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Art Basel Miami 2014

Art Basel Miami closed its latest edition some days ago in Miami Beach, with gallerists and insiders reporting that it was the most successful of the 13 editions so far. More than 73,000 art enthusiasts from all over the world attended the fair in order to get a glimpse of the latest trends and developments in the art world, with prominent collectors, artists and museum directors mingling with curators, critics and international stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jake Gyllenhaal. With the participation of 267 leading international galleries, drawn from 31 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and with record-breaking sales, Art Basel Miami consolidated itself as the most important art fair of the Americas.

This year marked the introduction of extended hours for the VIP’s, giving collectors the chance to spend more time at the gallery booths, as well as the debut of Survey, a new sector dedicated to precise art-historical projects featuring nine solo exhibitions by artists like Ralston Crawford, Poul Gernes and Lotty Rosenfeld. Apart from the main Galleries sector, highlights included Nova, the platform for young galleries presenting new work by up to three artists, Editions, featuring leading publishers of prints, multiples and limited-edition works, and Positions, which included 16 curated booths focusing on individual practices, from conceptual artists like Sam Ekwurtzel, Julien Carreyn and Nino Cais to painters like Meleko Mokgosi, Florian & Michael Quistrebert and Borden Capalino.

Another Art Basel Miami highlight was Film, a strong program of films by and about artists, selected by David Gryn, Director of London’s Artprojx, and Zurich collector This Brunner. This year Film was built around the theme of Playfulness, featuring more than 70 films and videos by artists like Charles Atlas, Atsushi Kaga and Laure Prouvost. The Public sector, which was curated by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of New York City’s Public Art Fund, featured an impressive selection of site-specific installations and large sculptural works by consolidated and emerging artists from 13 countries, turning Miami Beach’s Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space. Last, but no least, Kabinett, a special division within the booths of the Galleries sector that is dedicated to curated interventions, as well as Art Basel’s celebrated series of panels and talks (Conversations and Salon) attracted, like every year, the public’s attention. As for the ones that can’t get enough of Art Basel, get ready for the Hong Kong edition that is about to conquer Asia between March 15-17, 2015, promising to establish a dynamic cross-cultural exchange.