Miami Beach Art Basel
Miami Beach Convention Center Miami Beach, FL
December 5-8, 2019
Senior Photographer: Nelli Thomas
Hear Our City Magazine is excited to share the Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 experience with our readers.
This year marked 17th edition of this truly global event with 268 galleries from 35 countries, presenting 29 of them for the very first time. With main focus on Latin America, more than half of the galleries represented were from the United States. Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), a completely newly-renovated venue, was absolutely stunning this December 6 – 9, attracting 83,000 visitors.
The Art Basel pre-fair preparation did not really start before and stopped right after the event, it was a continuous process. To put this masterpiece of the art production together, it took hundreds of engineers, experts in construction, staff, and most importantly, the art handlers, who took care of multi-million dollar treasures on their almost covert mission of assembling and installing, from several months in advance of the event through its culmination.
198 galleries were included in the main sector of the fair, Galleries, where show visitors had an opportunity to observe the works of emerging artists. The Nova section with its 29 galleries presented fresh, created within the last three years, works of art. New global talents with one thrilling project were introduced by 14 galleries in the Positions sector. The Edition sector contained the works, prints, multiples of renowned artists from 11 leading publishers. Created before 2000, 16 precise art historical projects were featured at the Survey sector. The Kabinett sector proudly displayed the freedom of selection for 31 curatorial concepts.
The Grand Ballroom, located at the heart of the congress center, displayed a monumental “Autorreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist…’, a special project by Abraham Cruzvillegas & choreographer Bárbara Foulkes, presented by the Art Basel and The Kitchen in collaboration with Philipp Kaiser (the Swiss-born, Los Angeles-based curator), and supported by MGM Resorts Art & Culture. This daring installation was built using materials found around the MBCC, and activated by improvising dancers’ and musicians’ performances. The availability of such impressive space at the venue marks new home for the future projects of such magnitude.
From the Collectors Lounge for VIP guests, to the UBS Art Studio with public access, Art Basel’s mobile app was a helpful tool to customize one’s personal events calendar. Also open to free public access, the Conversations series presented 18 round tables on topics regarding global contemporary art scene, generational shift, new media impact on art, collectors’ response to political change, virtual reality art, gender equality and feminism, to name a few.
Since its inception in 2002, the Art Basel Miami Beach continued its collaboration with Private Collections, giving the guests a unique opportunity to admire very special exhibits during the show week. The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, the Rubell Family Collection, the de la Cruz Collection, Girl’s Club, were must-see spectacles.
From the epicenter at the MBCC, in unison with the 14th edition of Design Miami, the art spilled out into overwhelming plethora of exciting events in Miami, on the beach, and South Florida overall, from open museums to elaborate after-parties sighting numerous celebrities, A-listers, and a fleet of private jets that descended upon the city that week.