Art Basel Miami Beach Turns 20 This Year

Fair Says Gallery Participation Creates Largest Fair To Date

Visitors to Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 at the Eric Firestone Gallery. (Photo/Art Basel)


Visitors to Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 at the Eric Firestone Gallery. (Photo/Art Basel)

Michelle F. Solomon, Editor

Marking its 20-year anniversary in Miami Beach, Art Basel says this year's event is the largest fair to date with 282 galleries exhibiting at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2020 has preview days on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Wednesday, Nov. 30 with public days from Thursday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 3.

Local museums, private collections, and galleries have already announced plans for what they will be exhibiting to the world as Art Basel descends on South Florida.

Ronny Quevedo


Ronny Quevedo "At the line" (2021). Screen print contact paper and vinyl on mylar - 36 x 30 in (Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates New York). Quevedo's work will be on exhibit in the Design District at Locust Projects during Art Basel Miami Beach.

  • The Bass, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach: "Las Mariposas Eternas," solo exhibition by Adrián Villar Rojas; "The Harvesters," solo exhibition by Jamilah Sabur;  "Phraseology by various artists.
  • de la Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41st St., Miami: "Together, at the Same Time"
  • El Espacio 23, 2270 NW 23rd St., Miami:  "You Know Who You Are," Cuban art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection.’
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami), 61 NE 41st St., Miami: "Michel Majerus: Progressive Aesthetics, first US museum survey. "Nina Chanel Abney: Big Butch Energy," "Hervé Télémaque: 1959–1964"
  • Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami: "Ronny Quevedo – ule ole allez"
  • Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27th St., Miami: "The Italians, "The Bitter Years," "New European and American Painters and Sculptors," "New Media"
  • Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd.: "Leandro Erlich: Liminal"
  • NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 1 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale: "Haitian Collection Exhibition: Curated with Kathia St. Hilaire, "William Kentridge: Ursonate," "Scott Covert: I Had a Wonderful Life" "Malcolm Morley: Shipwreck."
  • Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23rd St., Miami: "Alexandre Diop"

Inside the Miami Beach Convention Center will be 283 premier galleries, which organizers say is the largest show in Miami Beach to date, including 26 first-time participants as well as multiple exhibitors returning after a brief hiatus. More than half of this year’s galleries have principal gallery locations in North and South America, joined by new and returning exhibitors from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Ben Brown Fine Arts returns to Art Basel Miami Beach 2022.


Ben Brown Fine Arts returns to Art Basel Miami Beach 2022.

The 26 newly participating galleries include: Alexandre Gallery (New York); And Now (Dallas); Edel Assanti (London); Berry Campbell (New York); José de la Mano (Madrid); Bridget Donahue (New York); Emalin (London); Herlitzka + Faria (Barrio Norte); K Art (Buffalo); Kristina Kite Gallery (Los Angeles); Paulo Kuczynski (São Paulo); Magenta Plains (New York); P21 (Seoul); Queer Thoughts (New York); Residency Art Gallery (Inglewood); Rolf Art (Buenos Aires); Meredith Rosen Gallery (New York); Chris Sharp Gallery (Los Angeles); Soft Opening (London); Sophie Tappeiner (Vienna); Stars (Los Angeles); Sultana (Arles and Paris); Super Dakota (Brussels); Rodeo (London and Piraeus); Watanuki Ltd. / Toki-no-Wasuremono (Tokyo); and Yavuz Gallery (Redfern and Singapore). The fair continues to offer differing models for participation, including joint booths by A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) and Goodman Gallery (Cape Town, Johannesburg, and London) as well as Bridget Donahue (New York) and Hannah Hoffman (Los Angeles) in the Galleries sector; and Super Dakota (Brussels) and Helen Anrather (New York) in the Nova sector.

"It is truly exciting to celebrate our 20-year presence in Miami Beach," saidMarc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel. "Over the last two decades, our show has not only reinforced its pivotal position in the region – uniquely bridging the art scenes of North and South Americas, Europe, and beyond – but also played a galvanizing role in the city’s profound cultural transformation. The increasingly diverse range of galleries and artistic voices represented will make our show richer in discoveries than ever before."

The Mayor of Miami Beach, Dan Gelber, added that: "So much of our investment in our cultural assets and amenities is a result of Art Basel’s example."

New York's Van de Weghe at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021. The Madison Avenue gallery returns for 2022. (Photo/Art Basel)


New York's Van de Weghe at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021. The Madison Avenue gallery returns for 2022. (Photo/Art Basel)


The fair’s main sector features 213 of the world’s leading galleries.

Several exhibitors will return to the fair following a hiatus, including Galeria Raquel Arnaud from São Paulo; Karma International from Zurich; Galerie Barbara Thumm from Berlin; Marlborough with exhibition spaces in Barcelona, Madrid, London, and New York; and Lia Rumma from Milan and Naples.

Additionally, seven galleries that previously exhibited in the Survey or the Nova sector will transition into the main sector: Balice Hertling from Paris; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery from New York; blank projects from Cape Town; Chapter NY from New York; Commonwealth and Council from Los Angeles; Thomas Erben Gallery from New York; and Hannah Hoffman from Los Angeles.

For the full list of exhibitors in Galleries, go to


Presenting solo exhibitions by emerging international artists, this year’s Positions sector will feature 19 solo presentations and welcomes 11 new participants.

Highlights from the sector include new paintings by Tonia Nneji that continue her series "Uncommon Lands, Common Grounds," which investigates the role of commemorative religious fabrics in unfamiliar contexts, presented by Rele Gallery; first-time participant And Now’s presentation of materially abstract paintings by Leslie Martinez bridging queerness and border politics; and works by Ishi Glinsky, honoring Indigenous people’s connection to land through material exploration and reimagined production, at first-time participant Chris Sharp Gallery.

For the full gallery list for Positions, go to


Dedicated to galleries presenting new work by up to three artists, the Nova sector will feature 22 presentations from 23 galleries.

Highlights include a solo presentation of new photographs and sculptures by John Edmonds, which continues his inquiry into human form and African art at Company Gallery; newcomer Yavuz Gallery’s exhibition of work by Pinaree Sanpitak, following her work’s inclusion in "The Milk of Dreams" by Cecilia Alemani at the 2022 Venice Biennale; drawings and sculptures by Ukrainian artist Nikita Kadan, some of which have been realized in his current refuge shelter in Kyiv, at Galerie Jérome Poggi; newcomer K Art’s presentation of works by internationally-acclaimed artist Edgar Heap of Birds and emerging artists Erin Ggaadimitis Ivalu Gingrich, and Robyn Tsinnajinnie, whose works thread together a compelling narrative of Indigenous perspectives; and a dual installation by Los Angeles-based artists Anabel Juárez and Greg Ito, whose work explores the immigrant experience through a range of practices, from painting to large-scale sculpture and wall-based installation, on view at Anat Ebgi’s booth.

The sector will also include a joint booth by Super Dakota and Helena Anrather, with a presentation of works by Julia Wachtel investigating the construction of emotion and identity through media and mass culture.

For the full gallery list for Nova, go to

Crowds visiting Positions at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 (Photo/Art Basel)


Crowds visiting Positions at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 (Photo/Art Basel)


Featuring work created before 2000, the Survey sector includes 17 galleries, including nine newcomers to Art Basel Miami Beach.

Highlights include a historical presentation of rare wood, marble, and bronze sculptures and works on paper by Cuban artist Agustín Cárdenas at Galerie Mitterrand; the second overseas solo exhibition of work by Japanese artist Ei-Q, including newly discovered photo-dessin and photo-collages, hosted by newcomer Watanuki Ltd. / Toki-no-Wasuremono; a debut art fair presentation of historic works from the 1970s to the 1990s by Milford Graves, with a range of mediums from multimedia sculptures to works on paper, at Fridman Gallery; Cristin Tierney’s booth of historic works by Dread Scott presenting a study of violence from the last 15 years of the 20th century; works from the two principal creative periods of Spanish artist Aurèlia Muñoz, whose work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and recently at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, at newcomer Jose de la Mano.

For the full gallery list for Survey, go to


The 2022 Edition sector will consist of 11 exhibitors, exemplifying the field of prints and editioned works. Exhibitors include Cristea Roberts Gallery (London); Crown Point Press (San Francisco); Gemini G.E.L. (Los Angeles); Carolina Nitsch (New York); Pace Prints (New York); Paragon (London); Polígrafa Obra Gràfica (Barcelona); Susan Sheehan Gallery (New York); STPI (Singapore); Two Palms (New York); and ULAE (New York).

For information, go to

Information on the Meridians and Kabinett sectors will be released in the coming weeks, along with details on additional fair programming, including 20th anniversary highlights.

Design Miami / Basel

The 18th edition of Design Miami/ will take place concurrently to Art Basel Miami Beach from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2022, with a VIP preview day on Nov. 29, 2022. Design Miami/ will bring together world-class presentations of 20th- and 21st-century design, hosting a global forum for collectible design. For more information, go to

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