The art world was full of superlatives in 2014. New museums opened, fairs and auctions set records, and we added fairtigue, biennihilism, and crapstraction to our ArtSpeak vocabularies. With 2014 behind us, let’s review the best of the year and preview what’s ahead in 2015.
We gave an overview of Art Basel in Miami Beach before the fair opened last week. Now hundreds of private jets are disbursing from Florida as the art world returns to New York, Europe, and Latin America. The 13th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach, and about twenty other fairs that opened for Miami Art Week, concluded tonight. Here’s our recap.
Art Basel in Miami Beach was launched in 2002 as a satellite to Art Basel, the 45-year old fair in Switzerland that has become the most significant annual event in the contemporary art world. The edition in Miami Beach is steadily ascendant and, even more than Basel, as much about the milieu as the art sales.
It’s mid-June, our email and Twitter feeds are exploding, and all the private jets are gone. It’s Art Basel. What do you need to know about the world’s most significant contemporary art event?