Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Guide and Preview

Michael Reafsnyder - Spring Fling, 2011 - Available at Art Basel Miami Beach with Ameringer McEnery Yohe - Booth H-03

Art Basel Miami Beach 12th Edition 

I can’t believe that the younger sister of the Swiss Art Basel is already 12 years old.  I have been going to Art Basel Miami Beach since it first opened in 2001 and year after year I always get excited about something new that I discover there.  The fair has changed so much over time and so many different sections have been incorporated or evolved in a different direction.  Undoubtedly, ABMB is the most important art fair in this side of the world.  More than 250 galleries from all over the world will reunite again this year showcasing the work of 4,000 contemporary artists.  Although ABMB has always shown prints and editions, this year the Miami fair officially opens an “Editions” section where some of the most prestigious printmakers and galleries specialized in editions bring the best of their partnership with blue chip, midcareer and emerging artists. Here, I have selected some works that caught my eye and will be available at the main fair and some of the satellites. 

Vik Muniz - Woman I, after De Kooning (Pictures of Magazines 2), 2013 Digital C-Print.  Available at Sikkema Jenkins 

Frances Goodman - Untitled (Blue Car Bonnet), 2013 - car bonnet and diamante.  Available at Goodman Gallery

Peter Hailey - Go On, Acrylic, Roll-a-text on canvas, 2013.  Available at Mary Boone Gallery

Yinka Shonibare-Ballerina with Violin (Giselle), 2013, mannequin, African textiles and mixed media. Available at James Cohan Gallery 

Francesca DiMattio, Toile de Jouei, 2013 mixed media on canvas.  Available at Salon 94

Beatriz Milhazes, Uma Palavra, 1999, acylic on canvas,  Available at John Berggruen Gallery


I love highlighting NADA (the New Art Dealers Alliance) because it is young, edgy and avant garde.  Some of my favorite galleries show at NADA including The Hole and Horton Gallery.  UNTITLED is in its second year and deserves special mention - it has an ample and bright tent by the beach also populated by emerging galleries. 

Soshiro Matsubara, Purple Fried Eggs, acrylic on food samples. Available at XYZ Collective (NADA) 

Chris Wiley, 7, 2012, inkjet mounted on aluminium. Available at Nicelle Beaucheine Galerie (NADA)

Fran Siegel, Balancing Act 6, 2013 colored pencil, paint, and ink on cut and collaged paper. Available at Lesley Heller Gallery (Untitled Fair)

Garth Evans, Greyhound, 1990, epoxy resin, fibreglass, paint over cardboard.  Avaialble at Johannes Vogt Gallery (Untitled Fair)

Garth Evans, Greyhound, 1990, epoxy resin, fibreglass, paint over cardboard.  Avaialble at Johannes Vogt Gallery (Untitled Fair)

15 Satellite Fairs, Tracey Emin's New Solo Show and More 

The art circuit in Miami has grown so much that this year alone there will be more than 15 satellite fairs.  This is where things get more complicated in terms of choosing where to go: I love Design Miami because it is the only fair that shows highly curated design pieces.  I’m excited to see the booth of Industry Gallery where Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, the artist who designed Lady Gaga’s “Binary Chair” will have a special installation. Last year I also enjoyed Context and The Miami Project Fairs and found the galleries fun and colorful. This year, Context will have a section focused on Berlin whereas The Miami Project has the advantage of being centrally located in Wynwood a few blocks away from The Rubell Family Collection which I’m also looking forward to visit since they will open an exhibition showcasing the works of 28 contemporary Chinese artists. Also, for the first time, there will be a Brazil Art Fair showing the best of Brazilian contemporary art with more than 40 exhibitors.

Tracey Emin, Angel Without You, 2013, neon sculpture

Some other exciting events are the opening of Tracey Emin’s solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami.  The show is called Angel without You, and it is the first American museum exhibition dedicated to the acclaimed British artist.  I also want to see the Absolut Art Bar which this year is being designed by LA artist Ry Rocklen.