Art Basel Miami Beach Draws 32 First-Time Galleries

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The fair’s first edition led by director Bridget Finn features a cheaper booth option, which helped attract the most new galleries since 2008.

Art Basel Miami Beach Draws 32 First-Time Galleries

Art Basel Miami Beach 2023. Courtesy Art Basel.

Art Basel Miami Beach has released details for its 2024 edition, which will gather 283 galleries, a slight increase from last year’s 277. It will return to the Miami Exhibition Centre from 6 to 8 December, with a VIP preview on 4 and 5 December.

The fair will be led by director Bridget Finn, a former partner at Michigan gallery Reyes Project, which closed in 2019, and associate director at Independent Curators International. After joining Art Basel Miami last July, Finn implemented initiatives to support smaller galleries in the fair’s main sector.

Notably, the fair introduced a new ‘entry-level’ booth option, which helps account for its largest number of newcomers since 2008.

‘It was incredibly important that we carve out a more equitable path to participation for small and mid-sized galleries entering the main sector of this show, and the proof is in the extraordinary number of newcomers joining this edition,’ Finn said in a statement.

Bridget Finn.

Bridget Finn. Courtesy Art Basel. Photo: James Jackman.

Art Basel Miami Beach’s main sector, ‘Galleries’ will feature 227 galleries this year. Sector newcomers include Gallery Baton and Leeahn Gallery from Seoul, Pearl Lam Galleries from Hong Kong, and Gallery Wendi Norris from San Francisco.

‘Nova’, for younger galleries, includes 21 participants. Among them, Château Shatto from Los Angeles will bring work by Cécile B. Evans and Jonny Negron, while London‘s Project Native Informant will spotlight artist and writer Juliana Huxtable and sculptor Taewon Ahn.

‘Positions’ will include solo presentations dedicated to emerging artists by 15 galleries, while the 17 galleries in ‘Survey’ will feature works made before 2000 with a focus on overlooked artist groups, notably 20th-century women artists.

Absentees this year include Galerie Eva Presenhuber, as well as closed galleries Cheim and Read, Simone Subal Gallery, Mitchell-Innes and Nash, and The Vitrine Gallery.

Exhibitions, performances, and projects will be held across Miami and South Florida’s museums and institutions during the fair.

Florida Governor Ron Desantis’s recent arts funding cuts are certain to arise in discussions. —[O]

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