Organizers behind the Miami Beach-based Art Basel event have cancelled their 2020 event as COVID-19 related cancellations continue to push beyond the Summer and Fall into 2021.
The event, which would have taken place in December, brings together art and an array of music events clustered around the Miami art scene.
“It is with great regret and disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our December show in Miami Beach,” Art Basel director Noah Horowitz said in a statement posted Art Basel Miami’s website. The organizers cited the “ongoing impact of the pandemic, which spans from South Florida to other parts of the country and the world, limitations and uncertainty about the staging of large-scale events, international travel restrictions and bans as well as quarantine regulations within the United States and internationally” for reasons why Art Basel Miami’s 2020 event was cancelled.
We regret to announce that the 2020 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach has been canceled. As the artworld continues to face momentous challenges, we remain firmly committed to supporting the global gallery community and look forward to when we can meet again. #artbasel pic.twitter.com/PfrFdLuunl
— Art Basel (@ArtBasel) September 2, 2020
Cancellations of large scale events in the United States, which wiped out most of Summer 2020, are now reaching further down the calendar. In July, the annual NAMM music show in Anaheim was cancelled; the show was originally to have taken place in January 2021.