Art Basel VIP Preview - December 6th Edition


Art Basel Miami Beach VIP Preview Day One

Welcome to Miami
It's here. The private jets have landed, the VIP invitations have been sent out, and of course, the art itself has been installed.

Arguably the biggest week of the year for the art world has finally arrived, and The Canvas will be here chronicling all the important sales, juicy celebrity sightings, and need-to-know industry news throughout the week. We'll take you to the parties you weren't invited to and provide insight on which artists are receiving the most buzz from the top collectors in town.  

So grab a glass of champagne and keep your VIP passes close- it promises to be one very busy week. Happy Art Basel everyone! 


News You Need to Know
As you've probably heard by now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been under increasing pressure from a vocal minority to remove its Balthus painting, “Thérèse Dreaming”. A petition has been circling (currently with 9,300 signatures) due to the painting's depiction of a " young girl in a sexually suggestive pose".

Thankfully, museum leadership has stood strong and resisted said calls with Ken Weine, the Met's chief communications officer saying " Moments such as this provide an opportunity for conversation, and visual art is one of the most significant means we have for reflecting on both the past and the present and encouraging the continuing evolution of existing culture through informed discussion and respect for creative expression.” 

Pro tip: just because a work of art may depict sensitive or controversial subject matter, doesn't mean that the work of art in question should be censored, removed, or withdrawn from public discourse. Just ask Dana Schutz and the fine folk over at the Whitney. 


Revolving Door
Annette Kulenkampff is out at Documenta after this past year's disastrous budget overruns. The Art Newspaper has the full story here

Art in America has found its next editor in William S. Smith. ArtNews reported on the announcement yesterday morning. 

The Jewish Museum has suspended all ongoing projects with former deputy director, Jens Hoffman in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations that have been alleged against him. Julia Halperin of ArtNet has the full scoop here

Vanity Fair has cancelled a swanky Art Basel dinner it was intending to throw in Bruce Weber's honor this week after the famous photographer has been accused of forcing himself on a model. Page Six has the details


Further Reading
Nicole Berry, the recently promoted Armory Show director who rose to the position after Benjamin Genocchio was forced to resign after Robin Pogrebin's bombshell sexual harassment report for the NYT, has given her first interview to Sarah Douglas of ArtNews. It's definitely worth a read

Ryan McNamara has written what is perhaps the single greatest Art Basel Miami Beach 'guide' to ever grace The Canvas's eyes for If you only get to read one thing amidst the craziness and hype of today's sales, make it this.  

Kathryn Hopkins, writing for Women's Wear Daily, offers the requisite (albeit necessary) article on the mixing of the art, fashion, and real estate industries at this year's iteration of the fair. 

ArtNet News provides a look into how five "world-class" collectors prepare for Art Basel Miami Beach. While we definitely feel that they're playing fast and loose with the term "world-class", Henri Neuendorf's piece is worth a read nonetheless. 


5 Art Basel Miami Beach Booths You Need to See

Acquavella Galleries (Booth B3)

Metro Pictures (Booth E10) 

David Lewis Gallery (Booth N20) 

Sean Kelly Gallery (Booth D14)

Tyler Rollins Fine Art (Booth N27)