Artscope Magazine publisher Kaveh Mojtabai and correspondent J. Fatima Martins have arrived at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016; this is the first of a series of reports Martins will be filing from the host Miami Beach Conference Center and surrounding Art Week Miami locations.l
By J. Fatima Martins
The Public Sector at Art Basel is now on view through December 4 at 21st and 22nd Streets in Miami Beach. Opening night reception is November 30 at 8 p.m. Walking tours at 2 p.m.; no reservation required.
Inspired by David Bowie and given the name “Ground Control” in his honor (taking a lyric from Bowie’s first worldwide hit, “Space Oddity”), the Public Sector at Art Basel Miami includes art that bridges world culture with spirituality and technology. The exhibition’s curator, Nicholas Baume, said that sculptures on view in the outdoor garden at The Bass Museum of Art at Collins Park evoke various themes such as space-time, human diversity, the idea of the ‘every man’ as well as the afterlife, and the ascendancy of digital culture. Artists seen here from top to bottom: Glenn Kaino, Erwin Wurm, Jean – Marie Appriou with Anthony Pearson, and Ugo Rondinone, David Adamo, Camille Henrot, Eric Baudart, Tony Tasset, Ugo Rondinone with Norbert Prangenberg, Claudia Comte (whose work is seen here), William J O. Brien and Magdalena Abokanowicz.