Art from 29 nations comes to Art Basel Miami Beach
Written by Catherine Lackner on November 22, 2016
This year will be the 15th for Art Basel Miami Beach and features 269 leading international galleries from 29 countries, with 50% of all exhibitors having spaces in the Americas. There are 21 new galleries this year, and more than 85 galleries exhibiting also took part in the first edition in Miami Beach in 2002, according to a spokesperson.
The show is divided into sections: Nova, which is dedicated to younger galleries showing new work by one to three artists, features works from 35 galleries; Positions, a sector for solo presentations with a specific project, comprises 16 exhibitors; Survey, which is for curated presentations of historical works, has 14 participants; Edition, focused on multiple works, has 11 participants; and Kabinett features 29 distinct curated projects set within select gallery booths.
“We have some very exciting galleries participating in the Miami Beach show for the first time, from Gaga Fine Arts in Mexico and Leo Xu Projects in China, to Galerie Greta Meert in Belgium and Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M in Italy, to Di Donna and Callicoon Fine Arts in New York, as well as Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Various Small Fires in Los Angeles,” said Noah Horowitz, Art Basel director for the Americas. “I personally always enjoy getting to know new artists presented in Nova and Positions. Rita Ponce de León and Ishmael Randall Weeks at Ignacio Liprandi and Max Hooper Schneider with High Art come to mind, in particular, in this regard.”
Public, the exhibition of large-scale and site-specific work within Collins Park, will again be curated by Nicholas Baume and will feature 20 artists, including Magdalena Abakanowicz, David Adamo, Jean-Marie Appriou, Eric Baudart, Huma Bhabha, Yoan Capote, Claudia Comte, Matías Duville, Camille Henrot, Glenn Kaino, Alicja Kwade, Sol LeWitt, Wagner Malta Tavares, Tony Matelli, William J. O’Brien, Anthony Pearson, Norbert Prangenberg, Ugo Rondinone, Tony Tasset and Erwin Wurm.
The show’s evening film screenings are curated by David Gryn, and the feature film selected by curator Marian Masone explores the artist Maurizio Cattelan. Screenings run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 at SoundScape Park, and at Miami’s Colony Theater.
Art Basel’s acclaimed Conversations & Salon sector presents diverse discussions. At Miami Beach Convention Center, talks will feature artists, gallery owners, art historians, writers, curators, museum directors and collectors from across the globe, including Alexandre Arrechea, Wafaa Bilal, Francesco Clemente, Mark Dion, Lady Bunny, Julio Le Parc, Glenn Ligon, Tony Matelli, Jill Magid, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Damián Ortega, Bernardo Ortiz, Molly Palmer, Howardena Pindell, HE Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, Howard Rachofsky and Sun Xun.
Local art museums are doing their share to keep the momentum alive. On Nov. 29, Pérez Art Museum Miami will debut a self-titled solo show by David Reed, which will run until the end of June 2017. Work by Ulla von Brandenberg in the museum’s project gallery will be on view until Jan. 25. “Julio Le Parc: Form into Action” will be on view until March 19, “Sarah Oppenheimer: S-281913” and “Susan Hiller: Lost and Found” until June 4.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami will debut a show by Thomas Bayrle Nov. 29, which will be on view until March 26.