Today is the last day to get along to Art Basel Miami Beach. This Art Basel show presents premier artwork from across the globe. Over 250 of the world’s leading galleries participate, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year. Since 5 December the sandy beach of Miami has been overrun with the very best of emerging and established art. We pick out some of the best stands to see.
There’s still time to get along to Art Basel Miami Beach. As well as the stunning list of exhibitors, there are eight sectors allowing visitors to explore the many dimensions of Modern and contemporary art including museum-caliber paintings, sculptures and classical photography, as well as works of an outsized scale, precisely curated projects, and site-specific artworks which take advantage of the unique Miami Beach landscape. We take a look at some of the best galleries to see at the fair.
The second day of Art Basel Miami Beach is upon us and there are still hundreds of galleries to check out. Participants from Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa make up the impressive list of exhibitors at this year’s event. The different galleries present historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. If you are unsure of what to see today, with such a vast selection on display, check out some of our recommended stands below.
Advent is well under away and in the midst of carols, Christmas shopping and the increased preparation for the festive period, there’s still plenty of great art out there to enjoy. Escape the bitter winter winds and take a break from all the Christmas planning to make the most of the world’s best art galleries, showcasing some of the finest and most eclectic exhibitions right through December. From the sandy beaches of Miami to the bustling streets of London, here are five of the best to indulge in this Saturday and Sunday.
Exhibitions at Somerset House are always an event, vibrant and full of personality; Fashion Galore! continues along this thread, portraying the life of Isabella Blow (1958-2007) – model, muse, designer and stylist – through over 100 pieces from her own iconic wardrobe.
Siobhan Davies has worked as a dance artist and choreographer for over 40 years and her passion for movement and communication has lead to a long and varied career. The Director of her own studios, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, Davies can also be referred to as a filmmaker and dancer. Her most recent work, Table of Contents, is due to go on tour in 2014, opening at the ICA 8 January before heading onto Tramway, Glasgow and the Arnolfini, Bristol. The project reflects upon the process of archiving dance and her own personal journey. Aesthetica speaks to Davies about her approach to the new performance and her history in dance.
Classic art deco boulevards, long white beaches and a glitzy night life provide the backdrop to Art Basel Miami Beach. Art Basel – which began in 1970 and also shows in Hong Kong and Basel – is recognised as a premier international art fair and attracts more than 50,000 visitors and 250 of the world’s leading galleries each year. Presented across eight sectors, the ocean-front located event allows visitors to explore some of the world’s best sculpture, film, art publications, paintings and classical photography, as well as site-specific works which take advantage of the iconic Miami Beach setting. Aesthetica takes a look behind the scenes at a selection of galleries to look out for at this year’s event.
Julian Schnabel’s confessed fear of death and suggestion that reality and truth may reside in things could account for the gigantic size and weight of the objects in The Brant Foundation Art Study Center exhibition Julian Schnabel. If the body of the art object is less susceptible to decay than our bodies are (as Schnabel has mused), then the scale of Schanbel’s works might be interpreted as his attempt at immortality and insistence on occupying a future.
Gered Mankowitz: Vintage Stones marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ formation and brings together over 1000 previously unseen vintage silver gelatin prints. Shot by the group’s photographer, Gered Mankowitz, the exhibition includes the earliest surviving prints of the band, both on and off stage, and documents the period 1965-1967 when they were still relatively unknown. Running at Atlas Gallery, London, until 31 January, the pieces will also be available for purchase.
The so-called “Olympics of the art world”, Art Basel, returns to Miami Beach on 5 December, bringing together the international art community for the winter art event of the year. Transforming the miles of Miami’s sandy beaches and skylines into a dense and dynamic cultural hub, the event will see special exhibitions pop up at museums and galleries across the city, showcasing historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art alongside newly created pieces by emerging stars. Aiming to support the role that galleries play in nurturing artists and promoting the visual arts, Art Basel has cemented a worldwide reputation over 40 years of presenting an ambitious and diverse range of paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs and films from over 250 of the world’s leading galleries.
The comprehensive project América Latina 1960-2013 is a bright example of a discourse presentation in a frame of exhibition space. It aims to give a panorama of Latin American photography from 1960 up to today, and unites 72 artists from 11 countries. Curators of the exhibition, Ángeles Alonso Espinosa, Hervé Chandès, Alexis Fabry, Isabelle Gaudefroy, Leanne Sacramone and Ilana Shamoon, state that the focus of research was an evolving relationship between text and photographic image that actually doesn’t imply an imperative presence of a photograph in a piece: besides photography, the show displays video art, installations, collages etc. However, this accent is quite reasonable in relation to the historical orientation of the project that inevitably provokes reference to the particular social and political situation in Latin America countries.
The Catlin Guide 2014 will present the very best in Britain’s most talented new artists. The publication will be available to the public from January at the London Art Fair. Author Justin Hammond undertakes an extensive tour of UK art schools before conducting a series of artist interviews and consultations with leading gallerists, curators,course tutors and collectors, after which he reveals the coveted shortlist. This year one of the chosen individuals is Jakob Rowlinson who speaks to Aesthetica about his work, Puppeteering a Portrait, and what it means to be in the Catlin Guide.