Art Basel Rejuvenated Miami's Booming Art Scene

EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk covered Art Basel's show in Miami Beach, which was one of the strongest editions ever. Art Basel’s 13th edition in Miami Beach closed on Sunday, December 7, 2014, amidst strong praise from gallerists, private collectors, museum groups and the media.

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Art Basel Miami Experienced One of it's Best Years

With 267 leading international galleries, drawn from 31 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa Art Basel in Miami Beach ranks as the premier art show of the Americas, with 50 percent of the galleries having exhibition spaces in the region. Highlights of the show included the introduction of the new Survey sector,which brought 13 art-historical projects to the fair, including many rare worksnever before exhibited in an art fair context; and Art Basel's staging with Performaof Ryan McNamara's 'ME?M 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet' at the Miami Grand Theater.

Solid sales were reported across all levels of the market and throughout the run of the show. Featuring 267 leading international galleries from 31 countries, the show – whose Lead Partner is UBS – attracted an attendance of
73,000 over five days. Attendees included representatives of over 160 museum and institution groups from across the world and a surging number of new private collectors from the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Following a 100 percent reapplication rate for the Galleries sector and with new galleries coming from across the world, the list of exhibitors was the strongest to date in Miami Beach, firmly solidifying the show's position as the leading international art fair of the Americas.

The show’s daily talks program brought together leading artists, museum directors, collectors and curators from around the world. The morning Conversations program opened with the Premiere Artist Talk with Lynda Benglis, whose innovative and vivid sculptures have been challenging the art establishment for half a century.

Beyond Art Basel's programming, South Florida’s cultural institutions again enriched the week. This year was marked by the announcement that the new Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami will move into a permanent home designed by Spanish architects Aranguren & Gallegos located in Miami's Design District. Once again Miami Beach’s leading museums and private collections timed their strongest shows of the year to coincide with Art Basel in Miami Beach. The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) presented 'Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict/Abstract Art in the Ella
Fontanals-Cisernos Collection' while the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space showed 'Beneath The Surface'. It was a year of anniversaries as The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse marked its 15th anniversary, and the

The Rubell FamilyCollection presenting '50 Years of Marriage', celebrating Mera and Don Rubell's half a
century of marriage and collecting. Design Miami, the leading global forum for collectible
design, also celebrated its 10th anniversary.

On Wednesday, December 3, Art Basel and BMW announced a new partnership supporting emerging artists. Starting in 2015, the BMW Art Journey will enable emerging artists to go on a journey of creative discovery to a destination of their choice. Functioning as a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey is open to artists from Positions and Discoveries, Art Basel's sectors for emerging artists in Miami Beach and Hong Kong.

The show also marked the successful launch of Art Basel's Next tours program for emerging collectors. A total of 80 collectors drawn from 12 young patrons groups of international museums attended bespoke tours of the fair and had intimate sessions with exhibiting galleries. Art Basel's next show in Miami Beach will take place from December 3 to December 6, 2015. Starting after the 2015 edition, the Miami Beach Convention Center will undergo major renovation, phased around the 2016 show, with the aim to finish the renovation before Art Basel returns to Miami Beach in December 2017.

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