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
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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
The crowds were thin, but the wallets were open at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 and the surrounding fairs at Miami Art Week. VIPs bought fast and furious during the first two VIP days and left after attending the night parties and exhibitions, the best of which was again at the Faena Hotel where an NFT auction and an inflatable iceberg in the hotel pool were the stars. As Artscope’s publisher, Kaveh Mojtabai, and I roamed the halls of Art Basel Miami Beach and the other art fairs in Miami, an insular world of joy and peace surrounded us despite the heavy vehicular traffic getting there, and the necessary health and safety check stations. Again, Scope, in a tent on the South Beach, had work created during the pandemic, with an overall theme of glitz and color. Allover, the feeling reflected in the work was one of the last party before the world closed up again. Take the glitz and the … [Read more...] about MIAMI ART WEEK: THE LAST PARTY BEFORE THE WORLD CLOSES UP AGAIN?
I hope I am not looking at the storm before the apocalypse, but everything at the Miami Art Fairs, and especially in the halls and sectors of Art Basel Miami Beach seem sunny and normal, if a bit less crowded than usual. Keeping socially distanced is not a problem, and mask wearing is not déclassé in the least, but rather required. Dress is definitely fancier than usual, as though we might not party again for quite a while, and this respite between pandemic strains closing venues is a last gasp, hopefully not literally. The show is brightly colored, with few subjectively dark work, providing a party atmosphere, added to the crowd’s bright colors and floral patterned dresses (and men’s suits). Subjectively, there are lots of flowers and landscapes of beautifully, if environmentally challenged scenes. I loved Miguel Cardenas’ work, drawn onto a blue painted wall, of flora and fauna … [Read more...] about DAY ONE: ‘BRIGHTLY COLORED” ART BASEL RETURNS TO MIAMI BEACH