also be staging important exhibitions to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, including:
‘Enrique Martinez Celaya’ and ‘American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of
the 1960s’ at the Miami Art Museum; ‘Erwin Wurm: Beauty Business’ at the Bass Museum
of Art; ‘Jenny Savile’ at the Norton Museum; ‘Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity: French
Design for Living’ at the Wolfsonian-FIU; ‘Mark Handforth: Rolling Stop’ at MOCA North
Sponsors and Partners
UBS continues its longstanding and successful partnership with Art Basel and
Art Basel Miami Beach in 2011. The firm has been main sponsor of Art Basel for the past
18 years and main sponsor of Art Basel Miami Beach since the show’s inception in 2002.
The world-renowned jeweler Cartier supports Art Basel Miami Beach as Associate
Sponsor, as does NetJets, the first and largest fractional aircraft ownership company in the
world. Furniture will be provided by Herman Miller and the VIP car service by BMW.
AXA Art, the globally active specialty art and collectibles insurance company, will again
provide multilingual VIP guided tours at Art Basel Miami Beach. The show is supported by
the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. Additional partners can be found at
Guided Tours
The ArtNexus guided tours in English and Spanish will be available daily during show
hours from Thursday to Sunday. There will be general tours of the show and special tours
for Art Kabinett. For reservations and information contact Sol Romero: Tel. +1 305 891 7270, ext. 4; During show days, reservations can be made by phone
or at the Guided Tours Information Desk in Info Zone D.
The Bass Museum of Art will offer guided group and private tours of Art Public in English.
Walk-in tours (no reservation required) will take place at 12:30, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm, each
day of the show, while private and group tours will need to be booked in advance. Each
tour will take 45 minutes. Price: US $8 per person, groups of 15 or more US $5 per
person. For reservations and further information, contact the Bass Museum of Art:
Tel. +1 305 673 7530, ext. 9-1001;

You May Also Like