Art Basel is almost here! This year’s show will introduce a new floor plan and show design, reflecting the improved possibilities provided by the Miami Beach Convention Center’s (MBCC) ongoing renovation. Scheduled for completion in 2018, the construction of the MBCC will result in modernized exhibition halls, providing state-of-theart facilities for exhibitors and visitors.
It’s an important year for the cultural scene in Miami with The Bass re-opening after a large-scale renovation and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) inaugurating its new building in the heart of the Miami Design District. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place from December 7 to December 10, 2017 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Now in its 16th edition, Art Basel will have a robust roster of returning galleries and 20 galleries who are participating in the Miami Beach show for the first time, including Anat Ebgi from Los Angeles; Chapter NY, David Lewis Gallery and Tyler Rollins Fine Art from New York; Inman Gallery from Houston; Patron from Chicago; Galeria Jaqueline Martins and Ricardo Camargo Galeria from São Paulo; and Isla Flotante from Buenos Aires.
In addition, the 11 new exhibitors from Europe and Asia are: A arte Invernizzi from Milan; Applicat-Prazan and Ceysson & Bénétière from Paris; Dépendance from Brussels; Múrias Centeno with spaces in Porto and Lisbon; Hales Gallery, Offer Waterman and Richard Saltoun Gallery from London; Antenna Space from Shanghai; and Takuro Someya Contemporary Art and Taro Nasu from Tokyo.
There will be a number of presentations addressing various political and social issues. Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani will show work by Santiago Sierra (b. 1966), Regina José Galindo (b. 1974) and Hiwa K (b. 1975), exploring notions
of communities and their transformative power. David Castillo Gallery will present works that raise urgent questions about representations of race, sexuality and gender in today’s society, including a live performance by Kalup Linzy (b. 1977), as well as photographs by Lyle Ashton Harris (b. 1965) and Xaviera Simmons (b. 1974). At Tanya Leighton,Sanya Kantarovsky (b.1982) will display a new body of work juxtaposing the celebratory atmosphere of an art fair with the increased erosion of civil rights around the world, while Rosângela Rennó (b. 1962) and Teresa Margolles(b. 1963) will present a project about memory and violence at Mor charpentier. In Proyectos Monclova’s booth,Tercerunquinto (established 1996) will stage a performative work, painting Mexican political campaign murals directly onto the walls. This performance will be accompanied by a new video that will create a visual and conceptual link between campaign wall painting and Mexican Muralism as an artistic expression of modernism.
Further upcoming show highlights include: Dara Friedman (b. 1968) at Supportico Lopez, whose exhibition at Art Basel in Miami Beach will coincide with the artist’s retrospective at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); Alexandre Estrela (b. 1971) at Travesía Cuatro, Barry McGee (b. 1966) at Ratio 3, Torey Thornton (b. 1990) at Essex Street, Carolina Caycedo (b. 1978) at Instituto de visión; Sascha Braunig (b. 1983) and Sara Cwynar (b. 1985) at Foxy Production,Alex Hubbard (b. 1975) and Emily Sundblad (b. 1977) at House of Gaga and Ishmael Randall Weeks (b. 1976) andAndrea Galvani (b. 1973) at Revolver Galería. For more information, visit www.artbasel.com. Exhibitions on view at the city’s renowned private collections include forthcoming shows at the Cisneros Fontanals ArtFoundation (CIFO); ‘Force and Form’ at the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space; ‘Pop Art: Jasper Johns,Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann’ and ‘Sculpture, Painting, Video: David Claerbout, Federico de Francesco, Anselm Kiefer, Rosy Keyser, Imi Knoebel, Emil Lukas, Hugo McCloud, Olaf Metzel, Ernesto Neto, Diana Fonseca Quiñones, Sue Williams’ at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse and ‘Still Human and Allison Zuckerman: Stranger in Paradise’ at the Rubell Family Collection. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami Beach and Basel, Design Miami has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design. In its 13th edition, Design Miami will take place from December 6 to 10, 2017 at Meridian Avenue and 19th Street in Miami Beach, opposite to the Miami Beach Convention Center. For more information, please visit www.designmiami.com.