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Art Basel Miami 2016: Ground Control

The late David Bowie continues to inspire in Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, which carries the theme ‘Ground Control’.

Nov 13, 2016 | By Madelaine Angelina

Art Basel Miami Beach will launch next month, with 20 artists set to transform Collins Park to a spectacle of art installations. This year’s Art Basel Miami Beach’s Public program will pay homage to the late David Bowie with the theme ‘Ground Control’.

According to curator Nicholas Baume, ‘Ground Control’ will explore how artists “invent and imagine new kinds of space: physical, social and psychic.”

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Eric Baudart, “Atmosphère,” 2016 © Courtesy of Eric Baudart/Edouard Malingue Gallery/Art Basel Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

This year’s Art Basel Miami Beach will feature installation created through repurposing everyday objects. One example is Eric Baudart’s ‘Atmosphère’ (pictured above), which features a fan rotating slowly inside a clear tank filled with peanut oil. Meanwhile, David Adamo will showcase a series of small bronze sculpture depicting Miami-esque items such as flip flops, citrus fruits, and a sandwich from local food stand La Sandwicherie.

For Wagner Malta Tavares’ ‘Malpertuis,’ (pictured below) a 19th-century-style outdoor lamp will be installed in the park landscape and will glow as darkness falls, while Alicja Kwade’s ‘Reise ohne Ankunft (Mercier)’ will feature a bicycle bent into a perfect circle.

Wagner Malta Tavares, "Malpertuis," 2016 © Courtesy of Wagner Malta Tavares/Galeria Marilia Razuk/Art Basel Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

Wagner Malta Tavares, “Malpertuis,” 2016
© Courtesy of Wagner Malta Tavares/Galeria Marilia Razuk/Art Basel
Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

A pair of large bronze handcuffs will shackle a tree for Yoan Capote’s ‘Naturaleza Urbana,’ a commentary on urbanization, while four nearly life-sized aluminum-cast camel sculptures will stand on their own reflections in Jean-Marie Appriou’s ‘Mirage.’

Sol LeWitt and Claudia Comt e contribute works featuring geometric forms, while the human form will also be represented in a number of works, including Tony Matelli’s ‘Jesus’ and Magdalena Abakanowicz’s ’10 Standing Figures.’

Meanwhile, at Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, recently rebranded The Bass, five brightly painted boulders stacked in the form of a cairn will make up Ugo Rondinone’s towering ‘Miami Mountain.’

The exhibitions at Collin Park will be on display during Art Basel Miami Beach, which runs December 1-4; a selection of works will remain in place through March 15 as part of the program “The Bass Projects.”

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