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.
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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“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.
Sikkema Jenkins was exhibiting two additional large-scale pieces by Walker, both untitled, cut paper works from 1993-94.
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.
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.