Art Basel Miami Beach Succeeds Again With A Stellar Display Of Works And Extensive Programming Around The City

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I’ve participated in Art Basel in Miami Beach since its inception in 2002 and without any exception, this is the most successful of all its editions in terms of quality, conversations, volume of visitors and new audiences.” – Sean Kelly, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

The 2013 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach – which officially closed Sunday, December 8, 2013, drew strong praise from collectors, gallerists, critics and visitors. With an expanded Public Sector and a vibrantly diverse line-up of talks, performances and film screenings, the quality of works exhibited was matched by the show’s programming. The 12th edition was described by many observers as the strongest-ever Art Basel show in Miami Beach. Featuring 258 leading international galleries from across 31 countries, the show confirmed its positioning as the leading art fair of the Americas. Finally, the inaugural Edition sector at Art Basel’s 2013 show in Miami Beach was met with an enthusiastic response from both new and long-time collectors of prints and editioned pieces.

‘This year has been marked for us by the largest number of museum groups and institutional contacts, and a new generation of collectors becoming very active.’ – Lucy Mitchell-Innes, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Art Basel Miami Beach, whose Lead Partner is UBS, attracted an attendance of 75,000 over the five show days, a seven percent increase over last year. Over 140 museum and institution groups from across the world – as well as renowned private collectors from the Americas, Europe, Asia and emerging markets – attended the show.

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A favorite sector among museum directors and critics, Kabinett offered visitors many of this year’s highlights. 25 select galleries presented curated exhibitions within their booths, including work by Marina Abramovic (Luciana Brito Galeria); José Bento and Raymundo Colares (A Gentil Carioca); Richard Fauguet (Art : Concept); Al Taylor (Niels Borch Jensen Galerie); Leon Polk Smith (Valerie Carberry Gallery); Gerold Miller (Mehdi Chouakri); Yeni & Nan (Henrique Faria Fine Art); Marius de Zayas (Galerie 1900-2000); Richard Meier (Galerie Gmurzynska); Luis Camnitzer (Alexander Gray Associates); Theaster Gates (Kavi Gupta Chicago/Berlin); James Edward Deeds (Hirschl & Adler Modern); Luis Gispert (Rhona Hoffman Gallery); Hu Qingyan (Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne); Claire Fontaine (Metro Pictures); Man Ray (Francis M. Naumann Fine Art); Damir Oč o (Yvon Lambert); race min (Lehmann Ma pin); ean c ll (Galerie Lelong); Mel Kendrick (David Nolan Gallery); Martin Barré (Galerie Nathalie Obadia); Danilo Dueñas (Galerie Thomas Schulte); and Sam Francis (Van Doren Waxter). It also featured two thematic shows: ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ at Kicken Berlin and ‘AiR (Krinzinger Artist in Residence)’ at Galerie Krinzinger.

We met old and new collectors, from the United States, Europe, South America, and of course, a good number of Chinese collectors. The Rubell Family Collection’s presentation of 28 Chinese contemporary artists certainly brought a lot of attention and new interest as well.’  – Theresa Liang, Long March Space, Beijing

Positions offered a tight selection of 16 galleries from 12 countries, each providing an opportunity to discover the work of an individual emerging artist. Presentations included: Dove Allouche (Gaudel de Stampa), Nicolás Consuegra (La Central), Lourival Cuquinha (Baró Galeria), Ulrik Heltoft (Andersen`s Contemporary), Tom Holmes (Bureau), Nadira Husain (PSM), Juan López (Nogueras Blanchard), Mathieu Malouf (Real Fine Arts), Jorge Pedro Nuñez (Galerie Crèvecoeur), Seung Yul Oh (One and J. Gallery), Vijai Patchineelam (Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo), Laercio Redondo (Silvia Cintra + Box4), Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Kalfayan Galleries), Gabriel Acevedo Velarde (Arratia Beer), Oriol Vilanova (Parra & Romero), and Wang Yuyang (Tang Contemporary Art).

This is our first year as an exhibitor at Art Basel in Miami Beach and we just loved being here. I think it was good for our artists to be exposed to this enormous and enormously diverse crowd. We enjoyed seeing many old friends and meeting a lot of new collectors and curators, who we trust will become friends over time. Our sales have been great.’ – Peter MacGill, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Widely judged to feature the best presentations yet, this year’s edition of Nova featured 34 galleries, many with works fresh from the studio. Limited to work made in the last three years, the sector was the site of exhibitions by David Ostrowski (Peres Projects); Jose Dávila (Max Wigram Gallery); John Finneran and Alisa Baremboym (47 Canal); Plamen Dejanoff and Lisa Holzer (Galerie Emanuel Layr); Shannon Ebner and Chris Johanson (Altman Siegel); José Antonio Suárez, Londoño, and Johanna Calle (Casas Riegner); Matt Connors and Bernard Piffaretti (Cherry and Martin); Nicole Eisenman and Tony Matelli (Leo Koenig); Mariana Mauricio, Mauro, Piva, and Sandra Gamarra (Galeria Leme); Daniel Jacoby and Nestor Sanmiguel Diest (Maisterravalbuena); Susan Collis, Ellen Harvey, and Evariste Richer (Meessen De Clercq); Oscar Muñoz, Julieta Aranda, and Voluspa Jarpa (Galerie mor.charpentier); Meric Algün Ringborg, and Erdem Tasdelen (NON); and many others. For the full list of galleries and artists, please visit www.artbasel.com/miami-beach/nova.

We have exhibited in Basel since the first year but are taking part in Art Basel in Miami Beach for the first time this year. The new Edition sector has drawn considerable interest and consistent sales. We sold a remarkable 33 works by one artist on the second day. Hopefully this will continue to grow – people will hear that you can buy an original work of art by a blue-chip artist for a price that many more people can afford, and realize art is not just for millionaires.’ – Helen Waters, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Photo credit: Sheldon Baldie/Staff Photographer

Photo credit: Sheldon Baldie/Staff Photographer

Public, the outdoor sculpture sector – produced in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art – was curated for the first time by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of New York City’s Public Art Fund. Under the theme ‘Social Animals’, the exhibition featured over 30 large-scale sculptures and installations by 24 leading and emerging international artists, including Huma Bhabha, Mark di Suvero, Matias Faldbakken, Sam Falls, Tom Friedman, Jeppe Hein, Thomas Houseago, Alicja Kwade, Richard Long, Charlotte Posenenske, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Oscar Tuazon, and Maarten Vanden Eynde. Set within the cityscape of Miami Beach at Collins Park, this year’s edition of Public sought to turn a grouping of separate works by multiple artists into a temporary community of its own, with works in conversation and in dialog with each other. Artworks by Carol Bove, Olaf Breuning, Aaron Curry, Michelle Lopez, Matthew Monahan, Scott Reeder, Santiago Roose, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Tony Tasset, Mungo Thomson, and Phil Wagner will continue to be present in Collins Park through March 2014 as part of ‘tc: temporary contemporary’, a new initiative in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art. The sector opened to the public on Wednesday night with performances by Olaf Breuning, David Colman, Kate Gilmore, Ryan McNamara, and Mungo Thomson. For more information, please visit: www.artbasel.com/miami-beach/public.

Following the long success of a dedicated sector for prints and limited-editioned works at Art Basel’s show in Switzerland, the debut Edition sector of the Miami Beach show featured Alan Cristea Gallery, Crown Point Press, gdm, Gemini G.E.L. LLC, Sabine Knust, Carolina Nitsch, Pace Prints, The Paragon Press, Polígrafa Obra Gràfica, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Paul Stolper Gallery and Two Palms.

Curated for the third year by David Gryn of London’s Artprojx, the Film sector included over 70 film and video works by and about artists, drawn from the show’s participating galleries. Framed within eight distinct screening programs and screened over four nights, the program featured works by Nevin Aladağ, Dara Birnbaum, Rineke Dijkstra, Leo Gabin, Joan Jonas, Oscar Muñoz, Rashaad Newsome, Cheng Ran, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Regina Silveira, Mickalene Thomas, and Kemang Wa Lehulere, and the international premiere of new works by Martin Creed and Kehinde Wiley. An estimated 1,000 visitors attended the free screenings in SoundScape Park on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry designed New World Center. Selected by Zurich film connoisseur This Brunner, the feature film ‘Nan Goldin – I Remember Your Face’ (2013) by Sabine Lidl held its United States premiere, followed by a Q&A with the artist and the director. The evening offered a thoughtful and personal engagement with Nan Goldin, for an intimate audience of film and arts lovers. For more information, please visit: www.artbasel.com/miamibeach/film.

Nan Goldin - I Remember Your Face

Nan Goldin – I Remember Your Face

Bringing together leading artists, museum directors, collectors, and curators, Art Basel Miami Beach’s daily talks program offered dynamic dialogs between prominent members of the international artworld. The morning Conversations program opened with the Premiere Artist Talk with the American artist Doug Aitken, whose ‘Station to Station’ project sent an art train across America this fall. Further sessions included ‘Public/Private: Museums Go Global’ and ‘Artistic Practice the Artist as technologist’, along with a continuation of the series ‘The Artist and the Gallerist’.

‘NON is hugely excited to be part of this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach. As one of the Nova galleries, we presented – for the very first time at a air in the United States – the or s o t o p-and-comin r ish artists Meri Al n in or and rdem a delen. As Art Basel continues to provide a global vehicle for creative dialog, we are very honored to have taken part and to have contributed to this exhilarating event.’ – rya Demir, Galeri NON, Istanbul

The afternoon program Salon featured 20 shorter talks, ranging rom ‘Art Market vs Art History ’ and ‘Bankrupt Cities. Endangered Museums Learning From the Case of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ to ‘Beyond Post-Black’ and ‘Constructive Art Criticism in Latin America’. Featured artists in the panels included Abraham Cruzvillegas, Olafur Eliasson, Cécile B. Evans, Naomi Fisher, Mario Garcia Torres, Ellen Harvey, Camille Henrot, Brian Khek, Joseph Kosuth, Sharon Louden, Ry Rocklen, Gabriel Sierra, Frances Stark, Brian Tolle, Erika Verzutti, Allyson Vieira, Jim Drain, Amalia Ulman, and Robert Whitman. Conversations were presented in partnership with Absolut. High-quality videos of all Conversations and Salon talks are available at www.artbasel.com/miamibeach/talks.

Once again Miami Beach’s leading museums and private collections timed their strongest exhibitions of the year to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. The Rubell Family Collection, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space and the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse – opened their collections to international visitors, putting on museum-quality exhibitions timed to the show.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami opened its new Herzog & de Meuron building with exhibitions including ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’, and commissioned projects by Yael Bartana, Bouchra Khalili, Hew Locke and Monika Sosnowska. Additional significant museum shows across South Florida included: ‘Tracey Emin: Angel without You’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; ‘Phyllida Barlow: HOARD’ at the Norton Museum of Art; and ‘The Birth of Rome’ and ‘Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata’ at the Wolfsonian-FIU.

Over 140 international museum and collectors groups came from all over the world to attend Art Basel Miami Beach. The delegations included trustee and patron groups from the Centre Pompidou, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, MoCA Beijing, New Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, Rockbund Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and many more.

A limited number of catalogs still available from D.A.P. in New York, please visit artbook.com for the USA, or from Hatje Cantz Publishers in Germany: hatjecantz.de.