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Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 reveals the artists for Its Public Sector

Scultpure by Tomás Saraceno, Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Photography by Jean Vong
Scultpure by Tomás Saraceno, Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Photography by Jean Vong. Tomás Saraceno is an artist for Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Works exhibition

On December 2 in Miami Beach, Florida, a night of performances and the unveiling of 27 large-scale public artworks will mark the opening of the Art Basel Miami Beach Public sector, curated by Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of New York’s Public Art Fund.

Tony Cragg, Mixed Feelings, 2012, Marian Goodman Gallery. Tony Cragg is an artist for Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Works exhibition
Tony Cragg, Mixed Feelings, 2012, Marian Goodman Gallery. Tony Cragg is an artist for Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Works exhibition

Located just outside the Bass Museum, the outdoor exhibition will feature works from both emerging and established artists.

Sylvie Fleury, Eternity Now scultpure. Syvie Fleury is an artist for Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Works exhibition
Sylvie Fleury, Eternity Now scultpure. Syvie Fleury is an artist for Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Works exhibition

This year, Baume’s theme is “Metaforms,” which is meant to explore the process of transformation that makes the creation of art possible. The show examines the ways in which artists take familiar objects and symbols and imbue them with new meanings, uncovering important truths about our world.

“The idea of Metaforms captures the way many works of art draw on the familiar forms of everyday life and through manipulations of scale, material, texture, and content become something else,” explained Baume to artnet News. “That resulting work of art manages to evoke the form at its source while adding new layers of formal complexity and meaning.”

Kris Martin, Altar, 2014. Kris Martin is an artist for Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Works exhibition
Kris Martin, Altar, 2014. Kris Martin is an artist for Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Works exhibition

The Public Sector pieces will be on display starting 2nd December and will remain on view through February 1, 2016.

The 2015 Public artworks are:

Olaf Breuning, I Can Not Take It Anymore, 2015, Metro Pictures

James Capper, Mountaineer Prototype, 2015, Paul Kasmin Gallery

Tony Cragg, Mixed Feelings, 2012, Marian Goodman Gallery

Melvin Edwards, Ukpo.Edo, 1993/1996, Alexander Gray Associates,Stephen Friedman Gallery

Sam Falls, Untitled (Healing pavilion…), 2015, Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Sylvie Fleury, Eternity Now, 2015, Bass Museum of Art

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2012, Galerie König, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

Matt Johnson, Twisted Jersey Barrier, 2015, 303 Gallery, Blum & Poe

Jacob Kassay, Untitled, 2012-2015, 303 Gallery

Kris Martin, Altar, 2014, Sies + Höke

Rubén Ortiz Torres, Collector’s Backyard Boogie, 2015, OMR

Athena Papadopoulos, Two Serious(ly) (young) Women, (Hubba Hubba Trouba and Ouchy Waa Waa Mama’), 2015, Supportico Lopez

Ishmael Randall-Weeks, Paraíso, 2015, Revolver Galería

Sterling Ruby, Big Yellow Mama, 2013, and Lips, 2014, Gagosian Gallery

Michael Sailstorfer, Voilà (Dubai) 1, 2011, and Voilà (Dubai) 3, 2011, Galerie König

Tomás Saraceno, One Module Cloud with Interior Net, 2015, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015, Kavi Gupta

Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2015 (don’t shoot the messenger), 2015, Gavin Brown’s enterprise

Francisco Ugarte, Sunlight I, 2015, Arredondo\Arozarena

Timm Ulrichs, Von null bis unendlich (from here to eternity), 1986, Wentrup

Marianne Vitale, Ace of Spades, 2015, Contemporary Fine Arts

Ursula von Rydingsvard, Bent Lace, 2014, Galerie Lelong

Hank Willis Thomas, Ernest and Ruth, 2015, Jack Shainman Gallery

Robert Wilson, Einstein Chair, from Einstein on the Beach, 1976 (produced 2002), Paula Cooper Gallery

Yan Xing, L’amour l’après-midi, 2015, Galerie Urs Meile

Xiao Yu, Elevation No.2, 2013, Beijing Art Now Gallery

Sterling Ruby, "Big Yello Mama" sculpture. Sterling Ruby is an artist for Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Works exhibition
Sterling Ruby, “Big Yello Mama” sculpture. Sterling Ruby is an artist for Art Basel Miami Beach, Public Works exhibition

Public opening night performances:

Xavier Cha, supreme ultimate exercise, 2015, 47 Canal

Ryan Gander, Ernest Hawker, 2015, Lisson Gallery (A Performa commission curated by Mark Beasley for Performa 15)

Pope.L, The Beautiful, 2015, Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Yan Xing, L’amour l’après-midi, 2015, Galerie Urs Meile

Art Basel in Miami Beach’s Public sector will open Wednesday, December 2, 7:oo p.m.–9:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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