The Eighth Edition of America's Most Prestigious Art Show, The Highlights
From December 3 through 6, 2009, Miami Beach, Florida, will be home to the 8th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the international art show. More than 250 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part. Chosen by renowned gallerists of the Art Basel Miami Beach Selection Committee, the galleries will show works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special sectors are devoted to very recent artworks, curated exhibits, performance, and art in public spaces.
This year, the layout of Art Basel Miami Beach will be extensively redesigned, including larger spaces for many galleries, and a new floorplan designed to improve the gallery exhibition and visitor experience inside the convention center. Art Galleries, the main section of the show, will feature more than 180 galleries from all continents.
For Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 the Selection Committee has chosen 28 galleries to present an Art Kabinett - separate areas within the booths of the Art Galleries sector, providing a space to exhibit both single artists' works and thematic group exhibitions spotlighting the curatorial skills of the gallerists. The projects in this sector of the show feature a wide array of artists, ranging from emerging artists such as Jakub Julian Ziotkowski, Haegue Yang and Latifa Echakhch to historical figures like Marcel Duchamp, George Grosz and Jack Tworkov. Further highlights include projects by Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Richard Prince and Wim Delvoye. Group shows include exhibitions titled “Ninety Years of Bauhaus” and “Aspects of Pop Art”.
The Art Nova sector serves as a platform for the galleries of Art Basel Miami Beach to present works produced in the last two years, by a maximum of three artists. This year 64 international galleries have been chosen for the sector by the Selection Committee. Works by more than 130 artists from around the globe are on display, including 17 solo shows, featuring artists such as Marc Bijl, Valie Export, Rashid Rana, Dan Attoe, Michael Beutler, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Jose Dávila and Marine Hugonnier.
The Art Positions sector - focuses on special projects by young artists and galleries, and formerly situated at Collins Park - will now be sited in the center of the Miami Beach Convention Center and features works by artists such as Renate Lorenz, Falke Pisano, Ulla von Brandenburg, Agathe Snow, Egill Saebjornsson, Reena Spaulings and Marcel Broodthaers.
Art Projects, curated for the first time this year by independent curator Patrick Charpenel of Guadalajara, Mexico, features 13 projects by internationally renowned artists such as Santiago Sierra, Claire Fontaine, William Pope.L, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Franz West, selected from proposals by the galleries of Art Basel Miami Beach. The projects will be installed in the outdoor public spaces of Miami Beach, within close proximity to the Oceanfront area and the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The totally new Oceanfront environment will be created by Los Angeles artist Pae White, commissioned by Art Basel Miami Beach and Creative Time, the legendary New York-based public art organization, and host a daily program including the Art Basel Conversations, Art Perform, Art Video and Art Film. For the 2009 premiere of the Oceanfront, Pae White will create an immersive and interactive cityscape that will provide a new experience with each visit. By day, large color blocks will dominate the landscape. At night, these colors blocks transform into a shadowy group of buildings that house various merchants and performers.
Now located at the Oceanfront, the Art Basel Conversations will be inaugurated by an Artist Talk premiere, which this year features Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. For the following Art Basel Conversations, topics include “Museum Directors: Change in Generation”, “Art Collections in Latin America” and “The Future of the Museum: The Portable Museum”.
Art Video, curated by Creative Time, will involve screenings of videos by Tom Sachs and The Neistat Brothers, Marc Horowitz, Jill Magid, Kon Trubkovich, followed by discussions with the artists.
Art Perform features an intensified program of longer performances by rising international artists. This program will again be conceived by curator Jens Hoffmann, director of the CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco. It will take place on Thursday and Saturday at 9 pm and feature performances by Kelly Nipper, Kris Martin, Simon Fujiwara, Claire Fontaine, and Mario Garcia Torres / Loris Gréaud.
This year's Art Film event offers an exclusive work-in-progress sneak preview of the feature documentary film “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.”, preceded by a panel with a selection of the film's participants, moderated by Bob Colacello. “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” is directed by Tamra Davis and features a long and never-before-seen interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) shortly before his death. Art Film is curated by Zurich film connaisseur This Brunner.
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