This year, Art Basel Miami Beach celebrates its 20th anniversarye anniversary, and it will be the largest edition to date. From December 1 to 3 (invited private viewings are November 29 and 30), the Miami Beach Convention Center will be home to 282 exhibitors across 38 countries and territories. Notable trends from 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 change of the guard in leadership: Noah Horowitz (formerly Director of Americas) returns to Art Basel as CEO. He succeeds Marc Spiegler, who has been the exchange’s Global Director since 2012.
We break down the main sectors of the fair with what to expect this year:
Galleries is the main part of the fair where The world’s leading galleries present paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photography, videos and digital works of the highest quality.
Meridians, which debuted in 2019, is a platform for both renowned and emerging artists to showcase large-scale sculptures and paintings, installations, live performances, film and video projections. that push the boundaries of a traditional art fair layout. It returns this year with 20 large-scale projects, including “sculpted bodies, sexualized bodies, performing and singing bodies – 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 might see our future,” said Magalí Arriola, director of Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, which is curating this sector for the third consecutive year.
Positionsdedicated to emerging artists, brings together 19 solo presentations from artists from around the world.
Nova provides a platform for galleries to showcase new work by up to three artists created in the past three years. This year there are 23 presentations. Of note, K Art Gallery, owned by Native Americans, located in Buffalo, will showcase the work of three Native American and Indigenous contemporary artists: Edgar Heap of Birds (Arapaho and Cheyenne), Erin Ggaamitis Ivalu Gingrich (Inupiaq); and Robyn Tsinnajinnie (Navajo). Their works weave a cohesive tapestry of Indigenous and Indigenous perspectives on land recognition 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.)
Questionnaire contains works created before 2000. There will be 17 galleries this year.
Edition features work from this year’s 11 world leaders in print, including Frank Gehry and Richard Serra, presented by Gemini GEL
Cabinet offers galleries the opportunity to present curated exhibitions in their stands. This year there are 29 installations by established and emerging artists.
Conversations provides a platform for the exchange of ideas – between 35 artists, gallerists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from around the world – on topics related to the global contemporary art scene. This year’s topics include representing artists and collecting art from Africa and the African diaspora, the environmental footprint of technology, and counter-intuitive approaches to the art market. To mark 20 years of Art Basel Miami Beach, there will also be a panel featuring Miami-based collectors Carlos & Rosa de la Cruz, Craig Robins and Martin Margulies who have helped shape the city’s ecosystem. The program, which runs from November 30 to December 2, is curated by Emily Butler, Art Basel’s Conversations Curator, and is free to the public. All panels will be streamed live on Art Basel’s Facebook channel and the recordings will be available after the event.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Art Basel website