This year marks the 20th anniversary of Art Basel Miami Beach.the anniversary, and is expected to be the largest edition to date. From December 1-3 (invite-only private tours are November 29-30), the Miami Beach Convention Center will host 282 exhibitors from 38 countries and territories. Resounding trends in this year’s selections include: rethinking historical narratives and perspectives, the power of ideology, textiles, the human form, and violence.
This year also marks a changing of the guard in leadership: Noah Horowitz (previously Director of the Americas) returns to Art Basel as CEO. He succeeds Marc Spiegler, who was the Global Director of the fair since 2012.
We break down the main sectors of the fair with what to expect this year:
galleries is the main section of the fair where The world’s leading galleries will present paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photography, video and digital works of the highest quality.
meridians, Debuting in 2019, it is a platform for renowned and emerging artists to showcase large-scale sculptures and paintings, installations, live performances, film screenings, and videos. that push the boundaries of a traditional art fair layout. She returns this year with 20 large-scale projects that include “sculpted bodies, sexualized bodies, performative bodies, and singers—challenging art historical canons and their relationship 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,” shares Magalí Arriola, director of the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, who is curating this sector for the third consecutive year.
positionsdedicated to emerging artists, it will bring together 19 individual presentations by artists from around the world.
New star provides a platform for galleries to present new work by up to three artists, created in the last three years. There will be 23 presentations this year. Notably, Buffalo-based Native American-owned K Art Gallery will present the works of three contemporary Native American and indigenous artists: Edgar Heap of Birds (Arapaho and Cheyenne), Erin Ggaamitis Ivalu Gingrich (Inupiaq); and Robyn Tsinnajinnie (Navajo). Her works weave a cohesive tapestry of native and indigenous perspectives on recognition of the land and the natural environment, as well as perspectives on female stereotypes, particularly how they relate to indigenous women. (Edgar Heap of Birds “Columbus Day” will be in the Meridian sector).
Poll presents works created before 2000. There will be 17 galleries this year.
Edition features the edited work of 11 world leaders in the field of prints this year, including Frank Gehry and Richard Serra, presented by Gemini GEL
Cabinet gives galleries the opportunity to feature curated exhibits within their booths. This year, there will be 29 installations by established and emerging artists.
conversations offers a platform for the exchange of ideas, among 35 artists, gallery owners, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from around the world, on topics related to the global contemporary art scene. This year’s themes include artist representation and art collecting from Africa and the African diaspora, the carbon footprint of technology, and counterintuitive approaches to the art market. To commemorate 20 years of Art Basel Miami Beach, there will also be a panel featuring Miami collectors Carlos & Rosa de la Cruz, Craig Robins and Martin Margulies who have helped establish the city’s ecosystem. The show, which runs from November 30 to December 2, is hosted by Emily Butler, Art Basel’s Curator of Conversations, and is free to the public. All panels will be broadcast live on the Art Basel Facebook channel with recordings available after the event.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Art Basel website