Launched in 2019, the Meridian sector at Art Basel Miami Beach, curated by Magalí Arriola, features large installations presented by selected galleries invited to introduce large-scale work. Naturally, for an additional fee, 23 galleries, some working in partnerships, have 20 installations at the 2022 anniversary edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. These works allow visitors to explore the fair outside the endless Mondrian-grid-like corridors. The balcony, located on level two, on the North side of the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), provides a beautiful chilling view of the sea of white walls from the booths that one will be exploring with mixed feelings of excitement and frustration. No doubt that FOMO (fear of missing out) is beginning to build. There is so much to see and experience. What if we miss the best, the worst, or the ugly? The balcony is also perfect for seeing the … [Read more...] about THE MERIDIAN SECTOR BRINGS A GLIMPSE OF A BIENNIAL-LIKE EXPERIENCE TO ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2022
Peréz Art Museum Miami is located on the waterfront in the city of Miami and was established to exhibit work that highlights Miami’s diverse collection of cultures. In addition to rotating exhibitions, it houses a permanent collection and focuses on an educational component to serve the Miami community. It helps to ensure the rising status of Miami being a global capital, with its exquisite interior spaces, sprawling sculpture garden and stunning views. Art Basel Miami Beach is part of Miami Art Week, and I set out to discover where some of the Art Basel exhibiting artists maintain a permanent presence. In addition to the permanent collections, there are some monumental offerings on view. It is difficult to conceive of the fact that “Chromosaturation,” Carlos Cruz-Diez’ engulfing installation, was conceived in 1965. It was acquired by the museum in 2020 and consists of three connecting … [Read more...] about PERÉZ ART MUSEUM A PERMANENT HOME FOR MANY OF MIAMI-BASED ARTISTS SHOWN AT ART BASEL
With 283 leading galleries from 38 countries, there's something for everyone at this international glamourous art fair in American soil. Galleries showcase significant works by Modern Masters, contemporary artists and a new generation of bold, emerging stars. Everything is a spotlight at Art Basel Miami Beach! The largest edition of Art Basel Miami Beach extends beyond the convention center floor and into the Miami community, with a cultural program involving the city's world-class cultural institutions and private collections. The best advice for serious browsers is: wear comfortable shoes! This year, Art Basel Miami Beach comprises eight sections. The galleries sector includes works from leading galleries distributed all over the floor, some exhibiting in their usual secured spots and some moving around from year to year. The Meridians sector, curated by Magalí Arriola, Director of … [Read more...] about ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2022: CELEBRATING 20TH ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE AND THE FINESSE THAT WE EXPECT FROM THE ART WORLD
Among the entire output of artists represented at Art Basel Miami Beach there are the famous, the international, the inspired and the expected. Conversations overheard are ones in which the V.I.P. patrons are going to acquire certain works, costs hardly working into the picture, and they usually involve the well-known. This is clearly a marketplace. However, there are, injected into the visual melee, works that stand securely making another world emerge. Some of these works are earth-centered and environmentally concerned, not in a trendy way, not following some self-conscious groove dug into the “statement”; but carrying the inevitable angst, and love of the beauty that surrounds us. They create intimate space in Art Basel’s endless frontier. As you approach the boundless exhibition space from the North edge of the Miami Beach Convention Center, it is hard not to notice José Bedia’s … [Read more...] about CREATING INTIMATE SPACE AT THE ENDLESS FRONTIER OF ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2022
On the evening of November 3, at the Citizen’s Bank Opera House in downtown Boston’s Washington Street, I sat to three different modern ballets of William Forsythe: “Artifact” and “Approximate Sonata,” just a few years to each side of the second millennium, and the third one, “Defile,” a world premiere for the Boston Ballet. Forsythe is widely acclaimed as a choreographer who has reoriented the art of ballet by creatively deviating from classical ballet to the dynamics of 21st century dance so deftly that audiences may enjoy both. Our own Boston Ballet has folded this choreographer to its discerning bosom so much so that in the program it was opined that his movements have been translated by practice into the very DNA of the Corps de ballet. We had good seats, my wife and I, near the aisle and not far from the stage. Usually, someone very tall or with big hair sits … [Read more...] about FORSYTHE TAKES THE STAGE AT BOSTON BALLET; NUTCRACKER OPENS NOVEMBER 25
Curated by Marsha Nouritza Odabashian and Jennifer Jean Okumura, the artists of the ongoing “Hopscotch” exhibition take us back to familiar places bringing smiles, happiness and hope to our current daily lives. Traced back to 500 BCE in prehistoric India, prohibited by Buddha and played by Roman soldiers for building strength, this darling childhood game has been hopping geographically throughout centuries and is currently in the virtual realm. “Hopscotch” includes 10 contemporary artists confidently making their marks in various mediums: paper, oil on canvas, video, poetry and sculpture. The works claim collective and individual memory in relationship to places we choose to be grounded, either permanently or fleeting. It’s most recent showing at Lasell University’s Wedeman Gallery concluded on October 29; its curators are looking for new venues to host the collection of work. Guest … [Read more...] about HOPSCOTCH. CARE TO PLAY?