Art Basel Miami Beach Beckons
by sue hostetler
|The night time is the right time at Art Basel Miami Beach.|
Have the quality and international makeup of the dealer applicant pool changed considerably over the years?
MARC SPIEGLER: We had very high application numbers and a high reapplication rate again this year. For European galleries, it is now the must show to do in America, and we have seen better and more Latin American galleries applying every year as the art scene has surged in places such as São Paulo, Mexico City, and Bogotá. It’s always a pleasure to see new dossiers coming in from places that used to be totally off the art world’s radar.
People have been wondering for years how the worldwide economic crisis would affect the overall art market. There has been attrition of galleries and smaller fairs, and yet ABMB remains a dealer favorite and show-sale results remain strong. Have you employed a specific approach that is responsible for this continued success?
|ABMB codirectors Annette Schönholzer and Marc Spiegler|
MS: We mainly kept doing what we have always done, which is to build the best possible platform for our galleries. Obviously, we also work hard to make every edition of Art Basel Miami Beach exciting for exhibitors, museums, curators, and visitors—and of course, to bring the most important collectors and museum groups to the show. A huge factor on that front is the ever growing collector bases from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Puerto Rico, who are all now regulars at Art Basel Miami Beach. During the most difficult year for the US economy, 2009, those collectors greatly compensated for the Americans who had slowed down their collecting.
What is the best and most efficient way for attendees to tackle the immense offerings of Art Basel Miami Beach?
AS: Download the [Art Basel Miami Beach iPhone] app, get a show guide, orient yourself, make a plan, and start to walk the halls. Be sure to visit the Art Galleries sector for top-level modern and contemporary art, along with Art Nova for two or three artists showing new work, and Art Positions, which features 16 major solo projects by emerging artists. Then leave the halls to go to Art Public—newly focused within Collins Park area—and watch the Art Video program on the New World Centre projection wall.