Miami Beach Homegrown Art Scene

Hans-Peter Feldmann

Bass Museum of Art presents The Endless Renaissance – Six Solo Artist Projects: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Barry X Ball, Walead Beshty, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ged Quinn and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

Art Basel Miami Beach continues in its 11th year to be awe-inspiring. With continued success along came the satellite fairs, parties, tents and endless amounts of champagne, but as this time approaches every year, it is important to flaunt the homegrown art scene: those institutions that made their claim far before the tents and glamour of illustrious parties and satellite fairs. This year is no different, as two Miami Beach institutions have yet again put together a repertoire of inspiring and attentiongrabbing exhibitions that once again put Miami Beach on the map before, during and after the glitter of Art Basel Miami Beach has settled.

The Bass Museum of Art shifts away from the curated group show to make room for six individual solo artist projects. On view from December 6, 2012 through March 17, 2013, the Bass Museum of Art presents The Endless Renaissance, Six Solo Artists Projects featuring six international contemporary artists: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Barry X Ball, Walead Beshty, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ged Quinn and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. In 2009, The Bass Museum of Art embarked on an ongoing exploration of the notion that all art was once contemporary and inversely, that all contemporary works of art are part of a continuum of art history. This ongoing project and these six artists’ presentations pay homage to the Bass Museum of Art’s mission statement: “We educate and inspire by exploring the connections between our historical collection and contemporary art.”

Also at the Bass Museum of Art and for the second year running, Art Public will turn Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space with large-scale sculptures, videos, installations and live performances.

Produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art, the Art Basel Miami Beach sector includes works from the show’s galleries, by leading and emerging international artists, installed from ground level within the park to flying along the Miami Beach skyline above. Just down the block the Wolfsonian will present Describing Labor, an exhibition by artist Esther Shalev-Gerz, on view from December 3, 2012 through April 7, 2013. Through new works of video, audio and photography rooted in The Wolfsonian’s extensive collection of materials depicting work and working figures, Describing Labor interrogates our relationship to the labor that forges the physical world. Internationally recognized for projects that address the most pressing challenges of collective memory, political identity and historical space, Shalev-Gerz conceived Describing Labor following her 2011 residency at the museum.

Of course you couldn’t come to Miami Beach and not experience the fairs; Art Basel Miami Beach nestled in the Miami Beach Convention Center boasts a staggering 260 of the world’s most prominent galleries. All of your favorite satellite fairs will be returning this year as well, including Pulse, NADA, Scope Art Miami, Art Asia and Design Miami. A very exciting seven satellite fairs are slated to open this year alone: Miami Project, Context, Miami Photo Fair, Miami River Art Fair, Select Art Fair, JustMadMia and UNTITLED.

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