December 3, 2021
Exciting times in the art world as Art Basel returns to Miami with a full slate of in-person happenings for the first time since 2019. Over 200 of the world’s leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. This years artist’s touch on all aspects of society, culture, generational trauma and comment on political infrastructure around the world within the last two years. We wanted to take moment and share so your favorite pieces this year.
Art Basel Miami Beach comprises five main sections: Galleries (works from leading galleries), Edition (editioned pieces), Nova (works created within the last three years), Positions (dedicated to emerging artists) and Survey (works created before the year 2000). This year, the fair also presents 16 large-scale artworks in Meridians; 25 curated exhibitions as part of its Kabinett sector; and 10 moderated panels as part of its Conversations series.
“700 Cycles of Somatic Renditioning,” 20 feet long and 7 feet tall, by Conrad Egyir
The Domba Dance by Mary Sibande and Kavi Gupta
Lovers Ten Years On by Sunil Gupta
Todd Gray’s 14-part, 30-foot-long “Sumptuous Memories of Plundering Kings”
Iris and Zinnia, 1984 by Robert Mapplethorpe
Blue panther, 1994 by Miguel Rio Branco
Dandelions, Dessau, 1931 by Grete Stern
Burbank, 2014 by Alex Prager
Untitled, 1987-1988 by Rotimi Fani-Kayode
Nothing to Lose VIII (Bodies of Experience) by Rotimi Fani-Kayode
Artist Portrait with a Candle, 2013 by Marina Abramović from the series Places of Power
Left: Pepe Mar, Solar Power, 2021. Right: Pepe Mar, Worm, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo, Miami Beach.
Jeremy, 1993 by Wolfgang Tillmans
Bombshell (2021) by Flora Yukhnovich,
Left: Em Rooney, Holding Umbra (XJ’s rear view mirror charm 2/2) (detail), 2019. Right: Em Rooney, Seen as Swan and Serpent, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Bodega, New York City.
Nicholas Galanin, Never Forget, 2021.
Detail of a work by Meleko Mokgosi, presented in the Unlimited sector at Art Basel’s 2021 show in Basel by Gagosian.
Images and infroamtion sourced from:
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