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From 1-4 December 2016, Art Basel will stage one of the largest international art shows for Modern and Contemporary works of art, in Miami Beach Florida and Artlyst has their eyes and ears in the city, to report first-hand what's on. Participating galleries, include some of the world’s leading art establishments with artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. Since its inception in 2002, Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach has established itself as the premier show in the Americas and ranks as one of the favourite winter events of the international art world.  The week is not only about the main fair but also about a multitude of collateral events up and down and across the city. Here are our favourites. 

Miami Art Basel 2016

The main fair will be held again at the Miami Beach Convention Centre. The show will include, 269 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant works from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. Ambitious large‐scale artworks, films, and performances become part of the city's outdoor landscape at nearby Collins Park and SoundScape Park.

SECTORS: Art Basel's exhibition sectors are carefully defined to provide visitors the opportunity to see many different types of important works, from historical masterpieces to the work of the newest generation of artists.

Gallery Highlights


Galerie Gmurzynska will present a booth designed by Claude Picasso and curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, celebrating avant-garde Russian Constructivism to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which will be celebrated with a number of major institutional exhibitions across the world in 2017.

Russian Constructivist photography will be enlarged and printed on the walls as a backdrop to a presentation of Russian Avant-Garde masterpieces by artists including Malevich, Rodchenko and Delaunay. Arranged at various angles, the booth will offer an extraordinary perspective on the Russian avant-garde and will showcase the contrast between the works and the new realities experienced during this modernist revolutionary times.


In honor of Julio Le Parc ́s first extensive United States museum retrospective at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (opening November 16), Galeria Nara Roesler’s Art Basel Miami Beach booth will present his seminal historical work, Continuel lumière cylinder (1962), alongside a new work, Continuel mobil (2016). Both of these works were selected for the booth to allow the public to experience the full range of his over the 60-year career in which participation, movement, and light are key elements to his innovative oeuvre. Anchored between these two monumental works by Julio Le Parc are newly created sculptures and paintings made especially for the booth by Brazilian artist Artur Lescher and Uruguayan artist Marco Maggi, all of which are inspired by Le Parc’s artistic legacy. 


For Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016, Goodman Gallery presents a booth which includes prominent international and African artists who employ multidisciplinary means to explore the playful essence of being, and the role of illusion in the materiality of contemporary art. William Kentridge’s trompe l’oeil bronze sculptures appear to be made out of cardboard and wood and show with humor the pomp of important personalities, while Haroon Gunn-Salie’s cast bronze sneakers explore, with certain bathos, the ubiquity of world culture. Brooklyn-based, Nigerian artist and acclaimed proponent of new drawing ruby onyinyechi amanze takes us on an interior journey of the heart replete with fantastical characters while French-born, Guyanese new media artist Tabita Rezaire satirises the spiritual and political dimension of multimedia expression by directing the medium against itself. Works will also be on view by Misheck Masamvu and the duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. 


Lisson Gallery will be showing a number of large-scale works for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016, including an important work by Susan Hiller. Concurrently, Susan Hiller is debuting a new film this October at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. In addition, Ryan Gander has specifically created new armature men for Lisson Gallery’s presentation at the fair, an extension of the series that he debuted at his Lisson Gallery New York exhibition in September 2016. Similarly, a large-scale tree trunk by Ai Weiwei, similar to those featured in his New York exhibition, will also be on display. Lisson Gallery will also be showing sculpture by Pedro Reyes, glass works by Wael Shawky, and work by Carmen Herrera.


 The gallery will present a selection of important works by artists including Georg Baselitz, Peter Doig and Sigmar Polke. 


At booth B5, Pace will feature the work of Joel Shapiro. Shapiro’s geometric sculptures in bronze and aluminum subvert distinctions between abstraction and representation, alluding to the human figure in balance and motion.

Also on view will be selection of works by modern and contemporary masters: Tara Donovan, Jean Dubuffet, Donald Judd, Lee Ufan, Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin, Robert Mangold, Agnes Martin, Roberto Matta, Kenneth Noland, Adam Pendleton, Michal Rovner, James Siena, Antoni Tàpies, Leo Villareal and Fred Wilson. 


Sean Kelly will participate in Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016 with a carefully curated, dynamic presentation of newly created works by Los Carpinteros, Jose Dávila, Antony Gormley, Laurent Grasso, Callum Innes, Joseph Kosuth, Hugo McCloud, Sam Moyer and Sun Xun. The booth will focus on engendering thought-provoking visual and conceptual dialogues between the works whilst clearly articulating the depth and breadth of the gallery’s program.


For this year’s edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach, Sprüth Magers will present works by a selection of the gallery’s artists including Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha.

