International contemporary art has once again been in the focus of cultural interest during the recent celebration of the annual Art Basel Miami Beach art show.
The city of Florida has hosted hundreds of galleries and professionals in the art sector for the 18th consecutive year, during the beginning of December. This edition has been highlighted by the new Meridians Section, in which large-scale works were shown as well as for the presence of small and medium galleries from around the world, sharing the space with the well-known global galleries and visited by more than eighty thousand visitors
The event finds its origins in Basel (Switzerland), where it was first held in 1970, organized by the three Swiss gallery owners, Trudi Bruckner, Ernst Beyeler and Balz Hilt, with the aim of bringing together the artists they represented, with Collectors and critics from all over the world. It was so successful that it opened its borders to Miami Beach and Hong Kong. The great interest in Latin American artists was one of the reasons why Miami was the chosen destination for the celebration of Art Basel, as well as its good geographical position between North and South America.
The project also carries out other artistic programs such as Art Basel Cities, an initiative that seeks to highlight the dynamics of the artistic scene of a particular city and promote it through the extensive network of Art Basel, or the Crowdfunding Initiative whose purpose is to support non-commercial artistic projects by different countries.
Installation view of Neil Beloufa’s solo presentation with Ghebaly Gallery in the Nova sector.
Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 closed this edition on December 8, in which 269 international galleries showed the works of modern and contemporary artists from the early twentieth century to nowadays.
The Miami Convention Center was divided into several sectors to offer visitors different experiences of the exhibition. First Galleries, a space in which more than two hundred galleries exhibited the work of four thousand artists from different parts of the world, which included digital art, photography, installations, sculptures, painting and video; Nova Space was reserved for galleries that displayed three artists whose works have been developed within the last three years; Positions was the space where critics, curators and collectors could discover new international talented artists from a platform offered to artists, who do not work with galleries, to present a project. Edition Space gather publications and editorial works that produce in collaboration with artists; Meridians, curated by the director of the Tamayo Museum, Magali Arriola, showed large-scale projects, including performances, projections and installations; in the Kabinett sector, there were exhibitions of different artists chosen by the galleries themselves; Historical art projects found their place in Survey, in which artists of different generations and styles shared walls; Finally, Magazines, last but not least Washington the place of publishers and editions.
Visitors at David Castillo Gallery in the Meridians sector.
There was also time for discussions in Conversations space in which visitors were able to attend a series of panels on topics that concern to contemporary art scene through dialogues between members of the art world, collectors, gallery owners, architects, critics and other cultural experts.
One of the greatest events in the world about contemporary art that closes the year 2019 with numerous sales and exhibitions of new artworks and international artists. The next appointment of Art Basel will be in Hong Kong in March 2020.
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