French artists during Art Basel 2012

Miami will host the 11th edition of Art Basel from December 6 to December 9, 2012. The biggest contemporary art fair in America will attract over 20 parallel fairs, a myriad of art installations, programs and events. 


Image Credit: Bleu Acier Inc. Booth maquette for Untitled Art Fair Miami 2012. Sculptures and table : Dominique Labauvie

From December 6 to December 9, 2012, Miami is hosting the 11th edition of ART BASEL I MIAMI BEACH. The biggest contemporary art fair in America will attract over 23 parallel fairs, a myriad of art installations, programs and events, and over 200,000 visitors to the city.
Since its inception, Art Basel Miami Beach has not only evolved, but has transformed Miami’s cultural landscape. Its advent has spurred the birth of a new territory for contemporary art in the North America with the creation of such neighborhoods as Wynwood and the Design District, which over the last 10 years has attracted hundreds of galleries into the area. Several major local collectors have set up shop in the area and opened contemporary art spaces to present their collections (De la Cruz, Rubell, Margulies...).

Over 200 galleries from allover the world will be represented at Art Basel Miami Beach, including 19 French galleries. In addition to the main hall exhibition (Galerie Chantal Crousel, Galerie 1900-2000, kamel mennour, Yvon Lambert, Galerie Lelong, Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Galerie Perrotin, Praz-Delavallade, Galerie Almine Rech, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Galerie Daniel Templon, Tornabuoni Art), the fair sets up several additional sectors to highlight the work of up and coming artists: Art Kabinett will feature solo shows of works by French artists Vidya Gastaldon, Kader Attia, while Art Nova will include works of Cyprien Gaillard, Davide Balula, Gyan Panchal, David Douard, Mathieu Mercier, and Dove Allouche among others. Outside the main exhibition hall, Art Public will present a sculptural work of Pierre Ardouvin, and Art Video will include works by Pierre Bismuth.
DESIGN MIAMI, the official design fair which is partnered with Art Basel, will feature over 30 galleries, including 8 French galleries: Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Galerie BSL, Galerie Downtown-François Laffanour, Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Galerie Kreo, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jousse Entreprise. Its Design Satellite program proposes an installation of Le Corbusier‘s “The Interior of the Cabanon” in the Design District.

Other fairs:
More than 23 parallel fairs will make Miami their home during the Art Basel period (UNTITLED, PULSE, SCOPE, RED DOT, NADA…). A couple of fairs are presenting their first edition, such as UNTITLED fair in Miami Beach, set up right on the sandy beach under the artistic direction of New York based curator, Omar Lopez-Chahoud, in partnership with Terence Riley, former Chief Curator of Architecture and Design for the Museum of Modern Art and former Director of the Miami Art Museum. Among the 50 galleries presented, Bleu Acier Gallery of Tampa, FL, will feature works of French artist Dominique Labauvie.

Sarah Trouche has been invited from France to do a performance on September 1rst by local gallery Farside, and will be highlighted at the FOUNTAIN ART FAIR in the Wynwood District. PULSE art fair’s Pulse Projects will include the prolific. Parisian artist Invader with a video of his mosaics’ perspective from space.

GLOBAL CARIBBEAN returns for its 4th edition at the Little Haiti Cultural Center with a selection of works by contemporary artists from the French West Indies and French Guiana, including artists such as Ano, Christian Bertin, Valérie John, Louis Laouchez and Laurent Valère among others. The exhibition, on view until February 16th 2013, is curated by local Haitian artist, Edouard Duval Carrié, and will travel to Martinique with the support of the Fondation Clément.

French artists represented locally:
The cultural frenzy brought on by Art Basel spurs many other other projects throughout the city: “Lunar landing”, an outdoor project by French artist duo Kolkoz, will recreate the landing area of the Apollo 11 mission to then be destroyed by beach soccer games, the Rubell Family Collection will present a temporary installation by Bernar Venet entitled “Bugatti Grand Sport”.

Several local museums or galleries will also highlights French artists: the exhibition “Describing Labor” at the Wolfsonian Museum presents French-Israeli artist Esther Shalev Gerz, Waltman Ortega Gallery is featuring Franco-American artist Jérôme Lagarrigue, and Galerie Lélia Mordoch is showcasing works of François Morellet, Emmanuel Fillot, and Alain Le Boucher.

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Last modified on 03/12/2012

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