Art Basel Miami Beach is heading to the Miami Beach Convention Center starting December 6th and running through December 9th. With over 268 exhibitors this year, this event is one of the most extensive and prestigious global art showcases. Top galleries from all over the world–from North America to Latin America, Europe to Africa–will be bringing their best paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and more.
One thing that sets Art Basel Miami Beach apart is its variety. In addition to its vast cultural representation, the show juxtaposes both masters of Modern and contemporary art with the most exciting and promising new artists.
The show’s different sectors allow for various subjects to be explored, every piece in each sector being thematically linked. The Nova sector, for instance, has artists delving into their interpretations of the pressing issues our world faces. This year’s Gallery sector is focusing heavily on Latin American perspectives, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and experimental painting.
The show’s unique and eclectic tone is engaging, allowing for both thought-provoking commentary as well as a sense of playfulness and relatability. For example, Japanese artist Haroshi’s sculptures made out of old skateboards touch on themes like materialism and spirituality while appealing to a sense of childhood fun.
Other notable contributors include Vietnamese-American artist Tiffany Chung’s exhibit on migration, American artist Derek Fordjour exploration of rule-breaking–particularly in the context of sports–and Mexican artist Fernando Palma Rodríguez’s work with robotics, software, and other technology as a medium to combat erasure of indigenous communities.
Highly-anticipated booths include Miami Beach’s own David Castillo Gallery and its discourse on gender and identity in minority communities, New York City’s Essex Street’s analysis on authorship, and Berlin’s Barbara Thumm’s highlighting of strong female artists.