November 22, 2016 - Art Basel - 2016 talks program in Miami Beach
November 22, 2016

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Julio Le Parc, Continuous light cylinder of the "Enlightenment Series," 1962 / 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler.

2016 talks program in Miami Beach
December 1–4, 2016
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Conversations and Salon: Art Basel's 2016 program in Miami Beach

Held daily from Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4, Art Basel in Miami Beach’s Conversations and Salon series will bring together celebrated artists, galleries, art historians, writers, curators, museum directors and collectors from across the globe. Participants will include Alexandre Arrechea, Wafaa Bilal, Francesco Clemente, Mark Dion, Lady Bunny, Julio Le Parc, Glenn Ligon, Tony Matelli, Jill Magid, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Damián Ortega, Bernardo Ortiz, Molly Palmer, Howardena Pindell, HE Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, Howard Rachofsky and Sun Xun among others.

The morning Conversations series—offering dynamic dialogues between prominent members of the international art world—will commence with the Premier Artist Talk featuring artist Julio Le Parc with curator Estrellita B. Brodsky on the occasion of Le Parc’s major exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

Additional highlights of the Conversations program include "Debating Disruption: Has Technology Really Changed the Artworld?"—which will bring together Sebastian Cwilich, President and COO, Artsy, New York; Laurent Gaveau, Head of the Lab, Google Cultural Institute, Paris; Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of Digital Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and artist Simon Denny, Berlin—as well as the first segment in Hans Ulrich Obrist’s new series "Artists’ influencers," which pairs artists with the individuals who have greatly impacted the development of their artistic practice. This talk will feature the artist Glenn Ligon, New York, in conversation with poet and writer Claudia Rankine, Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, New Haven.

Open to the public and free of charge, the Conversations program takes place each morning between 10am and 11am, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Salon—the afternoon program that presents an open platform for shorter presentations addressing a diverse range of topics—will begin with "The Future of Buenos Aires’ Cultural Landscape," moderated by András Szántó, author and cultural consultant, New York and featuring Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor, Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires; Diego Radivoy, Director General, Creative Industries of Buenos Aires City, Buenos Aires; Orly Benzacar, Owner and Director, Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires; and Alec Oxenford, Collector and Founder, OLX & Letgo, Buenos Aires.

Flourishing art centers across North and South America will also be explored through talks dedicated to specific cities or regions, including "LA and the Proximity Factor," featuring prominent members of Los Angeles’ art scene, and "Latin American Collaborations" with Catherine Petitgas, Collector and Patron, Chair of the Board of Gasworks/Triangle Network and Member of the Tate Latin American Acquisitions Committee, London; Alexandre Arrechea, Artist, Havana; and Ricardo Porrero, Editor-in-Chief, Revista Código and Founder, Gallery Weekend México, Mexico City.

The Salon program will continue throughout the run of the show with additional highlights including "Why is Gender Still an Issue?," "Public Museums & Private Partnerships," "Biennial Commissions: Impact and Complications" and two talks that focus on the art market—a discussion on the "Post-Election Art Market" and "The State of the Emerging Art Market."

All talks are held in the auditorium of Hall C in the Miami Beach Convention Center.

See here for the detailed Conversations program. The full Salon schedule is available here.

Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, is taking place from Thursday, December 1 to Sunday, December 4, 2016 with the preview taking place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. This year, 269 leading international galleries from 29 countries will present works ranging from the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today.

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