May 24, 2017
By Stephanie Murg | December 1, 2015 | Culture
As some 267 exhibiting galleries put the finishing touches on their booths for the 14th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, which opens to the public on December 3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, we offer a sneak peek at the 10 you won’t want to miss.
Chris Ofili, Afro Green, 2005-2008.
Expect a jaw-dropping group of works indicative of the extraordinary depth and breadth of the gallery’s artist roster, ranging from exuberant canvases of Chris Ofili to the whipsmart and mesmerizing photographs of Christopher Williams. Booth K19
Robert Motherwell, In Black and White, 1959.
Painting is dead. Long live painting. With works by the likes of Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, and Rudolf Stingel, Lévy presents an exhibition exploring how painting reached a Minimalist breaking point in the 1960s and then, improbably, endured. Booth K11
Mike Kelley, Untitled 5, 2008-2009.
Spotlighting the gallery’s American artists and estates, “American Masterworks” brings together works by late greats Louise Bourgeois, Philip Guston, Mike Kelley, and David Smith. Booth L17
Chris Burden, Deluxe Photo Book, 1971-73, 1974.
The uncompromising Chris Burden, who died in May at the age of 69, gets a close-up in this Kabinett sector booth. Marvel at the artist’s Deluxe Photo Book 1971-1973, a hand-painted binder containing all of the photo-documentation and explanatory texts of the first three years of his performances, before reflecting on his subsequent “Bridges” series, works on paper, and smaller sculptures. Booth K20
Michael St. John, Coast to Coast, 2015.
Seizing upon the juxtaposition-friendly setting of a global art fair, this booth is divided into several installations featuring new works by artists such as Michael St. John and Elliott Hundley, paired with historical material by the likes of Alina Szapocznikow and Paul Thek. Booth M10
Joe Goode, Tom Cloud Painting 73, 1972.
Bringing a bit of California to Miami Beach since the fair’s inaugural edition in 2002, Kohn Gallery presents new works by renowned Light and Space artist Lita Albuquerque alongside work by Larry Bell and Joe Goode. Booth K12
Stanley Whitney, Sister, 2015.
Brimming with fresh-from-the-studio pieces, including the first multiple-panel work from Cory Arcangel’s Photoshop Gradient series, this booth offers musings on freedom and justice from Gardar Eide Einarsson and Suzanne McClelland, as well as a vibrant grid of colors by Stanley Whitney. Booth G8
Still from GCC, Vision Driven, 2015.
Making its Art Basel debut in one of 16 solo booths in the Positions sector, Project Native Informant presents artist collective GCC’s A Wonderful World Under Construction. The project imagines a reality in which a government offers “personal branding as an essential public service” to its citizens, according to the artists. #timely Booth P11
Matt Hoyt, Artist Book (Detail), 2015.
This solo booth in the Nova sector, a platform for younger galleries, presents new works by Brooklyn-based Matt Hoyt: small, handmade objects—akin to shells, bones, and stones but for their color-speckled, sanded-smooth surfaces—arrayed atop four plinths. Amidst the bombast of Art Basel, the intimacy is powerful—and haunting. Booth N4
Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Marietta Althaus Driving), ca. 1971-1972
Presented in collaboration with Düsseldorf-based Sies + Höke, this project-based booth in the fair’s Kabinett sector considers the experimentation of the late Sigmar Polke and his impact on Modernist photography. Booth C2