As we creep into October, news of Art Basel Miami Beach, everyone's favorite Swiss art fair, is slowly rolling in. While it's clearly our favorite week of the year, we're aware that most Miamians find it a smidge too high brow, a touch too elitist. But hey, this your free alternative news weekly talking, we're on the lookout for how the proletariat can enjoy Basel week (mostly because those of us on staff earn less than the average Miami income. We can't afford entry to 12 art fairs either).
But this year, the Swiss art fair-ers are upping the accessibility factor by screening their Art Video series on the projection wall of the New World Center.
In past years, the video art program only screened within the hallowed
walls of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Beyond the venue, the only
details we know about this year's selection is that it will be organized
in association with London's Artprojx.
Last year, the program was curated by Lauri Firstenberg of LAXART, and
all the videos looked at diverse practices of artists working on the
ground in Los Angeles. The theme and roster for this year's Art Video
program will be announced shortly in October.
Although a Londoner will
no doubt have a hand in the selection, we hope he or she acknowledges
the awesome video work going on in this city by including at least one of
our on-screen art heroes: Antonia Wright, Jillian Mayer, Coral Morphologic,
and Lindsay Scoggins.
In addition to public, free screenings of Art Video on the New World Center,
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Art Basel Miami Beach is also collaborating with the Bass Museum to fill
Collins Park with art and performances by artists and
emerging talents. Details of this Art Public program will be announced in November.