Art Basel serves as a platform for the who’s who of the international art world to showcase modern and contemporary pieces of art. With events hosted annually in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach, Art Basel caters to audiences who have a love of high-quality art. Whether as art collectors or artists themselves.
Founded in 1970 by a group of Basel Gallerists, Art Basel quickly became an international hit when Art Basel hosted 281 exhibitors and attracted over 30,000 attendees in 1973.
In 2003 Art Basel made it’s way to Miami Beach.
Ever since Art Basel has been the go-to place for art connoisseurs and celebrities who flock to Miami December 3 through 6 to admire the work of popular contemporary artists.
Events at Art Basel Miami Beach are divided into nine sectors:
Galleries, events which involve art galleries around the world with pieces ranging from sculptures, drawings, photography, film, installations, and prints. Nova, similar to a gallery showing, but features a behind-the-scenes peek at newer pieces of works from artists.
Position, features artists who present their work in front of avid collectors, curators, and critics.
Edition, one of my favorite events which features artists of a collaborative nature and their edition works and prints.
Kabinett, typically features artists from the Galleries sector and their curated exhibitions. Public, a collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art, this sector features outside sculptures and various performances presented in a public-venue type setting. Survey, an event which showcases a diversity of cultures, whether through a solo-setting or juxtapositions and thematic exhibits.
Film, director of Londonʼs Artprojx David Gryn, organizes this event which features a multitude of film works by artists, and Magazines, a hugely popular event that features art publications from all over the world.
Two local galleries who presented their work last year are attracting plenty of attention this year in the art scene.
The first is a gallery owned by an artist himself, Fredric Snitzer, known for his contemporary art gallery in Miami.
He also sits on the board of Art Basel Miami Beach and has taught some of the most talented artists from the New World School of the Arts. 1540 NE Miami Ct Miami, Florida, 305- 448-8976
The other is Michael Jon, a Chicago artist and art dealer with galleries in both Detroit and Miami. The latter which opened in January 2012. 255 NE 69 Street Miami, 1-305-521-8520
Here are a list of the 2015 Art Basel Events that have the art industry buzzing:
Design Miami will continue with it’s traditional lineup which includes Art Miami, Context, Miami River Art Fair, Pinta Miami, the Red Dot Art Fair, Spectrum Miami, and X Contemporary. Meridian Avenue & 19th Street
Perez Art Museum Miami will host Jamaican artist Nari Ward who will debut his exhibition “Sun Splashed” which will feature a room-size sculpture. Additionally, Dominican artist, Firelei Báez will present his large scale drawings. 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, 305- 375-3000
Jeb Bush is hosting a pop-art fundraising event called, “Pop Art, Politics & Jeb”.
Dancing With The Stars, Maksim Chmerkovski, Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Maksim’s brother), and Tony Dovolani will star in “SWAY”, a dance trilogy that will take place during Art Basel. 174 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131, 305-374-2444
Miami-Dade College Museum of Art+ Design will feature artists Eduardo del Valle and his wife Mirta Gómez and their photo collection “Cuban Childhood Memories From the Other Side of the Water”. 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, 305-237-7700
Michelle Bernstein, a Miami chef at MiMo restaurant, will feature two pop-ups (for the third time) at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The first is, The Garden Cafe which will serve breakfast and lunch complete with furniture from Moroso and Ruinart umbrellas. Next, is Mitchy’s Pop-Up which will serve dinner and offer an extensive international wine list. Menu items will include: braised short ribs, shaved chayote salad, and Moroccan couscous. 6927 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138, 305-759-2001
Actor Adrien Brody will debut his collection of paintings. His work features “a look at how violence is as commonplace as fast food in our culture”. 173 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127, 305-438-0071
FIU’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will feature botanical artists during the “Weird, Wild and Wonderful: The Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial” exhibition. 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199, 305-348-2890