The most important annual art show in the U.S.A.? Undeniably, Art Basel Miami Beach.
December 1-4, 2011, over 250 leading art galleries from around the world will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by more than 2,000 artists. There are also special showings of some private collections. The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, known as CIFO, is a nonprofit organization established 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and her family to support artists who are exploring new directions in contemporary art. The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection at the CIFO Art Space will be showing photographs from The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, curated by Simon Baker and Tanya Barson, from Tate London, UK. There will be works by Uta Barth, Edward Burtynsky, Thomaz Farkas, Candida Höfer, German Lorca, Gabriel Orozco, Paulo Pires, Ed Ruscha, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Fiona Tan, and many others.
The World Class Boxing WCB exhibition space shows Deborah and Dennis Scholl’s collection, specifically Gean Moreno’s Drawn and Quartered selection. The John Marquette-designed Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz international contemporary art collection will be shown, as will the not-for-profit Margulies Collection at the Warehouse and Don and Mera Rubell’s Rubell Family Collection.
The Mandarin Oriental, official hotel to Art Basel Miami Beach, has exhibitions going on throughout the 329-room luxury hotel. The 20-floor white hotel, on Claughton Island across a 100-yard bridge from Brickell at 8th Avenue, looks rather like a giant luxury cruise ship. Stay in an 885-sq ft Brickell Suite and you look, over white railings, out to calm seas. The hotel’s infinity outdoor pool is complemented by a private sandy beach, and fitness enthusiasts enjoy the 24-hour Technogym workout center. There is also a 17-room spa.