Art Basel announces further show highlights for its largest edition yet in Miami Beach The Meridians sector, curated for the third time by Magalí Arriola, director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, features 20 large-scale projects by well-known and emerging artists 29 galleries present specially curated installations in their main stands Cabinet area stands Art Basel’s Conversations series returns to the fair with 35 speakers on nine panels nine panels offering insights into the evolving global art scene Art Basel, whose lead partner is UBS, will take place from 1 to 3 December, with preview days on 29 and 30 November at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).
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Since its inception in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach has evolved into a dynamic platform that uniquely connects the art scenes of North and South America, Europe and beyond. The 20th anniversary edition will be the largest yet, with 282 exhibitors from 38 countries and territories – more than half from the Americas. In addition to the Galleries, Positions, Nova, Survey and Edition sectors, the fair will feature 20 large-scale projects in the Meridians sector, 29 curated installations in exhibitors’ stands in the Cabinet sector, and nine panel discussions with art world leaders in the renowned Conversations series.
The Meridians sector invites exhibitors to present monumental works that go beyond the standard format of an art fair. Magalí Arriola, director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, will curate the sector for the third year in a row.
Meridians highlights include:
An immersive visual environment by Cauleen Smith with the film “Sojourner” (2018-2022), whose title is a tribute to the feminist abolitionist. Presented by Morán Morán and Corbett vs Dempsey.
Let The Mermaids Flirt with Me” (2022), a presentation of a new series of lightbox glass paintings by Christopher Myers that will be installed in a freestanding octagonal structure reminiscent of a chapel. This deeply poetic work, which explores the relationships between black bodies, the diaspora and the sea, is activated by a performance that animates the figures depicted in the glass. Presented by James Cohan Gallery.
Devan Shimoyama’s The Grove (2021) monumentalises the everyday sight of shoes tied together by their laces and dangling from power cables to evidence both suspected gang territory or violence and moments of celebration and play. Presented by Kavi Gupta.
Columbus Day” (2019-2020) Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, consisting of 24 primary ink monoprints and 24 “ghost prints”, which are the secondary prints of the plates and represent how indigenous communities are often seen, namely as “not there”, faded and gone. The text of the prints highlights the destruction of these communities and their lands by Columbus and the consequences to the present day. Presented by K Art
Birth” (1984), a monumental hand-crocheted wall hanging by pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago and the largest of her groundbreaking Birth Project (1980-1985) works. Birth Project was an international collaboration of women needleworkers and a response to the lack of imagery relating to birth as one of the most fundamental female experiences. Presented by Jessica Silverman.
An installation of chairs hanging from the ceiling and a 6-hour daily performance by Colombian artist María José Arjona, “Silla” (2011), about matter, objecthood, experience and the crucial role of the body in movement as a form of political choreography. Presented by Rolf Art.
A sculptural work by Simon Denny modelled on a delivery drone – “Amazon delivery drone patent drawing as virtual Rio Tinto mineral globe” (2021) – that uses augmented reality to facilitate a series of performative group experiences activated by viewers’ devices. Presented by Petzel and Altman Siegel.
A performance entitled “Corpo Ranfla 2.0” (2022) by rafa esparza, in which the artist embodies a lowrider cyborg that transforms into a 25-cent ride machine. The work consists of a one-off event, with the remains of the performance – the retrofitted 25-cent pony ride structure – being exhibited over the course of the week. The work is a reflection on the social and political landscapes in which lowrider car culture has existed for decades and evolved into the present. Presented by Commonwealth and Council.
The new bronze sculpture “Muholi V” (2022) by visual activist, humanitarian and photographer Zanele Muholi marks a new chapter in the artist’s self-expression and self-assertion. Presented by Stevenson
Magalí Arriola, Art Basel curator for Meridians, says: “Shaped bodies, sexualised bodies, performing and singing bodies – brown, black and white bodies – are present in this new edition of Meridians. They challenge art historical canons and their relationship to the representation of power, open up new perspectives for artistic activism in relation to gender and race, and give us optimism and hope for how we might imagine our future.
For the full list of artists and galleries exhibiting at Meridians.
The Cabinet sector offers galleries the opportunity to present concisely curated installations on their stands.
Highlights from the sector include:
A presentation of new works by Alberta Whittle, made especially for the fair after Whittle represented Scotland at the 59th Biennale de Venezia International Art Exhibition. Presented by The Modern Institute.
New works by Izumi Kato, whose animated paintings and sculptures allow themes to exist between the physical and spiritual worlds. Presented by Stephen Friedman Gallery.
Rare and groundbreaking works by Ascânio MMM, whose sculptures and reliefs are rooted in mathematics and represent a complex game of logic. Presented by Casa Triângulo.
Margot Bergman’s never-before-seen flower paintings that are part of her “collaborative paintings” (2013), which combine Bergman’s approach with the original authorship of donated works. Presented by Anton Kern Gallery
Bayou Fever” (1979) by Romare Bearden, consisting of 21 collages that provide a plot and set for modern dance to be choreographed by Alvin Ailey. Presented by DC Moore Gallery.
