Art Basel is officially underway.
Art Basel Miami is one of three international art fairs staged annually by Art Basel. Each show is organized into sectors, showcasing artworks by “established and newly emerging artists.” In addition to the immersive art fair, the show offers “parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions,” in this case, captivating the soul of Miami. Keep reading to discover the pockets of Art Basel Miami we at Vivince find most enthralling this year.
Following the release of the highly anticipated exhibition PST: LA/LA, a survey of Latinx art in more than 70 galleries and museums, Los Angeles has quickly become synonymous with the genre. As Art Basel Miami approaches, Director Americas Art Basel Noah Horowitz – moved and deeply connected to both the show and its artists, has swiftly made efforts to incorporate both elements and members of PST: LA/LA into the fair, building on its success and conversation. In addition, the festival boasts a growing number of L.A.-based galleries like this year’s contributors Regen Projects and Blum & Poe.
Phillip Kaiser’s Outdoor Exhibit
Independent art critic and curator for Art Basel Miami’s public sector: Philipp Kaiser will present an outdoor exhibit in Collins Park. 11 site-specific works will be presented; among them is Jim Shaw, who’s The Wig Museum was hailed as a favorite at the opening of L.A.’s the Marciano Foundation last spring. At Art Basel Miami, his band “D’red D’warf” will premiere The Rinse Cycle, a progressive rock opera Shaw’s been reportedly working on for over a decade.
ACLU Speak Up Pop-Up Shop
The ACLU will host a dinner at the Standard Hotel and Spa during Art Basel Miami to celebrate the launch of the ACLU Speak Up Pop-up Shop. The Pop-up, which features products from the likes of Prabal Gurung and Opening Ceremony, is determined to, “mark a moment in which fashion and art come together to promote awareness of the need to protect our civil liberties.”
Hôtel Gaythering’s ‘Art Gaysel’
Phillip Miner, queer activist and queer arts profiler, recently sat down with Alex Guerra, founder of Art Gaysel. Guerra described, “I started Art Gaysel because the artist struggle is reeeeaaaaalllll!!!! As a queer artist myself, I know what it’s like to knock on gallery doors, trying to get your work to be seen in the hopes of taking your work to the next level… Dream Big Girl! Everyone doesn’t get that chance but they can at Art Gaysel. These artists get a fast pass into one of the most prestigious weeks in art in this country, Art Basel/Art Week Miami.” This year’s series titled “Ménage à Trois” will display works from numerous queer artists from around the globe, with featured exhibitions highlighting queer artists of color. Hôtel Gaythering, founded by Guerra and their partner, has served as an artistic hub for the Miami gay community since 2014.
Quotes from Art Basel Official.