Part 1: Sedition Recommends: Art Basel Miami Beach

This week will see artists, professionals and influencers from around the world descend on the southern tip of Florida for Art Basel Miami Beach for what has turned into one of the largest art events in the US, Miami Art Week, with over twenty satellite fairs alongside the main exhibition at the Miami Beach Convention Centre – making the city the number one destination for culture and parties in the first week of December.

While those flying in begin to acclimatise to the comparatively balmy weather in Miami, we have put together a guide to help you navigate the glut of exciting artist exhibitions, interesting talks and intriguing satellite events.

Exhibitions

Featuring at Art Basel Miami this year are over 191 galleries, 16 curated solo booths at Positions and 14 historically-informed presentations in the Survey sector, and 27 curated exhibition of works by internationally renowned artists in the Kabinett strand of the fair. The fair is divided in its presentation into sector, with works presented according to thematic strands entitled ‘Galleries’, ‘Nova’, ‘Positions’, ‘Edition’, ‘Kabinett’, ‘Survey’, ‘Public’, ‘Film’ and ‘Magazines’. Each sector enables visitors to approach a complex show through a different conceptual viewfinder.

Detail from Michael Craig-Martin 'Surfacing', available as a digital edition on Sedition

Detail from Michael Craig-Martin Surfacing, available as a digital edition on Sedition



At Alan Cristea’s (Booth A12) features mono-prints and editions by Sedition artist Michael Craig-Martin as a Kabinett exhibition located within the Editions sector. Also represented by Alan Cristea is Gordon Cheung who presents a series of new print editions.

Art Basel Miami Beach
3-6 December
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Film

The Art Basel Miami’s film programme also features the work of both Tracey Emin (3 December) and Guan Xiao (5 December) in the evening screenings. The works will be projected onto a 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall in SoundScape park, a short walk away from the Convention Centre where the main fair takes place.

Guan Xiao's installation at Frieze London 2015 - photograph by Andrew Crowe.

Guan Xiao’s installation at Frieze London 2015 – photo by Andrew Crowe.

Art Basel Miami Film
2-6 December
Soundscape Park
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Talks

Art Basel Miami Beach is home to a wide range of talks, which this year illuminates the work and thought of professionals who deal with themes including art collecting in the digital, post-colonial age to transgender in the mainstream. Acclaimed artists including Jenny Holzer and Michael Craig-Martin will also present talks during the fair. On 3 December at 10am, Holzer and fellow practitioner Trevor Paglen discuss their work and he significance of current communication channels and information systems in the Premier Artist Talk. Visitors to the fair can also see Craig-Martin in conversation with independent London based curator and art historian Sir Norman Rosenthal on 5 December at 5pm.

Jenny Holzer 'One Liner' - available on Sedition

Jenny Holzer One Liner – available on Sedition



There are also a number of thematic panel discussions which touch on the impact of the digital on art collecting, identity formation and the way society perceives and impacts upon creative work and the creative industries. These include a conversation led by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s senior curator Omar Kholeif entitled ‘Collecting as a Political Act’. Kholeif is the curator of an upcoming exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, London exploring 40 years of artwork produced in response to the internet.

Jenny Holzer in Conversation with Trevor Paglen
3 December 10:00 – 11:30

Michael Craig-Martin in Conversation with Sir Norman Rosenthal
5 December 17:00 – 18:00

‘Collecting as a Political Act’
5 December 16:00 – 17:00

Miami Beach Convention Centre
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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