Art Basel Miami Beach - Celebrating the finest in Art, by the Sea.
Celebrating the finest in art, by the sea.
With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America’s most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the art world with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event. Art Basel Miami 2017 was once again a well-attended event that showcased the best in emerging art, while paying tribute to the masters of modern and contemporary. Over 200 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa participated this year. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works by over 4000 artists were on display in the main exhibition hall. Ambitious large-scale artworks, films and performances became part of the city’s outdoor landscape at nearby Collins Park and Soundscape Park.
Designed for galleries to present one, two or three artists showing works created within the last three years, the Nova sector featured strong juxtapositions and never-before-seen pieces fresh from the artist’s studio.
This sector allowed curators, critics, and collectors to discover ambitious new talents from across the globe, by providing a platform for a single artist to present one major project.
Leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibited the results of their collaboration with renowned artists, providing visitors the opportunity to see significant and rare publications.
In a separately delineated space within their booths, galleries presented a curated exhibition by an artist of their choice. The diverse curatorial concepts for Kabinett included thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases and solo shows for rising stars.
Survey presented precise art historical projects. These included solo presentations by an individual artist, juxtapositions and thematic exhibits from artists representing a range of cultures, generations and artistic approaches.
Over 20 large-scale sculptures and installations by leading and
emerging international artists were installed in Collins Park. The sector was produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art and supported by MGM Resorts Art & Culture, and curated by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund.
Organized in association with David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and London’s Artprojx, the Film sector presented a dynamic program of films. Outdoor screenings were held at Soundscape Park, on the 7,000-square-foot projection wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center; and inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. In addition, New York-based film curator Marian Masone selected a feature-length film for a special screening at the Colony Theatre.
Art publications from around the world displayed their magazines in single-magazine stands, or the collective booth. Every year editors and publishers attend this show and many magazines contribute presentations to Salon, the afternoon series of lectures and discussions by prominent members of the art world.
Art Basel’s stimulating program of Conversations and Salon talks allowed audiences to deepen their knowledge of artistic practice, the international art world, and the art market. The daily Conversations series offered the audience access to the thinking of important art world players –artists, curators, critics and collectors –who shared their unique perspectives on producing, collecting and exhibiting art. Salon was an open platform for dozens of short, often informal presentations, such as artist talks, panels, lectures and performances with a range of speakers representing many different aspects of the artworld. Conversations & Salon were programmed by Mari Spirito.