Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 March 12 2019

On it's 17th edition, Art Basel Miami Beach took place December 5-9th, 2018. With the Miami Beach Convention Center completed the fair's layout has improved and become more spacious. 268 galleries from 35 countries were featured in this year's edition who presented works ranging from Modern masterpieces to contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper and film – some of which were created specifically for the fair. The newly designed Grand Ballroom at the MBCC allowed Art Basel to host for the first time a large-scale performative installation onsite: AbrahamCruzvillegas Autorreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist...

This year's fair follows a much needed increase in the diversity of artists being shown across the board: the African Diaspora, African American and Native American artists. A critique on opulence and commentary on present state of social divide and inequality was noticed as well, with works using gilded fruit and dollar bills. Naturally those who access the fair are the rich which raises the question: to whom is art addressing its message? Maybe Godard was right when he telegrams the British Film Society asking them to replace him for anyone in the street, because it is the poor people who are really inventing the new language, as we saw in Elisabetta Benassi's re-creation of this telegram.

It will be interesting to see if Venice Bienalle will push the theme forward.

By: Carmen Ferreira  |  Photos: Esteban Terenzio

Main Show, Art Basel Miami Beach, at the Convention Center


Anyone in the Street, by Elizabetta Benassi at Magazzino (Italy)


We Are the Ones We've been Waiting For, by Sam Durant at Blum & Poe (USA)


The Classics, by Rachel Harrison at Green Naftali (USA)


An Ear to the Sounds of Our History (The Essence of Americanism), by Sharon Hayes at Tanya Leighton (USA) 


Elena del Rivero at Travesía Cuatro (Mexico | Spain) 


Expendables, by Torbjøtn Rødland at Nils Stærk (Denmark) 


Untitled, by Kwame Brathwalte at Philip Martin (USA) 


 Woodcut, by Mauricio Dias & Walter Riedweg at Dias & Riedweg


 Massa Falida, by André Komatsu at Galeria Vermelho (Brazil)


Untitled (Dot Painting), by Poul Gernes at Galleri Nicolai Wallner (Italy)


The Swing, by Robert Colescott at Blum & Poe (USA) 


Untitled (Bring on the Lobsters), by Rirkrit Tiravanija at Pilar Corrias Gallery (UK) 


Plum Nellie, by Robert Reed at Pilar Corrias Gallery (UK) 


Plum Nellie, by Robert Reed at Sikkema Jenkins (USA)  


Puzzle Edificio Dividido, by Carlos Garaicoa at Galleria Continua (Cuba)  


Visitors to the fair are not short on personal visual eloquence!


Sleeping Body (II), by Doug Aitken at 303 Gallery (USA) 


Symmetry, by Goran Petercol at Gregor Podnar (Germany) 



Shapes and Levels (Telha), by Vik Muniz at Elba Benitez (Spain) 


Design Miami

This year's edition explored the use of industrial materials and processes; a sense of playfulness and whimsy; a focus on craft; modular designs; immersive installations; and Latin American design.

Harry Nuriev presents The Office which is based on the very beginning of Harry Nuriev’s career when he was an intern in a small office with no window in a typical Russian office building. This was the space where Nuriev began to create his imaginary world—all the commonplace office furniture and equipment became extraordinary works of art.


kurimanzutto presents Sillas de México by Oscar Hagerman This selection of chairs highlights the importance of his contributions to design meant for everyday, commonplace use. Each chair represents a combination of his own creative reflection and his collaboration with various artisans throughout Mexico. The resulting product is a culmination of Hagerman’s creative process, exemplified through the humble form of a chair.


Erastudio Apartment-Gallery art and design gallery based in Milan, was founded by architect Patrizia Tenti in 2010, focusing on historical and contemporary art and design. The influence of the Italian Radical architecture era of 1960s–70s has been crucial for the gallery research, developing the will to create environments in which the dialogue of the exhibited artworks plays a fundamental role. The gallery proposes unique pieces, prototypes, limited editions, and exclusive projects created by historical and contemporary masters.


Mercado Moderno - Located in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Mercado Moderno is a gallery dedicated to Brazilian design. Its main specialties are vintage design from the 1950s to 1980s, including incredible original pieces by designers such as Sérgio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro, and  Zanine Caldas, as well as the freshest Brazilian contemporary design and art. 


Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernandez - The Mexico City-based contemporary artist Pedro Reyes and fashion designer Carla Fernández have been commissioned by Design Miami/ to present a retrospective of works that address some of the fundamental concerns of our time and facilitate intimate human exchanges that have become rare in this digital age. The booth’s overall structure is designed by the award winners and will feature curved steel walls.

Key works on view will include Reyes’s Metate chairs, which are inspired by pre-Colombian artifacts made with three legs. The artist carves the chairs using simple tools that haven’t changed significantly in nearly 3,000 years. Also on view will be examples from Reyes’s Disarm (2008)––musical instruments fabricated from destroyed firearms––as well as Fernandez’s textile works and the duo’s collaborative works, including a map showing the names of the more than 300 original settlements on the continent of the Americas that were here before the conquest.