Art Basel Ends on Strong Note

Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 has closed with a resounding thumbs up from both the public and gallerists exhibiting.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network offered strong reviews of this year's show, where almost $3 billion of art was exhibited for sale. Final revenues are still being tallied, as after-fair transactions will occur through this week.

The fair also drew solid praise form critics, the art and main stream press. With an expanded Public sector and a diverse line-up of talks, performances and film screenings, the quality of art exhibited was matched by the show's programming.

The 12th edition was described by many observers as the strongest-ever Art Basel show in Miami Beach. Featuring 258 leading international galleries from across 31 countries, the show confirmed its positioning as the leading art fair of the Americas.

Finally, the inaugural Edition sector at Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach was met with an enthusiastic response from both new and long-time collectors of prints and editioned pieces.

Art Basel in Miami Beach, attracted an attendance of 75,000 over the five show days, a seven percent increase over last year. Over 140 museum and institution groups from across the world – as well as renowned private collectors from the Americas, Europe, Asia and emerging markets – attended the show.

What participating gallerists said:

Sean Kelly, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York -- 'I’ve participated in Art Basel in Miami Beach since its inception in 2002 and without any exception, this is the most successful of all its editions in terms of quality, conversations, volume of visitors and new audiences.' -

Sadie Coles, Sadie Coles HQ, London -- 'At Art Basel in Miami Beach we have more serious first-time buyers than at any other fair in the world.'

David Nolan, David Nolan Gallery, New York -- 'This year has been marked for us by the largest number of museum groups and institutional contacts, and a new generation of collectors becoming very active.'

Monika Sprüth, Sprüth Magers Berlin London, Berlin, London -- 'We've had a very successful fair this year, with strong and significant sales of works by young, mid-career, and established artists. We are very happy with our results.'

Kabinett

A favorite sector among museum directors and critics, Kabinett offered visitors many of this ear’s highlights. 25 select galleries presented curated exhibitions within their booths, including work by Marina A ramović (L ciana Brito Galeria); José Bento and Raymundo Colares (A Gentil Carioca); Richard Fauguet (Art : Concept); Al Taylor (Niels Borch Jensen Galerie); Leon Polk Smith (Valerie Carberry Gallery); Gerold Miller (Mehdi Chouakri); Yeni & Nan (Henrique Faria Fine Art); Marius de Zayas (Galerie 1900-2000); Richard Meier (Galerie Gmurzynska); Luis Camnitzer (Alexander Gray Associates); Theaster Gates (Kavi Gupta Chicago/Berlin); James Edward Deeds (Hirschl & Adler Modern); Luis Gispert (Rhona Hoffman Gallery); Hu Qingyan (Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing- Lucerne); Claire Fontaine (Metro Pictures); Man Ray (Francis M. Naumann Fine Art); Damir Oč o (Yvon Lam ert); race min (Lehmann Ma pin); ean c ll (Galerie Lelong); Mel Kendrick (David Nolan Gallery); Martin Barré (Galerie Nathalie Obadia); Danilo Dueñas (Galerie Thomas Schulte); and Sam Francis (Van Doren Waxter). It also featured two thematic shows: 'From Dusk Till Dawn' at Kicken Berlin and 'AiR (Krinzinger Artist in Residence)' at Galerie Krinzinger.

Positions

Positions offered a tight selection of 16 galleries from 12 countries, each providing an opportunity to discover the work of an individual emerging artist. Presentations included: Dove Allouche (Gaudel de Stampa), Nicolás Consuegra (La Central), Lourival Cuquinha (Baró Galeria), Ulrik Heltoft (Andersen`s Contemporary), Tom Holmes (Bureau), Nadira Husain (PSM), Juan López (Nogueras Blanchard), Mathieu Malouf (Real Fine Arts), Jorge Pedro Nuñez (Galerie Crèvecoeur), Seung Yul Oh (One and J. Gallery), Vijai Patchineelam (Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo), Laercio Redondo (Silvia Cintra + Box4), Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Kalfayan Galleries), Gabriel Acevedo Velarde (Arratia Beer), Oriol Vilanova (Parra & Romero), and Wang Yuyang (Tang Contemporary Art).

