A whole new look at Art Basel 2018

Art Basel this year was indeed mind blowing!. Usually roaming through the walls admiring wonderful art would be the routine, but this year I actually learned something. An artist can turn any household item into art. Perfect example walking in the very first article that caught my eye was the dustpan on a sponge. For the untrained eye it really looked like a plastic dustpan glued to a large sponge pad. However down the line we’ve encountered a young art handler who explained that these items were actually recreated with graphite. Graphite you say? Impossible! Indeed the artist took his time to create a household item with graphite, can you hear your brain cells exploding?!

Headhunter 2018, Inkjet print on cellulose sponge graphite by ADAM MCEWEN

The highly anticipated 17th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach closed on Sunday, December 9, 2018, amid reports of significant sales to private collections and institutions by galleries across all sectors of the market. With the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) completed for this year’s fair. Reinforcing its position as the leading art fair of the Americas, Art Basel in Miami Beach attracted an attendance of 83,000 across the five show days, including influential collectors, directors, curators, trustees and high-level patrons from over 200 leading international museums and cultural institutions.

Artist: Allen Jones

Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel, commented: ‘This year marks an exciting new chapter for our Miami Beach show. The now completely renovated and state of the art Miami Beach Convention Center enables us to deliver a fair of the highest caliber and sophistication, opening up unprecedented possibilities – as we have been able to illustrate with the staging of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ multidisciplinary installation that we presented in partnership with The Kitchen. The quality of work and presentations by our exhibitors have also never been higher and attendance by private collectors and institutions continues to be strong across all regions.

About Art Basel
Founded in 1970 by gallerists from BaselArt 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 artfairs through a number of new initiatives such as Art Basel Cities, working with partner cities on bespoke cultural programs. For further information, please visit artbasel.com.


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