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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:34

As Expected, Art Basel Miami Did Not Disappoint

After all of the galas, events, and parties that took place at Art Basel week in Miami died down on Sunday, December 9, it was clear that the show enjoyed another stellar year. In fact, many critics, exhibitors, and visitors deemed 2012 the best Art Basel presentation to date. Steady sales and a constant stream of visitors that totaled 70,000 were reported over the course of the five-day fair. Among the show’s patrons were over 130 museum and institution groups as well as powerful private collectors from across the globe. Exhibitor Adam Sheffer of Cheim & Read Gallery in New York said, “We were delighted again this year by the results of Art Basel Miami Beach. It remains the gold standard of the international art fair circuit.”

PULSE Miami, another contemporary fair that takes place during Miami’s art week, also reported stable sales and high attendance. In fact, the number of visitors to Ice Palace Studios where the show is held was up by 20% from last year. Cornell DeWitt, Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs said, “We are thrilled by the increased number in attendance this year…Collectors at all levels purchased work ranging in price from mid-level well into six figures.” Works by major contemporary artists such as Chuck Close and Robert Longo, and William Eggleston were among the top sales.

With all of the attention and success that Art Basel week has garnered, collectors, exhibitors, and art enthusiasts are surely not wasting any time in making plans for next year’s trip to Miami.

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 11:43

Art Miami LLC Acquires Aqua Art Miami

Art Miami LLC, the company responsible for Art Miami, the city’s longest running contemporary art fair, announced this morning that they have acquired Aqua Art Miami. Now in its eighth year, Aqua is a satellite fair that takes place at the Aqua Hotel each year during Art Basel Week.

Founded by artist Jaq Chartier and collector and dealer Dirk Park in 2005, Aqua is devoted to bringing emerging and early mid-career contemporary artists together from across the globe. Being under the Art Miami umbrella will help Aqua to develop a larger scope of offerings for exhibitors and patrons as well as attract more big-name collectors to the show.

Art Miami LLC will take over operations at Aqua after the fair’s 2012 edition ends on Sunday, December 9.

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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:00

Highly-Anticipated Art Happenings Kick-Off in Miami

The anxiously awaited event, Art Basel, begins tonight, December 5, with a VIP preview and runs through Sunday, December 9. Now in its 11th year, Art Basel has become a defining event in the art world and each year the city of Miami is taken over by collectors, curators, artists, celebrities, and art enthusiasts as well as a host of art fairs.

Taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Basel features over 260 big-name galleries from around the world and exhibits works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Renowned for its support of young and emerging artists and galleries, Art Basel includes performance art, public art projects, lectures, and video art installations. Some exhibitor highlights include Acquavella Galleries, Mary Boone Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson Gallery, and White Cube, among many others.

Regarded as Miami art week’s anchor fair, Art Miami got a head start on Art Basel and hosted a VIP preview on December 4 at the Art Miami Pavilion in the city’s Wynwood Arts District. The fair, which features modern and contemporary offerings from more than 125 international galleries, runs from December 5 through December 9. While Art Basel tends to be spotlighted during Miami’s art week, Art Miami is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair to be held in the area with 23 years under its belt. Exhibitors include Douglas Dawson Gallery, Eli Klein Fine Art, Haunch of Venison, Hollis Taggart Gallery, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Michael Goedhuis, and Waterhouse & Dodd.

This year, Art Miami coincides with the inaugural CONTEXT art fair, which features 50 galleries representing emerging and mid-career artists. Located in an ultramodern pavilion adjacent to Art Miami, CONTEXT boasts indoor and outdoor projects as well as solo artist installations, curated projects, and multimedia exhibits. Between Art Miami and CONTEXT, there will be over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space and over 250 participating galleries.

Another highlight of the city’s art week is Scope Miami, which opened on December 4 with a VIP preview and will run through December 9 at a new location in the midtown arts district. With a 100,000 square foot pavilion, Scope features 20 new galleries as part of its “Breeder Program” and 85 established exhibitors. Besides modern and contemporary art, there will be design, music, and fashion offerings.

