September 8 | Art Basel Miami Beach 2017: bigger is better
The Miami Beach outpost of the world’s biggest art fair reveals an outstanding gallery list for its 2017 edition, whilst a Rotterdam institution decides to break away from the country’s colonial past.
Art Basel Miami Beach announces 2017 gallery list
Art Basel Miami Beach has announced the list of participating galleries for its upcoming edition, running from December 7 through 10 at the Miami Beach Convention Center which is currently undergoing renovation. For its 2017 edition, the fair will boast a new floorplan and show design, with modernized exhibition halls.
For this, its sixteenth edition, the fair will welcome a staggering 268 galleries, hailing from 32 countries. Among the participants, 20 are newcomers. (nine from the Americas and eleven from Europe and Asia) First-time participants include: Inman Gallery from Houston, Galeria Jaqueline Martins and Ricardo Camargo Galeria from São Paulo, A arte Invernizzi from Milan, Dépendance from Brussels, Richard Saltoun Gallery from London and Antenna Space. The full exhibitor list is available via Art Basel’s official website.
Rotterdam’s Witte de With to change its name
The supervisory board of Rotterdam’s Contemporary Art Center have unanimously decided that the institution will drop the part of its name referring to the Dutch naval officer and colonial admiral Witte Corneliszoon de With, who led violent expeditions in Asia on behalf of the Dutch East India Company.
Board Chair kees Weed has added that “In light of recent national and global developments we have come to realize that the reference in our name to Witte Corneliszoon de With, and its connotations, are in conflict with the values we stand for as an institute for contemporary art and culture.” More via Dutch News.
Witte Corneliszoon de With
Lévy Gorvy looks to Asia with new Shanghai office
Mega gallery Lévy Gorvy (New York, London) has announced that it will open a new office and a private viewing space in Shanghai. The expansion to the Asian market will be led by Danqing Li, who formerly served in the post-war and contemporary art department at Christie’s.
Lévy Gorvy’s Shanghai space will be located at CITIC Square on Nanjing Road West, in the city’s business district. The gallery also plans to organize exhibitions in the region, but they will take place in off-site locations. More via artnet News.
Danqing Li, appointed Senior Director of Lévy Gorvy Asia. Photograph courtesy of Lévy Gorvy.
San Francisco Artadia Awards announces 2017 winners
Sadie Barnette and Carrie Hott were named the winners of the 2017 edition of the prize. The artists will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds and will also have their work featured at Artadia’s booth at Untitled Miami Beach.
Rory Padeken, associate curator of the San Jose Museum of Art and who was also part of the award’s jury, said: “Sadie Barnette and Carrie Hott find inspiration in the archive where they unearth hidden or invisible histories, resulting in multimedia projects and installations that explore systems of state and institutional power. They imbue their objects with social and political meaning to reveal the complex structures that permeate everyday life.” ARTnews has more.
Sadie Barnette, Untitled (Sky), 2014 COURTESY THE ARTIST
The Brooklyn Museum has (finally) a director
The Brooklyn Museum has announced that Jennifer Y. Chi has been appointed as its new chief curator and deputy director. Chi will succeed to Nancy Spector, who had left the institution two months after being named director in early 2016. Prior to her appointment, Chi was director and chief curator at New York University’s Institute for Study of the Ancient World. Read more on ART News.
Chi. ©SARAH DESANTIS/COURTESY BROOKLYN MUSEUM