By Betsy F. Perry | November 18, 2016 | Culture
Ab-fab global art fest Art Basel Miami Beach greets its 15 year anniversary bigger, better, and bolder than ever.
As it moves into its middle teens, blue chip art fair Art Basel Miami Beach’s position in the global art world has never been higher. “Every show is marked by the high quality of galleries participating,” says Art Basel’s Director Americas, Noah Horowitz. “However, this year also affords an opportunity to look back at the show’s past 15 years and its tremendous impact on Miami and international engagement with the art scenes across the Americas.”
Beginning with by-invitation-only VIP events on November 30—which bring out major-league collectors—and opening to the public on December 1, ABMB will bring together 270 galleries from 30 countries. The five-day fest also anticipates more than 77,000 visitors, including the usual boldfaced names (with bank accounts to match), such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tommy Hilfiger, and Sean “Diddy” Combs.
As the fair has grown so has its distinct sectors, which currently include Galleries, Nova, Positions, Survey, Edition, Film, Kabinett, and Public, featuring outdoor installations and larger-scale works. In addition to world-famous galleries like Gagosian and Marian Goodman, ABMB also welcomes 22 first-time exhibitors. “We have some very exciting galleries participating in the Miami Beach show for the first time,” says Horowitz, “from Gaga Fine Arts in Mexico and Leo Xu Projects in China to Galerie Greta Meert in Belgium and Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M in Italy, [as well as] Di Donna and Callicoon Fine Arts in New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Various Small Fires in Los Angeles.” Better together—and in Miami! November 30 through December 4, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach
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