Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 @ Miami Beach Convention Center (Dec. 5-9, 2018)

by A.J. Lam
The highly anticipated 17th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach closed on Sunday, December 9, 2018, amid reports of significant sales to private collections and institutions by galleries across all sectors of the market. With the renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) completed for this year’s fair, exhibitors and visitors alike praised the refined and more spacious layout and design of the show.
The newly designed Grand Ballroom at the MBCC allowed Art Basel to host for the first time a large-scale performative installation onsite: Abraham Cruzvillegas’ ‘Autorreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist…’. The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, featured 268 premier galleries from 35 countries, who presented outstanding works, ranging from Modern masterpieces to contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper and film – some of which were created specifically for the fair.
Reinforcing its position as the leading art fair of the Americas, Art Basel in Miami Beach attracted an attendance of 83,000 across the five show days, including influential collectors, directors, curators, trustees and high-level patrons from over 200 leading international museums and cultural institutions such as: Albertine Museum, Vienna; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Art Institute of Chicago; Aspen Art Museum; Baltimore Museum of Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Creative Time, New York; Denver Art Museum; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Front International, Cleveland; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Khora Contemporary, Copenhagen; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museo Jumex, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Medellín; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham; New Museum, New York; Norval Foundation, Cape Town; Philadelphia Museum of Art; São Paulo Museum of Art; Serpentine Galleries, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Americas Foundation, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier; VIA Art Fund, Boston; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel, commented: ‘This year marks an exciting new chapter for our Miami Beach show. The now completely renovated and state of the art Miami Beach Convention Center enables us to deliver a fair of the highest caliber and sophistication, opening up unprecedented possibilities – as we have been able to illustrate with the staging of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ multidisciplinary installation that we presented in partnership with The Kitchen. The quality of work and presentations by our exhibitors have also never been higher and attendance by private collectors and institutions continues to be strong across all regions.’