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Leading international works — including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video and digital art — from 35 countries are featured, including these many cars of sand.
Leandro Erlich is among the 4,000 artists showcasing their creations in this year's fair.
Art collectors Don and Mera Rubell, who purchased a 40,000-square-foot warehouse for their growing art collection in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, wooed the Art Basel organizers to begin a Miami edition, now in its 17th year.
More than 80,000 people gather annually at Art Basel in Miami, with roughly 20 satellite fairs, pop-up shows and Miami's regular galleries and museums in the surrounding area. The show closes today.
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Everyone hates being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic — but it might not be quite so terrible at the beach. No, you’re not peering at a traffic jam cloaked in sand. Feast your eyes on the creation of Leandro Erlich for the 17th Miami Beach edition of Art Basel, a world-renowned modern and contemporary art festival that has been cropping up each December since 2002. This is the largest contemporary art fair across North America, featuring works created by more than 4,000 artists from 35 countries.
The fair’s origins trace back to Basel, Switzerland, in 1970, when it sprung from the minds of three Swiss gallerists: Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt. The festival’s inaugural name was simply Art.
Now, Art Basel’s connection to Miami has cemented the city as a power player in the international art scene. As a nexus between north and south, the sun-drenched city was regarded as a prime destination that would serve as Art Basel’s North American harbor while appealing to creators in North and South America.
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The idea for the quilt was hatched by activist Cleve Jones during the candlelight march in remembrance of the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
There were more than 44,000 individual panels in the quilt, weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
The first display of the quilt was in 1987, in Washington, D.C., and it was displayed again in 1996 to be visited by President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was shown again at the time of the XIX International AIDS Conference in 2012.
The quilt was often the only opportunity survivors had to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones. Many who died of AIDS-related illnesses didn’t have funerals because of the social stigma early on. In fact, some funeral homes and cemeteries even refused to accept the bodies of the deceased.
This could be Washingtonians standing beside a giant board game on the National Mall. But look beyond a glance and you’ll see that the spectators are gathered around the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on a crisp October day in 1996. The expansive, colorful AIDS Memorial Quilt — with more than 44,000 panels weighing over 10,000 pounds — was designed to be an eye-catching tool for a national prevention campaign that portrayed the humanity behind the statistics. The idea for the project was hatched in 1985 by activist Cleve Jones and other volunteers during a candlelight march in remembrance of the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
In more ways than one, 1996 was an inflection point. It was the first year since the epidemic started that saw the AIDS incidence rate and deaths decline. In the same year, Time magazine Man of the Year was granted to AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho. The doctor was a pioneer in the use of drug “cocktails,” or combinations, to fight the virus. At the time, 23 million people worldwide were estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS, and more than 6 million people had already died.
“When the history of this era is written, it is likely that the men and women who turned the tide on AIDS will be seen as true heroes of the age,” Time wrote about Dr. Ho. By 2017, more than two decades later, nearly 37 million people had HIV/AIDS worldwide, according to UNAIDS.
Today, remembrance and commitment to LGBTQ rights are no less pressing. Pride Month, which commemorates the Stonewall riots of 1969 in Manhattan, is simultaneously a time for resistance and celebration. Among those both within and outside the LGBTQ community, this month evokes an intentional remembrance of decades of hard-fought progress that LGBTQ activists have made in demanding equal rights in American society. At the same time, it’s a reminder that democracy requires the active participation of all — and that the battle for equality is neither over nor won.
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