Bas Jan Ader
W.E. Alexander Lee
America's most important art show is the favorite winter meeting place of the international art world. From a record number of 530 applications, the Selection Committee chose 180 galleries from the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa to showcase works by over one thousand 20th and 21st century artists.
The international art world's favorite winter meeting place
The third edition of Art Basel Miami Beach will take place from December 2 to 5, 2004. America's most important art show is the favorite winter meeting place of the international art world. From a record number of 530 applications, the Selection Committee chose 180 galleries from the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa to showcase works by over one thousand 20th and 21st century artists. 97% of last year's exhibitors re-applied for this year's show. There will be special sections devoted to one-person shows of young artists, young galleries in shipping containers converted into exhibition spaces, stands with new works of art, a Video Lounge, and art projects in public spaces. With 40 newly admitted galleries augmenting the already wide variety of art on exhibition, this year's Art Basel Miami Beach promises the most star-studded line-up yet. An exciting program of special exhibitions, visits to private collections, crossover events, and Â«Art Basel ConversationsÂ» with personalities from the international art world round out the wide-ranging program on offer to visitors to Art Basel Miami Beach.
The third edition of Art Basel Miami Beach will be held in Miami Beach, Florida, from December 2 to 5, 2004. On December 1, the eve of the official opening, there will be a glamorous vernissage for invited guests from all over the world. Every conceivable form of visual art (paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, original prints, performances, digital and video art) can be viewed and purchased at the international art show. Prices can range from a few hundred dollars for multiples and works by young artists, into the millions for museum-quality masterpieces.
The distinguished list of participants is what makes Art Basel Miami Beach America's premier show of 20th and 21st century art. 180 leading galleries from the world's most important art capitals will be exhibiting at the show. 44% of them are from the U.S. and Canada, 44% from Europe, 7% from Latin America, 4% from Asia, and one gallery from Africa.
The Selection Committee convened in New York in spring 2004, reviewed a record number of over 530 applications, and selected 180 leading galleries from 24 countries. 97% of last year's participants submitted an application to exhibit yet again this year. Thanks to the 40 newly admitted galleries, this year's roster of participants is even more impressive than last year's. Enhancing the list of galleries for contemporary art are the following new galleries:
1301 PE, (Los Angeles)
Galleria Emi Fontana (Milan)
Studio la CittÃ (Verona)
Galerie Yvon Lambert (Paris)
Matthew Marks Gallery (New York)
Galerie Vera Munro (Hamburg)
Nolan/Ekman Gallery (New York)
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch (Berlin)
Galerie Aurel Scheibler (Cologne)
Galerie Bob van Oursow (Zurich)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris).
30 of the best-known galleries for 20th-century masters â€“ among them such legendary art dealers as Acquavella, Richard Gray, Gagosian, Pace Wildstein, Mary-Anne Martin, Landau, Juda, Thomas, and Waddington â€“ were represented at last year's Art Basel Miami Beach. They are joined this year by C & M Arts (New York), Galerie Marwan Hoss (Paris), and Joan T. Washburn Gallery (New York). All of them will be showing rare works of 20th century art.
14 Latin American galleries with international programs were selected for the 2004 edition. Seven of them are from Brazil, four from Mexico, two from Costa Rica, and one from Argentina. Together with the European and North American galleries showing Latin American artists, the South American art scene is represented in around half of the exhibiting galleries. Â«Thanks to the rigorous selection process, the participating galleries are the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of the art market. Art Basel Miami Beach has clearly established itself as the number one art fair on the American continentÂ», comments Samuel Keller, Director of Art Basel Miami Beach, referring to the stringent criteria applied by the Selection Committee.
