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.

Andy Warhol, From the Torso Series: Male Landscape, 1977
Synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas, 14″ x 11in

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.

Joan Miro, Sa Majeste, 1967-68
Painted bronze, edition 3/4, 42 3/4″ x 13 1/2 in.
Fairfield Porter, Double Portrait, 1968
oil on canvas, 29″ x 36 in

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.

Katherine, Bernhardt, Symmetry, 2019
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 96″ x 120 in
CANADA (New York)
Nam June Paik, Columbus (Eco-Lumbus) + Columbus Boat, 1991
11 Television sets, 2 laser disk players, wood, wrought iron, brass and mixed media
overall: 260 x 236 x 47 cm
Anneli Juda Fine Art
Donald Judd, Untitled, 1988
Suite of ten woodcuts printed on ivory black on Okawara paper, Edition of 25
Carolina Kitsch, NY

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.

Jim Lambie, Soul Machine, 2016
Potato bags, chrome paint, expanding foam on canvas
79.1″ x 70.3″ x 28.3 in
Before the crowds arrived.
Here you go, in case you want to print it and hang it on your wall. All you will need is a banana and some duct tape, and I’ve saved you $120,000.

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.

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