As big as Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 (Dec. 5-8) is for Black artists, even bigger news out of Miami is the opening of the new Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) on Dec. 3. The museum went on a spending spree, buying up works by African-American artists after receiving a $1 million grant from Jorge M. Pérez and the Knight Foundation specifically for that purpose.
Works by Faith Ringgold, Al Loving and Xaviera Simmons were the first to be purchased for the museum’s permanent collection. PAMM has committed to exhibiting and collecting work by African-American artists, and they will have a plethora to choose from at Art Basel, where the biggest names in the art world will be on display.
Now in its 12th year, the international fair includes nearly 300 galleries and dozens of artists of African descent. The fair is also a must for Black collectors. In past years Jay Z, Beyoncé, Pharrell and Diddy have all shopped at the show. This year, Kanye West is collaborating on a performance-art piece with artist Vanessa Beecroft, and Kendrick Lamar is even performing at the after-party.
Here are 15 Black artists whose works are worth a look at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach.