Art Basel Miami Beach. December 1-4/2005
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach, Florida, USA
From December 1 through 4, Miami Beach, Florida, USA, will be home to the leading international art show of the Americas. 195 of the most prestigious galleries from the USA, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa will be taking part. Picked by the Selection Committee from a record number of over 600 applicants, they will present works by over 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. 55 new galleries will be enhancing all the sectors, making the list of participants at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach more illustrious than ever (list see www.ArtBasel.com). 20 young galleries are showing works in exhibition spaces created out of shipping containers on the beach (“Art Positions”). Following its success last year, the special “Art Nova” sector will be massively extended to comprise 52 booths presenting new works by 150 up-and-coming artists. An exciting program of special exhibitions, visits to private art collections, and crossover events will round out the varied presentations awaiting visitors to Art Basel Miami Beach.
New “Art Kabinett”
Making its debut at Art Basel Miami Beach is “Art Kabinett,” which gives participating galleries the opportunity to present a curated mini-exhibition in a special room within their booth. The exhibition concepts for “Art Kabinett” are diverse, representing everything from thematic group exhibition and single-work presentation to film program, installation, and tribute. The spectrum ranges from the very youngest generation of artists to celebrated Pop Art artist Robert Rauschenberg, the Vienna Actionists, and on to such modern masters as Alexander Rodchenko.
New “Art Perform”
Premiering at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, “Art Perform” is a platform for performance artists curated by Jens Hoffmann (ICA London). Based at “Art Positions,” the exhibition and event center right on South Beach, it will feature daily performances by artists Laura Belém, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadia, Tim Lee, Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, Mario Ybarra, Jr., and Ulla von Brandenburg.
“Art Video Lounge”
The «Art Video Lounge» curated by Christopher Eamon (Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection, San Francisco) will be presenting a wide-ranging program featuring work by such artists as Pipilotti Rist, Michael Snow, Robert Barry, Johannes Hoek, Lucy Harvey, Kim Soo-ja, Valie Export, Seth Price, Yvonne Rainer, John Pilson, Yang Fudong, and many others.
One of the most exciting platforms of Art Basel Miami Beach is “Art Projects,” where 12 projects by internationally renowned artists are on show in public spaces in Miami Beach. With its array of purchasable works by such artists as Ugo Rondinone, Matt Mullican, Atelier van Lieshout, Julian Opie, Adel Abdessemed, and others, “Art Projects” offers fascinating insight into leading artists’ interpretation of new art in public spaces. Many of the pieces have been newly created for Art Basel Miami Beach or are being shown for the first time.
“Art Basel Conversations”
The “Art Basel Conversations” forum organized in association with Bvlgari promises to be very exciting this year. Panelists include such top-flight artists, art collectors, and museum directors as: David Rockefeller, Michael Brand, from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Patricia Phelps Cisneros, Mimi Gardner Gates, Robert Rauschenberg, Chris Burden, Eli Broad, Red Rifkin, Doug Aitken, Kathy Halbreich, and many others. They will be discussing questions based around the subjects of “Contemporary Philanthropy, “The Future of the American Museum,” and “Museum Architecture.”
“Art Sound Lounge”
A comprehensive program of audio pieces by established and up-and-coming artists and musicians can be heard daily in the “Art Sound Lounge at the “Art Positions” exhibition and event venue. “Art Sound Lounge” is produced by Art Basel in association with WPS1.org, an internet radio station founded by PS1, New York. WPS1.org will be streaming live daily for three hours. The program features interviews with artists, curators, collectors, and art lovers from all over the world. Art Basel Miami Beach will be presenting some of the hottest New York artist-DJs Meredith Danluck, Justin Lowe, Derrick Adams, Too Many DJ’s, and Neville Wakefield during the Happy Hour.
Art Basel Miami Beach incorporates crossover events including film, music, design, and fashion. “Art Loves Film” will feature an evening with director Sydney Pollack and architect Frank O. Gehry presenting the new movie “Sketches of Frank O. Gehry.” The “Art Loves Design Party” in Miami’s Design District will include exhibitions featuring Ron Arad, the Campana Brothers, Gaetano Pesce, and a site-specific installation by Zaha Hadid. The new design show “Design 05 Miami” will feature 15 leading contemporary design dealers. In association with Visionaire, “Art loves Fashion” will present an event at which artists introduce new flavor creations. Artist flavors include “Art” by Thomas Demand, “Life” by Gary Hume, “Luxury” by Ferran Adria, “Adrenaline” by Jenny Holzer, “Orgasm” by Vik Muniz, “Exotic” by Nobuyoshi Araki, “Youth” by Bruce Weber, and “Mommy” by Yoko Ono. “Art Loves Music” features “2 many DJs” and the legendary punk band “New York Dolls”. Mixing the hard-edged sound of metal with the outlandish attitude of glitter rock, the New York Dolls helped to define the early New York punk scene in the seventies. “New York Dolls” will play during the “Opening Night”, November 30th at 10 p.m. at “Art Positions” on the Beach foollowing the performance of “2 many DJs” (8 p.m.).