Art Basel Miami Beach stages its 13th edition this year and acts again as the central hub of a host of satellite fairs, side-events, complementary exhibitions, museum and gallery openings – and parties.
Opening doors on Wednesday, 03 December, it runs through 07 December at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The city’s ambitious plan to build a new convention center has not materialized this year but rather been replaced with a „re-modeling“ of the present premises, which will most probably not affect the fair or its expected 75 thousand plus international visitors.
What is new this year? For 2014 the fair’s management launches for the first time a sector called Survey, featuring „art-historical projects“ from thirteen galleries including two rare „Tir-Assemblages“ by Niki de Saint Phalle, outsider art by Henry Darger, mid-twentieth century works by the Brazilian artist Alfredo Volpe and more.
The original Sectors will also return, including Nova, Positions and Kabinett; plus all the big outdoor, public art projects in Collins Park and the films in SoundScape Park and at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road.
Changes are also announced with regard to the VIP arrangements: Instead of hosting the Vernissage during the evening of 03 December it will now take place on Thursday morning, with the general public admitted at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, First Choice VIPs will still get in at 11 a.m. and Preview VIPs at 3 p.m. with the doors closing at 8 p.m. This operational change will probably leave many people scrambling to find a way in before Thursday, but it should prevent another early shut-down by fire marshals as happened in 2011.
Marc Spiegler, Director of Art Basel, explains: „We are confident that this opening structure will allow us to provide our galleries with the best opportunity to spend quality time with both existing and potential patrons. Overcrowding or shortage of quality time has meanwhile also become an issue at Art Basel Switzerland and at FRIEZE London, with more VIP days and hours added to keep patrons and galleries happy.
Art Basel Miami Beach is getting more and more crowded and is also affected in its image through the myriads of sattelite fairs and side events of all sorts. But still it remains one of the most prestigious art shows worldwide. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa take part, showcasing high quality works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The exhibiting galleries are among the world’s most respected art dealers and offer exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. The format of Sectors allows for special exhibition sections featuring and promoting young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art.
Art Basel Miami Beach remains a very vital source for art lovers from allover providing the chance to discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.
ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
03 – 07 DECEMBER
ART & DESIGN FAIRS
ARCO MADRID 21 FEB/ 25 FEB
PAD PARIS 21 MAR/ 25 MAR
ART BRUSSELS19 APR/ 22 APR
ART COLOGNE 19 APR/ 22 APR
PHOTO LONDON 17 MAI/ 20 MAY
PHOTO BASEL 12 JUN/ 17 JUN
ART BASEL 14 JUN/ 17 JUN