The 8th edition of America's international art show featuring totally new exhibition, design and the launch of the Oceanfront Area. More than 250 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part. Works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special sectors are devoted to very recent artworks, curated exhibits, performance, and art in public spaces. The Art Kabinett program with spotlights curated presentations in the selected gallery's booth, while Art Nova presents new works by more than 130 artists. And Conversations, Art Video and Art Film.
The Eighth Edition of America's
Most Prestigious Art Show, Featuring Totally New Exhibition
Design and the Launch of the Oceanfront Area
From December 3 through 6, 2009, Miami Beach, Florida, will be home to the 8th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the international art show. More than 250 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part.
Chosen by renowned gallerists of the Art Basel Miami Beach Selection Committee, the galleries will show works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special sectors are devoted to very recent artworks, curated exhibits, performance, and art in public spaces.
This year, the layout of Art Basel Miami Beach will be extensively redesigned, including larger spaces for many galleries, and an innovative floorplan to improve the visitor experience inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Art Positions sector, focused on special projects by young artists and galleries, formerly situated at Collins Park, will now be sited in the center of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Art Galleries, the main section of the show, will again feature the Art Kabinett program, which spotlights curated presentations in the selected gallery’s booth, while Art Nova presents new works by more than 130 artists.
The new Oceanfront area will be created by Los Angeles artist Pae White, commissioned by Art Basel Miami Beach and Creative Time, the legendary New York-based public art organization, and host a daily program including the Art Basel Conversations, Art Perform, Art Video and Art Film. Presented in the public spaces between and around the Oceanfront and the Miami Beach Convention Center, this year’s Art Projects will connect the two main areas of the show.
Occurring annually since its launch in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 will run from December 3 through December 6, 2009, with a VIP opening on December 2. Galleries selected from 33 countries will be showcasing paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photography, editions, and videos. The show’s list of participants makes Art Basel Miami Beach the most prestigious art show of the Americas, featuring highly established galleries and many dynamic newcomers. (The full list of exhibitors can be found at www.artbasel.com/sections). Prices range from a few hundred dollars, for multiples and works by young artists, to several million for museum-quality masterpieces.
Prominent guests from around the world will attend the exclusive Vernissage. Many major US museums are organizing trips to Florida, and numerous groups of art collectors from Latin America and Europe have already announced their visits. During the show’s five-day run, more than 40,000 art lovers are expected to visit the international art show.
Art Positions: 23 young galleries showcasing cutting-edge
projects, now inside the Miami Beach Convention Center Formerly located at Collins Park in shipping containers, Art Positions will now comprise of booths situated in the center of the Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition halls. The sector presents 23 young galleries from 9 different countries, showcasing cutting-edge projects by single artists and conceptual group shows. Art Positions counts participating galleries from the United States, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Japan, Italy, Mexico and the Netherlands. Eight of them are new participants in Art Basel Miami Beach.
The Oceanfront area, formerly the home of the Art Positions containers, will be created by Los Angeles artist Pae White, working together with Creative Time, the legendary New York public art organization, and host a daily program including the Art Basel Conversations, Art Perform, Art Video and Art Film.
Art Kabinett: 28 Exhibitions Curated by Galleries
This year’s Art Kabinett program at Art Basel Miami Beach 2009, December 3 – 6, 2009 promises to be an exciting mix of tightly focused exhibitions within the show, including thematic group exhibitions and solo shows from both emerging artists and historical figures.
For Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 the Selection Committee has chosen 28 galleries to present Art Kabinett - separate areas within the booths of the Art Galleries sector, providing a space to exhibit single artists’ works and thematic group exhibitions, spotlighting the curatorial skills of the gallerists.
The 28 projects in this sector of the show feature a wide array of artists, ranging from emerging artists such as Jakub Julian Ziotkowski, Haegue Yang and Latifa Echakhch to historical figures like Marcel Duchamp, George Grosz and Jack Tworkov. Further highlights include projects by Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Richard Prince and Wim Delvoye. Group shows include exhibitions titled "Ninety years of Bauhausˮ and "Aspects of Pop Artˮ.
Art Nova: 64 Galleries present recent works
In Art Nova, the galleries of Art Basel Miami Beach present new works, produced in the last two years, by a maximum of three artists. 64 international galleries have been chosen for the sector this year by the Selection Committee, and works by more than 130 artists from around the globe are on display. The galleries include both emerging and established galleries with young and innovative programs.
This year a record of 17 solo presentations appear in the Art Nova sector, presenting works by Andrew Kerr (BQ), Marc Bijl (The Breeder), Valie Export (Charim Galerie), Rashid Rana (Gallery Chemould Prescott Road), Anna Maria Maiolino (Galleria Raffaella Cortese), Phillip Estlund (Gavlak), Lorraine O’Grady (Alexander Gray Associates), Geoffrey Farmer (Catriona Jeffries Gallery), Esther Stocker (Krobath), Barrão (Galeria Laura Marsiaj), Dan Attoe (Peres Projects Berlin), Michael Beutler (Galleria Franco Soffiantino), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (The Third Line), Jota Castro (Galerie Barbara Thumm), Jose Dávila (Travesía Cuatro) and Marine Hugonnier (Max Wigram Gallery).
The Oceanfront area: Our new Platform for artistic programs
The new Oceanfront area in Collins Park has been created as a platform for virtually all of Art Basel Miami Beach’s cultural programming. Situated directly beside the beach, the Oceanfront marks the point where the artworld interfaces with the broader public. We are delighted to have Creative Time, the legendary New York City-based public art organization, as a partner in the launching of this new dimension of Art Basel Miami Beach. Having solicited many proposals, Creative Time and Art Basel Miami Beach commissioned Los Angeles artist Pae White to create this "social spaceˮ.
