Known for its international flair, Miami Beach will once again play host to one of the most impressive international art shows—Art Basel—from December 4-7. The American version of the massive and wonderfully eclectic annual celebration of modern and contemporary art—which also takes place in Asia and Europe—drew 75,000 attendees from around the world in 2013 and is expected to top that number this year. Works from more than 250 leading art galleries located in 31 different countries will be on display, including art from renowned names as well as undiscovered talent representing the new face of the visual arts scene. Exciting satellite events will also take place in nearby beaches, parks, museums, and galleries to help infuse the air all around Miami with an eclectic artistic spirit. What follows is a short guide to just a few highlights of Art Basel Miami 2014:
Miami Beach Convention Center (main space)
The Miami Beach Convention Center, which consists of over 500,000 square feet of exhibition space, serves as the primary stage for Art Basel. Not surprisingly, the epicenter from which all other Art Basel satellite events have arisen is still the main attraction. The enormous space will be split into seven sections—Galleries, Film, Positions, Kabinett, Nova, Public, and Magazines—which serve to make navigation of the space simple and significantly less daunting. Collections on display will include pieces of nearly every form of modern and contemporary styles, making the overall exhibit as wide-ranging and multifarious as any other. Plan ahead so you can enjoy as many of the world-class paintings, drawings, installations, sculptures, photographs, videos, and editioned works on display as you like.
SELECT Art Fair
The third annual SELECT Art Fair—an utterly effervescent affair that brims with the unfettered vitality of creation—will be far larger and more ambitious than years prior, with artwork from more than 50 exciting galleries set to fill a 40,000-square-foot tent on 72nd Street in North Miami Beach. SELECT will also use the amphitheater on site for additional installations and exhibitions, and for performances curated by Solange Knowles, Beyoncé’s younger sister and the founder of Saint Heron Records. Works on display at SELECT will include a site-specific video created especially for the fair, Alfredo Salazar-Caro’s “Triptych.” Caro uses finely-tuned advanced motion and 3-D mapping techniques with facial scanning to orchestrate his videos, which are comprised of visceral and yet robotic displays set within a delicate dance of art, beauty, and technology. In another 2014 Special Project at the SELECT Art Fair, NYC photographer Ventiko will create an audience-inclusive multi-sensory project as she crafts live photographic displays. Show attendees will be invited to pose and act with Ventiko while she captures various scenes.
The always engaging Wolfsonian Museum in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco district will feature a highly anticipated exhibit entitled “Myth and Machine” during Art Basel 2014. Designed to approach one of the seminal events in U.S. history from a perspective never explored before, the exhibit will reveal how World War I irreparably changed the world and how art, film, and visual design were influenced and altered by the “war to end all wars.” The exhibit will also delve into the tumultuous relationship between human beings and machines during wartime. Three sections—War Machines, Unknown Soldiers, and Loss and Redemption—will include a series of striking paintings, sculptures, photographs, and books, many of which are extremely rare and have never been displayed to the public.
On December 4th and 5th, the stage at YoungArts will feature two phenomenal UK performers: FKA Twigs and James Blake. In the past few months, FKA Twigs has taken the music scene by storm with her innovative and intriguing take on R&B. Her sparse arrangements and haunting delivery have garnered much critical acclaim, and her live shows are bursting with gorgeous visuals and a viscous, undeniable energy. James Blake has also developed his own take on R&B. The 2014 Mercury Prize winner began as an electronic music producer and later added his delicate yet powerful voice to his intricate arrangements. What results is a truly one-of-a-kind sound that can break your heart in its quieter moments and then thump right through your soul. The undeniable artistry that both performers represent will be a perfect fit for Art Basel.
Image courtesy of: © Art Basel