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Enjoing the last art week of the year

Enjoing the last art week of the year

by Elisabetta Roncati

For the celebrations of the twentieth year of Art Basel Miami Beach, the US city is full of unmissable cultural events.

As usual the art calendar ends in the heat of Florida, a travel destination not only for rich New Yorkers looking for warm temperatures. However there won't be time for beach life: 10 art fairs and many museum exhibitions await the artlovers. Starting with Art Basel Miami Beach which returns from tomorrow to December the 3rd and does so in a great style: 282 galleries from 38 countries hosted at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Like the previous editions the fair is divided into sections. “Galleries” that hosts the most important international operators, 212 that present paintings, sculptures and installations. “Positions” is the section dedicated to 19 monographic exhibitions of emerging artists. This year the new entries are 11.
“Nova” hosts 23 galleries presenting new artworks by up to a maximum of three artists, while “Survey” includes 7 galleries, 9 of them at their first participation, displaying works created before the new millenium. Finally, “Edition” section: 11 exhibitors dedicated to creations on paper. Undoubtedly “Meridians” is the most awaited section: it is curated by Magalí Arriola, director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City and it will expose 20 large-scale projects.
Many Italian galleries will participate in Art Basel: Lia Rumma, Alfonso Artiaco, Cardi Gallery, Galleria Continua, Massimo De Carlo, kaufmann repetto, Magazzino, Victoria Miro, Franco Noero, Lorcan O’Neill, Christian Stein and Tornabuoni.

Moreover, an Italian curator, Cristina Didero, took care of the part dedicated to the design of the Swiss trade fair giant: the theme chosen for Design Miami is Golden Age and the location is Pride Park, in front of the Miami Beach Convention Center. 50 galleries are participating, including the Milanese Nilufar and GUFRAM.

In addition to Art Basel, the satellite fairs multiplied: for example Art Miami and Context have inaugurated the art week on the waterfront of One Miami Herald Plaza. Art Miami is home to 155 galleries from 17 countries showcasing 20th and 21st century paintings, drawings, design objects, sculptures, NFTs, video art, photography and prints by over 600 artists. The Italian galleries that are exhibiting are Aldo Castillo, Barbara Paci Art Gallery, Berengo Studio, EF Arte, Antonio Verolino Gallery, Martinelli Art Gallery, Stefano Forni Gallery, Primo Marella Gallery and Scognamiglio/Placido.

Tenth edition for Context, dedicated to the ultra-contemporary creative scenario with 75 galleries from over 20 countries including South Korea and Italy (Alessandro Berni Gallery, Fabbrica Eos and Liquid Art System).
Usual seafront location also for Untitled: 140 galleries from 31 countries. The new Nest section is very interesting, offering financially subsidized participation to emerging galleries. Galleria Studio G7, Il Chiostro, Luce Gallery, Plan X and The Flat-Massimo Carasi participate.
NADA association (acronym for New Art Dealers Alliance, founded in 2002) is once again organizing a market exhibition in the Ice Palace Studios: 146 galleries from 40 cities. In addition to the 80 NADA members, the organization welcomed 37 new exhibitors. There will be many talks, performances and events. The Italian art galleries are only two, both from Milan: Clima and eastcontemporary.

Twenty-first edition for Scope, which is also held in Basel, with the addition of “New Contemporary” for the Miami event: a program for visitors that includes large-scale installations, musical performances and talks. There are only one Italian exhibitor: Sist'Art Gallery.
Instead, it takes place in the homonymous hotel Aqua Art Miami which has been offering the public works by young creatives for sixteen years. Here we can find Alessandro Berni Gallery and Deodato Arte.

Looking then at the non-Western art scene, it is impossible not to mention Pinta Miami, a fair dedicated to Latin American art that takes place in the spaces of The Hangar, in Coconut Grove and Prizm, which since 2013 has been the dedicated fair for African and African diasporic artists in Miami. For its 10th anniversary, more than 60 emerging and established galleries are part of an edition titled “Vernacular À la Mode”. It is displayed in two spaces: the main fair in the Miami Design District and a “Global/Borderless Caribbean Pavilion” at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.
Satellite Art Show is among the more unusual fairs of Miami Art Week and this year it will hold its seventh edition in a container on the beach. Its offer focuses on performance, video, augmented and virtual reality, with over 40 projects and nearly 200 participating artists. The fair is run by the creatives themselves.

Two other appointments complete the Miami Art Week panorama: INK Miami Art Fair and Fridge. The first takes place at the Dorchester Hotel and is dedicated to publishing houses and galleries presenting 20th century artworks and special editions by contemporary artists. Fridge, which in the name recalls the much better-known Frieze, focuses on works with lower prices to prove to be as inclusive and close to visitors as possible.
The exhibitions organized in museums and cultural centers of the city were also numerous and interesting: Nina Chanel Abney at the ICA, Simone Leigh at the PAMM, Didier William at the MOCA, Charles White at the Lowe Art Museum, a group show dedicated to 15 Italian artists at the Margulies Collection, Alexandre Diop at the Rubell Museum.
Undoubtedly this Miami Art Week will be a real tour de force for operators, collectors and art lovers: the last efforts before the well-deserved Christmas break.

Born in Genoa, Milanese by adoption, Elisabetta Roncati decided to combine her university education in economics and management with her passion for culture with a goal: bringing people closer to the art market in a clear, easily understandable and professional way. Interested in all forms of artistic and cultural expressions, contemporary and otherwise, she has two great passions: textile art and African art. As an art consultant, she firmly believes that culture has the power to transcend the boundaries of individual nations, creating a global community of art lovers. In 2018 he founded the registered trademark Art Nomade Milan that she uses to speak about art and culture on the main social media platforms.



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