A salon of historic and new, scale and never-before-seen works by Dewey Crumpler. Presented by the Derek Eller Gallery.
Conversation is a platform for the exchange of ideas on issues affecting the global contemporary art scene. With 35 speakers on nine panels, it brings together leading artists, gallerists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics. This edition’s participants include artist Agnieszka Kurant, cultural strategy consultant András Szántó, collectors Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, collector and CEO and co-founder of Design Miami/Craig Robins, and art historian and curator Drew Sawyer, artists João Enxuto and Erica Love, Serpentine Galleries curator and co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist, artist Joshua Citarella, collector and real estate developer Martin Margulies, and author and Artnet News art business editor Tim Schneider. Topics range from representing and collecting artists from Africa and the African diaspora to the ecological footprint of technology and counterintuitive approaches to the art market.
A conversation in appreciation of Ming Smith’s pioneering photographic practice.
A sound lecture by the artist, musician and poet Chino Amobi.
A panel discussion with distinguished collectors Carlos & Rosa de la Cruz, Craig Robins and Martin Margulies, who have helped build the Miami ecosystem, on the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach’s 20th anniversary.
The programme, which runs from 30 November to 2 December, is curated by Emily Butler, curator of Art Basel Conversations, and is free to the public. All panels will be livestreamed on the Art Basel Facebook channel. The recordings will be available on the Art Basel website after the event. For more information, visit artbasel.com/miami-beach/conversations
Das Legacy Purchase Programm
For the third edition, the City of Miami Beach will acquire up to two artworks from Nova or Positions through its Legacy Purchase Program, which will be added to the city’s public art collection through a public vote. The new acquisitions will be on view in a special area of the MBCC that is open to the public.
The Étant Donnés Prize
The CPGA (French Professional Committee of Art Galleries) and Villa Albertine are jointly launching for the first time the Etant Donnés 2022 Prize, awarded to a living artist active in the French art scene and exhibiting at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022. The winner of the Etant Donnés Prize will be selected by an appointed jury and will receive a cash prize of $15,000 donated by the CPGA to be split between the artist and the gallery. The winner will be announced on 29 November.
Magalí Arriola, director of Museo Tamayo, lives and works in Mexico City. Arriola comes to Art Basel with recent institutional experience at KADIST, where she was senior curator for Latin America, and Museo Jumex, where she was curator between 2011 and 2014. She was the curator of the Mexican participation in the 58th Venice Biennale 2019, where she showed artist Pablo Vargas Lugo with a project titled “Acts of God”. Her other recent independent curatorial projects include “What are you dreaming of? The Mohole Flower and other Tales”, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, August-October 2018; “A Place out of History”, a film shown at documenta14 and FIDMarseille (2018), produced by Destello Films; and Sunset Décor, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City, June-August 2017.
Founded in 1970 by Basel gallery owners, Art Basel is now the world’s most important fair for modern and contemporary art, taking place in Basel, Miami Beach, Hong Kong and Paris. Each fair is unique, which is reflected in the participating galleries, the artworks presented and the content of the parallel programme developed in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond the art fairs through new digital platforms and a range of new initiatives such as the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report, Intersections: The Art Basel Podcast, and the BMW Art Journey. For more information, please visit artbasel.com.
Partner UBS und zeitgenössische Kunst
UBS is a Lead Partner of Art Basel and has a long history of supporting contemporary art and artists. The company has one of the most important art collections in the world and is committed to advancing the international art market discussion through its global partnership with Art Basel, as co-editor of the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report and as co-host of Intersections: The Art Basel Podcast. UBS also has partnerships with art institutions such as the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia. Through the Collectors Circle and UBS Art Advisory, UBS offers clients insights into the art market, collecting and estate planning. For more information on UBS’s commitment to contemporary art, please visit ubs.com/art.
Art Basel’s associate partners are Audemars Piguet, whose contemporary art commissioning programme, Audemars Piguet Contemporary, works with artists to support and develop an unrealised artwork that explores a new direction in their practice; NetJets, the world leader in private aviation; and Louis Vuitton, which has a long-standing commitment to the arts through collaborations with international artists. Art Basel will also be supported globally by BMW, which will present its art commission “Pulse Topology at Superblue”, as well as Ruinart, La Prairie, Sanlorenzo and On.
Art Basel in Miami Beach is supported by Tezos, Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, Chubb, VICE, FARFETCH, Arkive, as well as Casa Dragones, Château d’Esclans, Saint Laurent, Perrier, Kannoa and Quintessentially. Hotel partners include the Grand Beach Hotel Miami Beach, the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, and the W South Beach. Art Basel’s global media partner is the Financial Times. For more information on partnerships, visit artbasel.com/partners.
Important dates for the media
Preview (invitation only)
Tuesday, 29 November and Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Public opening dates
Thursday, 1 December 2022 – Saturday, 3 December 2022
Upcoming Art Basel exhibitions
Miami Beach, December 1-3, 2022
Hong Kong, 23-25 March 2023
Basel, 15 – 18 June 2023
Paris+ par Art Basel, 19-22 October 2023
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Reduced day ticket € 53.53
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