ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
Public 2014: Fieldwork
Produced in partnership with The Bass for the fourth consecutive year, Art Basel Miami Beach’s Public sector presents monumental artworks within Collins Park. This is the second year of curating Public for Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund. Under the theme Fieldwork, Public transforms Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space with 26 large-scale and site-specific installations by leading and emerging artists from 13 countries, including: Georg Baselitz, Lynda Benglis, Matthias Bitzer, Sarah Braman, Ana Luiza Dias Batista, Sam Ekwurtzel, Elmgreen & Dragset, Faivovich & Goldberg, Nuria Fuster, Ryan Gander, Jeppe Hein, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Alfredo Jaar, Gunilla Klingberg, Jose Carlos Martinat, Justin Matherly, Olaf Metzel, Sam Moyer, Ernesto Neto, Ugo Rondinone, Nancy Rubins, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Jessica Stockholder, Barthélémy Toguo, Tatiana Trouvé, and Hank Willis Thomas with Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks.
Public opens on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 with a special evening program of live performances by Ryan Gander, Christian Falsnaes, Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper, and Alix Pearlstein.
Focusing on the potential for public art to challenge artists and viewers, Nicholas Baume’s curatorial premise of Fieldwork centers on the idea of experimentation. Fieldwork includes several site-specific works conceived especially for the exhibition by Ryan Gander, Sam Moyer and Jessica Stockholder. Some of the selected works engage with the architecture of Collins’ Park, like Ugo Rondinone’s intervention on The Bass’ historic façade or Alfredo Jaar’s neon placed on the park’s rotunda. In 2014, the sector extends beyond Collins Park to include a performance-installation by Gunilla Klingberg on the nearby beach, where an intricate geometric pattern will be imprinted into the sand every morning, gradually being erased over the course of the day.
Both Lynda Benglis and Tatiana Trouvé present works that reconceive the classical fountain, while Nancy Rubins’ and Nuria Fuster’s works give new meaning to found objects and scrap materials. Familiar images shift scale and significance in sculptures by Yinka Shonibare MBE and Barthélémy Toguo, while perceptions of space and form are challenged by Matthias Bitzer, Sarah Braman, Jeppe Hein and Jessica Jackson Hutchins.
On display is one of Georg Baselitz’s rare bronzes; Ana Luiza Dias Batista’s scaled replica of a popular 1980’s Brazilian amusement park attraction; and Elmgreen & Dragset’s formal golden-bronze equestrian statue of a young boy riding a rocking horse, a scaled version of the artists’ Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Also on view is nós sonhando [spacebodyship], 2014, a sculpture by Ernesto Neto that functions as a playful double hammock for two, giving visitors the opportunity to slow down and pause. Sam Ekwurtzel’s mole tunnels cast in aluminum and Jose Carlos Martinat’s cacophonous audio-mechanical installation are included to reflect on art history as a whole.