MIAMI BEACH ART BASEL 2017
A COLLISION OF ART, MUSIC, FOOD AND FUN
Art Basel (December 7 to 10 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1900 Washington Avenue) will once again showcase the finest paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and films of admired and emerging modern and contemporary artists courtesy of leading galleries from all over the world. Large‐scale artworks, films and performances will occupy neighboring Collins Park and SoundScape Park.
Art Basel launched in 1970 when Swiss dealersBalz Hilt, Trudi Bruckner, and Ernst Beyeler decided that the city’s proximity to Switzerland and France could make a new, more internationally positioned art fair a viable alternative to Kunstmarkt Köln. In short order, Art Basel attracted national galleries and buyers from across Europe as well as a growing number of new art collectors. By 1975, Art Basel was the de factoart world destination, where over 300 exhibitors from 20 countries showed everything from Chagall to Rauschenberg. Following the inevitable proliferation of other art fairs, Art Basel ramped up its international appeal and brought in the participation of major New York and Chinese art galleries. Taking it a step further, Art Basel Miami Beach opened in 2002 – not just to court the Northern and Latin American markets – but to create a groundbreaking lifestyle aspect to the name. Art Basel Hong Kong followed suit in 2013.
Today, under the guidance of Art Basel Director Americas Noah Horowitz, the Miami Beach editionis the ideal stage from which to experience groundbreaking art while enjoying all the accompanying hoopla of Miami’s party crowd. The event brings such unbridled excitement to the city that countless Art Basel related events coincide all over town. Some upcoming things to add to the checklist:
*The 120 Degree Arc East-Southeast Phillip K Smith mirror installation will be on view at Faena’s private beach
*British artist Charming Baker’s unveils over a hundred portraits for his “All This is Yours” installation at Soho Beach House.
*Sagamore launches Urban Legends featuring a curated exhibit of urban artists like Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, ABSTRK and Bambi (through Jan 2018)
*The opening of highly anticipated Habitat restaurant from local chef Jose Mendin and Michelin-starred Spanish chef Angle Palacios who will serve up Latin American and Mediterranean influenced dishes
*Political posters, T’s, sweatshirts and more from fashion brands Opening Ceremony, Prabal Gurung, Public School, and Everlane are on sale at the Speak Up Pop Up Shop at The Standard Spa to support the American Civil Liberties Union
*The Philipp Plein and New York graffiti artist Alec Monopoly collaboration collection will be available at the Fontainebleau’s Chateau Lobby.