Art Basel 2017: The art of five continents comes together on the beach
Europe is in below zero temperatures, but Miami is all sun. Everything is ready for the 2017 edition of Art Basel Miami. Four days of sea, sun and most of all, art. Because Miami is not just a glorified life of 68° F temperatures. It’s the winter hub of the most prestigious art fair in the world, born of the acute vision of Trudl Bruckner, Balz Hilt and Ernst and Hildy Beyeler.
We started out from the “mother” fair, from which the outgrowth of satellite fairs and anti-fairs is a widespread phenomenon. Art Basel Miami this year plays host to 268 galleries subdivided in the main section Galleries, the section Nova, (dedicated to galleries that host a maximum of three artists with works produced in the last three years), Positions, (an interesting project, in which a curator, a critic and a collector show a single emerging artist with their “one major project”) and more prints and editions in Edition, areas curated by the artists in Kabinett and historical projects live again in Survey.
Four days—from the seventh to the 10th of December. Hundreds of events, debuts, new works, artists and galleries to discover. Look Lateral becomes a guide, leading you through the many galleries and turns its eye to Scai the Bathhouse, whose Tokyo headquarters are the focal point of the art scene in Japan as well as the international art scene.
From the Far East to the Milanese Massimo De Carlo, who doesn’t forget to bring Paola Pivi and Rob Pruitt, and to stay in Europe, Marian Goodman from Paris is bringing Sugimoto and Thomas Struth, while the Londoner Thaddaeus Ropac brings names like Georg Baselitz, Gilbert&George, Robert Longo and Yan Pei-Ming (the gallery just renovated it’s space in Mayfair, where we recommend catching Anselm Kiefer’s Provocations (until April 18, 2018). Mendes Wood (São Paulo and Brussels) is showing Mariana Castillo Deball with her installations in wood and the “lighter fare” is still the powerful Gagosian with the works of Chris Burden.
David Zwirner will be there from New York with the works of Francis Alÿs, Yayoi Kusama and Wolfgang Tillmans, while Rebecca Warren, Terry Winters and Jasper Johns are the names at the booth of Matthew Marks Gallery. We close the loop with South American art and the gallery of Luisa Strina di São Paulo, that’s showing Juan Araujo, Clido Meireles and the Portugese artist, Leonor Antunes, still exhibiting at London’s Whitechapel and Kurimanzutto that is betting on the artist, essayist and poet Jimmie Durham.