The next edition of Art Basel Miami Beach 2022 will mark its 20th anniversary and will be the largest to date, with 282 exhibitors from 38 countries and territories, more than half of which hail from the Americas. In addition to its Galleries, Positions, Nova, Survey and Edition sectors, the fair will host 20 large-scale projects as part of the Meridians sector, 29 curated installations within exhibitor stands in the Kabinett sector, as well as nine panels featuring the leading voices from the art world in his renowned Conversations series.
The Meridians sector invites exhibitors to display monumental works that extend beyond the standard art fair format. Magali ArriolaDirector of the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City, he will curate the sector for the third consecutive year.
Meridians highlights include:
- An immersive visual environment by caulene smith including the film ‘Sojourner’ (2018-2022), whose title pays homage to the abolitionist feminist. Presented by Morán Morán and Corbett vs. Dempsey.
- ‘Let The Mermaids Flirt with Me’ (2022), an introduction to a new series of stained glass lightboxes by Christopher Myers, installed inside a free-standing octagonal structure that evokes a chapel. Exploring the relationships between black bodies, the diaspora and the ocean, this deeply poetic work will be activated by a performance, animating the figures depicted in the glass. Presented by the James Cohan Gallery.
- Devan Shimoyama‘s ‘The Grove’ (2021), which monumentalizes the common sight of shoes tied together at laces and dangling from utility cables to evidence both suspected gang territory or violence and moments of celebration and play. Presented by Kavi Gupta.
- ‘Columbus Day’ (2019-2020) Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Pile of Birds, consisting of 24 monochrome primary ink prints and 24 ‘ghost prints’, which are the sideshow of the printing plates and represent how indigenous communities are often seen, i.e. as “not there”, faded and missing . The text of the prints highlights the destruction of these communities and their lands by Columbus and the consequences to this day. Presented by K Art.
- ‘Birth’ (1984), a hand-crocheted wall hanging on a monumental scale by a pioneering feminist artist judy chicago and the largest of his seminal Birth Project works (1980-1985). ‘Birth Project’ was an international collaboration of seamstresses and responded to the absence of images related to childbirth as one of the most fundamental female experiences. Presented by Jessica Silverman.
- An installation of chairs suspended from the ceiling and a 6-hour daily performance by the Colombian artist Maria Jose Arjona, ‘Silla’ (2011), on matter, objectivity, experience and the critical role of the body in movement as a form of political choreography. Presented by Rolf Art.
- A sculptural work of Simon Denny Adaptation of a delivery drone: ‘Amazon Delivery Drone Patent Drawing as a Rio Tinto Virtual Mineral Globe’ (2021), which employs augmented reality to facilitate a series of performative group experiences triggered by viewers’ devices. Presented by Petzel and Altman Siegel.
- A show entitled ‘Corpo Ranfla 2.0’ (2022) by rafa spreads, in which the artist will pose as a cyborg lowrider turned into a 25-cent ride machine. Consisting of a one-off occurrence, with remnants of the performance (the modernized 25-cent pony ride structure) on display over the course of the week, the work is a reflection on the social and political landscapes that the lowrider car culture has. it existed and evolved for decades to the present. Presented by the Commonwealth and Council.
- Visual activist, humanitarian and photographer Zanele Muholi‘s ‘Muholi V’ (2022) a new bronze sculpture that marks a new chapter of self-expression and self-affirmation for the artist. Presented by Stevenson and Yancey Richardson Gallery.
Magalí Arriola, curator of Meridians at Art Basel, says: ‘Sculpted bodies, sexualized bodies, performing bodies and singers –brown, black and white bodies– have been present in this new edition of Meridians, challenging the historical canons of art and its relation to the representation of power, opening new perspectives for art activism around gender and race, and instilling optimism and hope about how we can envision our future.’
Full list of artists and galleries featured at Meridians, visit artbasel.com/miami-beach/meridians.
Offering galleries the opportunity to present concisely curated installations within their booths, the Kabinett sector will feature 29 participants.
Industry highlights include:
- A presentation of the new works of Alberta Whittle made specifically for the fair, following Whittle’s representation of Scotland at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Presented by the Modern Institute.
- new jobs from kato izumi, whose animated paintings and sculptures allow subjects to exist between the physical and spiritual realms. Presented by the Stephen Friedman Gallery.
- Rare and seminal works of Ascanio MMM, whose sculptures and reliefs have their roots in mathematics, presenting a complex game of logic. Presented by Casa Triângulo.
- margot bergman‘s never-before-seen flower paintings that are part of his ‘Collaborative Paintings’ (2013), which fuse Bergman’s approach with original authorship of second-hand works. Presented by the Anton Kern Gallery.
- ‘Swamp Fever’ (1979) by Romare Bearden, consisting of 21 collages that provide a story and set design for modern dance intended to be choreographed by Alvin Ailey. Presented by DC Moore Gallery.
- A hall of historic and new works on an intimate scale, never before seen by Dewey Crumpler. Presented by the Derek Eller Gallery.
Full list of artists and galleries represented at Kabinett, visit artbasel.com/miami-beach/kabinett.
The conversation is a platform for the exchange of ideas on topics related to the global contemporary art scene. With 35 speakers on nine panels, it will bring together leading artists, gallery owners, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics. The participants in this edition will include the artist Agnieszka Kurantcultural strategy advisor Andras Szantocollectors roses Y carlos de la cruzcollector and CEO and co-founder of Design Miami/ craig robinsart historian and curator Drew Sawyerr, artists Joao Enxuto and Erica Love, Curator and Co-Director of the Serpentine Galleries Hans Ulrich Obristartist Joshua Citarellacollector and property developer Martin Marguliesand art business writer and editor for Artnet News Tim Schneider. Topics range from the representation and collecting of artists from Africa and the African diaspora, and the carbon footprint of technology to counterintuitive approaches to the art market.
- A conversation celebrating the pioneering photographic practice of ming smith.
- A sound conference by the artist, musician and poet chinese amobi.
- A panel with the main collectors carlos and rose of the cross, craig robinsY Martin Margulies who have helped establish the Miami ecosystem, to commemorate 20 years of Art Basel Miami Beach.
From November 30 to December 2, the program is curated by emily butler, Art Basel’s conversation curator, and is free to the public. All panels will be streamed live on the Art Basel Facebook channel. The recordings will be available on the Art Basel website after the event. For more information, visit artbasel.com/miami-beach/conversations.
The legacy purchase program
For its third edition, the City of Miami Beach will acquire through its legacy purchase program up to two artworks from the Nova or Positions sectors to enter the city’s public art collection through a public vote. The new acquisitions will be on view in a dedicated publicly accessible area of the MBCC.
The Étant Donnés Award
The CPGA (French Professional Committee of Art Galleries) and Villa Albertine join forces for the first time to launch the 2022 Etant Donnés Prize, awarded to a living artist active in the French art scene and exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022. The winner The Etant Donnés Award will be selected by an appointed jury and awarded a cash prize of $15,000 funded by the CPGA, to be shared between the artist and the gallery. The winner will be announced on November 29.
Art Basel Miami Beach, December 1-3, 2022
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