Despite concerns that the recent Zika virus scare would weaken interest in Art Basel and other events during Miami Art Week, show organizers reported strong attendance, and stars such as Madonna turned up for showstopping events.
The brand-centric, multi-genre events drew massive crowds around neighborhoods such as Miami Beach, Midtown Miami, and Wynwood from November 29 to December 4.
For Art Basel Miami Beach’s 15th edition, held December 1 to 4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, organizers reported an attendance of 77,000, on par with last year. New this year was a multi-venue film program curated by Marion Masone, and the Art Basel Public sector’s 20-piece installations in Collins Park offered anyone an opportunity to interact with the rarified art world. Art Basel Miami Beach also announced that, as of 2017, Philipp Kaiser will be the new curator of the event's public sector. He replaces Nicholas Baume, who curated the sector from 2013 to 2016.
Nautilus South Beach was the site of an interactive installation series called Artxtra, a new arts initiative presented by bottled water brand Perrier to support emerging contemporary artists. The series was unveiled November 30 during an event co-presented with Interview magazine and produced by Mirrorball in the Nautilus Cabana Club Beach Tent.