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CITY OF MIAMI BEACH BUYS DUTCH ARTIST’S WORK FOR ART BASEL

Written By Michelle F. Solomon
December 11, 2023 at 4:09 PM

Anneke Eussen’s “It’s Alright,” 2023,  recuperated transparent glass, 63 in x 98 1/2 in., was purchased by the city of Miami Beach at 2023 Art Basel as part of its legacy art program. (Photo courtesy of DOCUMENT)

The city of Miami Beach added to its growing art collection by purchasing a work from the 2023 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, something it has been doing since 2019 as part of its Legacy Purchase Program. Anneke Eussen’s wall-mounted glass and mixed media sculpture, “It’s Alright” (2023), will become one of the acquired works on permanent display at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Eussen’s work was selected by the public from three finalists chosen by the city’s Art in Public Places Committee.

The public voting period opened on the mbartsandculture.org website on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. and closed 24 hours later on Thursday, Dec. 7.

The two other 2023 finalists were Noémie Goudal and Shannon Bool.

Noémie Goudal (b. 1984, Paris), “Phoenix V,” 2021, inkjet print. The work was one of three selected as a finalist in the city of Miami Beach’s 2023 Legacy Purchase Program. (Photo coutesy of Edel Assanti)

Previous Legacy Purchases have included works by Juana Valdés, Sanford Biggers, Amoako Boafo, Ebony G. Patterson and Farah Al Qasimi.

The finalists are selected from the Positions and Nova sections of Art Basel Miami Beach. Nova showcases works made within the past three years by one, two or three artists. Positions’ focus is on young galleries showcasing solo presentations by emerging artists.

“It’s Alright” by Eussen (b. 1978, The Netherlands) was exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach by Chicago-based commercial gallery, Document, in the Nova section.

Eussen lives and works in Vaals, The Netherlands. Her multi-panel sculptures are made from upcycled glass sourced from an abandoned factory near Brussels.

Shannon Bool (b. 1972, Comox, Canada), “I,” 2023, jacquard tapestry with silk embroidery. The work was one of three selected as a finalist in the city of Miami Beach’s 2023 Legacy Purchase Program. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery)

Eussen uses the salvaged glass panes in a practice that is built around layering, arranging, and assembling found materials, according to the gallery.

According to the city of Miami Beach, the purchase price for the work was $18,000 (USD). Its release stated, “the annual program tasks the city’s Art in Public Places Committee to select three world-class pieces of artwork from the emerging artists of the Art Basel Miami Beach Positions and Nova Sections with a budget of up to $80,000.”

Art in Public Places is a city of Miami Beach board responsible for the commission and purchase of artwork by contemporary artists in all media, according to a release from the City of Miami Beach. The program allocates funds totaling 2 percent of hard costs for city projects and joint private/public projects. The fund is administered by a City Commission-appointed citizen’s board of seven members. The Legacy Purchase Program is made possible by the Miami Beach Convention Centers’ Art in Public Places contingency fund.

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