Having experienced high praise from visitors and exhibitors alike from its kick-off in 2003, this year's Â«Art NovaÂ» section has been expanded Â«Art NovaÂ» offers special rates to galleries presenting the very latest works by their artists â€“ works produced within the last two years. The following galleries will be taking part in the special Â«Art NovaÂ» section:
The Approach (London)
Galeria Elba BenÃtez (Madrid)
Spencer Brownstone Gallery (New York)
Cais Gallery (Seoul)
D'Amelio Terras (New York)
Kerstin Engholm Galerie (Vienna)
Foksal Gallery Foundation (Warsaw)
Galleria Francesca Kaufmann (Milan)
Johann KÃ¶nig Galerie (Berlin)
Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York)
Kurimanzutto (Mexico City)
Maccarone Inc. (New York)
Sara Meltzer Gallery (New York)
Galleria Franco Noero (Turin)
Shanghart Gallery (Shanghai)
Sommer Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv)
Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam)
The Â«Art StatementsÂ» section of Art Basel Miami Beach offers dealers the opportunity to present one-person shows of their young artists. Â«Art StatementsÂ», also part of the fair in Switzerland each June has jump-started the careers of many young artists over the years. Â«Art StatementsÂ» provides galleries with a platform guaranteeing a high degree of attention from collectors, curators and the media â€“ at greatly reduced rates. The following thirteen artists have been selected for Â«Art StatementsÂ»:
Pablo Vargas Lugo (Mexico) Massimo Audiello, New York
Martin Eder (Germany) Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
Callum Morton (Canada) Gimpel Fils, London
Los Carpinteros (Cuba) Anthony Grant Inc.,New York
Keegan McHargue (USA) Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles
Stephanie Taylor (USA) Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles
Beth Campbell (USA) Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
Clayton Brothers (USA) Mackey Gallery, Houston
James Yamada (USA) Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples
Sue de Beer (USA) Sandroni Rey, Venice/USA
Roth Stauffenberg (Germany) Galerie Schipper & Krome, Berlin
Kiyomichi Shibuya (Japan) Gallery Side 2, Tokyo
Ronald Moran (El Salvador) Klaus Steinmetz Arte Contemporaneo, San Rafael de Escazu
(List in formation)
Of these 13 artists, six are from the U.S., two are from Germany, and there is one each from Japan, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, and El Salvador.
The presence of major international art journals, an art bookstore, and cultural organizations not only broaden the panoply of information offered in the central exhibition hall of the Miami Beach Convention Center; they also play an important role in bringing contemporary art to wider audiences.
UBS, one of the world's leading financial firms, extends its successful partnership with Art Basel by sponsoring Art Basel Miami Beach. UBS has a long and distinguished tradition as a sponsor of major visual arts projects and initiatives, including exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Atlanta's High Museum of Art. In addition, the firm is known for The UBS Art Collection, which is widely regarded to be among the finest collections of contemporary art in the world. The Collection will be the focus of an upcoming exhibition, Â«Crosscurrents: Contemporary works from the UBS Art CollectionÂ», at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City from February 4 to May 2, 2005. Through The UBS Art Gallery, UBS also provides 4,000 square feet of exhibition space for non-profit institutions on the ground floor of its 1285 Avenue of the Americas location in New York City.
In partnership with Bvlgari, Art Basel will be organizing morning Â«Art Basel ConversationsÂ». Continuing to foster direct encounters with leading personalities from the art world, this forum offers privileged access to first-hand information on all aspects of collecting and exhibiting art. The Â«Art Basel ConversationsÂ» encourage the exchange of ideas by means of panel discussions and personal contact with the speakers and other guests. Participants include prominent collectors, museum directors, biennial curators, architects, publishers, sponsors, and luminaries from the art world. Discussing their current and forthcoming projects and reflecting on their experiences and the challenges they face, they will provide an insider's view of art.