Free of any admission charge, the Oceanfront - located at Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets - offers visitors many opportunities. In the mornings, they can attend the discussion panels of the Art Basel Conversations series, featuring prominent figures from every artworld domain. And every night during Art Basel Miami Beach, the Oceanfront will feature at least one special event. The evening series will be inaugurated by the annual Art Loves Music concert on the beach; the following evenings feature the Art Perform program curated by Jens Hoffmann of the Wattis Institute, the Art Video program curated by Meredith Johnson of Creative Time and the Art Film evening curated by This Brunner. Rounding out the experience, the Oceanfront Cafe will offer visitors the possibility to have brunch in the morning, then light meals and refreshing drinks from dusk to midnight.
Oceanfront project by Pae White
For the 2009 premiere of the Oceanfront, Pae White will create an immersive and interactive cityscape that will provide a new experience with each visit. By day, large color blocks will dominate the landscape. At night, these color blocks transform into a shadowy group of buildings that house various merchants and performers. In addition to this labyrinth-like metropolis on the sand, White will design an open-air stage that will host the Art Video, Art Film, and Art Perform programs and Art Basel Conversations.
Art Projects: 13 public art works in Miami Beach
Art Projects, curated this year for the first time by Patrick Charpenel of Guadalajara, Mexico, features 13 projects by internationally renowned artists from seven countries. The projects will be installed in the outdoor public spaces of Miami Beach, within close proximity to the Oceanfront area and the Miami Beach Convention Center. These works engage directly with the spectator, interrupting the daily routine of passersby in poetic and surprising ways.
The 2009 edition of Art Projects will present a larger number of works, selected from proposals by the galleries of Art Basel Miami Beach with a particular sensibility to the social structures of the community of Miami Beach. In this context, the character of the selected works is not strictly contemplative - instead they are chosen by seeking to create synergies and contrasts in each context, by activating reactions in the visitors and dislocating daily routines. These are not merely static and motionless sculptures, but rather experiences that disturb the cityʼs dynamics.
Most of the 13 works are site-specific and commissioned for Art Basel Miami Beach, including the projects by Karmelo Bermejo, Gonzalo Lebrija, Jorge Mayet and Marc Swanson; Rirkrit Tiravanija will present a new site-specific performance in the W South Beach Hotel on Friday, December 4.
Art Basel Conversations / Art Salon: Public Encounters with Leading Cultural Figures
Art Basel Conversations
By staging public encounters between leading cultural figures, the morning Art Basel Conversations offer the audience of Art Basel Miami Beach access to first-hand information on important aspects of the international artworld. This year Art Basel Conversations will be located at Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets, in the Oceanfront environment, created by Pae White in collaboration with the legendary public art organisation Creative Time.
Taking place since 2004 in both Basel and Miami Beach, Art Basel Conversations
is a forum that encourages a lively exchange of ideas, through a series of platform discussions that can range from single artists exploring their practice to larger panels that include the leading players within regional scenes and fields of artistic activity. Presenting their current and upcoming projects, reporting on their experiences and commenting on the challenges they face, these speakers provide an insider's view and open up the opportunity for dynamic and inspiring dialog. After each Art Basel Conversation, there is time allotted for the audience to approach the panel in a more informal fashion. The Art Basel Conversations forum promises to be intellectually exciting this year, as panelists include such renowned artists, collectors, curators, and critics as Ai Weiwei, Marc Mayer, Timothy Rub, Philippe Vergne, Osvaldo Sanchez, Lynn Zelevansky, César Cervantes, Jay Khalifeh, Juan Vergez and Patricia Pearson-Vergez, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Pedro Reyes, Peter Saville and Kateřina Šedá. Panel topics include: "Museum Directors: Change in Generation", "Art Collections in Latin America" and "The Future of the Museum: The Portable Museum".
Taking place in the afternoon within the central area of the Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Salon is an open platform for discussion with an emphasis on current themes in contemporary art. Informal in its format, yet international in scope, Art Salon encourages experimental discussions, presentations and events such as book signings, with the range of speakers including artists, curators, authors, and architects. The program offers an intimate experience for the audience, allowing them to engage with prominent and thought-provoking guests on a variety of current events in the visual arts, as well as to explore the challenges of artistic practice within the public realm. Participants include prominent artworld personalities such as Pae White, Ghada Amer, Jens Hoffmann, Fred Tomaselli, Mark Rosenthal, Ryan McGinley, James Rosenquist, Klaus Biesenbach, Josh Baer and Patrick Charpenel.
Parents visiting Art Basel Miami Beach can leave children aged 4-12 at the show’s day- care center, which will be running a series of art-related programs organized by the Miami Children's Museum.
Art 41 Basel
Art Basel, the original international art show established in Switzerland in 1970, runs from June 16 through 20, 2010. It is the world’s most prestigious show of modern and contemporary art, featuring 300 galleries from all continents showing works by over 2,500 artists.
Image: Martin Hoener, Joker + Fontana, 2009. Galerie Eva Winkeler, Frankfurt/Main
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Vernissage for invited guests: Wednesday, December 2, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Miami Beach Convention Center
Convention Center Drive (Hall D) and Washington Avenue (Hall B) Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Daily from noon to 8 p.m., last day until 6 p.m.
One Day Ticket $35
Two Day Ticket $55
Permanent Pass $75
Evening Ticket (valid from 4 p.m.) $20
Reduced One Day Ticket (Students with ID, Senior Citizens aged 62 and above, Groups of 10 or more) $20
Chaperoned School Class (per student and accompanying adult) $8
Admission is free for children under 16, when accompanied by an adult.