MIAMI BEACH — Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) opened its doors to the public on Thursday for its 13th edition. While many of the works on view deal with political themes, the overall aesthetic of the show is decidedly restrained compared to years past. Primary colors hewing toward neutral and rich earth tones seem to be the palette de rigueur. Simple and tactile materials feature prominently, including earth, wood, plaster, and natural papers. Even the inevitable works made of colored mirrors or lighting seem to avoid ostentation.
The muted tone of this year’s ABMB might be a sign of an art fair finding maturity in its second decade. There are plenty of enticing works to discover amid all the usual suspects, particularly in the Nova sector, which features young galleries and works made within the last 3 years, and the Positions sector, where each gallery booth focuses on a single artist’s project.
Art Basel Miami Beach continues at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida) until Sunday, November 7.
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