Saturday, November 28, 2020

Art Basel Miami Beach Was Canceled, but the Show Goes On

By Brett Sokol
William Cordova, left, an artist and A.I.M. Biennial co-founder, with Kristin Thiele, a participating artist. Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
As coronavirus deaths rose, museums and galleries rolled out new shows. The socialite Libbie Mugrabi is planning a dinner for the ages. Is Miami’s art world clueless? Call it the zombie version of Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual fair, originally scheduled to unfold next week with the contemporary art world converging in South Florida, was canceled in September by its Swiss-based organizers — a cultural casualty of the coronavirus. Over a dozen Miami satellite fairs followed suit, all mirroring Basel’s pivot to online “viewing rooms.” The art circus, it seemed, was not coming to town. Yet this week, Miami’s art scene was anything but quiet, even as the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths rose, giving Miami-Dade the highest per capita rate of any large county in Florida. [More
People waiting at a Covid-19 testing site at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Nov. 21. Scott McIntyre for The New York Times