Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition.
Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through a number of new initiatives. In 2014, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Initiative, in collaboration with Kickstarter. This initiative presents jury-selected art projects to potential benefactors, which include Art Basel’s vibrant audience and the Kickstarter community. The initiative has catalyzed much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and so far has helped pledge over $1.8 million to creative projects around the world. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel is working with selected partner cities to develop vibrant and content-driven programs specific to the individual city. Connecting them to the global art world through Art Basel’s expertise and network, Art Basel Cities supports its partners to develop their unique cultural landscape.
Now in its 16th edition, Art Basel in Miami Beach is the premier art show in the Americas, with more than half of the participating galleries having exhibition spaces in the region. Alongside a robust roster of returning galleries, the 2017 edition of the show features 20 galleries who are participating in the Miami Beach show for the first time. The show welcomes nine first-time participants from North and South America, 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.
Visitors to the Miami Beach show will have the opportunity to view South Florida’s leading museums and private collections, who organize their strongest exhibitions of the year to coincide with Art Basel. Following a large-scale renovation, The Bass — Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum — will reopen in October and present several major solo exhibitions timed with the fair, featuring artists Pascale Marthine Tayou (b. 1967), Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964) and Mika Rottenberg (b. 1976). The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) will inaugurate its new building in the heart of the Miami Design District with ‘The Everywhere Studio’, which explores the evolution of the artist’s studio from the post-war period to the present day and features works by renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein (b. 1923, d. 1997), Bruce Nauman (b. 1941), Carolee Schneemann (b. 1939), Matthew Barney (b. 1967), Rosemarie Trockel (b. 1952), Neïl Beloufa (b. 1985) and Yves Klein (b. 1928, d. 1962), among others. Additional exhibitions on view at ICA Miami include solo shows debuting new work by Chris Ofili (b. 1968), Tomm El-Saieh (b. 1984), Charles Gaines (b. 1944), Mark Handforth (b. 1969) and Abigail DeVille (b. 1981). Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will open the second chapter of its comprehensive, three-part survey on contemporary Cuban art titled ‘On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection’, as well as the first major retrospective of the work of Dara Friedman (b. 1968). NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will show ‘William J. Glackens (b. 1870, d. 1938): A Modernist in the Making’, while the Wolfsonian-FIU will present ‘Julius Klinger (b. 1876, d. 1942): Posters for a Modern Age’.
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