November 11, 2002 - Art Basel - Art Basel Miami Beach
November 11, 2002

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel

A new international art event celebrates its debut

Art Basel Miami Beach the event the art world eagerly awaits will take place for the first time from December 5 to 8, 2002, as the sister event of Art Basel (Switzerland), the worlds most important art show. Art Basel Miami Beach is a new kind of 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, fashion, architecture and design. At the heart of the event are the 160 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, South Africa and Asia which will exhibit visual art from the 20th and 21st centuries. There will also be individual presentations by young artists, a video lounge and art projects in public places around Miami Beach. Young avant-garde galleries will have the opportunity to exhibit works in renovated ships containers transformed into mobile exhibition spaces on the beach.

Collectors, gallery owners, artists, curators, critics and art lovers have a new winter destination. The International Art Show, Art Basel Miami Beach will take place for the first time from December 5 to 8, 2002 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Right from the outset, its star-studded cast list makes Art Basel Miami Beach the most prestigious art show for contemporary art on the American continent. 160 renowned galleries (list of participants: from all the worlds most important art metropolises will exhibit at this new art show. 44% are from the USA and Canada, 48% from Europe, 5% from Latin America, 2% from Asia and 1% from Africa.

Art Basel Miami Beachs exhibits and events are located in the charming Art Deco District of Miami Beach. The centerpiece is the International Art Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Here, over 100 of the worlds leading galleries present todays most respected and most sought-after artists. In addition 30 of the legendary art dealers such as Jan Krugier, Richard Gray, Ernst Beyeler, Achim Moeller, Annely Juda, Mitchell-Innes & Nash and Mary-Anne Martin will show rare works and highlights of the 20th century. The 10 best galleries were selected from Latin America, four of them from Mexico, four from Brazil and one each from Argentina and Costa Rica. Also counting the European and North American galleries specializing in Latin American artists, the Caribbean and South American art scene will be represented by dozens of galleries.

All the media paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, publications, performance, digital and video art may be viewed and purchased. Prices begin at a few hundred dollars for multiples and works by young artists, and range all the way to million-dollar museum masterpieces.

At Art Basel Miami Beach, young artists have the opportunity to present their work in one-person shows. These artists (list of participants: www.artbase, will be represented by their galleries in Art Statements, the sector which, at Art Basel, has jump-started the careers of many young artists over the years. Art Statements provides galleries with a platform guaranteeing a high degree of attention from collectors, curators and the media at greatly reduced rates.

Major international art journals, an art bookstore and cultural organizations from North and Latin America not only further broaden the information on offer at the central exhibition hall of the Miami Beach Convention Center, but also play an important role in the communication of contemporary art.

Art Positions, one of the most sensational satellite exhibits of the new art show, is located right on the beach, just a few minutes walk from the Convention Center. Young galleries (list of participants: www.artbase, whose budgets do not yet allow them to participate in international art shows, will be taking advantage of an interesting and economical presentation form for new art. Working together with the young architects Steinmann & Schmid, Art Basel Miami Beach has developed mobile exhibition spaces in the form of refurbished shipping containers. Grouped into a small container village, they will undoubtedly attract a great deal of public attention.

Other exceptional art projects in public spaces around Miami Beach (Art Projects) will be presented at Collins Park and in various sites throughout the Art Deco District. Also in Collins Park, interested visitors can see video projections and a videothèque with a comprehensive program of works on video in the Rotunda of the Miami Beach Public Library. Art Basel Miami Beach is also organizing a full program of panels with leading art world personalities, museum receptions, visits at private collections, a giant party at the Design District of Miami and crossover events with film featuring John Waters and fashion featuring Karl Lagerfeld.

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