Part One: Art Basel Miami Beach in Miami Beach, FL
Art Basel Miami Beach takes place in the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center. I read that there was a new sliding scale pricing system implemented this year that supported the participation of smaller and mid size galleries. Along with the improved lighting in the convention center, the show somehow didn’t seem quite so daunting to me this year. In it’s 18th year there were 269 galleries from all over the world exhibiting. This was my fourth time at Art Basel and to me it was the best year yet.
I’m separating this post into three parts because even though I have edited images down to just a small portion of what I saw, it is a lot to take in.
This small painting caught my eye and then I realized it was a Warhol. It was unlike any Andy Warhol I had seen. The size was quite diminutive for a Warhol as well.
I remember seeing this painting by Fairfield Porter at the Seattle Art Fair in 2017. I loved it. I also know it was $650,000. I have photos of everything. Seems like a new gallery is showing the painting now, and I’m glad it never sold as I got to see it again. I didn’t ask the current price.
Lynda Benglis, born in 1941 is a “pioneer of a form of abstraction in which each work is the result of materials in action” (Art 21). If you’ve never watched Art 21, you should. A PBS show highlighting artist’s work, which first began in 2001. There are a few good episodes on Lynda.
I saw the Hannah van Bart show at the Marianne Boesky Gallery when I was in NYC in October. It’s always fun to see my favorite pieces from a show again at another show. Then again, maybe the two I liked are the only ones that didn’t sell! It was nice to see the work again no matter what.
There is currently a beautiful Vija Celmins show at the Met Breuer in NYC through January 12, 2020.