MIAMI—Over the past few days more than 260 galleries presented the work of more than 2,000 artists from around the world at Art Basel Miami Beach. The international art fair was a visual feast of fine art in every medium imaginable.
While Art Africa Miami, one of the many satellite fairs taking place this week, celebrated contemporary art from the diaspora, sightings of work by black artists at the marquis event were rare.
“No Room (Gold) #50,” 2007 (oil stick and acrylic on canvas) by Glenn Ligon at Richard Gray Gallery of Chicago/New York.
Several galleries including Jack Shainman, Sikkema Jenkins and Sean Kelly showcased the artists they represent and several others were on exhibit throughout Art Basel. The following is a survey of work by black artists that was on view at the convention center.
Art Basel Miami Beach ran from Dec. 6 through today, Dec. 9, 2012.
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“Homeless Boy,” 2012 (mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, leather suitcases, globe and metal base) by Yinka Shonibare MBE at Stephen Friedman Gallery of London.
“A-E-I-O-U and Sometimes Y (Mama Bush),” 2012 (rhinestone, acrylic, and enamel on panel, 10 panels) by Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin of New York.
“U.S.S. Bremen Turnaround,” 2012 (charcoal and paint on paper) by Gary Simmons at Metro Pictures of New York.
“A Survey Exhibition,” a solo show of Simmons’s work over the past 25 years is on view at Metro Pictures from Nov. 29, 2012 to Jan. 19, 2013. The artist will also participate in Art Public at Art Basel Miami, contributing two large-scale billboards that spell out “I wish it could be morning all day long,” to the outdoor exhibition.
“Untitled,” 1996 (ink, paper, graphite on paper) by Kara Walker at Sikkema Jenkins of New York.
Sikkema Jenkins was exhibiting two additional large-scale pieces by Walker, both untitled, cut paper works from 1993-94.
Detail of “Number 157,” 2012 (wood, paint) by Leonardo Drew at Sikkema Jenkins of New York.
From top, “Untitled,” 2012 (etching, photogravure and chin-cholle, suite of 6 prints) and “Untitled,” 2012 (etching, photogravure and chin-cholle, suite of 14 prints), both by Mark Bradford at Sikkema Jenkins of New York.
Detail of “Untitled,” 2012 (etching, photogravure and chin-cholle, suite of 14 prints) by Mark Bradford.
“Alston Sajery II,” 2012 (oil on canvas) by Kehinde Wiley at Galerie Daniel Templon of Paris.
From left, “Dacia Carter II,” 2012 (oil on canvas) and “Shantavia Beale,” 2012 (oil on canvas), both by Kehinde Wiley at Sean Kelly gallery of New York.
“I Am the Man,” 2012 (Liquitex on canvas) by Hank Willis Thomas at The Goodman Gallery of Johannesburg.
From left, “Head,” 1985 (oil stick on paper); “Hoax,” 1983 (acrylic and Xerox collage on canvas on wooden stretcher bars with twine); and “Untitled,” 1982 (oil stick on paper), all three by Jean-Michel Basquiat at Van de Weghe Fine Art.
“The Bird and the Windfall,” 2010 (suite of 32 monotypes in watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and colored pencil on Lanaquarelle paper) by Chris Ofili at Two Palms gallery of New York.
Detail of “The Bird and the Windfall,” 2010 (suite of 32 monotypes in watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and colored pencil on Lanaquarelle paper) by Chris Ofili at Two Palms gallery of New York.
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