A Latin Twist to Art Basel Miami Beach

A Latin Twist to Art Basel Miami Beach

When an expedition of Mexican astronomers traveled to Japan in 1874 to observe the transit of Venus, it laid the groundwork for what would become the first treaty between Japan and a Latin American country. Ecuadoran artist Oscar Santillan traces the overlapping orbits of Mexican astronomers, Japan, and the planet Venus, in the second chapter of his series, “Dawn and Dusk Seen at Once,” an undated work that explores the history of science in Latin America.

Art Basel Miami 2018 highlights the work of Latin American galleries and artists. Almost half of the 268 galleries selected from 35 different countries have exhibition spaces in the Americas. 

“While the fair is eager to tout its geographic diversity and accent on Latin America, artists on exhibit, such as the Ecuadoran artist Oscar Santillan, interrogate, deconstruct, and reimagine borders altogether. In the works of many of the artists on view, the interpretation of borders is expansive, ranging from the division between nature and technology to fissures between epochs of time to the questionable nature of geopolitical borders,” writes Blouin Artinfo.

Other artists featured include Peruvian artist Jose Carlos Martinat and Brazilian artist Marila Dardot — who respond to the ongoing immigration crisis involving Central Americans at the US-Mexico border.

Daniel Guzman, Pia Camil, and Abraham Cruzvillegas are three exciting artists who live and work in their native Mexico City and will be a part of the fair too. Guzman is represented by the gallery kurimanzutto. Camil’s work has been exhibited in Art Basel since 2014 and this year, she will be in the Nova section, which presents works created within the last three years.

“Autorreconstruccion: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist…,” 2018, a multidisciplinary installation by Abraham Cruzvillegas in collaboration with the choreographer Barbara Foulkes — is hyped by Art Basel organizers, because the convention center never had a “proper place” to present large-scale installations and performances until now.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami will exhibit the work of Kingston-born artist Ebony G. Patterson in “…while the dew is still on the roses…,” which highlights the role of gardens in her layered, multi-disciplinary practice.

The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University will present “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” a groundbreaking survey of 21st century art by 67 Caribbean artists from 14 countries.


Founder: Louise Blouin  



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