The 18-edition of Art Basel Miami has really spoiled the art and design lovers during last weekend. Taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the affair initiated a Legacy Purchase Program, where the City acquired artwork up to $100,000 USD from Ebony G. Patterson, represented by moniquemeloche, and Amoako Boafo, represented by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.
The affair also launched a new sector, dubbed Meridians, locatedin the Grand Ballroom, which provided a unique platform for galleries and their artists to show work that pushes the boundaries of the traditional art fair layout.
Curated by Magalí Arriola, Meridians featured large-scale sculpture, installations, paintings and performances, and it contained of around 34 projects, and around 269 leading galleries from around the world participated on the event, of which 20 among them were new galleries. The highlights included presentations by Miguel Calderón, Jose Dávila, Flavio Garciandia, Luciana Lamothe, Artur Lescher, Ana Mendieta, and Tercerunquinto. Candice Lin with Ghebaly Gallery, Pepe Mar with David Castillo Gallery, Woody De Othello with Jessica Silverman Gallery and Karma, and Torey Thornton with Morán Morán were among the younger artists presented in the sector.
The weekend-affair also brought a renowned talk-series by leading artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors, and critics from across the world. The Conversations sector featured 12 panels offering perspectives on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art and served as a platform for dialogues and discussions on current topics from ethics of museum funding and climate change to the relationship between art and social media.
In addition, visitors to the Miami Beach show also had the opportunity to view South Florida’s leading museums and private collections, including the new Rubell Museum, a 100,000-square- foot campus that presents exhibitions drawn from an unparalleled collection built over 54 years, and Espacio 23, a contemporary art space founded by collector and philanthropist Jorge M. Pérez, serving artists, curators, and the general public, with regular exhibitions, residencies, and a variety of special projects drawn from the Pérez Collection.