The 12th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach officially closed at 6 pm on Sunday, December 8, 2013.
If you have ever attended ABMB, then you know what an incredibly exhausting, and yes, exhilarating, experience it can be. During its 12th American edition, this King of all modern and contemporary art fairs attracted no fewer than eighteen other fairs around it, including: NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance); UNTITLED; SCOPE; Aqua Art Miami; INK Miami ArtFair; SELECT FAIR; NEW MATERIAL ART FAIR; Art Miami; CONTEXT; Miami Project; SPECTRUM Miami; Red Dot Miami; Brazil Art Fair; Zones Art Fair; PULSE; Fridge; Miami River Art Fair; and Art Asia – and, of course, I am leaving out numerous other arts-related events!
Art Basel Miami Beach is a subsidiary of Art Basel which itself was founded in 1970 through the initiative of a leading group of Swiss dealers in Basel, Switzerland, including Trudi Bruckner, Balz Hilt and the great Ernst Beyeler, also the founder of Fondation Beyeler (1982).
The 2013 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach hosted a stunning gathering of 258 of the most distinguished international modern and contemporary art galleries from some 31 countries which exhibited the cream of the crop of their collections in one of Florida’s once sleepy major cities.
ABMB2013 organized a carefully curated series of programs whose various sectors included: Kabinett – with 25 galleries that curated special exhibitions -, Positions – where 16 galleries presented individual emerging artists -, Nova – included 34 galleries showcasing very recently completed works -, Edition - highlighted prints and limited-edition works, Public – featured outdoor sculpture -, and, Film – included an extraordinary program of 70 film and video works by and about artists.
From among the most noteworthy independent curatorial events that were produced around Art Basel Miami Beach, one in particular had us extremely excited:
KENZO – one of the world’s most celebrated Japanese fashion designers – and Maurizio Cattelan – the relentlessly controversial Italian artist & provocateur – collaborated on an editorial-cum-fashion campaign which starred none other PAUL BOCHE, the star of MUSEUMVIEWS Productions’ first feature film, René (This Film Is Not Fiction).
The career of Paul Boche, who is one of the most successful male models in an otherwise ephemeral industry, spans more than seven consecutive years. Boche brings the same level of professionalism, genuine passion for the arts and, above all, deep intelligence that have made him greatly successful in the world of modeling to that of acting. Not content with his celebrity status and stunning good looks, Boche has completed an intensive two-year training program at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, in New York City. The bi-lingual actor, who divides his time between NYC and Berlin, will be playing the part of one of German language’s most popular and influential poets: Rainer Maria Rilke.
René: This Film Is Not Fiction tells the story of an American dancer-choreographer René Barnes and the ways in which her encounters with German-language poet René/Rainer Maria Rilke (Paul Boche) and French sculptor François-Auguste-René Rodin (actor, TBA) influence her artistic production. René is ultimately an aesthetic love story, a ménage à trois, between textual, visual and performing arts as embodied in poetry (Rilke), sculpture (Rodin) and dance (Barnes).
For the KENZO campaign, Paul Boche along with his Japanese-American supermodel co-star Devon Aoki were photographed by Pierpaolo Ferrari. Their playfully surreal images were seen everywhere from sky high airplane & across the KENZO campaign art bus to key stopping-points around South Beach Miami, throughout Art Basel Miami Beach Art Week 2013.
All three of Cattelan’s international representations - Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris, Massimo de Carlo in Rome and Marian Goodman Gallery in New York – were among the exclusive group of art dealers who presented works at Art Basel Miami Beach. And, LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy which acquired the House of KENZO in 1993, hosted the Collectors’ Lounge at Art Basel Miami Beach, courtesy the group’s luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet.