This was my second year going to Art Basel Miami and I absolutely love being able to fully immerse myself for days in new and progressive art from cultures around the world.
For anyone not familiar, Art Basel is a world renowned art convention that presents works from tenured and emerging artists and galleries from across the globe. The exhibition is divided into sectors labeled Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Survey, Kabinett, Film, Public, and Magazines (see below for descriptions), all housed in the Miami Beach Convention Center. This Art Basel lent to an overall sense of inspiration from Pop Art and Post-Modernism with a fair representation of Cubist classics from Picasso, Fauve from Matisse, an interesting use of pop culture, juxtaposition and dichotomy, play with geometrics and perception, international social and political awareness, messages of love and power depicted through neon lights, and an ever-revolutionizing mixture of materials and media with which to tell a story.
Adjacent from the Miami Beach Convention Center is the Design Miami tent, another sector of the Art Basel show. This exhibition focuses more on interior and furniture design and architecture with a few sponsored design installations by Fendi and Swarovski. This site is where architecture and design firms, furniture galleries and designers come to display their works. I love the Design Miami tent sometimes more that the main Art Basel convention because of my love for all things design. This is thanks to my older brother who is an architect and has unconsciously shaped my design taste ever since I can remember.
Art Basel has become an international attraction and city-wide celebration! Yes the main attraction is at the convention center, but you’ll be able to find many pop up exhibits and installations, indoor and outdoor, throughout Miami Design District and Miami Beach. Many organizations and businesses also have events to reap the benefits from the added tourism in the city. I attended The Webster Miami’s The Webster X Calvin Klein Collection Men’s capsule collaboration on Friday night and The Webster’s exclusive Chanel Cruise 2016 event on Saturday. If you are ever in Miami I HIGHLY recommend you stop by this world-renowned fashion cult-attraction of a store.
ART BASEL SECTORS
Galleries | 191 leading galleries from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, show the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to today emerging stars. Visitors can find works ranging from inexpensive edition pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces.
Nova | 34 Galleries present works created within the last three years by one, two or three of their artists. This sector often features pieces fresh from the artist’s studio and strongly curatorial juxtapositions.
Positions | 16 galleries spotlights a single artist with one exciting project, allowing visitors to discover ambitious new talents from all over the globe.
Edition | 12 leading publishers of editions works, prints and multiples exhibit the results of their collaboration with renowned artists.
Survey | 14 precise art historical projects are featured, including presentations by an individual artist, juxtapositions and thematic exhibits by artists representing a range of cultures, generations and artistic approaches.
Kabinett | In a separately delineated space within selected Galleries sector booths, 27 diverse curatorial concepts are presented, including thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases and solo shows.
Film | Presenting more than 50 works across two venues–inside the Miami Beach Convention Center and in the outdoor setting of SoundScape Park where works are shown on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New World Center. Selections include works by some of today’s most exciting artists from Latin America, the United States, Europe, Asia and beyond.
Public | Over 25 outdoor sculptures, interventions and performances sited within an open and public exhibition format at Collins Park. The sector has been produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art since 2011.
Magazines | Art publications from around the world display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth.