Since 1970, Art Basel’s goal has been to connect the world’s contemporary art galleries and their patrons, as well as serving as a meeting point for the international art world. Art Basel’s annual show in Miami Beach, running from 1 to 4 December, returns in 2016 for its 15th edition. The art fair comprises 269 international galleries, coming from 29 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
In addition to showing artworks ranging from modern masters to the latest contemporary pieces across five gallery sectors, many galleries will present works in Art Basel’s project-based sections: Positions, Kabinett, Survey, and Public. We’ve singled out three other areas of the fair which include the work of digital artists, including Sedition artists.
-Nova. Don’t miss out on artist Anicka Yi’s video-installation which addresses biotech’s anxieties through her artwork at 47 canal gallery. Also be sure to experience the 360-degree video environment by Taro Izumi at Take Ninagawa Gallery.
-Edition. Here, publishers of editioned artworks showcase the outcome of their collaboration with individual artists. Sedition collectors take note: Gordon Cheung’s New Order series, based on still life paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, will be exhibiting at Alan Cristea Gallery.
-Film. Outdoor screenings, dynamic and feature length films will take place at the Soundscape park and Colony Theatre during Art Basel Miami Beach. Along with the outdoor program, 50 video works will also be shown inside the Film Library on digital touch screen monitors located inside the fair halls. The digital library collection features works by artists Stephen Dean, Edith Dekyndt, Maggie Lee, Gabriel Lester, Sophie Nys, João Vasco Paiva, Betye Saar, Jason Simon, Su-Mei Tse and Wang Tuo.
In this section we’ll run through some of the events we recommend to anyone with an interest in moving image and the computational arts.
A film screening In Movement as Monument will be presented by Hungarian-American artist Rita Ackermann on Wednesday 30 November at 10pm. The artist films several laptop screens, creating a collage of disparate digital images ranging from an excerpt from Mel Gibson’s controversial drama Apocalyptico to images of flash mobs and a promotional video of a Michael Jackson record. This overload of information references French philosopher Paul Virilio’s concept of the ‘Information Bomb’.
During the same dates as Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB), MANA Common Miami Art Week is hosting a live event of Bill Viola’s video/sound installation Inverted Birth (2014) on Tuesday, 29 November from 6:30 to 8pm. The installation is accompanied by PhilarMIA Orchestra who will performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5.
At ABMB you can also find daily discussions that explore key issues in the contemporary art world.These activities belong to the Conversations and Salon series. Notable talks include a discussion on The State of the Emerging Art Market taking place on Friday 2 December from 4-5pm.
Another recommended conversation will take place on Saturday 3 December at 10am – Debating Disruption: Has Technology Really Changed the Artworld?. The discussion explores ways technology has shaped the contemporary art world, and how it is affecting public cultural institutions. The conversation seeks to clarify what digital innovations hold in store for tomorrow’s artworld.
Lastly, Sedition recommends attending an artist led talk by Francesco Clemente, Sleep of Reason, happening on Friday 2 December from 3-4pm at the Salon.
The not for profit arts organization NADA is hosting their 14th edition of their Miami Beach Fair at the Deauville Beach Resort. NADA will run from the 1st to the 4th of December 2016 and this year’s fair will showcase more than 100 exhibitors from 17 different countries, with 29 project spaces represented.
Untitled Miami Beach is comprised of 128 international galleries with 37 exhibitors in a large space on the beach at Ocean Drive. This fifth edition of Untitled, runs from 30 November until 4 December. Artist Mark Dorf will be exhibiting works from his series //_path and Emergence at Postmasters Gallery.
Pulse Miami Beach is another option for those interested in finding local artists. At the entrance of the fair you can find a site-specific installation Miami Marbles that showcases city imagery of Miami in abstract form on spheres, developed by digital artist Anne Spalter. Pulse also has a section for digital and new media art called PLAY, which is curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol. The program takes the thesis of “Body As…” and investigates the human body’s relationship to social constructs and self-determination.
1-4 December | Indian Beach Park | 4601 Collins Avenue
PRIZM art fair, hosting its fourth edition this year, specializes solely in presentations of African artists and explores the global impact of Africa around the world.
29 November – 11 December | 7230 Nw Miami Ct. Little Haiti / Little River
Superfine! “The Fairest Fair” takes place on the same dates and provides an alternative platform of exhibiting artwork that is more accessible to all stakeholders engaged in the contemporary art world, specially when it comes to pricing.
1-4 December | 56 NE 29th Street
The last art fair to make it on our list is Miami’s longest running art fair, Art Miami. The art fair will be hosted in Midtown Miami, where the actor Adrien Brody is expected to deliver his most recent paintings.
1-4 December | 3101 NE 1st Avenue
Art Basel Miami Beach takes place from 1-4 December at Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139