May 17
News
Art Basel will launch a sector for monumental works at its Miami Beach fair.
Installation view of Abraham Cruzvillegas Autorreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist..., which took place in the Grand Ballroom at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. Photo courtesy of Art Basel.

Installation view of Abraham Cruzvillegas Autorreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist..., which took place in the Grand Ballroom at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. Photo courtesy of Art Basel.

No visitor to Art Basel in Miami Beach has ever left the Miami Beach Convention Center thinking the fair could use some more art—last year’s fair hosted 268 exhibitors—but that’s precisely what it’s getting. On Friday, Art Basel announced that its Floridian fair is gaining a new sector, dubbed Meridians, taking over the roughly 60,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom with about 30 projects (last year, the cavernous space hosted a performance and installation by Abraham Cruzvillegas, presented by The Kitchen).

Like the Unlimited sector at Art Basel in Basel and the Encounters sector at Art Basel in Hong Kong, the Meridians sector in Miami Beach will be devoted to monumental artworks too large for the fair’s booths. Its debut in December will be overseen by Magalí Arriola, an independent curator based in Mexico City who curated the Mexico Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. The 2019 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach runs from December 5th to 8th, with a VIP preview on the 4th.