Described as “the most prestigious art show in the Americas,” Art Basel opens its Miami Beach 11th edition on Thursday, December 6 and goes through Sunday, December 9, 2012. Art lovers will be flocking to town from all over the world to admire and acquire. An impressive selection of 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st century will be represented by a slew of 260 art galleries from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Only the world’s most respected art galleries are rigorously chosen every year to showcase established and museum-worthy artists as well as newcomers in Miami Beach.
IndoorsThere are a few not-to-be-missed sections of the art show to visit this year. Visit the audacious Art Nova, where galleries are required and challenged to exhibit work of two or three artists that is not older than three years. Art Positions is that section within the exhibitor’s space where young and emerging artists have their chance to push the limits. Lastly, Art Magazines is where you can find top art magazines and publications from all over the world showcasing their latest editions.
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OutdoorsArt Basel Miami Beach does not only happen inside the Convention Center. Art Public is staged at Collins Park (located at 201 21st Street) where South Beach iconic staples of palms, trees, grass and the beach serve as a backdrop for installations, sculptures and performances open to the public. Guided tours of Collins Park are also offered by The Bass Museum of Art and they include the current exhibitions of the museum.
Art Video provides a selection of the most cutting-edge and never-before-seen works of artists from the United States, Latin America and Asia projected across two venues, the Miami Beach Convention Center and SoundScape Park. The latter displays the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New World Center designed by Frank Gehry.
Miami Art Museum will lead the ceremonies with the inaugural reception for New Work 2013 (works of art commissioned to Miami-based artists) and the closing ball “If These Walls Could Talk” on Sunday evening. The Lowe Art Museum will host the 9th Annual Sunday Champagne Brunch whereas The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU will provide a Breakfast in the Park on Sunday morning.