A 2020 Without Basel

Aw, Miami. Now you know it’s really, really serious.

(I’m kidding. You’ve known it’s serious. Right? Get it and keep it together, already – you know what to do.)

Basel has been cancelled!

Indeed, for the first time since its post-9/11, tourism-revitalizing and scene-revolutionizing  inception in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach is a no-go this year. Because 2020.

Said Noah Horowitz, director of the Americas Art Basel operation, in a press release announcing the news earlier this week, “It is with great regret and disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our December show in Miami Beach, as we know how crucial our show is for our galleries, as well as for the greater Miami arts community and economy.”

Super-understandable, since COVID-19, the global party crasher that’s upended our days, is still very much around us. Kinda hard to put together an event as massive as Art Basel Miami Beach has become in and for South Florida while this pandemic rages on (not to mention the cultural adjustment with which the United States of America is reckoning).

For now, Art Basel’s digital initiatives will continue online: OVR: 2020, dedicated to artworks produced during 2020, is scheduled to run Sept. 23-26, while OVR: 20c, presenting works created between 1900 and 1999, is set for Oct. 28-31. These digital events will be followed in December by Online Viewing Rooms that will be open to all galleries accepted into the 2020 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. So it’ll be sorta like being there, minus the free bubbly.

The next in-situ edition of Art Basel Miami Beach is scheduled for Dec. 2-5, 2021, with previews that Dec. 1 and 2.

See? Life goes on.

Now take a look at what #MiamiArtWeek2018 looked like and be grateful we have come this far. Ya welcome.

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