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Photo of Nicholas Galanin's work Never Forget

Photo by Maximilíano Durón

The Best Booths at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021
By Maximilíano Durón
December 1, 2021

Art Basel Miami Beach opened to VIPs on Tuesday, and even with timed entries, the Miami Beach Convention Center was bustling with a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. Dealers reported sales in the opening hours and into the closing hours of the fair, and said they had begun to see familiar faces who were craving to see artwork in-person after having spent the better part of two years buying art from PDFs and JPGs because of the pandemic’s travel restrictions.

The majority of visitors wore masks throughout the day, and an audio reminder played sporadically over the convention center’s loudspeakers reminding guests, in both English and Spanish, to cover their faces. To enter the fair, guests had to provide either a recent negative Covid test, proof of vaccination, or documentation of recent recovery from Covid-19 that has been issued by a licensed healthcare provider or facility, which came with a “Covid-19 Certificate Checked” wristband.

Nicholas Galanin at Peter Blum Gallery

Earlier this year, Nicholas Galanin participated in the Desert X biennial in California’s Coachella Vallery, presenting a large-scale installation titled Never Forget in which white letters resembling the Hollywood sign read “Indian Land.” Though that work was temporary for the exhibition, Galanin decided to document it in a series of photographs now being offered by Peter Blum Gallery.­­­­­

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