5 brand-new things to explore at Art Basel and Miami Art Week

Art Miami and Context have new homes this year on Biscayne Bay, at the former Miami Herald site.

Even veteran Art Basel Miami Beach visitors will find something novel in this year’s lineup. Here are five must-see spaces to explore for the first time: 

1. New Art!

Art Basel’s Public sector, now under the direction of critic and curator Philipp Kaiser, is focused on sculptural and performance works that claim space or territory through size, scale, intensity or sound. Its title: Territorial.

Collins Park, Miami Beach; artbasel.com.

Art Basel Miami beach
Art Basel Miami Beach.

 

2. New Museums!

The Bass Museum of Art — a longtime partner and host of the Public sector — reopened its doors in October after a two-year renovation. Across the causeway, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, officially opens in its new home in the Design District on December 1.

The Bass, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; thebass.org. ICA, 61 Northeast 41st Street, Miami; icamiami.org.

ICA Institute of Contemporary Art Miami
A rendering of the new Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

 

3. New Galleries!

Twenty galleries from the Americas, Europe and Asia will show at Art Basel for the first time, including Applicat-Prazan from Paris, Inman Gallery from Houston and Isla Flotante from Buenos Aires.

artbasel.com.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Art from Applicat-Prazan gallery in Paris, one of the new exhibitors to this year’s show.

 

4. New Location!

Art Miami, the city’s original international contemporary art fair, pre-dates Basel by about a decade. Along with sister fair CONTEXT, it’s moving from Midtown Miami to a prestigious bayfront plot, the former home of the Miami Herald.

One Herald Plaza, Miami; artmiami.com; contextartmiami.com.

Art Miami Context Art Basel Biscayne Bay Miami Herald
Art Miami and Context have new homes this year on Biscayne Bay, at the former Miami Herald site.

 

5. New Convention Center!

Slated for completion in September 2018, the Miami Beach Convention Center is still a work in progress, but fairgoers will get a sneak peek at the modern new façade, and all four halls will be activated with entrances on both sides of the building.

1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; artbasel.com.

Miami Beach Convention Center art basel
The Miami Beach Convention Center.

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