“Art Basel Miami Beach 2017”

The Permanent Side of Miami Art

Chances are you already know about the main art week destinations: Art Basel, Art Miami and Context. In addition to the three large events, more than a dozen peripheral art salons are planned around the city. But that’s not all! Miami also has a permanent side: more than 30 major art collections are on view within 50 miles of South Beach. Let’s dig into that. One private collection in particular, that of Miami cultural pioneer Gary Nader, is creating a buzz this year. Nader is the most influential collector and dealer of Latin American art in the world and he is concerned about the future of art in Miami. Although there are many important private collections in the city, and many smaller public museums, he feels Miami needs a major, world-class, public museum with a significant permanent collection. To remedy this situation, Nader has been working for years to build just such an institution and he recently announced he is selling $100 million worth of his personal collection during Art Week 2017 to help finance the project he has been working hard to help create. The sale presents an unprecedented opportunity not only to buy extraordinary works, but also to help fund what is likely to become one of the most high profile cultural institutions in the region. We caught up with Mr. Nader on the phone and he shared some thoughts about his Wynwood gallery, his passion for art, and about his plans for the future. We recommend visiting his Wynwood space in person during Art Week and why not also take some time to visit some of the other world-class art collections South Florida has to offer? Your first stop should definitely be The Bass. Located in the heart of Miami Beach, The Bass houses one of...


Wynwood is Dead – Long Live Wynwood!

Look what you have done to this city. First you invaded Downtown, then came the Design District, then Wynwood, now Little Haiti. What’s next, Allapattah? What has happened? What have you brought us? Safer streets, more colorful walls, bustling shops – all good. But my one dollar cortadito in a tiny cardboard cup, made with patience and love, has been replaced. But no worries. This $10 latte served in a hand-fired ceramic mug designed in Tokyo and manufactured in Milan was made by a true master, the apprentice of a barista who lives in the Tibetan part of Brooklyn. It is an excellent latte. It is just different. This is real coffee, real Miami, real art. But who decides? Andy Warhol said, “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” Maybe he was right. Money and working and good business is what Miami is all about. And look around. It is also all about art. Miami is becoming a, if not the, premier art destination in the United States. Museums, galleries, murals, pop up exhibitions, public art, global art fairs. But that is only part of the story. Art does not only activate our spaces. It is also in the air, in the water, and in the soil. And in our soul. People say, “Art saved Wynwood.” Then I also hear people say, “Art killed Wynwood.” Wynwood is dead. Long live Wynwood! But what was Wynwood? And what is it now? And what do they mean by art? The place to expand the Basel brand Maybe it was the siren call of art that lured the Drug Enforcement Agency to locate their 45,000-square-foot confiscated narcotics facility at 95 NW 29th Street in Wynwood. It most certainly was art that brought Mera and...

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Satellite fairs during Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Curatorial platforms, immersive experiences, innovative fairs… Next stop, Miami, to make the most of a crazy week of contemporary art. From Wynwood to South Beach, we take a look at the most exclusive happenings taking place around Art Basel; here’s a roundup of the highlights.   Nada Miami. Not-for-profit platform Nada, for those who haven’t heard, is the New Art Dealers Alliance, a not-for-profit artistic platform devoted to finding and supporting new talent on the contemporary art scene. In short, what’s (still) cool, quirky and goes against the norms of the art establishment. Taking place at Ice Palace Studios, this year, the offbeat fair is welcoming 108 galleries from 16 different countries, 23 of which are taking part for the first time. For director Heather Hubbs “Nada was founded to fill a void in the art world by providing a community where lesser‐known international galleries, emerging artists, artist‐run spaces, and both young and established galleries can co-exist”. This year, various German names are in attendance, such as Natalia Hug, Rob Tuffnell and Marietta Clages, who have come from Cologne, or Berlin-based artist Dan Gunn. Amongst the newcomers, are young New York gallery Lomex and Clearing, with offices in both Brooklyn and Brussels. Nada Miami. From Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 December. Opening on Tuesday 7 December. Ice Palace Studios. 1400 North Miami Avenue. Miami, Florida (USA). www.newartdealers.org   ArtMiami. From Josef Albers to Yoyoi Kusama The stage is resolutely international, with around 140 galleries covering the modern and contemporary period. For this 28th edition, Art Miami is welcoming representatives from more than 22 countries and no less than 60 cities. Talking numbers, the fair attracts around 85,000 visitors each year. This year, it will be in a new venue (the former site of the Miami Herald) to display paintings,...


Philipp Kaiser, a very “Public” person

Philipp Kaiser is a man of vision. This year Art Basel chose him to direct the Public sector, following in the footsteps of Nicholas Baume. He tells AMA about how to organize a city-wide show with some of the best living artists, about the changing dynamics of the art world, and the challenges and opportunities unique to Miami Beach. Kaiser has had many different roles throughout his career and for many years he worked on the institutional side of things. He was the Director of Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, the Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Curator of Contemporary and Modern art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Basel, Switzerland. In that capacity, he worked with many of the most influential artists of the past half century, and put together a string of exhibitions that still have people talking today, such as the monumental “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974.” More recently, Kaiser has been working as an independent curator and in that capacity he has had the chance to work more directly with gallerists, and to examine how art intersects with the public outside the walls of museums. Earlier this year he accepted the challenge of curating the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. It was the first time Swiss artists were chosen by an independent curator rather than being nominated. Following that success, his current undertaking is to curate Public, the public art side of Art Basel Miami 2017.   Public is always one of the most dynamic, exciting elements of Art Basel Miami. What is your vision for Public 2017? I titled it “Territorial” because I felt it is interesting that one of the ontological qualities of sculpture is territorial. Sculpture always claims space. It doesn’t just...

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Art Basel Miami Beach, the Great Festival

Miami, 7-10 December, the heavyweights of the art world are in town. At the heart of this ultra-contemporary ecosystem is a fair of excess, which continues to expand. Welcome to Art Basel and its 16th year in Florida. Could the highly acclaimed Art Basel Miami Beach be to contemporary art what the Cannes Film Festival is to cinema? Is this hotspot with its slightly overrated decorum really the place to be? The perfect way to conclude a series of events including Art Basel (mid-season edition), London’s autumnal Frieze Art Fair and Paris’ FIAC, for four days only, the best galleries from Europe, Asia, and the Americas have taken their places on America’s East Coast. When one thinks of Miami Beach, one often thinks of sun, palm trees and sandy beaches stretching alongside a series of skyscrapers on Ocean Drive or Collins Avenue- or maybe of its myriad luxury boutiques, with airbrushed starlets and shapely models spilling out- or even of its plethora of yachts and swanky clubs. Not so long ago, this Latin-American crossroads was better known for its corruption and rough neighborhoods ruled by fierce gangs, than for its galleries and ultra-cool culture. Then Craig Robins came along, followed by Tony Goldman- a businessmen who transformed a sulfurous swamp into the place to be for designers, artists, ‘starchitects’ and street artists. It’s dark side forgotten, Miami restored itself. Old warehouses became luxury showrooms in the aptly named Design District and graffiti on the walls in Wynwood transformed the district into a maze of street art, which is updated each year. Within a few decades, Miami has become cosmopolitan city and a cultural mecca, sitting alongside New York, London and Hong Kong. So what is this prestigious event really about? In 2017, Art Basel, Miami Beach brought together 268...