More than 250 galleries from 36 countries will participate in the 2021 edition of the annual Art Basel Miami Beach art fair which is returning to its large-scale physical format after last year’s edition was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the Americas’ premier art fairs, the exhibit, which runs December 2-4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, promises to present a unique insight into the region’s key artists, galleries and trends. It will offer works in all media, from rare and historic masterpieces to new pieces from today’s emerging artistic voices.
(Untitled (ivory black on cadmium yellow, nine square progressions on edges), 2019 by Paul Mogensen | Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles / New York / Tokyo)
“There is tremendous excitement in the art world on both sides of the Atlantic about Art Basel Miami Beach 2021. Not only because this is our first fair in two years in the Americas, but also because the show has never featured such a diverse range of voices. ”Said Marc Spiegler, Global Director of Art Basel.
To discover at the show:
The Meridians, which is the fair’s unique platform for large-scale projects and allows galleries to showcase monumental works such as large-scale sculptures and paintings, installations, video projections and live performances , will this year be organized by an art critic based in Mexico City. Magalí Arriola, director of the Museo Tamayo.
Night (Sky, Summer Ground, 2021 by Sam Falls | Courtesy Sam Falls and the 303 Gallery, New York)
Among the exhibits will be a new work by Brazilian artist Maxwell Alexandre as part of his “Pardo é Papel” series, an in situ installation and activation based on the performance of six body devices by Canadian artist Brendan. Fernandes entitled “Contract and Release”. (2019-2021), “Sumptuous Memories of Plundering Kings” by American artist Todd Gray (2021), a 14-part work exceeding 30 feet in length, exploring the history and lasting impact of European colonialism, ‘Slavery and the African Diaspora, and a monumental double-sided painting by Dutch artist Jacqueline de Jong titled’ De zachterkant van het bestaan '(The other side of existence) (1992) among others.
The Kabinett section of the fair, which offers galleries the opportunity to present exhibitions organized in separately demarcated spaces within their stands, this year will include 25 presentations by established and emerging artists.
(The Value of Sharpness: When It Falls, 2019 by Nicholas Galanin | Courtesy Peter Blum Gallery)
These include the Argentine gallery Jorge Mara – La Ruche presenting Ellen Auerbach, Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola, three influential figures in avant-garde photography who established themselves as visionary modernists in Europe and South America. in the 1930s ; the presentation by the German gallery Sies + Höke of the rare early drawings by Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, which trace the differences as well as the common ground in their artistic approaches; Presentation by the Spanish gallery Mayoral of the works of Manolo Millares, one of the most important Spanish artists of the post-war European informal movement; and the presentation by the American gallery Roberts Projects of community portraits by Ghanaian artist Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, a series of new paintings exploring the relationships between identity, materiality and race, which mark a critical evolution for the artist.
Another notable segment of the fair is its “Conversation” series which provides a platform for the exchange of ideas on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene.
(Desert, 2021 by Doug Aitken | Courtesy of the artist; 303 Gallery (New York); Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich); Victoria Miro (London); and Regen Projects, Los Angeles)
This year’s program features 10 panels bringing together leading artists, gallery owners, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors and critics from around the world discussing various issues ranging from boom from the NFT art market to issues of post-pandemic resilience and the need to reinvent the museum.