The Miami Beach Convention Center has been newly renovated, and completed, since last year’s Art Basel. Meridians, curated by Magali Arriola, presented 34 large-scale projects that cannot normally be shown at an art fair. Directly upstairs (via an escalator) from the exhibition hall of Art Basel were large-scale sculptures and paintings, live performances, installations and video projections in about 60,000 square feet of space. This was the first year for Meridians. I hope they continue to do it as it was cool to see work of this scale. Just thinking about the installation of the pieces in the room is mind boggling. Click on the links in green to get more information.
Let’s start with a photo of the incredible carpet they installed in the Grand Ballroom. They did a beautiful job on the renovation.
I was lucky to see this beautiful video in May, at Theaster Gates’ first solo exhibition in France, at Palais de Tokyo. I was thrilled to see the video again. If you don’t know anything about Theaster Gates you should definitely look him up. I’m a big fan. I’ll circle back and post on the Paris show once I’m done with Miami.
While we did stop to see the infamous banana (before the crowds descended upon it) at Art Basel, The Garden (at Meridians) created quite a stir in the art world as well. This is a good article to read describing the excitement surrounding The Garden.