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Featuring artists, museum directors, collectors, and curators, Art Basel's series of talks in Miami Beach will offer intimate dialogs between prominent members of the international art world. Participants this year will include Marina Abramovic´, Nicholas Baume, Lynda Benglis, Klaus Biesenbach, Claire Bishop, Simon de Pury, Liu Ding, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Ryan Gander, Mario Garci´a Torres, Massimiliano Gioni, Nicola´s Goldberg, Chrissie Iles, Joseph Kosuth, Pablo Leo´n de la Barra, Ryan McNamara, Pedro Reyes, Martha Rosler, Julian Schnabel, Kevin Systrom, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Amalia Ulman, Shen Wei and Martha Wilson.

Conversations, Art Basel's talks series that highlights important issues by bringing together influential art world personalities, will open on Thursday, December 4, with the Premiere Artist Talk, which this year will feature legendary American artist Lynda Benglis. Looking at new funding models of the visual arts, Friday’s Conversation will pair Dennis Scholl, Collector and Vice President, Knight Foundation, with Stephanie Pereira, International Partnership Lead at Kickstarter, plus the gallerist Je´ro^me Poggi from Paris. The panel discussion will be moderated by Andra´s Sza´nto´. Conversations will also present the latest edition of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing series looking at artistic practice, entitled 'The Artist as Curator', with the artists Joseph Kosuth, Liu Ding, Martha Rosler, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Martha Wilson.

Salon, the open platform for shorter presentations during the afternoon, will feature artist talks, panel discussions, lectures with curators, museum directors, and artists. Performance will be a key consideration, with an artist talk with Ryan McNamara and Claire Bishop; a panel discussion with several performance artists featured in Public and Nicholas Baume; an artist talk with Chinese artist and choreographer Shen Wei; and Marina Abramovic´ on a panel entitled 'Materials for Immateriality', moderated by Sam Keller, Director of Fondation Beyeler.

For more information, visit the website:

www.artbasel.com

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