November 13, 2012 - Art Basel - 2012 edition
November 13, 2012

2012 edition

Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
Art Basel Conversations and Art Salon
December 6–9, 2012

Art Basel Conversations
For a decade now, Art Basel Conversations has offered the public a chance to see dynamic dialogues between prominent figures of the international art world, offering their firsthand perspective on producing, collecting and exhibiting art—and debating the key issues facing the art world today. Curated by Maike Cruse, Art Basel Conversations is presented by Absolut Art Bureau, responsible for the Absolut Company’s international art initiatives.

Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9
10–11am | Panel Discussion
11–11:30am | Meet the Panelists
| Miami Beach Convention Centre, auditorium adjacent to Info Zone D
Admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

THURSDAY | December 6 | Premiere | Artist Talk | Richard Tuttle
Richard Tuttle
, Artist, New York/New Mexico
In conversation with Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern, London

FRIDAY | December 7 | Public/Private Rethinking the Encyclopedic Museum
Thomas P. Campbell
, Director and CEO, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Moderator | András Szántó, Author and Consultant to arts and philanthropic organizations, New York

SATURDAY | December 8 | Asia FocusWhy Japanese Post-War Art Matters Now
Doryun Chong
, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Allan Schwartzman, Chief Curator, Inhotim, Minas Gerais; Director, Rachofsky Collection, Dallas
Mika Yoshitake, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Moderator | Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

SUNDAY | December 9 | Artistic Practice | The Artist as Musician
Angela Bulloch
, Artist, London/Berlin
Rodney Graham, Artist, Vancouver
Ragnar Kjartansson, Artist, Reykjavík
Ari Benjamin Meyers, Artist, New York/Berlin
Jim Shaw, Artist, Los Angeles
Moderator | Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London

Absolut Art Bureau will make all talks available in high quality video on and

Art Salon
The Art Salon program serves as an open space for short presentations, such as panel discussions, lectures and performances, with a range of speakers including artists, collectors, curators, academics, authors, art lawyers, critics, architects, musicians and many other cultural players.

Daily and throughout the day, from Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9
Location | Miami Beach Convention Centre, Hall D, in the auditorium. Entrance via show floor. 
General admission ticket includes access to Art Salon.

THURSDAY | December 6
1pm | Art Market Talk | The Age of Empires
Josh Baer, Publisher, Baer Faxt, and art advisor, New York
Marc Glimcher, Director, Pace Gallery, New York/London/Beijing

2pm | TalkCurating in Context
Juan A. Gaitán, Curator, 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Mexico City/Berlin
Franklin Sirmans, Artistic Director, Prospect.3, New Orleans; Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3pm | Artist Talk Walead Beshty
Walead Beshty, Artist, Los Angeles
Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach

4pm | Artist Talk The Poetics of Enchantment
Jesper Just, Artist, New York
David Gryn, Curator of art video, Founder of Artprojx, London

5pm | The Global Artworld | Focus on Biennial of the Americas
Boris Hirmas, Chairman of the Board of Sala de Arte Publico Siquieros/La Tallera; Member of Tate’s Latin American Acquisitions Committee; Entrepreneur in Residence, FIU, Mexico City/Miami
Gonzalo Lebrija, Artist, Guadalajara
Moises Micha, Patron; Co-founder, Grupo Habita; Board Member, Museo de la Ciudad, Mexico City/New York
Abaseh Mirvali, Chief Executive Officer and President, Comisaria, Platform 5280, Biennial of the Americas

6pm | Artist Talk | Black Dada: How does it feel to be a problem?
Adam Pendleton, Artist, New York
Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1, New York

FRIDAY | December 7
1pm | Artistic Practice | Street Art in the Middle East: Alternative Forms of Political Expression
James Brett, Founder and Curator, the Museum Of Everything, London
Tala Saleh, Author of Marking Beirut; Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Princess Alia Al-Senussi, Patron, London

2pm | Book Launch | Commissioning Contemporary Art: A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists
Louisa Buck, Art Critic and Contemporary Art Correspondent for The Art Newspaper, London
Tom Eccles, Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York
Cesar Reyes, Collector, Naguabo, Puerto Rico

3pm | Art Law Talk | How to Buy Art – And How to Handle it
Ralph E. Lerner, Withers Bergman LLP, co-author of Art Law – The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers & Artists, New York
Judith Bresler, Withers Bergman LLP, co-author of Art Law – The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers & Artists, New York

4pm | Lunch Bytes | New Media, New Markets: Buying, Selling and Collecting Digital Art
Melanie Bühler, Curator, Lunch Bytes, Washington, D.C.
Sebastian Cwilich, President and COO,, New York
Sabine Himmelsbach, Director, House of Electronic Arts, Basel
Miltos Manetas, artist, collector, Los Angeles
Lindsay Howard, Curatorial Director of 319 Scholes, New York
Artie Vierkant, artist, New York

5pm | Artist Talk Bill Viola: Liber Insularum
Bill Viola, artist; Long Beach, California
Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

6pm | Latin Art Market Challenges and Opportunities in Brazil and Mexico
Mireya Escalante, Director, Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection, Mexico City
Ana Leticia Fialho, Art Market Researcher, São Paulo
Charmaine Picard, Art Critic and Writer for The Art Newspaper, New York

SATURDAY | December 8
1pm | Artist TalkKemang Wa Lehulere
Kemang Wa Lehulere, Artist, Johannesburg
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London

2pm | Talk New Perspectives from the Edge of Arabia
Salwa Al Eryani, Artist; Sana’a, Yemen
Sama Al-Shaibi, Artist and Associate Professor of Photography at University of Arizona, Tucson
Stephen Stapleton, Founder and Director, Edge of Arabia, London

3pm | Artist Talk Plane Text: Language in Art
Mel Bochner, Artist, New York 
Hank Willis Thomas, Artist, New York
Adam Shopkorn, Cultural Ambassador for Morgans Hotel Group and independent curator, New York

4pm | Art and Architecture | Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account
Elizabeth Diller, Principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Professor of Architecture at Princeton University School of Architecture, New York City
Ricardo Scofidio, Principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Cooper Union, New York City
Charles Renfro, Principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Visiting Professor of Architecture at Columbia and Rice University, New York City

5pm | Artist Talk Painting Forever
Tala Madani, Artist, Los Angeles
Oscar Murillo, Artist, London
Chris Wiley, Kaleidoscope Associate Editor and Artist, New York

6pm | Artist Talk Hollywood Is A Verb
Alex Israel, Artist, Los Angeles
Aaron Moulton, Senior Curator of Exhibitions, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City

SUNDAY | December 9
1pm | Lecture Word and Image in Art
Charles Henri Hine, Director, the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

2pm | Artist Talk Hernan Bas
Hernan Bas, Artist, Detroit/Miami
Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

Videos of Art Salon talks will be available the next day on
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