Art Basel Miami Beach hosts international art extravaganza

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, Florida’s Miami Beach will be grooving to an artistic beat. For the 10th edition of the prestigious art bash Art Basel Miami Beach, more than 260 prominent galleries from Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will exhibit artworks from 2,000 artists across the past two centuries. The public is invited to attend a variety of art shows, performances and special events throughout Miami Beach.

The participating galleries rank among the top most esteemed art dealers internationally. Special displays will highlight emerging galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. Art aficionados – including art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and the general public – can enjoy the latest art trends and peruse museum-quality artworks.

Art Basel Miami Beach has flourished from its early days as a newbie to the international art scene into the leading global art exhibition in the Americas. Since 2002, the art affair has grown 50 percent. Of the more than 200 galleries chosen by the Selection Committee, the majority are from outside the United States, including 26 from Latin America, nine from Asia and two from Africa. The entire roster of exhibitors is available at

In honor of its tenth birthday, Art Basel Miami Beach will unveil a new project in conjunction with the Bass Museum of Art, as part of the Art Public program. Collins Park will change into an artistic hub, busting at the seams with one-of-a-kind art pieces by established and upcoming artists. These artworks are designed to attract and interact with passersby, breaking up the monotony of everyday life with poetic and startling tactics.

Another special event is Art Nova, in which 42 upcoming and recognized galleries from 17 nations highlight new pieces created by two or three artists. Art lovers are afforded a chance to see contemporary pieces from 104 artists “fresh off the presses.”

For Art Video, a number of galleries will offer a wide range of video works at SoundScape Park on the wall of New World Centre and the Miami Beach Convention Centre.

The Art Positions initiative provides emerging talents with a project platform. This year, 16 galleries from nine nations will exhibit progressive art endeavors from fledgling artists, enabling curators, critics and collectors to find aspiring artistic newcomers.

South Florida museums will host key art shows in honor of Art Basel, including “Enrique Martinez Celaya” and “American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s” at the Miami Art Museum; “Erwin Wurm: Beauty Business” at the Bass Museum of Art; “Jenny Savile” at the Norton Museum; “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity: French Design for Living” at the Wolfsonian-FIU; and “Mark Handforth: Rolling Stop” at MOCA North Miami.

Be sure to check out the wide variety of performances and events. For more information, visit

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Courtesy MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd.

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