2014-11-26 / Arts & Entertainment News

About 70,000 expected to flock to Art Basel, satellite fairs in Miami

BY RACHEL GALVIN
Special to Florida Weekly


Visitors swarm the Miami Beach Convention Center during last year’s Art Basel. 
ART BASEL / COURTESY PHOTOS Visitors swarm the Miami Beach Convention Center during last year’s Art Basel. ART BASEL / COURTESY PHOTOS It is amazing how the juxtaposition of line and shape can make someone’s pulse quicken, how tromp l’oeil can stir the imagination, and perspective and shadow can entice conversation. But art is exactly this type of catalyst. Its power has been shifting cultures and expressing them long before the Renaissance.

Art beckons its followers to Miami Beach Dec. 4-7 for an experience unlike any other, an event called Art Basel. More than 70,000 are slated to attend. This showcase of all things artistic is merely a hub for a bigger self-expression brought to the masses in the form of multiple satellite fairs like Scope, Pulse, NADA, Art Miami and others, more than 20 total. They all work in symbiosis as part of a bigger event called Miami Art Week, which actually begins Dec. 2.

This year, the structure of Art Basel has changed. The day before the opening, there will be VIP and First Choice preview access. Dec. 4 will feature the Vernissage from 11 to 3 p.m., heralding the beginning of the show.


Left: The Helly Nahmad Gallery during Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2013. Right: The Stevenson gallery during Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2013. Left: The Helly Nahmad Gallery during Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2013. Right: The Stevenson gallery during Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2013. Art Basel, held first in 2002, is the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation with pieces from leading galleries from multiple continents. It has a sister fair in Switzerland that began in 1970 and another in Hong Kong.

Navigating through the nine different sectors at Art Basel can be challenging. After all, there is 500,000 square feet of space to cover.

Sula Miller, a South Florida photographer and documentary filmmaker, says the diversity of the artists and the work presented is dazzling.

“There is so much to see … You won’t know where to start,” she says.

Visitors can even lie outside in the grass at Soundscape Park and look at the stars while watching an artistic masterpiece on the 7000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New World Center. Artistic films and films about artists will be shown here and also inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. There will also be a feature, Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” about artist Walter Keane, well-known in the ’50s and ’60s, at the Colony Theatre. Meanwhile, at Collins Park, there are outdoor sculptures, live performances and more.

Visitors can delve deep into the art world by sitting in on the many talks offered, discussing everything from the collections themselves to comprehending art in a historical context and in the future. Besides the satellite fairs, there are other activities in Wynwood, the Design District, MiMo, Brickell, Downtown, Midtown, North Beach and South Beach. Many local museums are adding exhibitions or offering free entry during this time. Art in all its forms will definitely be taking over Miami during this week. ¦

Private View

>> Wednesday, Dec.3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (by invitation only)

Vernissage

>> Thursday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (by invitation only)

Public Days

>> Thursday, Dec. 4, 3 to 8 p.m.
>> Friday, Dec. 5, noon to 8 p.m.
>> Saturday, Dec. 6, noon to 8 p.m.
>> Sunday, Dec. 7, noon to 6 p.m.
>> More info: artbasel.com.

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