Art Basel prepares the largest edition in Miami Beach on its 20th anniversary

The Art Basel Miami Beach fair announced this Tuesday that it will celebrate its 20th edition in December with a record number of galleries, 283, and the promise of showing “an exceptional panorama of artists, galleries and key trends.”

The fair will take place from December 1 to 3 at its usual venue, the Miami Beach Convention Center, with galleries from 39 countries and territories, including 26 participants present for the first time at this event on which the called Miami Art Week.

Art Basel Miami Beach will exhibit works of painting, sculpture, photography and digital art, “created by modern and contemporary masters as well as a new generation of emerging artists,” who will arrive in more than 50 percent of the cases by the hand of galleries located in North and South America, as the organization noted in a statement.

The largest edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach to date, the 2022 exhibition marks two decades of Art Basel’s growth and impact as a cultural cornerstone of South Florida, throughout the Americas and beyond.

Along these lines, the global director of Art Basel, Marc Spiegler, highlighted that over the last two decades, the edition in Miami Beach “has reinforced its position as the main art fair in the region (uniting the artistic scenes of North and South America, Europe and beyond)”, in addition to promoting “the deep cultural transformation of the city”.

“The increasingly diverse range of galleries and artist voices represented make our exhibit richer and stronger than ever,” he added.

Galleries, the main section of the fair, will bring together a total of 213 galleries from around the world, some of which are returning to this event after the suspension of the 2020 edition due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as reported by the organization .

The individual shows of new artists will once again be concentrated in the Positions section, which this year will exhibit the work of 19 artists, including Nigerian Tonia Nneji and Hispanic American Leslie Martínez.

For his part, through the French gallery Mitterrand, the Cuban artist Agustín Cárdenas will present “unusual” sculptures in wood, marble and bronze, as well as works on paper, within the Survey section, specializing in works created before the year 2000 and that this year it will host 17 galleries, according to Art Basel Miami Beach.

The organization said that in the coming weeks it will offer details about its new Meridians section, which includes large-scale sculptures and installations, as well as videos and performances.

The 2021 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach closed with good public attendance (although lower than that of 2019) and important sales, including a 1967 Picasso, Mousquetaire and Femme a la Fleurwhich sold the Helly Nahmad gallery for nearly $20 million.

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