November 17, 2009 - Art Basel - The Oceanfront area
November 17, 2009

The Oceanfront area

Art Basel Miami Beach 2009

December 3 – 6, 2009

Location | Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets

The Oceanfront area: Our new platform for artistic programs

The new Oceanfront area in Collins Park has been created as a platform for virtually all of Art Basel Miami Beach’s cultural programming. Situated directly beside the beach, in the former location of Art Positions, the Oceanfront marks the point where the artworld interfaces with the broader public. We are delighted to have Creative Time, the legendary New York City-based public art organization, as a partner in the launching of this new dimen¬sion of Art Basel Miami Beach. Having solicited many proposals, Creative Time and Art Basel Miami Beach commissioned Los Angeles artist Pae White to create this “social space”.

Free of any admission charge, the Oceanfront – located at Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets – offers visitors many opportunities. In the mornings, they can attend the discussion panels of the Art Basel Conversations series, featuring prominent figures from every artworld domain. And every night during Art Basel Miami Beach, the Oceanfront will feature at least one special event. The evening se¬ries will be inaugurated by the annual Art Loves Music concert on the beach; the following evenings feature the Art Perform program, the Art Video program curated by Creative Time and the Art Film evening. Rounding out the experi¬ence, the Oceanfront Cafe will offer visitors the possibility to have brunch in the morning, then light meals and refreshing drinks from dusk to midnight.

Oceanfront project by Pae White
For the 2009 premiere of the Oceanfront, Pae White will create an immersive and interac¬tive cityscape, providing a new experience with each visit. By day, large color blocks will dominate the landscape. At night, these color blocks transform into a shadowy group of buildings that house various merchants and performers. In addition to this labyrinth-like metropolis on the sand, White will design a stage area that will host the morning Art Basel Conversations and the evening Art Video, Art Film, and Art Perform programs.

Art Basel Conversations
Thursday, December 3 through Saturday, December 5, 10 – 11 am
As in previous years, the Art Basel Conversation will be inaugurated by the Artist Talk premiere, which this year features Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The Art Basel Conversations are “Museum Directors: Change in Generation,” “Collector Focus: Latin America” and “The Future of the Museum: The Portable Museum.” “Museum Directors: Change in Generation” brings together the next generation of museum and institution directors to discuss their visions for the coming decades. In “Collector Focus: Latin America” prominent art collectors from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico explore the dynamic way in which Latin America’s collecting scene has grown and international¬ized in the last decade. “The Future of the Museum: The Portable Museum,” will offer fresh insights from four artists on future models for exhibition-making.

Art Video
Thursday, December 3 and Saturday, December 5, 7 – 8.30 pm
Curated by Creative Time, the Art Video program includes discussions with the featured artists. Videos by Tom Sachs and The Neistat Brothers and Marc Horowitz will be screened on Thursday evening, followed by a conversation with Casey Neistat and Marc Horowitz. On Saturday evening videos by Jill Magid and Kon Trubkovich will be presented, followed by a conversation with the artists.

Art Perform
Thursday, December 3 and Saturday, December 5, 9 pm
Now in its fifth year, Art Perform features an intensified array of longer performances by rising international artists. This program will again be conceived by curator Jens Hoffmann, director of the CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco. It will take place on Thursday and Saturday at 9 pm. The participating artists are Claire Fontaine, Simon Fujiwara, Loris Gréaud/Mario Garcia Torres, Kris Martin, and Kelly Nipper.

Art Film: “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”
Friday, December 4, 8.30 pm
This year’s Art Film event offers an exclusive work-in-progress sneak preview of the documentary feature film “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” preceded by a panel with a selection of participants, moderated by Bob Colacello. “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” is directed by Tamra Davis and features a long and never-before-seen interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), shot shortly before his death. Art Film is curated by Zurich film connaisseur This Brunner.

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