Since a few Basel gallerists put their passion and determination behind an ambitious vision in 1970, Art Basel has continued to grow in size and is now recognised as the premier international art show, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Providing a platform for artists and gallerists from around the world, Art Basel supports galleries in nurturing their artists, and is a driving force in the development and promotion of visual arts.
In addition to showing exciting works by world-renowned artists, Art Basel is always innovating, thus expanding its platform for new artists who represent the vanguard of the visual arts. Therefore, this year Art Basel’s Film programme has been organised in association with David Gryn, Director of Londonʼs Artprojx, to present a dynamic program of films by and about artists.
The Film sector will include over 80 films and videos selected by Gryn; his program of film and video works have been drawn from the show’s participating galleries, including work by Charles Atlas, Martin Creed, Susan Hiller, Parker Ito, Mark Leckey, Babette Mangolte, Takeshi Murata, Laure Prouvost, Alex Prager, Mark Wallinger, and a tribute to Harun Farocki, who passed away this July.
In addition, Zurich film connoisseur and curator of Art Basel’s Film sectors since 199, This Brunner selects a feature length film for a special screening at the Colony Theatre, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes (2014), which tells the true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) revolutionized the commercialization of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. Yet, the truth would eventually be discovered: Keane’s works were actually not created by him, but by his wife, Margaret Keane (Amy Adams). The film centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.
The programme’s main screenings will take place at the outdoor setting of SoundScape Park, where works are shown on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Centre; and inside the Miami Beach Convention Centre.
Screenings will take place nightly beginning at 6pm, while sound works by Larry Achiampong, Jennie C. Jones, Stephen Vitiello and Raed Yassin will be presented on the state-of-the-arts surround sound system in SoundScape Park.
Art Basel Miami Beach Film 2014, 4 – 7 December, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida.
For more information on the entire Art Basil Miami Beach programme, visit www.artbasel.com/Miami-Beach.
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