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On eve of opening of art Basel Miami Beach, most important contemporary art fair in Americas, King Midas of Art in city was exultant. Jorge Perez, billionaire builder and patron of Pérez Art Museum, celebrated reinvention of Miami in recent years. "Before fair came, people came to retire or to sunba before y went out for night of nightclubs," he said before participating in a talk. "Now we're not just that." We are no longer a metropolitan Ibiza. Art has brought investors and sophistication. To climate we have added culture. "Everybody wants to be here today."
From Thursday until Sunday, at Miami Beach Convention Center 268 Galleries of 32 countries offer works of ir artists in 16th edition in city of Art Basel, founded in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland, and with a third headquarter in Hong Kong. In 2002 The Big Fair Europe landed in Miami looking for hinge between scenes and art markets of North America and South America, and hit nail. The strategic location of city, its economic power – real estate, tourism, finance –, its legend of Leisure capital, its eternal summer and its increasingly cosmopolitan character, far from total preponderance of Cuban exiles, have Aupado and Rooted bet.A Swiss brand of global reach
The Art Basel Fair was founded in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland. The idea was from gallery owners Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt. To its first edition came 16,000 visitors.
In 2002 great Swiss Fair landed in Miami to explore new markets in American continent. The idiosyncrasy of city, North American but with a sourn soul, convinced its organizers.
In 2013, Art Basel held its first edition in Hong Kong to explore Asia-Pacific region.
"For us today is a very important platform of visibility", said at fair Polina Stroganova, of Mexican gallery projects Monclova. "It draws at same time all strong collectors of Latin America and collectors and curators of American institutions". Álvaro Ruiz de Alda, of Spaniard Elvira Gonzalez, corroborated that it is a fair with "very good clients" and increasingly diverse: "The fair does not stop improving and number of Europeans and or areas is increasing." It also mixes elite professional market with wealthy casual visitor. "That's why we bring a range of very large material, pieces from 150,000 to 5.9 million dollars;" Pop art, minimal and young artists, "explained Brett Gorvy, head of Christie's and for a year co-director of new Gallery Lévy Gorvy, established in London and new York. With works at prices as high as 35 million dollars requested by Richard Gray Gallery of Chicago by a painting of abstract expressionism of deceased Willem de Kooning (Untitled VII, 1985), value of insured pieces of fair adds some 3.5 billion.
Around Art Basel, city's cultural ecosystem is growing. The Perez Art Museum – of private and public funds, inaugurated in 2013 and directed by Franklin Sirmans, who left LACMA of Los Angeles to go to Miami – is Estrella Museum; And this year has been renovated with an investment of $12 million Bass Museum, also private-public, and has premiered Institute of Contemporary Art, one hundred percent private and whose patron, Norman bramen, a discreet tycoon of 85 years, has been sponsor of The career of Marco Rubio, powerful senator who appears in pools as potential first Hispanic President of United States.
In rampant local circuit of art, capital and Power also highlight four museums of private collections Cisneros Fontanals, Margulies, Rubell and De la Cruz, which will be added investor Bruce Berkowitz, in evolution. Anor example of local art moment is proliferation of alternative fairs to art Basel during this week, a score. Both artistic muscle shows confidence in future of Miami as an artistic capital – agreement between art Basel and Miami Beach extends to 2024 – and at same time has stoked debate about possible gestation of an art bubble linked to new market rush Real estate and real estate. The neighborhoods of Wynwood, enclave hipster whose walls cover best graffiti of world, and thriving Design District, agglutinator of luxury brands, are two very vivid incarnations of Miami cocktail: globality, modernization, art and money.
Near those two areas, and next to Perez, is finishing one that will be most elitist skyscraper in Bay of Miami and a most refined in country, a fascinating tower with concrete exoskeleton designed by Pritzker Zaha Hadid , deceased in 2016. Just five minutes walk to norast is African American neighborhood of Overtown, local epicenter of national epidemic of heroin and planned, but not in its hard core but on an edge, stadium of future Miami Beckham United, a new football team quit Erado by English icon.
A few weeks ago, in a visit of country to study of Alexandre Arrechea, with workshops in Madrid and new York and for two months in a suburb of Miami, creator, of 46 years and one of most in vogue in city , he reflected on problems that posed for creation of a "real" artistic fabric in city " real pressure so aggressive and saturation of traffic", characteristics of all megacity but of special intensity in Miami. I thought, Arrechea, even in possibility of creating in Miami a neighborhood of artists to "protect" creation.
Art Basel has driven Miami to highest orbit of international art. The future will tell what trajectory satellite takes and who can inhabit its orbit