Every year, Miami Beach plays host to many of the world’s most talked-about art fairs. This year’s exhibitions and VIP events feature a number of superstar artists, and are sure to draw an international crowd of collectors, curators, and connoisseurs.
Bienvenidos a Miami! The art world’s MVPs and art lovers worldwide are about to descend on Miami to take part in Art Basel Miami Beach.
The fair will immerse visitors in four days of art fairs, exhibitions, installations, openings, and pop-up shops, and let’s not forget parties.. all set in beautiful Miami Beach.
Read our essential guide to Art Basel Miami Beach.
The Top 300
It’s finally here! Our highly anticipated list of the top 300 most popular modern and contemporary artists around the world.
Turner Prize 2013
French artist Laure Prouvost has won Britain’s most prestigious art award, the Turner Prize. A surprise win, her work combines whimsical objects and drawings in poignant settings with an Instagram-like stream of film images.
The annual £25,000 award, which recognizes artists under 50 who were born in or are currently working in Britain, was presented to Ms. Prouvost last night in Northern Ireland — the first time the exhibition and ceremony took place outside England.
"I wasn’t expecting it at all, I was sure it was not me," said Prouvost, who has lived in London since coming to study at Central St. Martins arts college at the age of 18.
"Half of me feels British, I’ve been here half my life. My boyfriend is half British and my daughter is both. I feel adopted. It was really this country that let me grow."
Welcome To Miami
Sun, beaches, excellent cocktails, gorgeous art…The jet-setting art world is taking over Miami next week.
PULSE Miami, now in its eighth year, has become one of the leading Contemporary art fairs held in Miami. The fair is unique because it offers a venue for both established and emerging Contemporary artists to present new work to the art community at large.
Hughes’s recent work uses art as a tool for cultural provocation by challenging contemporary systems of order and violence, including the consequences of misused power. The show entreats us to redefine interpersonal relations, revealing truths about both predatory forces and victims, as well as eschew society’s permanent state of siege and man’s readiness to use violence in all it’s ramifications.
'Collisions' is on view from Nov 21, 2013 through Jan 18, 2014.
At Home with Andres Serrano
We sat down with Andres Serrano at the artist’s home in New York to discuss some highlights of his career, in particular his 'Immersions' series, as well as his latest project, which took him to Cuba.
Serrano is one of the most respected and celebrated Contemporary artists of his generation, with a career spanning decades of ground-breaking work.
Enjoy this fascinating, candid, and revealing interview.
Auction in Paris
Between the sales happening in New York and Hong Kong, one of France’s leading auction houses, Tajan, is holding their highly anticipated Contemporary Art Auction tomorrow.
Headlining the sale is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s powerful ‘Sans titre (Self portrait with tie)’, which is closely followed by a Robert Motherwell and a gorgeous work by Fernando Botero.
Châteaux of France
For centuries, France has witnessed the power of the monarchy expressed through architecture. Many palaces around France are symbolic of a particular king’s ego and ambition, but also demonstrate a passion for art. Over time, medieval, classical, and Renaissance styles lent their own particular aesthetics to the beautiful architectural masterpieces that can be seen throughout the country. Today, more and more châteaux and palaces are opening their doors to Contemporary Art.
After last night’s record-breaking auction at Christie’s, where over $500 Million worth of art was sold, let’s see how Sotheby’s highly anticipated Contemporary Art Evening Auction compares tonight.
Headlining the sale is Willem de Kooning’s "Untitled V," which is estimated to fetch between $35-45 million. It is closely followed by stars such as Warhol’s “Liz #1” and Gerhard Richter’s “A.B. Courbet.”
Rekord at Christie’s
Francis Bacon's triptych has become the most expensive work ever to be sold at auction, selling for $142.4 million at Christie’s last night -The lucky bidder was New York’s Acquavella Galleries, who purchased it on behalf of an unidentified client.
Until now "The Scream" by Edvard Munch held the top spot for most expensive work at auction when it was sold at Sotheby’s in 2012 for almost $120 million.
The astounding Post War and Contemporary sale totaled $691.6 million and set several records throughout the night.
The third most expensive lot last night was Andy Warhol's super sized Coca-Cola bottle, which sold for $57.3 million.
Christie’s total easily met the auction house’s own $500 million expectations and proves that when it comes to contemporary art, collectors and investors clearly know what they want.
As the art world gears up for New York’s auctions, artist Christopher Wool has become a hot topic of conversation. Leading into the Post-War and Contemporary Art sales, auction results for Wool have reached incredible highs, and the Guggenheim spotlighted the artist in its show "Christopher Wool," which just opened and runs to January 22, 2014.
Liz & Diamonds
Sparkling and sexy: Vik Muniz’s portrait of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor. Playing with light and reflection, Muniz used diamonds to make her face sparkle against the dark background — very appropriate, considering her love for diamonds was notorious.
Fall For Contemporary
Autumn in New York brings with it an abundance of color, a plethora of fabulous art exhibitions, and our highly anticipated Fall Contemporary Sale!
Headlining the auction is Vik Muniz’s portrait of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor. Playing with light and reflection, Muniz used diamonds to make her face sparkle against the dark background — very appropriate, considering her love for diamonds was notorious.
Also starring in the sale are Rankin’s portrait of Kate Moss, a LaChapelle image of Pamela Anderson, and Alex Katz’s ‘Black Hat IV.’
Browse our Fall Contemporary Sale.
Time For Artissima
If you’re making full use of autumns romantic vibe by traveling to Italy, then visiting Artissima art fair is absolutely essential for lovers of Contemporary Art. Situated in picturesque Torino, the fair is a window onto the most experimental frontier of the visual arts.
For the fourth consecutive year, the fair will take place in the spectacular premises of the Oval, an architecturally innovative pavilion created for the Winter Olympic Games of Turin 2006 — an extremely effective setting for the fair.
Don’t miss this chance to experience Michelin-starred chef Giovanni Grasso, who is wowing visitors with his delectable takes on traditional dishes in the VIP lounge.
Artissima runs from 8 - 10 Nov. in Torino.