In the American show, 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.
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.
The Public sector of Art Basel in Miami Beach, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will open on Wednesday, November 30 at 8pm with a special evening performance program featuring Davide Balula, Lady Bunny, Rob Pruitt and Naama Tsabar. The Public Opening Night is free of charge and open to the public.
2016 Public artworks:
Magdalena Abakanowicz, 10 Standing Figures, 2000, Marlborough Gallery David Adamo, Untitled, 2016, Peter Freeman, Inc.
Jean-Marie Appriou, Mirage, 2016, Clearing
Eric Baudart, Atmosphère, 2016, Edouard Malingue Gallery
Huma Bhabha, Friend, 2015, Salon 94
Yoan Capote, Naturaleza Urbana, 2012, Jack Shainman Gallery
Claudia Comte, 128 Triangles and their Demonstration, 2016, König Galerie,
Matías Duville, Arena Parking, 2016, Revolver Galería
Camille Henrot, Contrology and Dropping the Ball, 2016, Metro Pictures, kamel mennour, König Galerie
Glenn Kaino, Invisible Man, 2016, Kavi Gupta
Alicja Kwade, Reise ohne Ankunft (Mercier), 2016, König Galerie
Sol LeWitt, Incomplete Open Cube 8/9, 1974; Incomplete Open Cube 5/1, 1974;
Incomplete Open Cube 8/5, 1974, Paula Cooper Gallery
Wagner Malta Tavares, Malpertuis, 2016, Galeria Marilia Razuk
Tony Matelli, Jesus, 2016, Marlborough Gallery
William J. O’Brien, Untitled (The Protectors), 2016, Marianne Boesky Gallery
Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Transmission), 2016, Marianne Boesky Gallery
Norbert Prangenberg, Figur, 1999, Garth Greenan Gallery
Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain, 2016, The Bass
Tony Tasset, Arrow Sculpture, 2016, Kavi Gupta
Erwin Wurm, Big Disobedience, 2016, Lehmann Maupin
Public opening night performances:
Davide Balula, Interrupting Words with Burp Sounds, 2014-2016, rodolphe janssen, galerie frank elbaz, Gagosian Gallery, François Ghebaly Gallery
Lady Bunny, Lady Bunny’s Intergalactic Disco
Rob Pruitt, Stretch, Grill and Chill, 2016, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Massimo De Carlo Naama Tsabar, Composition 18, 2016, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Spinello Projects
About Nicholas Baume
Nicholas Baume joined Public Art Fund as Director and Chief Curator in 2009. A native of
Australia, his curatorial career began there with Kaldor Public Art Projects and later the
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. He was Contemporary Curator at the Wadsworth
Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, before moving to Boston to join the Institute of Contemporary Art as Chief Curator. Baume has curated more than fifty exhibitions with a wide range of significant international artists at different stages of their careers. Author of several major exhibition catalogs, he is a frequent public speaker on contemporary art, and has contributed essays and interviews to numerous publications.
About The Bass
The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, is currently undergoing an institutional transformation. With over 10,000 additional square feet of exhibition space in its newly renovated facility, The Bass will continue its commitment to contemporary exhibitions by leading international artists. The museum’s ‘IDEAS at The Bass’ art and literacy curriculum serves over 10,000 annually through classes, workshops, ‘Community Days’ and its outreach program, ‘Creativity in the Community’. The Bass will unveil its latest acquisition, a large-scale sculpture by Ugo Rondinone entitled Miami Mountain on Wednesday, November 30 at 6pm in Collins Park, as the museum looks ahead to its reopening in spring 2017.
About Art Basel
Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition.
Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through a number of new initiatives. In 2014, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Initiative, in collaboration with Kickstarter. This initiative presents jury-selected art projects to potential benefactors, which include Art Basel’s vibrant audience and the Kickstarter community. The initiative has catalyzed much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and so far has helped pledge over $1.2 million to creative projects around the world. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel is working with selected partner cities to develop vibrant and content-driven programs specific to the individual city. Connecting them to the global art world through Art Basel’s expertise and network, Art Basel Cities supports its partners to develop their unique cultural landscape. For further information please visit artbasel.com.
Selection Committee in Miami Beach
The Selection Committee for Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach is comprised of renowned international gallerists: Tim Blum, Blum & Poe; Chantal Crousel, Galerie Chantal Crousel; Peter Freeman, Peter Freeman, Inc.; José Kuri, kurimanzutto; Friedrich Petzel, Petzel Gallery; and Mary Sabbatino, Galerie Lelong. The experts for the Nova and Positions sectors are Márcio Botner, A Gentil Carioca; Oliver Newton, 47 Canal; and Tanya Leighton, Tanya Leighton. The expert for the Florida galleries is Fredric Snitzer, Fredric Snitzer Gallery.
UBS, global Lead Partner of Art Basel, has supported the organization for more than 20 years. As Art Basel’s global network expanded, UBS increased its lead partnership to include all three shows: Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. In addition, UBS has a long and substantial record of engagement in contemporary art: as a holder of one of the world’s most distinguished corporate art collections, as an active partner in global contemporary art projects such as the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, and as a source of information and insights through the UBS Art Competence Center, UBS Arts Forum and its new contemporary art news-focused app, ‘Planet Art’.
Art Basel’s Associate Partners, supporting all three shows, are Davidoff – the prestigious Swiss cigar brand, whose Davidoff Art Initiative encompasses residencies, art dialogs and grants; Audemars Piguet – the independent high-end watch manufacturer, whose expanding activities in contemporary art include the Audemars Piguet Art Commission; and NetJets – the world leader in private aviation. BMW, the renowned car manufacturer, has co-developed with Art Basel the BMW Art Journey, enabling the winning artist to design a journey of creative discovery. Art Basel is also supported globally by Ruinart, Official Champagne Partner, and Sennheiser, Official Audio Partner.
MGM Resorts Art & Culture, partner of Art Basel’s Public sector this year, has a long-held commitment to the arts, showcased throughout the company’s resorts around the globe. Each art project that MGM Resorts Art & Culture has realized over the years, carefully considers the artist, the environment and the overall experience. For further information, please visit mgmresorts.com/artandculture.
Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach is additionally supported as Show Partner by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, the leading sales and marketing firm of luxury residential new development properties. Art Basel in Miami Beach welcomes MGM Resorts Art & Culture as the Official Partner of the Public Sector and Kannoa as the Official Furniture Partner. Art Basel in Miami Beach’s Official Hotel Partners are Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel, W