ART BASEL MIAMI 2016 | Art For Everyone

December 4th, Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach closed amidst high praise from participating galleries reporting healthy sales across all levels of the market. The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, featured 269 world-class galleries from 29 countries who presented exceptional works, ranging from Modern masterpieces to contemporary paintings, films, sculptures and installations by established and emerging artists. In a challenging socio-political and economic landscape, this edition demonstrated that works of the highest quality presented by leading galleries continue to drive strong demand and solid attendance from serious international collectors. Several galleries chose to present powerful and emotive works that address these issues, which collectors responded to with great interest.

Art installation “template / variant / friend / stranger” by Tony Oursler /Art Basel 2016

To know more first-hand, we had a conversation with Jennifer and James Wallace, founders of  nAscent Art New York, which grew from a passion for art as a reflection of their own vision of creativity, commerce, and good karma.

They say, “Art Basel Miami is one of the biggest convergences of contemporary art in the world and certainly the biggest in the US. Besides, who doesn’t want to escape the cold of New York and experience art in a 90 degrees weather in December, it’s just much more fun.”

Across the five show days, the whole city of Miami becomes a museum, exposing a robust and global art scene inevitable to appreciate by their residents and guests. This was the seventh time Jen and James visited Miami during Art Basel and they couldn’t notice that it grows tremendously each year; with an attendance of 77,000, it brings more galleries, private collectors, curators, patrons of leading international museums, artists and art lovers together along with satellite expositions around the city, contemporary street art and VIP events to enjoy.

Design Miami 2016

Such an international city like Miami as well loves design. Occurring along the Art Basel, Design Miami is a global forum that celebrates it. This event as well brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world. Both fairs embrace and support each other exposing the impact of aesthetic that both, art and design has around us.

“Art and design work in harmony with each other,” says Jen while we talk about it.

Installation view of work by Mika Tajima at 11R’s booth at Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2016. Photo by Alain Almiñana

Another important assertion is that art has to be experienced in person! Art Basel Miami it’s an unparallel opportunity either for an experienced collector or who’s just starting to explore and identify what’s your taste in art. This fair is synonymous of what’s happening in fine art universe today, from Picasso, Dali to contemporary art and rising stars artists. Moreover, it’s a great opportunity for artists to be seen, to display their art-creations and it’s surely an honor to be represented by so many prestigious galleries.

“One of the trends we’ve noticed over the past couple of years,” says Jen and James to me, “is the use of a variety of alternative media which is extremely in right now, like video art integrated into a more static 2-D artwork.”

Daniel Cherbuin (Zofungen, Switzerland 1971) Being and Nothingness Mixed media, Video length 70 min. 2 sec, 2013, edition of 10, 88 x 111 x 6 cm / 34.7 x 43.8 x 2.4 inches

Same as for Jen and James Wallace, Art Basel Miami Beach became an every year destination per excellence to many’s, where exhibitors, influential private collectors, as well as directors, curators, trustees and patrons of leading international museum and institution groups and artists gather together to share their love, passion and  success to elevate the art industry.

Cover Image | Mr. Brainwash, Einstein Mural, 2016 |  96 x 192 inches |  Mixed Media on Plywood | Contessa Gallery