Art Basel | Miami Beach 2015

From December 3 to December 6, 2015, Miami Beach became the capital of the contemporary art scene worldwide as the city accommodated the 14th edition of Art Basel, one of the most popular and scrupulously planned events on the American art world calendar.

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For more than 45 years, Art Basel has been known as the modern and contemporary art world’s premier platform for bringing together gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from across the globe.

This year´s edition presented 267 galleries, from 32 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, offering their best artworks to international collectors and spectators with purchasing power.

© Miguel Ángel Rojas Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015

About one-half of the galleries at Art Basel in Miami Beach were based in United States or Latin America, and for dealers from Brazil, Argentina and Mexico being showcased at the Miami Beach Convention Center represents a gate opening to the art market and the year’s biggest opportunity to connect with global buyers.

The show area displayed 5 major sections: Gallery, Edition, Survey, Positions and Nova.

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Galleries, the main sector of the show, featured 191 galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works, among them: Casas Riegner, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Thomas Dane Gallery, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Kerlin Gallery.

© Alan Cristea Gallery | Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015

The Edition sector featured 12 global leaders in the field of prints and limited-editioned works: Alan Cristea Gallery, Carolina Nitsch, Crown Point Press, Gemini G.E.L. LLC, Pace Prints, Paragon, Paul Stolper Gallery, Polígrafa Obra Gràfica, Sabine Knust, STPI, Two Palms and Universal Limited Art Editions.

© Chromium Pleasure by Peter Saville, 2015  | Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015

Survey presented 14 exhibitions of historically informed works. Presentations included work by Charles Burchfield (DC Moore Gallery), Peter Campus (Cristin Tierney Gallery), Gianni Colombo (Robilant + Voena), Roy DeCarava (Jenkins Johnson Gallery), Rosalyn Drexler (Garth Greenan Gallery), Dorothy Iannone (Peres Projects), Wang Jinsong (Beijing Art Now Gallery), Heinz Mack (Beck & Eggeling), Roberto Burle Marx (Bergamin & Gomide), Shinjiro Okamoto (Tokyo Gallery + BTAP), Miguel Ángel Rojas (espaivisor), Peter Saul (George Adams Gallery), Keith Sonnier (Castelli Gallery) and Ettore Spalletti (Vistamare).

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Positions provided a focus on emerging artists with items like: Mexican symbolism by Fritzia Irizar (Arredondo\Arozarena); an installation by Dan Bayles(François Ghebaly Gallery), a three-part film by Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr that allegorizes the present state of electronic music or explorations of the body by B. Ingrid (Simone Subal Gallery).

© Opaque (still), 2014, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz | Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015

© Villa Design Group | Mathew Gallery | Positions sector | Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015 |

Nova, which provides a platform for younger galleries to present new, fresh work by up to three artists, featured 34 exhibitors including: Elias Hansen, Shinro Ohtake, Aki Sasamoto, Luciano Figueiredo, Sandra Gamarra, Mauro Piva, Gustavo Speridião, Nuno Ramos, Ciprian Mureşan.

© Red Hand, 2014, Karen Cytter | Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015

© Emily Sundblad, The Railbird, 2013. Photo: Courtesy of Algus Greenspon Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015 

In addition to showing premier artworks, the show included outdoor film screenings, over 20 large-scale sculptures and installations by leading and emerging international artists installed in Collins Park.

© Kavi Gupta Gallery | Tony Tasset, ‘Deer’, 2015 | Art Basel Miami Beach 2015

The show attracted an attendance of 77,000 over five days, presenting important artists and galleries, an unexpected “performance” and, most important, celebrating contemporary art in all its forms, colors and shapes.

 © Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015

© Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015

2 Comments

  1. George

    Great article, great blog! Thank you for the article!

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