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Do you have an artistic taste? Do paintings, photography, video arts and sculptures fascinate you? If yes then you shouldn’t miss the next Art Basel fair for sure.
Art Basel is a privately-owned, international contemporary art fair, which is staged every year in three host cities – Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach, Florida, and Hong Kong.
Attracts a large number of art lovers from the world, the fair sets out a platform for artists to demonstrate and sell their work to buyers. Started in 1970, Art Basel has turned into one of the most-awaited art fairs today, showcasing the artwork of both established and emerging artists.
Though demonstrating artwork is Art Basel’s first and foremost function, the fair is also renowned for its lavish parties and live performances that happen at each fair. If you have never been to Art Basel, here is what you miss every year.
Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 Review
In 2018, Art Basel took place in Miami Beach Convention Center from December 4 to 8. The fair boasted the presence of around 83,000 art enthusiasts – a little bit up from 2017.
The leading partner of the show, UBS, displayed 268 galleries from more than 35 countries. For the first time, the convention center allowed Art Basel organizers to host their performative installation on its grand ballroom.
Noah Horowitz, the director of America for Art Basel’s for Miami Beach, said, “2018 marks a mind-blowing new chapter for our Miami Beach Show.” He further added that “the state-of-the-art convention center of Miami Beach enables us to organize a fair of high sophistication and caliber, opening up unparalleled possibilities.”
It is true that in Art Basel 2018, exhibitors presented quality of work. Here are some popular events of this fair.
Popular Events of Art Basel 2018 Miami Beach – Highlights
The fair continued to welcome the elite members from the art world till its last day who showed not only their artistic talent but also creativity and imagination. Though this edition of Art Basel Miami Beach marked countless highlights, some of the notable events at the fair included Miami Motel Stories, a juggernaut theatre company that transformed a barren mid-century motel in the Mimo District, a neighborhood to Miami.
At Magic City Studios before Miami Art Week, “the Art of Banksy: Unauthorized Private Collection” displayed 80 original works that marked the international tour’s first foray into the U.S. market.
The exceptional works by female pioneers such as Faith Wilding, Ellen Cantor, and Judy Chicago received a lot of praise too.
Apart from this, performative installation in the Grand Ballroom by Abraham Cruzvillegas and Barbara Foulkes was incredible.
Throughout the Art Week, companies like Bacardi, American Express, Bombay Sapphire, and Red Bull entertained everyone with their modernized activations and returning events. American Express launched their second repetition of the Platinum House, a card-based service that allows members to spend a weekend at the 1 Hotel South Beach.
Art Basel 2018 Basel, Switzerland – Highlight
Art Basel 2018 created too much buzz in the city of Basel during the first week. This four-day-long event started on June 14 that lasted till June 17.
The halls of Messe in Switzerland opened their gates to the public for the 49th edition of Art Basel 2018 on 14th of June. However, before the opening day, a few selected VIPs, Press members, and art collectors took a look artworks of over four thousand artists displaced by 290 of the world’s leading art galleries.
A few noticeable highlights from Art Basel 2018 are:
Perrotin and Simon Lee introduced the unique architecture of their booths to create a shared space over two floors.
Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich & New York: One of the leading international galleries having locations in New York, St. Moritz and Zurich was the most visited booth at the exhibition. The gallery is known for its innovative ideas and creative collaborations. In 2018 Art Basel, they showcased their specially designed curated cabin.
What you can expect to see in Art Basel 2019 Miami Beach
Art Basel 2018 ended with a lot of fascinating installations, events, and parties. If you have missed it, don’t be sad, Art Basel 2019 is on the way. The fair’s next show will take place in Miami Beach from December 5 to December 8, 2019.
Here is what you can expect from this world-class fair this year.
More than two hundred top galleries and art museums of America will be participating in the fair. They will show what they have got at art bonanza annually. Since launching in 2002, Art Basel has turned into a premier art fair in North America, so you can assume to see amazing sculptures, photography, films, and videos, digital art, installations, contemporary paintings from more than 4,000 artists.
So, if you’re interested in attending Art Basel 2019, it is advisable to reserve your tickets and book your flight in advance.