Returning to the fair once again this year is Â«Art PositionsÂ», one of the most sensational satellite exhibits of Art Basel Miami Beach, which is located right on the beach, only a few minutes' walk from the Miami Beach Convention Center. Â«Art PositionsÂ» is Art Basel Miami Beach's forum for cutting-edge galleries, whose budgets are as yet too limited to allow them, to participate in international art shows, Through Â«Art PositionsÂ», young galleries can take advantage of an interesting and economical form of presenting new art. In collaboration with Basel architects Steinmann & Schmid, Art Basel Miami Beach has converted shipping containers into mobile exhibition spaces. Grouped into a small Â«container villageÂ», they are certain to attract a great deal of public interest. The following galleries have been selected for this special section:
Air de Paris (Paris)
Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris)
China Art Objects Galleries (Los Angeles)
Galerie Karin Guenther (Hamburg)
Anna Helwing Gallery (Los Angeles)
Galerie Kamm (Berlin)
David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles)
Galerie Kamel Mennour (Paris)
Peres Projects (Los Angeles)
Postmasters (New York)
Sies + HÃ¶ke Galerie (DÃ¼sseldorf)
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Los Angeles)
Barbara Wien (Berlin)
In the Rotunda of the Miami Beach Public Library in Collins Park, which is also only a few minutes' walk from both the Miami Beach Convention Center and Â«Art PositionsÂ», interested visitors can see video projections and browse a videotheque containing a comprehensive library of video works. The Â«Art Video LoungeÂ», is designed by LO/TEK, an architects group in New York. Unusual art projects in public spaces (Â«Art ProjectsÂ») will be presented in Collins Park and at various locations in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach.
Art Basel Miami Beach incorporates crossover events on subjects like film, music, design, fashion and architecture. Visits to public and private art collections, exclusive receptions, and wild parties are also on the agenda. The museums of South Florida will be staging top-flight exhibitions to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. Complementing the art show, these exhibitions will be a further magnet for international audiences. Once again, the Host Committee of Art Basel Miami Beach (see list at www.ArtBasel.com / organization), comprising over two hundred prominent representatives of the cultural, political and economic sectors, is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the international art event and helping to ensure that exhibitors and visitors receive a particularly warm welcome in the city. Many major museums in the United States are organizing trips to the show, and numerous Latin American and European art collectors' associations have already announced their visits. 30,000 visitors from all over the world are once again expected. Art Basel Miami Beach 2004 promises to once again be one of America's cultural and social highlights.
Art Basel Miami Beach is accompanied by an attractive catalog containing more than 500 illustrations. The publication offers a comprehensive survey of what the international art market has to offer and provides extensive information on the art event. The catalog appears in early November and can be ordered in advance from Hatje Cantz Verlag, Senefelderstr. 12, D-73760 Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany, tel. +49/711-44 05204, fax +49/711-44 05220.
Art Basel Miami Beach:
Latin American Curators for the Â«Art Video LoungeÂ»
Bolivian curator Sandra Antelo-Suarez, who is also editor of the art magazine TRANS>, and Mexican curator Guillermo Santamarina are responsible for the program of this yearâ€™s Â«Art Video Lounge.Â» With Â«Melancholy (Iâ€™ve got dem olâ€™ kozmic blues again mamaâ€¦ and Iâ€™m singing)Â» as their motto, the two curators have put together four different programs featuring video works by over thirty international artists. The Â«Art Video LoungeÂ» designed by the New York-based architects LO/TEK is being installed in the Miami Beach Public Library. It is open to the public. Admission is free.
The Show Management of Art Basel Miami Beach has named Sandra Antelo-Suarez and Guillermo Santamarina as the new curators of the Â«Art Video LoungeÂ» platform of the international art show. Sandra Antelo-Suarez, a Bolivian curator and editor of the art magazine TRANSin New York, was responsible for the Â«AnnleeÂ» fireworks, a collaborative project by Philippe Parreno and Pierre Hughes at the premiere of Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002. Guillermo Santamarina is a freelance curator from Mexico. He has organized more than a hundred exhibitions in and outside Mexico since 1982. The two curators are entrusted with assembling a film and video program, and coordinating its realization with the participating artists and galleries. They have taken over the job from Chrissie Iles (Whitney Museum of American Art in New York), who was responsible for last yearâ€™s Â«Art Video LoungeÂ» program and had herself succeeded James Rondeau (The Art Institute, Chicago). Art Basel Miami Beach is pleased to have Artecity as a sponsor of the Â«Art Video Lounge.Â» Their involvement enables us to expand our varied art programs beyond the show to other forms that our visitors and local residents can enjoy. We thank Artecity for their support and look forward to a productive relationship with their exciting new project in our neighborhood at Collins Park.
