Art Basel Miami Beach: Preview

Posted November 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm in Art, News

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Hernan Bas Case study (Anton, Feral child), 2014 acrylic and starfish on linen.
Image courtesy to Lehmann Maupin New York and Hong Kong

ART BASEL Miami Beach is one of the biggest annual events in the art world. We will be on the ground at this year’s Art Basel, which runs from December 4 until 7 in Miami Beach. This year’s theme is Fieldwork, focused in part on the value of public art and the concept of experimentation.

For the event, Collins Park in Miami Beach will be transformed into an outdoor exhibition, featuring over 26 large-scale and other installations by international leading and emerging artists. The event will include the work of artists like Georg Baselitz, Lynda Benglis, Matthias Bitzer, Sarah Braman, Ana Luiza Dias Batista, Sam Ekwurtzel, Elmgreen & Dragset, Faivovich & Goldberg, Nuria Fuster, and others.

Art Basel will open to the public on the evening of December 3 with a program of live performances by Ryan Gander, Christian Falsnaes, Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper, and Alix Pearlstein. This opening night, which is free to the public, will take place in Collins Park on Wednesday, December 3, from 8.30 pm to 10 pm.

During the main public open days from December 4 to 7 , several artists will conduct living experiments – expressing their ideas and getting direct feedback. Special exhibits in the park include works by Ryan Gander, Sam Moyer and Jessica Stockholder. Some works build on the landscape and architecture of the venue itself at Collins Park, like Ugo Rondinone’s installation on the Bass Museum façade or Alfredo Jaar’s work on the park’s rotunda. Other works go beyond the boundary of Collins Park to the beach, where Gunilla Klingberg will create a performance installation in which she will imprint pattern into the sand every morning that will be gradually erased throughout the day.

Other highlights include reconceptions of the classical fountain by Lynda Benglis and Tatiana Trouvé, and works utilising found objects and scrap materials by Nancy Rubins and Nuria Fuster. There also will be important sculptures by Yinka Shonibare MBE and Barthélémy Toguo, and interpretations of space and form by Matthias Bitzer, Sarah Braman, Jeppe Hein and Jessica Jackson Hutchins.

This year, select art works will remain on display in Collins Park through March 2015 as a part of tc: temporary contemporary, which is present by the Bass Museum of Art in partnership with the City of Miami Beach.

by Jessica Quillin

On Friday, December 5, from 5pm to 6pm, Art Basel’s Salon program will see Nicholas Baume in conversation with Ryan Gander, Lyz Glynn and Nicolás Goldberg. Art Basel entry tickets include admission to Salon.

The Public sector is free of charge and open to the public from December 4 to December 7. Tours will be offered daily at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm. Collins Park is located between 21st and 22nd Street, in close proximity of the exhibition halls within the Miami Beach Convention Center and adjacent to The Bass Museum of Art.

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Image credits:

Chris Ofili

Christ Ofili, Dead Monkey – Sex, Money and Drugs, 2000, Acrylic, oil, polyester resin, pencil, glitter, map pins, and elephant dung on linen
72 x 120 inches (182.9 x 304.8 cm) Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

Tomoo Gokita, Mrs Brown, 25 ½” by 21”  (65 cm x 53 cm), acrylic gouache/linen 2014.
Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York

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