Miami: a hotspot for art and design

Art Basel Miami 2013 (Courtesy of Art Basel Miami)

Art Basel Miami 2013 (Courtesy of Art Basel Miami)


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Miami secured its position as one of the hottest cities at the center of the art world last week, as Art Basel Miami Beach saw a seven percent increase in visitor numbers compared with last year.

Some 75,000 of the most influential buyers and collectors flocked to the city for last week's show. The 12th edition of what is fast becoming one of the industry's hottest events featured 258 galleries from 31 different countries.

Highlights from the five-day event included the US premiere screening of Sabine Lidl's new film "Nan Goldin - I Remember Your Face" and a panel discussion with Doug Aitken about the artist's recent project "Station to Station," which took place on a train that traveled to remote towns across the USA.

For the first time, the Miami show featured an Edition section, focusing on prints and limited edition works, featuring Pace Prints and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

Over 30 large scale sculptures dealing with the theme 'Social Animals' were also on display throughout the show as part of the Public sector, which was curated for the first time by Nicholas Baume of New York City's Public Art Fund.

The creative buzz took over the whole city, as the event ran parallel to design show Design Miami. The week also saw the opening of the new Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), designed by architects Herzog & de Mueron, and Tracey Emin's first American museum show, "Angel Without You," debuting at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

And it seems that business is booming in the industry, thanks to a new generation of first-time buyers and collectors become increasingly active.

"Business here is broader than it was before -- we have had success here with both our more established and our younger artists," said Sadie Coles of London-based gallery Sadie Coles HQ. "It wasn't always like that."

Alexandre Gabriel, of São Paulo gallery Galeria Fortes Vilaça, agreed, saying: "This year the energy is back."