This week, famous art fair Art Basel is taking over Miami Beach, Florida. Top artists, dealers, millionaires, art aficionados, art-enjoyers, and families can go see works represented by 267 galleries; old works from Picasso will be available to see as well as new works from up-and-coming artists. The fair began on Wednesday with an invitation-only art dealership event.
The fair will run until Sunday; tickets are $47, and a bit less for seniors and students. What’s lovely about the Art Basel fair is that it’s open to anyone who wants to buy a ticket—there are no special rooms or privileged events. It’s even free for people under 16! The fair promotes work from all around the world across many different genres; lots of media are represented, too, including photography, film, famous pieces, and installations.
“[Art Basel] is an amazing opportunity to see incredible art all under one roof,” says Brett Sokol, arts editor of Miami magazine Ocean Drive. “That can be fun, getting to see this huge, diverse group of people, watching kids react to certain works of art. You think, ‘What does this 7-year-old see that I don’t?’”
There will be some beautiful collections exhibited this year that are certainly worth seeing. Several private collections will go up, including the Rubell Family Collection, which boasts over 100 female artists. Don and Mera Rubell have opened their own art gallery in Miami. The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, which also operates a free private museum, will also maintain a presence at the fair. De la Cruz aims to promote arts education and awareness among Miami students.
An un-miss-able booth is Rosalyn Drexler at Garth Greenan. Drexler is a novelist, a playwright, a former professional wrestler, and a Pop artist. “Her noirish mass media representations have always charmed by tapping into Italian neorealist film styles, crime dramas, and a host of other 20th century representations from theater and film,” says The Observer.
There’s going to be a lot to see and do at Art Basel this year! If you go, leave a comment below and let me know how it was! I’d love to hear from you.