Pulse Miami opens to the public on December 6 and runs through December 9 at The Ice Palace Studios. One of Art Basel’s many satellite fairs, Pulse is in its eighth year and features 86 international galleries exhibiting works on paper, paintings, sculptures, performances, installations, and video art. Pulse also includes its signature series, Pulse Projects, a selection of installations proposed by galleries and not-for-profit institutions. This year’s Pulse Projects includes a short film by Zackary Drucker shown earlier this year at MoMA PS1, marble installations courtesy of Venske & Spanle and Margaret Thatcher Projects, and a special screening of street artist Invader’s Art 4 Space, courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

While there are countless fairs, events, parties, concerts, and openings happening in Miami this week, one not to be missed affair is the Masterpieces from the Berardo Collection exhibit at the Gary Nader Art Centre. Opening on December 5, the show features pieces from one of the finest modern and contemporary art collections in existence. Hand-picked from the private holdings of Joe Berardo, a Portuguese mogul, the 110 works are worth $500 million. Featured artists include Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and many more.

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Monday, 29 October 2012 15:50

Prominent Art Review Gets a Second Chance

The publisher and art critic, Christian Zervos, founded the French art review, Cahiers d’Art, in 1926. The magazine ran without interruption from 1941 to 1943, until 1960 and featured artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Leger, Ernst, Calder, and Giacometti. Known for its striking layout and abundant photography, Cahiers d’Art also featured reviews written by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Samuel Beckett. After being out of production for more than fifty years, Cahiers d’Art has been reborn.

Swedish collector and entrepreneur, Staffan Ahrenberg, bought the dormant publication after he walked by the still-operating Cahier d’Art gallery along the rue du Dragon in Paris. Ahrenberg re-launched Cahiers d’Art with former Art Basel director Sam Keller and the renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist as editors. The first issue features Ellsworth Kelly, Cyprien Gaillard, and Sarah Morris. As in the past, Cahiers d’Art will not contain advertisements nor will it follow a regular production schedule.

Major art world players including Larry Gagosian, Guggenheim boss Richard Armstrong, and Alfred Pacquement of the Pompidou Centre gathered in a tiny Left Bank gallery in Paris to celebrate the review’s return.

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Monday, 10 September 2012 16:04

A Sneak Peek at Art Basel Miami's Exhibitor List

Fall may have just begun, but Art Basel Miami Beach is already gearing up for December. The mother of all American art fairs has compiled its exhibitor list for its 11th edition, which runs December 6-9. Over 680 galleries competed for 257 spots -- slightly fewer than last year's total of 264. They hail from 31 countries and include new faces from New York, Paris, Berlin, and London. Meanwhile, some familiar dealers -- including Tony Shafrazi, Zach Feuer, and Marc Jancou, all of New York -- will not be returning.

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Throughout the 1990s, the post-Thanksgiving stretch was a sleepy time for tourism in South Florida. Enter Art Basel Miami Beach, which brought the country’s largest contemporary arts fair to the first week of December.

“I use the term ‘Basel effect’ quite often,’’ said Rolando Aedo, senior vice president of marketing at the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. “From a business perspective, the numbers are outstanding.”

Compared to results seen in 2002, the year of Art Basel’s debut, revenue from the average Miami-Dade hotel room grew 51 percent for the first 11 months of 2010, according to Smith Travel Research. For December, that increase surged to 79 percent.

For hotels in Miami Beach, the change is even more dramatic. During the first week of December, the average Beach hotel room rented for 141 percent more in 2010 than it did during the same time stretch in 2002, according to an analysis by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Countless levels of hype, hyperbole and cultured fawning surround the 10th anniversary of the Basel fair. A look at the numbers can ground some of that puffery, but they mostly illustrate nine years worth of expansion for the fair itself and the circuit of events that now largely define what’s known as “Art Basel.”


•  Art Basel Miami Beach enjoys the world’s largest satellite “scene” — that is, the roster of art shows that have popped up during the same week as the main event. In true Miami style, the Basel satellite roster roared during the boom years, peaking at 25 in 2008. Art Miami, once the leading art fair in the area, found it couldn’t compete and moved from January to Basel week and now reports strong sales.

The recession thinned out the satellite ranks, but 16 are scheduled for this year — more than orbit any of the other major art fairs around the world.

“It just kept growing. It became a global cultural happening,’’ said Craig Robins, the main developer behind Miami’s Design District and majority owner of Design Miami, the lone satellite fair partly owned by Art Basel’s parent company.

Robins argues the satellite shows aren’t as important as the circuit of parties, museum exhibitions, gallery installations and private events that attract VIPs from around the world. NetJets, a Basel sponsor that sells private-jet usage, expects about 150 flights in and out of the Miami area this weekend — more than double the 70 flights Net Jets sold in 2002.

