May 13, 2002 - Art Basel - Art Basel Miami Beach
May 13, 2002

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach
5 - 8 December 2002

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 world’s 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 155 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, a sculpture park, and art projects in public spaces 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. The list of participants for this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach is still more star-studded. 95% of the galleries admitted in 2001 re-applied after the postponement of the premiere of Art Basel Miami Beach on account of the tragic events of September 11. The advent of prominent newcomers means that almost all the world’s important contemporary art galleries will be present at Art Basel Miami Beach. Last year, the New York Times termed the new event: “What is sure to be the hottest contemporary art fair in America” and Samuel Keller, Director of Art Basel Miami Beach, added: “And this year it is going to be even hotter.” (List of participation galleries are on website www.artbase )

An attractive catalogue is being prepared in conjunction with

Art Basel Miami Beach. The publication offers a comprehensive overview of all that the international art market has to offer, and provides extensive information on the new art event. The lavishly illustrated catalogue contains photographs of some 500 works of art from the Classical Moderns up to the very latest contemporary works. The catalogue appears in early November and can be ordered in advance from Hatje Cantz Verlag, Senefelderstr. 12,

D-73760 Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany, telephone +49 711 44 05204, fax +49 711 44 05220,

Art Basel Miami Beach is open daily between 12 noon to 7 p.m. from December 5 to 8, 2002. The Vernissage for invited guests takes place the day before, December 4. A day ticket costs US$ 15 (permanent pass US$ 40), students, schoolchildren and senior citizens pay US$ 10. An evening ticket can be purchased for US$ 5 from 5 p.m. onwards. Guided school classes (per student and accompanying adult) US$ 5, groups of 10 or more US$ 10.

Information on Art Basel Miami Beach is available from:

Art Basel Miami Beach, P.O. Box, CH-4021 Basel, tel. +41 58 200 20 20,

fax +41 58 206 31 32,,

US Office Art Basel Miami Beach: FITZ & CO, Sara Fitzmaurice,

526 West 26 Street #916, USA-New York, NY 10001, tel.+1 212 627 1531,

fax +1 212 627 0654,

Florida Office Art Basel Miami Beach: Garber & Goodman Inc., 301 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140, tel. +1 305 674 1292, fax +1 305 673 1242,

Media Information on the internet:

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