By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The 18th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach arrives from December 5th to December 8th, as the cornerstone event of Miami Art Week. The fair, which originated in Basel, Switzerland, has its main official Art Basel exhibition at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) in South Beach.
Art Basel announced the 269 leading international galleries selected for its 2019 edition in September. As the premier art fair of the Americas, more than half of the exhibitors have exhibition spaces in North and South America, representing a unique overview of the art scenes within the region.
Twelve galleries from the Americas are participating in the fair for the first time: Barro Arte Contemporáneo from Buenos Aires; Document, moniquemeloche, and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery from Chicago and M+B and Parker Gallery from Los Angeles.
Also: Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Company Gallery and Karma from New York; Galería Agustina Ferreyra from Mexico City; Cooper Cole from Toronto and Central Fine from Miami Beach.
The list of exhibitors includes galleries from 33 countries and territories spanning five continents, with a strong representation of galleries and artists from Asia.
New entries to the fair from the region include 10 Chancery Lane Gallery from Hong Kong, Magician Space from Beijing, and ROH Projects from Jakarta, while Hanart TZ Gallery from Hong Kong participates for the first time in the Galleries sector.
In addition, Taka Ishii Gallery from Tokyo and Edouard Malingue Gallery with exhibition spaces in Hong Kong and Shanghai both return to the fair after a hiatus.
In October organizers announced a new sector, the Meridians, which offers a platform for large-scale sculptures, paintings, installations, film and video projections, as well as performances that push the boundaries of the traditional art fair layout.
“Given the uniqueness of each project, Meridians articulates a very organic exchange of ideas and positions, unveiling conceptual overlaps, themes and interests that have emerged from this year’s strong selection of projects,” said Magalí Arriola, curator of Meridians.
Noah Horowitz, director for the Americas for Art Basel, told the Miami Herald, “The galleries and artists have responded extremely strongly. These are the kinds of works that a gallery can show in a museum or biennial, but until now wouldn’t have been able to show at a U.S. fair.”
The exhibition will be presented in the Grand Ballroom at the MBCC, taking up almost 6,000 square meters (60,374 square feet) directly connected to the exhibition halls.
The main public event space is open Thursday, December 5th, from 3PM to 8PM, and Friday and Saturday, from 12 Noon to 8PM, and Sunday, December 8th, from 12 Noon to 6PM.
Tickets can be bought online and the prices range from $45 per day, with a student or senior discount, to a $500 Premium+ Card.