No official numbers track the Basel social scene. But Max Sklar, Miami Beach’s tourism director, said the Basel week has shaken off its recessionary slump and regained its status as the busiest stretch in the city for high-end catered events.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 04:00

Art Basel: When Brazil moved to Miami

If you think London gets overcrowded with art events during Frieze week, then go to Miami. When Art Basel Miami Beach launches its 10th edition tomorrow, it will be joined by at least 16 other art fairs. It is a week when art consumes the entire city. Collectors open up their private galleries, public museums open extravaganza exhibitions, and “pop-up” shows do just that in every available space.

And if you hate contemporary art, you won’t even be safe on the streets.

Eye-catching Op Art buses will be cruising about; circus troupes travelling in a fleet of painted minis could pull up and perform anywhere; on the exterior of Frank Gehry’s New World Center, a 7,000 square foot screen will constantly relay the latest arts film and videos; parks will be littered with outsize sculptures. In South Pointe Park, a 55-foot lighthouse made of stacked cylinders by German artist Tobias Rehberger will be unveiled. In the evenings, Miami will buzz to the sound of clinking champagne glasses, Cuban music, performances on the beaches, and the constant art-world chatter of what is hot and what is not.

There is one thing on which most parties are agreed. “Latin American art is hot,” Glenn D Lowry, New York’s Museum of Modern Art director, told the New York Times last month. “There is a strong argument,” he said, “that a number of artists from the region are among the most interesting artists working today.”

Of the Latin American countries, Brazil is making the biggest impression.

Catherine Petitgas, a London- based collector on Tate’s Latin American art acquisition committee, believes the new wave of interest is based on a reassessment of geometrical abstraction in the 1950s when Brazilian artists such as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica created a distinctive artistic language as part of the Neo-Concrete Group.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 03:48

Occupy Art Basel Miami Beach, Now!

I’m not going to Art Basel Miami Beach this year. I’m through with it, basta. It’s become a bit embarrassing, in fact, because why should I be seen rubbing elbows with all those phonies and scenesters, people who don’t even pretend they are remotely interested in art?

And so, here it is, in print, just so no one has to ask me again. Here are all the things I’m absolutely not going to: Tuesday it’s a lunch with Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezomolo (nice name!), then there are cocktails for artist Teresita Fernandez (I like her, she’s pretty, she’s Cuban and she won a MacArthur fellowship), then there’s my friend Lapo Elkann’s Ferrari party, which I’ll have to leave to make the dinner Delphine Arnault is having (she’s the daughter of the owner of LVMH, no less) for Berlin-based artist Anselm Reyle. He’s just designed a line of bags for Christian Dior, he’s very handsome and smooth, his work is rather out of favor now but I think he’s on his way back (though it may take a while). Then I’ll probably have late-night drinks at Maria Baibakova’s, because she’s young and cool, she’s Russian and she has a great apartment in Miami, and, oops, I forgot my promise to show up at the Rubell Collection opening party sponsored by US Trust.

On Wednesday there’s a W magazine party for hot Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes, then there’s the Galerie Eva Presenhuber dinner (she has good artists, as always) and there’s also a dinner at some wonderful Mexican collector’s house where I go because I love authentic Mexican food. Somewhere there will be a raging White Cube party, and Emmanuel Perrotin will once again bring over Paris’s Le Baron nightclub, where, late into the night, dealers will come hunting for a one-night stand. On Thursday, if I’m still pumping, there’s a dinner for Berlin gallery Contemporary Fine Arts (those Berliners know how to party), and then there’s Simon de Pury’s Phillips Auction House party (it’s crazy and they have fun Russian partners), then there’s Aby Rosen’s mega-dinner party at his W hotel, followed by a debauched party in the hotel nightclub hosted by party boys Stavros Niarchos (very internationally cool), Alex Dellal (major London hipster) and Vito Schnabel (a fast talker who represents some promising youngish artists).

What’s the fun of being invited to so many things? What ever happened to the days when the best parties were the ones I had to crash? You want to know what happens over the weekend? Well, I can’t be bothered with Friday or Saturday, because if I did I’d end up in rehab.

How many celebrities will I meet? How many mega-collectors will I greet? How many curators will I schmooze and how many artists will I chat up? None, because I’m not going.

As difficult as this is to imagine in today’s climate, I used to go to art fairs to buy art. Remember when we’d go to Frieze in London or Art Basel Miami Beach to find great works by artists we were collecting, or to discover new ones? Art fairs in their first few years were the gallery world’s great equalizing playing fields, where dealers from all over the world could show up and catch your eye with something powerful, something exotic or something undervalued.

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Operating from his gallery at Bäumleingasse in Basel, Ernst Beyeler (1921-2010) provided the world's leading collectors and museums with extraordinary art. He brought about high-power deals behind the scenes; and he organized legendary exhibitions.

