Art Basel Miami 2011 kicked off this week, much to the delight of the who’s who in the art, fashion and design worlds. For the 10th year running as America’s most prestigious art fair, Art Basel is a five day extravaganza featuring exhibits from over 260 leading galleries and 2000 artists worldwide (not to mention an enviable line-up of VIP parties from famed nightlife wunderkids/clubs including Le Baron, Grandlife, W Hotel and the Standard).
One such artist is Gabriel Orozco, who opened the Art Basel Conversations panels yesterday. A Mexican artist lauded by art critics the world over for his body of work—which focus on humble, everyday objects and the viewers’ interaction with them—that he’s created over the years for numerous biennales and top museums including New York’s MoMA and Tate in London.
In this one hour video he discusses with Michelle Kuo, Editor in Chief of Artforum, his most recent works, including Complicados—an installation of folding papers that he travelled around with to map, collage and draw on. As Orozco describes, this intimate project created over four years became “a kind of mirror, an existential mapping of intuitive reactions to the environment, whatever was happening all around”. Four of these interactive installations that for Orozco are a little bit like “turning the page from a big book”are on exhibition at the 2011 Art Basel Miami, two with Chantal Crousel and two with Marianne Goodman.
The concept of folding and unfolding is important in Orozco’s works in terms of creating new structures and meaning, whether it’s deconstructing a car for his famous 1960s Citroen VS installation titled La D.S.—assembling three parts of the car in vertical lines to produce a new vehicle—or again for Calicados, where he poured ink and pen onto paper to create “interesting accidents” after the folding-unfolding process.
So aside from Orozco what else is on the Art Basel hitlist?
The collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art to create Art Public in Collins Park as a 10th anniversary memento, featuring 24 public artworks, notably Glenn Kaino’s Levitating the Fair, a volunteer-mobilising and interactive production of a platform recreating iconic attractions of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, a commentary on the history of mass consumerism events.
Muri Kim‘s ‘The Pig That Therefore I Am’ exhibit—a live performance piece from the Korean-American artist Kim, who will spend 104 consecutive hours with pigs at the front of the Primary Projects gallery space. This is a continuation of her earlier photographic work exploring her fascination for philosophy and all things swine, animals she believes are remarkable similar to humans.
The Basel Castle starting tomorrow—a creative mini-festival with live art, installations and music performances by The Rapture and Yelawolf.
The exclusive preview hosted by Nowness and LVMH of the unreleased film, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, a documentary by Matthew Akers on artist Marina Abramovic’s legendary yet grueling performance at the MoMA in 2010—where she sat for seven hours a day, six days a week silently engaging anyone who sat opposite her. The audio interview with Marina on Nowness.com is definitely worth a listen here too.
But don’t take our word for it—check out the full program and guide for Art Basel Miami 2011 here.