Art Basel, the world-renowned series of art shows displaying modern and contemporary works, will return to Miami Beach from 5-8 December. Now in its 12th year, the event attracts more than 50,000 visitors, coming to see the art displayed by more than 250 participating galleries from around the globe. Although the show’s focal point is the Miami Beach Convention Center, the entire city of Miami Beach, and much of downtown Miami, will be transformed into a veritable art mecca, with fairs and installations running in both public parks and on sandy beaches.
Launching with a private reception on 4 December, for several days the city is overrun by museum curators, directors, collectors, celebrities and art enthusiasts, flocking to see the exhibitions and daily panel discussions. Many will also be hoping to snap up a work by one of the thousands of artists on display, with established names and up-and-coming talents both angling for new customers.
Although the original Basel show is known for favouring European pieces, its international offshoots work in different spheres: the Hong Kong event promotes Asian influences, while the Miami show has a bias towards South American art. Latin American artists on display this year include Argentina’s Liliana Porter, Cuba’s Jose Bedia and Puerto Rico’s Allora y Calzadilla. Naturally, some of the art world’s best-known names will also be represented, with famous pieces by Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso set to be exhibited.
For the first time, pioneering technology will be part of the experience, in the form of a collaboration between Google Glass and the New York-based artist David Datuna. As part of the ‘Viewpoint of Billions’ series, visitors will be able to try on the glasses on location to enable them to interact with Datuna’s work.
New York gallery owner Stephan Keszler is expected to auction a piece by the world’s most famous graffiti artist, Banksy. Having previously been admonished by the artist’s authentication team when he attempted to sell two of his other works, the piece, entitled Red Hook Balloon, was controversially acquired from the owner of the New York building on which it appeared during Banksy’s brief residence in the city in October, and could receive offers of up to $400,000.
First conceived for the 10th anniversary event in 2011, the non-profit Pop Up Piano Miami will also return for the third time. A dozen pianos, hand-painted by talented emerging artists, will appear across town, creating the scene for a range of pop-up performances during the festival. Afterwards, they will be auctioned, with the proceeds donated to local charities.
Just in time for the three-day event, the former Miami Art Museum is set to reopen as the Perez Art Museum Miami after a lengthy redevelopment designed by celebrated Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. Although tickets to the exclusive gala on 3rd December have sold out, the museum opens to the public the following day.
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