Mr. Beyeler was a co-founder of Art Basel, the world's most prestigious modern and contemporary art fair. The 42nd edition of Art Basel opened with a bang in Basel this week as an international crowd pushed through the entrance to be first to the post on the invitation-only preview day (until Sunday). "You think they could wait five minutes," said one irritated fair-goer. Inside, corridors lead through a wealth of 20th- and 21st-century art with something for everybody, from billionaire collectors to those with a budget.

With his wife Hildy, Mr. Beyeler assembled a wonderful private collection of post-Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary, African and Oceanic art for which they built the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen-Basel, one of Europe's most beautiful museums.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Christie's in London will offer works from the estate of Mr. Beyeler. They will include paintings, sculptures and drawings by notable names such as Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Klee and Picasso. President of Christie's Europe Jussi Pylkkänen says "a tremendous atmosphere" is expected. Auction proceeds will be used to support the Fondation.

The Christie's sale will have works from the now-closed Galerie Beyeler and personal pieces that the couple loved to have around them. The latter includes an exquisite park landscape in rich watercolors from 1920 by Klee that hung above Mr. Beyeler's bedside table for more than 50 years (estimate: £400,000-£600,000).

Among the major Beyeler highlights will be one of Monet's famous "Nymphéas" series, depicting the artist's garden pond with water lilies (estimate: £17 million-£24 million). A superb portrait of Francoise Gilot by Picasso is expected to fetch £7 million-£10 million. Gilot, Picasso's lover between 1943 and 1953, was responsible for inspiring some of the artist's most joyous pictures. The portrait is intensely colored with green hair and a blue face. According to Christie's, the coloring of the picture was much influenced by Matisse, who once remarked that if he painted Gilot, she would have green hair; and a somewhat jealous Picasso decided that he would do it himself.

Meanwhile, Sotheby's on Wednesday in London is reaching for a record with Egon Schiele's "Häuser mit bunter Wäsche (Vorstadt II)" from 1914, a colorful cityscape with fantasy houses and a row of washing in the foreground. This magic painting by the Austrian artist, who died at the age of 28, is estimated at £22 million-£30 million.

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Friday, 17 June 2011 00:08

The tastemakers are here at Art Basel

Budi Tek, the Indonesian-Chinese collector, has been shopping at Art Basel this week for an ambitious museum complex he is building in Shanghai. This is due to open in stages over the next decade.

As Art Unlimited opened, Tek purchased the Fred Sandback installation Untitled, (Sculptural Study, Seven-part Right-angled Triangular Construction), 1982/2010, for just under $500,000 from David Zwirner and Verna (U20). Tek told us he was also interested in buying Dan Flavin’s 1972-75 installation nearby (Paula Cooper, U24). “I had a very intuitive reaction to those pieces,” he said.

Tek is one of a growing number of collectors who are putting their art on display in their own museums. From London, Berlin and Moscow to Sydney, New York and Beijing, the very rich are buying art and showing it off in quasi-institutional settings like never before, and influencing the buying patterns of countless others (see p7). Some of these supercollectors are in Basel, including the American publisher Peter Brant, Mexican fruit juice heir Eugenio Lopez of the Jumex Collection, curators for the Tasmanian gambling magnate David Walsh, and Marty Margulies and the Rubells from Miami.

The art these collectors buy often have features in common, all of which are in evidence at the fair. For one thing, they are not usually constrained by considerations of size. “Now is the time for me to have a serious space because I have so many big things that maybe a lot of people can’t imagine,” said Tek. Many of the works at Art Basel would be difficult, if not impossible, to display in the average private home.

Collectors with their own museums often look for art with a strong sensory impact, preferring it to more sober work. Olivier Varenne, a French curator based in London who buys art for Tasmanian collector David Walsh, yesterday bought Two Sisters by the Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz from the Parisian dealer Natalie Seroussi (2.0/D1), a 2009 sound piece that tells the story of siblings who love the same man, with murderous results.

Many of these spaces are in cities where the public have few opportunities to see contemporary art, so work that is either bold or entertaining is often preferred. Walsh, who opened his museum outside Hobart in January, describes it as a “subversive Disneyland”. As of last week, 200,000 people have visited.

Spheres of influence

“All good exhibitions influence me,” said Tek, singling out the unveiling of Miuccia Prada’s collection at the Ca’ Corner della Regina palace in Venice during the biennale, two weeks ago, as a memorable show. It was the fashion designer’s collection of Italian post-war art that Tek said inspired him to buy the Sandback at Art Unlimited because of its minimalist aesthetic.

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