Joao Maria Gusmao
Michael D. Linares
The Palm d’Or Social Club
Jose Ignacio Roca
Ivo Costa Mesquita
The leading international art show of the Americas. 200 of the most prestigious galleries from the USA, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa will be taking part. Picked by the Selection Committee from a record number of over 650 applicants, they will present works by over 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. 22 young galleries are showing works in exhibition spaces created out of shipping containers on the beach (Art Positions). On show are exceptional works by both renowned established artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibitions will feature projects by emerging artists, new art works, public art projects, performances, video and sound art.
International Art Fair
From December 7 through 10, Miami Beach, Florida, USA, will be home to the leading international art show of the Americas. 200 of the most prestigious galleries from the USA, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa will be taking part. Picked by the Selection Committee from a record number of over 650 applicants, they will present works by over 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. 25 new galleries will be enhancing all the sectors, making the list of participants at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach more illustrious than ever. 22 young galleries are showing works in exhibition spaces created out of shipping containers on the beach (Art Positions). Following its success last year, the special Art Nova sector will be extended to comprise 62 booths presenting new works by 200 artists. An exciting program of special exhibitions, visits to private art collections, and crossover events will round out the varied presentation s awaiting visitors to Art Basel Miami Beach.
New Open Air Cinema
Premiering this year, Art Positions is enhanced by the new Open Air Cinema under the starry skies of South Beach featuring samples from the rich history of music video. The musicians and artists represented in this program have dealt with sound, music and pop culture in a broad variety of ways and include Yello, Rineke Dijkstra, Meredith Danluck, Tony Oursler, Seth Price, Wiliam Wegman, The Residents and others.
New Art Salon
Art Salon is a new and open platform for discussion with an emphasis in current themes in contemporary art. Informal in its format yet international in scope, Art Salon encourages experimental round table discussions with an array of speakers ranging from artists, curators, authors, and architects. Art Salon’s daily program is located in the newly launched Art Guest Lounge, where it will also host book signings and museum groups. Participants include prominent art personalities such as Chuck Close, Lawrence Weiner, Daniel Birnbaum, Josh Baer, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Craig Robins, Jerry Saltz, Dennis Hopper, Bob Colacello, Jack Persekian, Michael Rush and many others.
Art Kabinett gives 14 participating galleries from six countries the opportunity to present small curated exhibitions. The chosen projects will be shown in a separate room of the exhibitor’s booth. The exhibition concepts for <
Art Perform features daily performances by internationally renowned young artists such as Daria Martin, Robin Rhode, Spartacus Chetwynd, Gareth Moore, Carlos Amorales, and Joao Maria Gusmao-Pedro Pavia. Art Perform is curated by Jens Hoffman, Director CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco.
Art Video Lounge
American curator Michael Rush has put together three programs: "Surrender to Illusion: Video in a Time of War", "Aesthetic Field: No Appropriation: Directors Direct/Performers Perform", and "In Brevitas Formositas: Short and Beautiful", featuring two dozen works by seventeen internationally known artists. The pieces have been selected to offer a broad survey of contemporary trends in video art. In tribute to the late Nam June Paik videos by the father of video art will also be shown every day.
One of the most exciting platforms of Art Basel Miami Beach is Art Projects, where 8 projects by internationally renowned artists are on show in public spaces in Miami Beach. These works engage directly with the spectator, interrupting the daily routine of passersby in poetic, alienating, or surprising ways. With its array of purchasable works by such artists as Michael D. Linares, Daniel Buren, Jonathan Monk, The Palm d’Or Social Club, Erwin Wurm, Sislej Xhafa, and Thorsten Passfeld. Art Projects offers fascinating insight into leading contemporary artists’ interpretation of new art in public spaces. Most of the pieces are newly created or installed site-specifically for Art Basel Miami Beach.
Art Basel Conversations
The Art Basel Conversations forum organized in association with Bvlgari promises to be very exciting this year. Panelists include such top-flight artists, art collectors, and museum directors as, Richard Flood, Ryan Gander, Julia Peyton-Jones, Jennifer Allora, Lidia Leon, Ai Weiwei, Sebastian Lopez, Ramiro Martinez, Natalia Majluf, Virginia Perez-Ratton, Jose Ignacio Roca, Ivo Costa Mesquita, Dan Graham, Jorge Pardo and many others. They will be discussing questions based around the subjects of "The Future of the Museum: Focus Latin America", "Architecture for Art: Artists Who Build" and "Art Collections: Collecting and Memory".
Art Sound Lounge
With its Art Sound Lounge, Art Basel Miami Beach presents a forum where visitors can take in music and audio pieces in the attractive surroundings of the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Listeners are provided with wireless headphones as they stroll through the gardens to a program featuring music and sound by and about plants, insects, and birds including tracks from John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Coffin, Terry Riley, Arto Lindsay, Shelley Hirsch and many others.
Art Basel Miami Beach incorporates crossover events including film, music, and design. Art Loves Music presents a concert of the provocative singer Peaches with her band. Art Loves Film will feature an evening with director Dennis Hopper presenting his classical movie "Easy Rider". The Art Loves Design Party in Miami’s Design District will include exhibitions by Vitra Design Museum, Centre Pompidou, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and many others. The design show Design Miami/2006 will feature 17 leading contemporary design dealers.
US Office Art Basel Miami Beach: FITZ & CO, Sara Fitzmaurice / Dan Tanzilli, 535 West 23 Street #S10H, USA-New York, NY 10011, tel.+1/212-627 1455 ext. 226, fax +1/212-627 0654, firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Office Art Basel Miami Beach: Garber & Goodman Inc., 301 41st Street, US-Miami Beach, FL 33140, tel. +1/305-674 1292, fax +1/305-673 1242, floridaoffice@ArtBasel.com
UK Office Art Basel Miami Beach: Brunswick Arts, 16 Lincoln's Inn Fields, GB-London WC2A 3ED, tel. +44/20-7936 1290, fax +44/20-7936 1299, email@example.com
Image: Art Projects, Ugo Rondinone
Media Reception: Wednesday December 6, 2006 at 10.30 a.m., Art Collectors Lounge, Miami Beach Convention Center. Those responsible for Art Basel Miami Beach are at your disposal at the press reception from 10.30 a.m. to noon. Journalists may visit Art Basel Miami Beach from noon on the day of the Vernissage, December 6, 2006.
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Hours: daily from noon to 8 p.m.
Tickets: One Day Ticket 24 dollars; Two Day Ticket 36 dollars; Reduced One Day Ticket (children, students, seniors, groups of 10 and more) 12 dollars; School Class One Day Ticket 5 dollars; Evening Ticket (after 5 p.m.) 12 dollars; Permanent Pass 50 dollars.