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Art Basel: Public Art Sector Opens at Collins Park


Art Basel's Public Sector officially opened this evening with a private Welcome Reception followed by an event free and open to the public.

Curated by Nicholas Baum of Public Art Fund, New York, the show is entitled 'Fieldwork,' inspired by a quote from famed anthropologist Margaret Mead, and features sculpture and site specific installations.

This year 25 artists from 13 countries are represented.

Amongst the standout work is Hank Willis Thomas, Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks' In Search of the Truth (Truth Booth), an interactive installation that's toured the globe since 2011, recently in Afghanistan and South Africa. People are invited to enter the comic-strip like truth "bubble" and share their truth on video for up to two minutes in private. The artists were surprised to find that most people share personal, as opposed to political or philosophical truths.

Public Art is located at The Bass Museum at Collins Park and is free and open to the public -- and a must see this week.

--Shayne Benowitz