Nova

Widely judged to feature the best presentations yet, this ear’s edition of Nova featured 34 galleries, many with works fresh from the studio. Limited to work made in the last three years, the sector was the site of exhibitions by David Ostrowski (Peres Projects); Jose Dávila (Max Wigram Gallery); John Finneran and Alisa Baremboym (47 Canal); Plamen Dejanoff and Lisa Holzer (Galerie Emanuel Layr); Shannon Ebner and Chris Johanson (Altman Siegel); José Antonio Suárez, Londoño, and Johanna Calle (Casas Riegner); Matt Connors and Bernard Piffaretti (Cherry and Martin); Nicole Eisenman and Tony Matelli (Leo Koenig); Mariana Mauricio, Mauro, Piva, and Sandra Gamarra (Galeria Leme); Daniel Jacoby and Nestor Sanmiguel Diest (Maisterravalbuena); Susan Collis, Ellen Harvey, and Evariste Richer (Meessen De Clercq); Oscar Muñoz, Julieta Aranda, and Voluspa Jarpa (Galerie mor.charpentier); Meric Algün Ringborg, and Erdem Tasdelen (NON); and many others. For the full list of galleries and artists, please visit artbasel.com/miami-beach/nova.

Edition

Following the long success of a dedicated sector for prints and limited-editioned works at Art Basel's show in Switzerland, the debut Edition sector of the Miami Beach show featured Alan Cristea Gallery, Crown Point Press, gdm, Gemini G.E.L. LLC, Sabine Knust, Carolina Nitsch, Pace Prints, The Paragon Press, Polígrafa Obra Gràfica, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Paul Stolper Gallery and Two Palms.

Public

Public, the outdoor sculpture sector – produced in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art – was curated for the first time by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of New York City's Public Art Fund.

Under the theme 'Social Animals', the exhibition featured over 30 large-scale sculptures and installations by 24 leading and emerging international artists, including Huma Bhabha, Mark di Suvero, Matias Faldbakken, Sam Falls, Tom Friedman, Jeppe Hein, Thomas Houseago, Alicja Kwade, Richard Long, Charlotte Posenenske, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Oscar Tuazon, and Maarten Vanden Eynde. Set within the cityscape of Miami Beach at Collins Park, this year’s edition of public turned a grouping of separate works by multiple artists into a temporary community of its own, with works in conversation and in dialog with each other. Artworks by Carol Bove, Olaf Breuning, Aaron Curry, Michelle Lopez, Matthew Monahan, Scott Reeder, Santiago Roose, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Tony Tasset, Mungo Thomson, and Phil Wagner will continue to be present in Collins Park through March 2014 as part of 'tc: temporary contemporary', a new initiative in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art.

The sector opened to the public on Wednesday night with performances by Olaf Breuning, David Colman, Kate Gilmore, Ryan McNamara, and Mungo Thomson. For more information, please visit: artbasel.com/miami-beach/public.

Films

Curated for the third year by David Gryn of London's Artprojx, the Film sector included over 70 film and video works by and about artists, drawn from the show's participating galleries. Framed within eight distinct screening programs and screened over four nights, the program featured works by Nevin Aladağ, Dara Birnbaum, Rineke Dijkstra, Leo Gabin, Joan Jonas, Oscar Muñoz, Rashaad Newsome, Cheng Ran, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Regina Silveira, Mickalene Thomas, and Kemang Wa Lehulere, and the international premiere of new works by Martin Creed and Kehinde Wiley. An estimated 1,000 visitors attended the free screenings in SoundScape Park on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry designed New World Center. Selected by Zurich film connoisseur This Brunner, the feature film 'Nan Goldin – I Remember Your Face' (2013) by Sabine Lidl held its United States premiere, followed by a Q&A with the artist and the director.

The evening offered a thoughtful and personal engagement with Nan Goldin, for an intimate audience of film and arts lovers. For more information, please visit: artbasel.com/miamibeach/film

Pérez Museum

The Pérez Art Museum Miami opened its new Herzog & de Meuron building with exhibitions including 'Ai Weiwei: According to What?', and commissioned projects by Yael Bartana, Bouchra Khalili, Hew Locke and Monika Sosnowska.

Additional significant museum shows across South Florida included: 'Tracey Emin: Angel without You' at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; 'Piotr lańs i esl' at the Bass M se m o Art; 'Phyllida Barlow: HOARD' at the Norton Museum of Art; and 'The Birth of Rome' and 'Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata' at the Wolfsonian-FIU.