Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality were on display for the whole week of the 16th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach. Officially held at the Miami Beach Convention Centre (MBCC) – which has a completely redesigned exhibition layout – this year’s Art Basel was featuring 268 premier galleries from 32 countries, with a Lead Partner UBS. Showcasing unparalleled masterpieces of the Modern and contemporary art to its guests, the Convention Centre quickly filled up as soon as the doors opened. There were twenty galleries that had their debut this year. What is more, this time Conversations presented 19 talks that featured prominent artworld figures including Agustín Arteaga, Yto Barrada, Stefania Bortolami, José Carlos Diaz, Jordan Casteel, Teju Cole, Füsun Eczacıbaşı, Charles Gaines, Juan A. Gaitán, Alberto Ibargüen, Arthur Jafa, Pamela Joyner, Isaac Julien, Daniel Knorr, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Anne Pasternak and Thaddaeus Ropac among many others. Moreover, a premier program of film and video works, focusing on the universal language of dance and movement, were presented at the festival. Selected from the show’s participating galleries by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx, this year’s program presented films by artists Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Jen DeNike and Tin Ojeda, as well as a series of short films drawn from the Chicago Film Archives collection.
During Art Basel, Miami becomes a playground for celebrities, bloggers, influencers, party animals, and, of course, art enthusiasts from around the world. Art exhibitions all day and parties all night – this is what thousands of people are coming for. This year, they could dance to Paris Hilton’s mixes at the Wall, listen to Bjork, drink on the beach at Rumours at 1 Hotel, get into a conversation with Moschino’s Creative Director Jeremy Scott at the Soho Beach House, hang out with crazy amount of celebrities of all kinds, including Adriana Lima, Gerard Butler, Slick Woods, Cardi B, Diplo, Owen Wilson, Will Smith, Princess Eugenie, Cindy Crawford, Karolina Kurkova, Sophia Richie and others. But in spite of the madness of the week, we managed to see a few main Art Basel exhibitions.
Apart from the exhibition at the Convention Centre, there were a few other art fairs, such as Scope and Context, attracting thousands of collectors, curators, artists, connoisseurs and designers from all around the world. Supporting emerging and mid-career artists, these exhibitions help discover fresh talent and exchange new ideas. This year, A.K. Burns, Jamal Cyrus and Mariela Scafati were announced as the shortlisted artists showing in Positions, the sector for emerging artists at Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach, which means they will be developing a proposal for their ideal BMW Art journey. The winner will be announced in early 2018.
Upcoming Art Basel shows
Hong Kong, March 29-31, 2018
Basel, June 14-17, 2018
Miami Beach, December 6-9, 2018