Art Basel Announces 2016 Miami Beach Film Program
Work No. 2656 Understanding by Martin Creed, 2016, Digital film TRT 3:11
Art Basel has announced a program of more than 50 films and video works for the 2016 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach from November 20 to December 4. Selected by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx, from participating galleries, the 2016 Film program features Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar’s first film, titled “Muxima,” Christian Marclay’s silent film about music, “Mixed Reviews (American Sign Language),” as well as a new work by Liliana Porter,
Screening at both the Miami Beach Convention Center Film Library and on a 7,000 square-foot outdoor projection wall at Soundscape Park, the program also includes short films by Edgardo Aragón, Ain Bailey and Sonia Boyce, Cabelo, Kudzanai Chiurai, Martin Creed, Keren Cytter, Kim Gordon, Rodney Graham, György Kovásznai, Rashid Johnson, Li Daiguo, Li Shurui, Jillian Mayer, Ana Mendieta, Haroon Mirza, Ara Peterson, Alex Prager, Anri Sala, Wilhelm Sasnal, Tromarama, and Samson Young, to name a few.
One of the highlights of the program will be the special screening of “Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back” (2016), directed by Maura Axelrod, at the Colony Theatre on Friday, December 2. The feature-length film was selected by Marian Masone, New York based film consultant and strategist, for her second year as Art Basel film curator. According to Art Basel, the film “presents a profile of the provocative and elusive art-world upstart.”
David Gryn has focused on international artists who engage with music in a variety of different ways. Gryn’s program includes a lineup of 28 short films titled “Best Dressed Chicken in Town” after Jamaican singer Doctor Alimantado’s 1970s reggae song, three early films by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal, and a “Double Bill” program pairing works by Christian Marclay and Rita Ackermann and Wednesday, and Alfredo Jaar and Liliana Porterc on Friday.