Welcome Back: Art Basel 2013

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I remember going to Art Basel in 2002 when it was first getting started in Miami. They had events scattered throughout Miami Beach, and the PAX and Design District areas. It was a small art fair, with international flair....

Fast forward to 2013, and we have one of the largest art fairs in the world happening in our own backyard. If you live in the city area, prepare yourself for lost tourists, tourists (and residents) who can't drive, crazy traffic, and besides the art..great fashion and parties!

Stay tuned to the blog this week as we will be sharing Art Basel events happening around town.

Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display at the main exhibition hall, while ambitious artworks and performances become part of the landscape at nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park.

Public Opening Night, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Collins Park on Wednesday, December 4, from 8.30pm to 10pm.
The Public sector is also free of charge and open to the public from December 4 to December 8. 

Collins Park is located between 21st & 22nd Street, in close proximity of the exhibition halls within the Miami Beach Convention Center and adjacent to The Bass Museum of Art.

For Public Opening Night on Wednesday, Kate Gilmore has created 'Only One Like You', a new performance that builds on themes introduced in her 2011 Public Art Fund project. In this large-scale performance, lining both sides of the central axis through the park, performers, who will share a number of physical characteristics, will stand on individual pedestals, wielding sledgehammers, and pounding metal cubes, creating in the process a series of destroyed sculptures. 

Taking the basic elements of human presence and bodily movement as his raw materials, Ryan McNamara’s new performance 'Uncanny Liquidity' intends to tweak perceptions and provoke curiosity. Two performers 
are placed in Collins Park, dressed to blend into the crowd. Their subtle movements betray the fact that something is not quite right, prompting visitors to observe them more closely. As the night goes on, their difference from the rest of the crowd grows more acute. 

For 'Smoke Grid' Olaf Breuning will simultaneously set off smoke canisters to create a sea of colored smoke. The installation transforms its environment into a swirling painterly mass of color and movement, generating unique visual effects as the smoke and pigment erupt and disperse. A new sound installation by Mungo Thomson will be created that evening. Four musicians playing different instruments – clarinet, flute, violin and percussion – will imitate the song of crickets. Recordings of the performance will be played in Collins Park throughout the rest of the week. 

For the fourth performance of the evening, entitled 'Santa Confessional', David Colman installs a classic Catholic confessional within Collins Park for people to confess their sins and ask for absolution. 
Instead of the booth being fully enclosed like a classic confessional, open-air windows cut into the design, creating a tension between yesterday’s private practice of confessing in secret and today’s more performative and secular version of confession.