Buro 24/7 Guide: Art Basel Miami Beach
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Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has been one of the biggest driving forces in the creative industry since its inception, supporting the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of all visual arts.
From December 4–7, the city of Miami will become a meeting place for the international art world and is enthusiasts. At the centre of North America and Latin America, this Art Basel showcase presents artwork from across all around the world. Sited annually in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, over 250 of the world's leading galleries will be participating – drawing over 70,000 visitors each year.
Now, Buro 24/7 Middle East highlights the best fairs and exhibitions to look out for whilst checking out the four-day artistic playground:
'Tir-Assemblages' by Niki de Saint Phalle
The Survey Sector
Dotted all around the city, nearly 260 galleries from 31 countries will gather to present their work in eight sectors (Galleries, Nova, Edition, Positions, Kabinett, Magazine, Public and Film). For this year's Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB), there will even be a new sector called Survey which will feature 13 galleries and include pieces from "Tir-Assemblages" by Niki de Saint Phalle, Henry Darger, mid-twentieth century works by the Brazilian artist Alfredo Volpe and more.
With the Miami Beach Convention Center as the main base of Art Basel – hosting the majority of the sectors in its 500,000 square feet of exhibition space – there will also be portions of the fair that are off property but nearby. Public art will be at Collins Park and film will be presented at both SoundScape Park and the convention centre – with many of the events including talks and films, free and open to the public, while tickets for the main attractions start at $32.
The Design District
The Design District
Aside from the art, another must-see is the Design District, which is rapidly transforming into "the luxury fashion district" of Miami. With the space still under construction, plenty of luxury stores are already open including Prada, Marni, Rick Owens, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Louboutin, Cartier, Celine, Pucci and Dior. Design houses like Maison Martin Margiela will even be creating special pieces in interior design for the district.
Moving up to North Miami Beach, the third edition of the SELECT art fair plans to set up a 40,000 square-foot tent to hold over 50 galleries on the beach at 72nd Street. SELECT will also use the already on site art deco amphitheatre for exciting installations, performances and exhibitions. In addition, SELECT has enlisted Solange Knowles to curate a few performances – including one of her own – nightly from Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 7 pm.
'Welcome to the Future' by Daniel Arsham
Daniel Arsham's Exhibition
Over at the local Miami gallery, Locust Projects, contemporary American artist Daniel Arsham's first major exhibition in Miami since 2010 will be on display. Called Welcome to the Future, the showcase – which opens on December 4 – will include the unearthing of the gallery's floor, filled with thousands of "calcified, 20th century media devices." The artist also recently unveiled his first short film with actor James Franco, which you can watch here.
Fridge Art Fair
For a wide variety of fun and unique art, New York-based Fridge Art Fair is the place for you, returning for its second year at The 3rd Street Garage. Its Mega Mango Miami: The Great Opening preview is on December 4, with an after party in Little Havana on the same evening, with the always jovial founder Eric Ginsburg stating, "People should not be afraid to go and see art, and it should not cost a fortune."
Cate Blanchett and Kevin Spacey for IWC
Peter Lindbergh for IWC
For photography lovers, world-renowned Swiss watch manufacturer, IWC will be celebrating their new Portofino collection with an exhibition of photos by Peter Lindbergh. Held at the W South Beach on December 3, the shot models and actors in the campaign include Emily Blunt, Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima, with hosts for the opening night to be DuJour magazine founder Jason Binn and IWC CEO Georges Kern.
At the beginning of the week, on December 4, up-and-coming UK singer FKA Twigs will be performing at YoungArts and on Friday, December 5, Grammy-nominated and Mercury Prize winning recording artist James Blake will also be performing.
For those with a keen eye for interiors, Design Miami/ is a must as it has become one of the most innovative global forums for high-end design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the globe in celebration of new design and commerce. Coinciding with the Art Basel fairs in Miami each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ has become the main creative hub for collecting, exhibiting, and discussing in the field of design.