Art At The Crossroads

Art Basel in Basel Outsideview


By Nelson Agelvis

Being the nexus of North and South America, the glitzy art deco city of Miami Beach with its hot blend of cultures is the perfect setting to unite 258 leading international art galleries drawn from 31 countries across the globe for Art Basel’s 12th edition in the most fashionable of cities, 44 years after the event’s founding in Basel, Switzerland.

David Renggli I Love You (Pink Stick in Blue), 2013
David Renggli
I Love You (Pink Stick in Blue), 2013

Sponsored as usual by Switzerland’s UBS bank, which has a rich history of actively supporting cultural and artistic endeavors across the world, this 2013 edition will present artwork ranging from modern masters to the latest contemporary works, and it will include, for the first time in Miami Beach, a sector dedicated to editioned works.

A select group of younger American galleries are taking part in the show for the first time, including Elizabeth Dee and Corbett vs. Dempsey in the show’s Galleries sector, 47 Canal in Nova, and Bureau and Real Fine Arts in Positions. Reflecting the international show’s growing link to Asia, new galleries from the region include Tang Contemporary Art and One and J. Gallery, both in Positions, and Singapore Tyler Print Institute in Edition.

The focus of the show remains its galleries sector, which includes 195 of the world’s best established galleries. Long-time exhibitors are joined by first-time participants such as Pace/MacGill Gallery, one of the leading international photography galleries. After a brief hiatus, Art Basel in Miami Beach also welcomes returning galleries Foksal Gallery Foundation, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, P.P.O.W, and Timothy Taylor Gallery. Several galleries that previously exhibited as part of Nova or Positions have progressed to the main sector of the show, including Gavlak Gallery, Ingleby Gallery, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Galerie Mezzanin, and others.

Even though the 2013 Art Basel-Miami Beach show mostly includes galleries from the Americas as is its purpose, with nearly half of this year’s exhibitors coming from The United States and Latin America, the total of participating galleries spans 31 countries across the globe, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay. For the full gallery list, please visit
Van Doren Waxter Sam Francis - Untitled (SF62-128)
Van Doren Waxter
Sam Francis – Untitled (SF62-128)

This year’s Nova sector, which offers younger galleries a platform to present work made in the last three years by one, two, or three artists, offers a focused selection of 34 participants. Highlights include works by the artists Aaron Bobrow and David Diao (at Office Baroque Gallery); Deyson Gilbert and Marina Simão (at Mendes Wood); Pamela Rosenkranz and Keiichi Tanaami (at Karma International); Saâdane Afif and Karsten Födinger (at RaebervonStenglin); and many more.

Positions focuses on curated booths presenting a single artist. In 2013, this sector comprises 16 artists, including Ulrik Heltoft (at Andersen`s Contemporary), Gabriel Acevedo Velarde (at Arratia Beer), Lourival Cuquinha (at Baró Galeria), Tom Holmes (at Bureau), and many others.

303 Gallery Elad Lassry - Untitled (Yellow, Blue), 2013
303 Gallery
Elad Lassry – Untitled (Yellow, Blue), 2013

Following the long success of a dedicated sector for prints and limited-editioned works at Art Basel’s show in Basel, the Edition sector premiers now in Miami Beach with 13 exhibitors, including first-time Miami Beach participants Alan Cristea Gallery and Crown Point Press, among many others.


The Public sector will for the first time be curated by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of New York City’s Public Art Fund. Both the Public and Kabinett sectors will feature expanded significant offerings in 2013, with an increased number of participating artists and galleries. Further information on Public, the Kabinett, Film sectors, Art Basel’s Conversations and Salon series will be released during the fall.

Art Basel in Miami Beach will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 5 to December 8, 2013. DesignMiami/, the premier destination for the world’s most prominent design galleries, runs from December 4 to December 8, 2013. For further information, please visit The Bass Museum of Art will offer guided group and private tours of the Public sector and the Bass Museum. Walk-in tours (no reservation required) will take place at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm, each day of the show.
Contemporary Fine Arts Walter Pichler - Da schaut Einer mit meinen Augen in die Welt, 1996
Contemporary Fine Arts
Walter Pichler – Da schaut Einer mit meinen Augen in die Welt, 1996

For the past 11 years, Miami Beach’s leading museums and private collections have timed their strongest exhibitions of the year to coincide with Art Basel in Miami Beach, and 2013 is no different. Miami’s leading private collections—among them the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, the Rubell Family Collection and World Class Boxing—will be opening their exhibition spaces to guests of the international art show. The museums of South Florida will be staging important exhibitions to coincide with Art Basel. The Pérez Art Museum Miami will open its new Herzog & de Meuron designed building in December with exhibitions including ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’ and commissioned projects by Yael Bartana, Bouchra Khalili, Hew Locke and Monika Sosnowska. On display at the Bass Museum of Art will be ‘Piotr Uklański: esl’, while the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami will present ‘Tracey Emin: Angel without You’. ‘Phyllida Barlow: HOARD’ will be on view at the Norton Museum of Art and the Wolfsonian-FIU will show ‘The Birth of Rome’ and ‘Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata’.

This is the art event of a lifetime that luckily takes place yearly in privileged cities across the globe, Miami being one of them. Do not miss this event.