The program of the Art Video Lounge features works by some 30 internationally acclaimed artists, with the focus on young emerging talents.
Among the artists in the curated program are:
Bas Jan Ader, Gustavo Artigas, John Bock, Jacques Brel, Jessica Bronson, Mircea Cantor, Serge ClÃ©ment, Bruce Conner, Michel FranÃ§ois, Yang Fudong, Ori Gersht, Anthony Goicolea, FÃ©lix Gonzalez-Torres, Teun Hocks, Barnaby Hosking, Jesper Just, David Krippendorff, Koo Jeong-A, Peter Land, W.E. Alexander Lee, Jorge Macchi, Bjorn Melhus, Rodney McMillian, Adrian Paci, Raymond Pettibon, Aida Ruilova, Robin Rohde, Joel Tauber, Jordan Wolfson, Erwin Wurm.
Art Basel Miami Beachâ€™s Â«Art Video LoungeÂ» presents to its audience a selection of video art works that refer to a concept, in this case: Melancholy (Iâ€™ve got dem olâ€™ kozmic blues again mamaâ€¦ and Iâ€™m singing), yesâ€¦ This is why the focus has been towards SORTS of narrative contents, yes, signs that have a certain degree of yearning affection, or â€“ it may be â€“ an expansion of feelings that are shared in adverse realities, you know, disappointed love, plain disillusion, as happens with old-fashioned promises, as we know. With this, we set up guidelines for possible reflections on the artist; public personality, the return to a poetic passage as a codification of plots narrowed down to a sign of pathos. Maybe it is in the creative process â€“ as nothing but another form of wandering in loneliness â€“ that we find an antidote for our irremediable human condition.
It is worth noting â€“ given the opportunity provided by this event â€“ that, despite an undeniable proliferation of melancholy, human beings nowadays are particularly quick to select the deepest and most enduring spiritual archetypes. Nevertheless, despite failure in containing devastating viruses, the foolish warmongering of some, the uncontrollable and very tragic destruction of our eco-system, or the recurrence of a subjugating pessimism, paradoxically, it is today that a great portion of our species demands a dissemination of defense, salvation, solidarity, and faith. Perhaps it is now â€“ rather than thirty years ago, when the poem was written â€“ that these statements by Marcel Broodthaers become meaningful:
We throw a stone into the waters,
Circles appear, we congeal them, from that
We draw a theory, we work
Voluntarily in an obscurity
Art Basel Miami Beach has devised a unique concept combining new ideas and forms of art mediation with Art Baselâ€™s recipes for success. The heart of the event is the art show itself, which is staged in the spacious exhibition halls of the Miami Beach Convention Center and features 190 leading galleries from North and Latin America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. The Â«Art Video LoungeÂ» is only a few minutesâ€™ walk away, in the Rotunda of the Miami Beach Public Library located in beautiful Collins Park. The conversion of the Rotunda into an video lounge was entrusted to the New York architect duo LO/TEK (Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano). Over the past few years, LO/TEK has gained a reputation for projects that transform prefabricated industrial objects into architecture and place them in new surroundings. The results are usually multifunctional and never cease to surprise visitors. And that certainly applies to the Rotunda of the Miami Beach Public Library, which offers interested visitors an unusual and relaxed atmosphere in which to watch video projections and browse through a videotheque featuring a comprehensive program of the latest video works. Art Basel Miami Beach also organizes a wide-ranging supporting program to complement the international art show: receptions and exhibitions at museums and private collections, lectures and
discussions, parties and performances. And under the heading of Â«Art Loves...,Â» an array of crossover events featuring music, film, architecture,and design is on the agenda.
Information on Art Basel Miami Beach is available from:
Art Basel Miami Beach, P O Box, CH-4005 Basel, tel. +41/58-200 20 20,
fax +41/58-206 31 32
Miami Beach Convention Center
Hall A and D
Entrances: Convention Center Drive and Washington Avenue