November 9, 2004 - Art Basel - 2-5 December 2004
November 9, 2004

2-5 December 2004

Art Basel Miami Beach
2-5 December 2004

Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Entrances: Convention Center Drive and Washington Avenue
Duration and opening hours:
Thursday, December 2nd to Sunday, December 5th, 2004 Daily from noon to 8 p.m. Closing day from noon to 6 p.m.

The third edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, which takes place from December 2 to 5, 2004, will once again be of exceptionally high quality and rich in excitement. A record number of more than 500 galleries applied for participation, and 97% of last year’s exhibitors reapplied. All the sections of the international art show have been strengthened with a total of 45 newly admitted galleries, which makes the range of participants at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach even more outstanding than before. “Thanks to the rigorous selection process, the participating galleries are the creme de la creme of the art market. Art Basel Miami Beach has clearly established itself as the number one art fair in America,” comments Samuel Keller, Director of Art Basel Miami Beach. Art Basel Miami Beach is an international art event which combines an art fair with an exciting program of special exhibits, visits to private art collections, and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. At the center of the event are the 190 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and South Africa which will exhibit visual art from the 20th and 21st centuries
Latin American Curators for “Art Video Lounge”:
Under the sub-title “Melancholy (I’ve got dem ol’ kozmic blues again mama… and I’m singing), yes…” the audience can see four programs of video projections and browse a videotheque containing a comprehensive library of video works. The “Art Video Lounge” will be installed in the Miami Beach public library. Admission is free and it is open to the public.
“Art Sound Lounge”:
Audio pieces by various contemporary artists working in sound and music can be enjoyed daily in and around the pool of the Delano Hotel. The “Art Sound Lounge” is organized in collaboration with P.S.1 and will be broadcast on the web radio station that is producing a live program for Art Basel Miami Beach. Admission is free and it is open to the public.
“Art Nova”:
Having received high praise from visitors and exhibitors alike since its kick-off in 2003, the “Art Nova” section has been expanded this year. “Art Nova” offers visitors a concentrated overview of new works by emerging artists. This year the galleries were asked to focus on two to four of their artists. The Selection Committee chose 22 galleries, up from 12 in 2003, from around 180 applications.
“Art Basel Conversations” organized in cooperation with Bvlgari:
Leading curators, private collectors, and architects will be presenting and discussing private collections models, architecture for art, and identities of art institutions. Participants include: Dr. Daniel Birnbaum, Director of the Stadelschule Art Academy and Director of Portikus, Frankfurt am Main; Janet Cardiff, artist, Berlin; Trisha Donnelly, artist, Los Angeles; Liam Gillick, artist, London, and New York; Jenny Holzer, artist, New York; Rem Koolhaas, architect, OMA, Rotterdam; Jeff Koons, artist, New York; Paul Morrissey, film director, New York; Ernesto Neto, artist, Rio de Janeiro; Paloma Botin, Member of the Board and Arts Committee coordinator, Fundacion Marcelino Botin, Santander, Advisor art collection Grupo Santander, Santander/Madrid; Ricardo Sardenberg, Artistic Director, CACI Foundation, Bella Horizonte; Hans-Michael Herzog, Director, Daros, Latin America, Zurich; Antoine de Galbert, private collector, founder of La Maison Rouge, Paris; Marieluise Hessel, private collector, founder of Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; Adriano Pedrosa, curator, writer, editor, Sao Paulo; Kathy Halbreich, Director, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, Paris; Terrence Riley, Curator of Architecture, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Rosa Martinez, Co-director of the Venice Biennale, 2005, Barcelona; Linda Shearer, Alice and Harry Weston Director of the Contemporary Art Museum of Cincinnati, Cincinnati; Anne Philbin, Director and Curator, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Sheena Wagstaff, Head of Exhibitions and Displays, Tate Modern, London; and, Ivo Costa Mesquita, Curator, Critic, and Writer, Sao Paulo.
Special sections:
In the “Art Statements” section, 15 one-person shows of young artists from 8 countries are being presented. “Art Positions” will feature 20 cutting-edge galleries showing their program in shipping containers refurbished as exhibition spaces, and installed right on the beach. “Art Projects” features site specific art works throughout the Art Deco District of Miami Beach. Participating artists include: Jenny Holzer, Richard Tuttle, Sam Durant, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Jim Hodges, Los Carpinteros, Yoshitomo Nara, Tania Bruguera, Simon Lee and others.
Crossover events:
The designer/architect Philippe Starck will be the star of the “Art Loves Architecture” event. Meanwhile, every evening at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden the artist Dan Graham will direct a live Puppet Rock Opera in collaboration with his friends Paul McCarthy and Tony Oursler, with songs written by Rodney Graham, and featuring puppeteer Phillip Hubert and the Hubert Marionettes. On Saturday night the big “Art Loves Design” party will take place in the Miami Design District including exhibitions in different showrooms and the Knoll Museum. Also on Saturday night at Miami’s Gusman Theatre movie director Paul Morrissey will present the film “TRASH,” produced by Andy Warhol.
Other events:
At the Opening Night of “Art Positions” (Wednesday, December 1, 10 to 11 p.m.) Art Basel Miami Beach and Deitch Projects present the Art Rock Beach Party with live performance by the Scissor Sisters. On Thursday, December 2, 11:30 p.m., will be the book launch of “DO IT” at the Botanical Garden of Miami Beach. Attendees include Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lawrence Weiner, John Armleder, Liam Gillick, Marina Abramovic, Rosemarie Trockel, Allora/Calzadilla, Trisha Donnely and other artists who participated in the project.
Museums and private collections:
The museums of South Florida will be staging important exhibitions to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. Complementing the art show, these exhibitions will be a further draw for international audiences. Visitors can look forward to “How do we want to be governed?” at Miami Art Central (MAC), co-curated by documenta director R. Buergel; “CUT/Film as Found Object,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; “Paris Moderne: Art Deco Works from the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris” at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; the unveiling of “Inside, Out!” by Richard Tuttle at Wolfsonian FIU, Miami Beach; and, “Beyond Geometry Experiments in Form 1940s-70s,” Miami Art Museum. The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse and the Rubell Family Collection will open their newly expanded warehouses, showing new acquisitions or rarely exhibited works from their collections. The Rosa de la Cruz Collection and the Scholl Collection will show new exhibitions at their home venues.

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