Art Basel Miami Beach 2019: 5 Highlights not to be missed

Published on 11/28/2019 by Christoph Spangenberg

When Art Basel Miami Beach opens its doors, the international art world flocks to Florida. A total of 269 leading galleries are displaying top-quality modern and contemporary art, making the show into the most important meeting point for the sector. From 5 to 8 December, visitors will be able to experience not just one but several premières, including the new Meridians sector for oversized works of art, 20 new exhibitors and more than half the galleries from the USA and Latin America. Outside the Show Center too, imposing works of art will be conquering the city. And, directly opposite the show, design aficionados will be meeting up at the parallel event of Design Miami.

New Meridians sector: Oversized art in the Grand Ballroom

Whether large-format sculptures or paintings, installations, films, video projections or live performances: the new Meridians sector is home to art that surpasses the boundaries of traditional exhibition stands. Thirty-four oversized works will be on display in the new Grand Ballroom of the Miami Beach Convention Center on an area of almost 6000 square metres. Meridians is being curated by Magali Arriola, Director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.


Galleries: The heart of the show

Here, masterpieces of museum quality hang alongside works from young, emerging artists. In the main sector of the show, visitors can discover works by upcoming and established artists, paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, film and digital art.

Positions: The platform for talents

Are we seeing the big names of tomorrow today? In the Positions sector, visitors are able to acquaint themselves with new talents from all over the world. The participating galleries are each presenting a major project of an emerging artist on an individual stand. This year's highlights include "Watch Before You Fall" by Manal AlDowayan at Sabrina Amrani, Colter Jacobsen's "Begin Being" at Callicoon Fine Arts, the sculptural works of Canadian artist Tau Lewis at Cooper Cole and photographs by Paul Mpagi Sepuya at Document.

Disruptions: Giant sculptures in Collins Park

Buenos Aires in Miami Beach: Disruptions is showing six large-size sculptures by Argentinian artists in Collins Park, just a short walk from Miami Beach Convention Center. Disruptions is part of the multiyear "Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires" initiative, and Art Basel has developed a programme of art and culture tailored to the Argentinian metropolis.

Design Miami: The meeting point for design aficionados

Directly opposite Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami is exhibiting furniture, lights and art objects of museum quality from the 20th and 21st century. The works reflect the trends in the sector: traditional materials and handicraft techniques, Japanese design, key African works and female design icons from midway through the last century. The exhibitions are accompanied by panels and lectures.

Art Basel Miami Beach
5 to 8 December 2019
Miami Beach Convention Center
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Design Miami
3 to 8 December 2019
Pride Park, Miami Beach
Opposite Miami Beach Convention Center
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Photo Positions: Tau Lewis, Harmony, 2019 © Courtesy of Tau Lewis and COOPER COLE, Toronto

Christoph Spangenberg

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