Art Basel Miami Beach

When: Dec. 1 - 4, 2016

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach

Tickets: $50-day ticket; $105 permanent pass (if purchased online in advance)

More info: artbasel.com

Additional Fair Highlights

Public: 20 international artists will exhibit installations in Collins Park

 2016 marks the fourth year that Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, New York, will curate Public at Art Basel in Miami Beach. The theme ‘Ground Control’ will frame this year’s selection, which includes over 20 site-specific works by established and emerging artists spanning 10 countries. Produced in collaboration with The Bass for the past six years, the sector will transform Miami Beach’s Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space with significant works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, David Adamo, Jean-Marie Appriou, Eric Baudart, Huma Bhabha, Yoan Capote, Claudia Comte, Matías Duville, Camille Henrot, Glenn Kaino, Alicja Kwade, Sol LeWitt, Wagner Malta Tavares, Tony Matelli, William J. O'Brien, Anthony Pearson, Norbert Prangenberg, Ugo Rondinone, Tony Tasset and Erwin Wurm.


Unveiling Celebration for Ugo Rondinone’s Miami Mountain

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, will host an unveiling celebration for Ugo Rondinone’s Miami Mountain on Wednesday, November 30th from 6 – 8 p.m. in Collins Park. Mediating between geological formations and abstract compositions, Rondinone’s Miami Mountain consists of five, Nevada-sourced limestone boulders, each boasting a different fluorescent color, stacked vertically to stand 41 feet high.


Sun Xun will present a large-scale immersive installation for the Audemars Piguet Art Commission at Art Basel Miami Beach. Reconstruction of the Universe will be one of Sun Xun’s most ambitious projects to date. In addition to 2D and 3D animation, the work will include traditional scroll paintings, ink drawings, various architectural and design elements, as well as sound.

Film Programme curated by David Gryn

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Collateral Events

These are the events that Artlyst has earmarked.

Miami Beach

Design Miami

Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. 

When: Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2016

Where: Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach Convention Center

Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $65 combo ticket

More info: designmiami.com


NADA Art Fair Miami Beach

NADA Miami Beach is dedicated to showcasing new art and to celebrating the rising talents from around the globe. It is the only major American art fair to be run by a non-profit organization. The 14th edition of the fair continues to showcase the best of emerging contemporary art, with exhibitors representing 36 cities from 17 different countries, 43 first-time exhibitors, and 29 project spaces.

When: Dec. 1 - 4, 2016

Where: Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach

Tickets: $20 single day; $40 run of show 

More info:  https://www.newartdealers.org/fairs/2016/miami-beach

Pulse Miami Beach

This year PULSE Miami Beach returns to Indian Beach Park at 46th Street and Collins Avenue, marking the 12th edition of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami. Founded in 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is an established part of the annual art calendar and is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience.

When: Dec. 1 - 4, 2016

Where: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach

Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $40 multi-day pass

More info: pulse-art.com


Untitled Art Fair

Untitled is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. A curatorial team has selected galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces and non-profit institutions and organizations.

When: Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2016

Where: Ocean Drive and 12th Street on Miami Beach

Tickets: $30 general admission

More info: art-untitled.com


Mainland Miami

Art Miami

Art Miami is the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during art week at the midtown Miami complex in the renowned Wynwood Arts District. It is one of the most important annual contemporary art events in the United States, attracting more than 82,000 collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts from around the globe annually. Entering its 27th edition, Art Miami remains committed to showcasing the most important artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with a selection of the world’s most respected galleries.

When: Nov. 29 - Dec. 4, 2016

Where: Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE 1st Avenue in Wynwood/Midtown

Tickets: $45 one-day pass; $90 multi-day pass (multi-day pass includes access to Context and Aqua Art Miami)

More info: art-miami.com


CONTEXT Art Miami, the sister fair to Art Miami, is dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists, launched in 2012. CONTEXT’s open atmosphere creates a meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries and collectors while providing the ultimate platform for established and emerging galleries to present cutting-edge and emerging talent. CONTEXT HAS MOVED ONE BLOCK NORTH OF ART MIAMI AT NE 1ST AVE & NE 34TH ST.  

When: Nov. 29 - Dec. 4, 2016

Where: The Context/Art Miami Pavilion, 2901 NE First Avenue in Wynwood/Midtown

Tickets: $45 one-day pass; $90 multi-day pass (multi-day pass includes access to Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami)

More info: contextartmiami.com

Pinta Miami

PINTA Miami is an exclusive and intimate art fair created as a venue for the exhibition and promotion of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese art that includes the participation of fifty prominent galleries from the United States, Latin America and Europe.

When: Dec. 1 - 4, 2016

Where: Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd Street in Wynwood

Tickets: Donation suggested

More info: pintamiami.com

However, there are several others:

Miami Beach

Aqua Art Miami,  Fridge Fair ,  Ink Miami, Miami Project, SATELLITE , Scope Miami   X CONTEMPORARY

Miami Art Fairs

Art Concept, Conception Art Fair,  Miami River Art Fair , PRIZM, Red Dot Miami,  SPECTRUM Miami Art Show ,Superfine! The Fairest Fair

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