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Art Basel Miami Beach: Set to Ignite the Worldwide Art Scene

December 5, 2018
Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Art Basel: A Global Experience

Visionary in its intent, timeless in its impact, Art Basel dazzles.

For nearly half a century Basel has sculpted a world class festival of art, dialogue, and expression. This years event is no different! It is expected that there will be over 70,000 descending upon the Miami Beach Convention Center, December 6 – 9, 2018, to experience the international thrill of the finest art in the world.

This year, there are over 250 of the world’s leading galleries and 4000 artists representing their work here. This celebration is a testament that the world has become one global community sharing, caring, and elevating the human spirit. Whether one is in Hong Kong, Basel, or Miami Beach there is a thread that brings it all together, great art.

Regardless of your taste, your thirst will be quenched. As per usual, one can expect to find either new up-and-coming or well-known and established modern and contemporary artists sharing their paintings, sculptures, installations, digital art, photography, and films. One can expect to find galleries represented from all corners of the globe including: North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Art Basel continues to show why it is, perhaps, one of the greatest art shows anywhere on Earth.

Visitors can find work ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces.

Art Basel: A Brief History

One of the greatest historical achievements of the Art Basel Fair is its depth and breadth of presentation. This show was conceived in the 1970s as a place where art could have an international connectedness. Originally, Art Basel attracted 16,000 attendees, 90 galleries, and 30 publishers from 10 countries. Its growth is reminiscent of the diversity of the Miami social and cultural scene and is an annually anticipated gem of an event.

The growth of Art Basel was largely layered. By the 1980s, in celebration of 150 years of photography, the medium was added as a core platform of the show. In addition, the 1980s also saw the growth and expansion of the film section. By the 2000s, the Art Unlimited platform was launched providing for an ambitious open-plan environment. In this period, the show debuted in Miami Beach and housed 160 galleries from 23 countries and welcomed 30,000 visitors.

More recently, growth in its crowdfunding initiative has provided support for non-profit for visual arts while BMW’s art journey was designed to give a voice to emerging artists. In all its’ forms, Art Basel has grown, adapted, and provided a keen voice to artistic expression. As an outcome, several unique venues have emerged as centerpieces of a great four-day experience.

Art Basel: The Venues

As Art Basel has grown, so have the venues for which visitors can enjoy, engage and learn. These venues provide a range of opportunity for artists, curators, collectors, and visitors to share in a wonderous global experience.


This year, over 200 of the world’s leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces.


Designed for galleries to present one, two or three artists showing works created within the last three years, the Nova sector features strong juxtapositions and never-before-seen pieces fresh from the artist’s studio. This exhibit is visionary and provides a superior platform for their artistic expression.


This sector allows curators, critics, and collectors to discover ambitious new talents from across the globe by providing a platform for a single artist to present one major project. Traditionally, these pieces provide for an awe-inspiring and crowd-pleasing experience. Cutting-edge and fresh, the positions exhibition will surely please.


Leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibit the results of their collaboration with renowned artists, providing visitors with the opportunity to see significant and rare publications. Editions is a part of Art Basel that reminisces of its initial purpose of providing a global voice to the art world. This exhibit opens the world of artistic networks and expression and shows what happens when creative minds get together.


In a separately delineated space within their booths, galleries present a curated exhibition by an artist of their choice. The diverse curatorial concepts for Kabinett include thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases and solo shows for rising stars. These thematic exhibits, art historical showcases, and solo platforms is one of the many great attributes that Art Basel produces for artists and the audience alike.


Survey presents precise art historical projects. These may include solo presentations by an individual artist, juxtapositions and thematic exhibits from artists representing a range of cultures, generations and artistic approaches. This timeless and eclectic venue sets Art Basel as the must-see art fair in Miami and North America.


Anyone seeking information and knowledge about the global art climate are welcome to visit Magazines. Here one will find art publications from around the world displaying their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth. The world moves quick and information is delivered in rapid speed. Magazines slows down the wind and provides a repository of cultural reflection meant to quench the appetite of thirsty consumers of various and sundry art forms from around the world.


Conversations is a sensational venue for editors to share their insights from across the globe. Few places provide such a dynamic platform for real dialogue between prominent members of the contemporary art scene, to practitioners, educators, and historians. These diverse perspectives from curators, collectors, critics, architects, art lawyers, and artists will leave visitors with a deep appreciation for the various perspectives on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. This marvelous venue truly frames the spirit of Art Basel in a most unique and important manner. For those interested in critical thought, Conversations is a “don’t miss!”

Art Basel: A Blazing World

Once again, as Art Basel organizers put together the finishing touches to another electric event, young and seasoned artists are preparing to show their skill. Vital young galleries are bringing vision, stamina, and fearlessness to Miami Beach. This year’s focus on strong, young, and energized female artists is sure to demonstrate social conscientiousness to a growing visitor base. With historical positions and key figures in Los Angeles Art making their way to Art Basel, Miami, this year’s event promises to carry on a legacy of magnificence and intrigue.

Art Basel: Out of Town Considerations

Once again, Miami and Miami Beach are preparing to roll out the red carpet for out-of-town visitors. Artforbes is providing guided tours to bring together a network of collectors and artists. The tour is, by design, organized to showcase a concise selection of the most significant works at Art Basel.

If you are brining the kids, don’t forget that Art Basel has extending its reach by providing an Art Kids Program where there will be craft activities, art history, and storytelling. This venue seeks to pass on the vibrancy of the art culture to the next generation of curators, writers, artists, collectors, and art-interested consumers.

Numerous hotels have prepared for out-of-town arrivals. Some of the most notable ones include: W. South Beach, Betsy South Beach, Grand Beach hotel Miami Beach, Four Seasons and Residences at the Surf Club, and Gates Hotel to name a few. Not only will your visit to the exhibits be amazing, so will the comfort of your stay.

Art Basel: Where Art and Culture Come to Life

Yes, between December 6 and December 9, 2018, Miami Beach comes alive with art, culture, and a global climate of uplift and learning. Once again, Art Basel seeks to stimulate, connect, and manifest art in its finest forms. Enjoy another great year of artful celebration!

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