Monday, November 19, 2012

Art Basel Miami Beach - Art Public

For the second year running, Art Public will turn Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space with large-scale sculpture, video, installation and live performance. Produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art, the Art Basel Miami Beach sector includes works from the show's galleries, by leading and emerging international artists, installed from ground level within the park to flying along the Miami Beach skyline above. Art Public Opening Night will take place on Wednesday, December 5 with a program of special performances.

Selected for the second consecutive year by Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), this year's edition of Art Public features a series of works grounded in their connection to speech and language. In this context, Art Public will present a new version of Ry Rocklen's 'A Touch of Grace', a flag that hangs the length of a pole and comes perilously close to the ground. With 'Black Dada Flags', Adam Pendleton also turns to flags as a medium for dialog and lines 16 along Collins Park. Placed in separate locations in the park, two billboards by Gary Simmons will spell out the words 'I wish it could be morning all day long'. Conversation will also continue in the air, as Dave McKenzie's 'Declaration' will feature a plane flying a text-based banner above Collins Park, each day at 11.45am, offering a different marriage proposal to Art Public viewers every time. Plus much more and we'll be reviewing it and showing you pictures once it opens.

This is one of the free public art events during Art Basel Miami week and in the past it has featured very contemporary artworks and it's great to be outside in Miami Beach looking at it. Be sure to attend the opening night for special performances.

List of Art Public artworks:

Pierre Ardouvin | Bonhomme de neige, 2007 Valentin

Alice Aycock | Twin Vortexes, 2012 | Galerie Thomas Schulte and Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Lourival Cuquinha Varal, 2012 | A Gentil Carioca

José Davila | Untitled (The Space Beneath Us), 2012 | Galería OMR and Travesia Cuatro

Mark Hagen | To be Titled (Additive Sculpture, Miami Screen), 2012 | Almine Rech Gallery

David Keating | Riser, 2012 | RaebervonStenglin

Juliana Cerqueira Leite | Climb, 2012 | Casa Triângulo

Teresa Margolles |Untitled, 2010 | LABOR

Dave McKenzie | Declaration, 2012 | Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Raul Mourão | Balanço Maré I (Para Bela e Lia), 2011 | Galeria Nara Roesler

Iván Navarro and Courtney Smith | Street Lamp, 2012 | Paul Kasmin Gallery

Ruben Ochoa | Lock, Stock, Barrel, 2012 | Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Adam Pendleton | Black Dada Flags, 2012 | Pace

Jaume Plensa | Poets in Miami, 2012 | Galerie Lelong and Richard Gray Gallery

Randy Polumbo | Love Stream #2, 2012 | Paul Kasmin Gallery

Ry Rocklen | A Touch of Grace II, 2012 | UNTITLED and Thomas Solomon Gallery

Ugo Rondinone | I feel, you feel, we feel through each other into our selves, 2012 | Gladstone Gallery

Gary Simmons | I wish it could be morning all day long, 2012 | Metro Pictures, Simon Lee Gallery, Regen Projects and Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Miguel Andrade Valdez | Monumento Lima translation – Collins Park, 2012 | REVOLVER Galéria

Performances taking place during Art Public Opening Night on December 5th
8.30pm Jason and Alicia Hall Moran | AiR, 2012
9.00pm | My Barbarian | Broke People's Baroque Theater, 2010-2012
9.30pm | Alex Israel | Miami 2012

Art Public Opening Night: December 5, 2012, 8:30pm – 10pm, Collins Park Art Public is free and open to the public from Dec 5 – 9, 2011, 24 hours. More information and a description of each project are available at

I'll be Tweeting and posting pictures on our Facebook page, more on this later.

Susanna Thornton

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