Organizers, Exhibitors Call Premiere of Art Basel Miami Beach `Successful'. (News)

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Organizers, Exhibitors Call Premiere of Art Basel Miami Beach `Successful'. (News)


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The exhibiting galleries, the world press and the international public rated the December premiere of Art Basel Miami Beach positively, according to show organizers. By the time the show closed, the 160 exhibitors from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa said farewell to 30,000 visitors after five days packed with events, discoveries and sales. Samuel Keller, show director, said, "The first edition of Art Basel Miami Beach exceeded all the expectations of the show management with regard to the quality of the works displayed, the number of visitors, media attention and sales results. Art Basel Miami Beach was a complete success."

Art Basel Miami Beach attracted several thousand leading collectors, artists, curators, art critics, art dealers and art lovers from around the globe, including many celebrities from the art, entertainment and fashion worlds. More than 400 representatives of the media visited this new international art event. The Vernissage opening night party welcomed 7,000 guests. Several thousand also attended the opening night of "Art Positions." Plus, the catalog sold out by the last day of the show.

Approximately 50 museum groups from all over the world flocked to Art Basel Miami Beach. New York delegations came from the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the New Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Friends of The Tate American Fund. In addition, there were groups from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas and many other cities. Representatives also came from the Museo de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Brazil, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery of Toronto and the Friends of the Contemporary Art Museum, Reina Sofia of Madrid, Spain. Curators and private collectors from all the world's important art capitals also gathered information. Aside from representatives of the American and European art scene, there were many opinion leaders from Latin America, as well.

The exhibiting galleries spared no effort to show the most interesting works of art and present them in carefully designed exhibitions, said organizers. Various booths showed thematically grouped exhibits and one-person shows of artists. Many galleries presented newly created works of art, as well as video works and outsized installations. Paintings and paper works made a comeback, and photography was also much in evidence.

New platforms of the art show included the container village "Art Positions" on Miami's beach, the "Art Video Lounge" with its futuristic architecture in the Miami Beach Public Library and the works created specially for Art Basel Miami Beach ("Art Projects") shown in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach.

In "Art Positions" 20 young galleries exhibited their avant-garde program. …

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