Art Basel Miami 2017 is hosting yet another edition of its eclectic talk series, Conversations. Open from December 7th until the 10th, this edition’s discussions will cover a very wide variety of contemporary topics regarding both arts and politics, ranging from cultural dissipation in the Americas, to artist commissions and sustainability, from the artist’s POV on the climate change crisis to the uncertain future of native indigenous art.
The event opens up thursday with the Premier Artist Talk talk by Charles Gaines featuring his partner Bryan Stevenson. Next, a collector talk – “Beyond Collecting: What is Patronage?” by Pamela Joyner, from San Francisco and Füsun Eczacibaşı from Istanbul, art collectors and philanthropists. It will be followed by a journalist talk about “The Privatization of Art Journalism” by Mary Louise Schumacher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, an art and architecture critic and Ossian Ward, Head of Content at the Lisson Gallery in London. Some of the others are an artworld talk – “Abstraction in Reverse“, about midcentury art in the 20th century Latin America, “Is Culture in the Americas in Big Trouble?” about the current threats to art and culture in the political times we are living in.
On friday, “Digital Museums and Virtual Audiences” about digital innovation bringing about innovative changes to art galleries and online art viewership, and followed by that, “Global Business Models“.
There will even be a talk about climate change in this design event. On friday, “Natural Disasters – Whose crisis is it?” with artists Lars Jan and Isaac Julien focuses on the global climate shift, how artists reflect upon it and to what extent they can, or do, help to change the course of this issue.
We look forward to the outcome of these discussions, as they all approach extremely relevant, contemporary topics.