Art Basel Miami Beach Celebrates Women Artists in “Survey”

One of the eagerly awaited additions to this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach program, which opens this week, is the launch of “Survey,” a new art-historical section devoted to artists who reached their peak during the second half of the 20th century.

The inaugural edition of “Survey” will feature nine solo shows and four group presentations, focused in their majority on women artists active in the 1960-70s.

New York’s Broadway 1602, for example, will stage a four-women show, including the works of the French conceptual artist Gina Pane, the American painter Rosemari Castoro, the Japanese-Brazilian artist Lydia Okumura, and the Brazilian Lenora De Barros.

Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, from Paris, will stage a solo presentation of assemblages by Niki de Saint Phalle, while New York’s James Fuentes will present a solo show by the Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, including her eight-foot-tall walk-in installation Big Book (1966).

The female theme also underpins the presentations of New York’s Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, which will present works by the land and conceptual artist Michelle Stuart, and Charim Galerie, from Vienna, that will stage a Actionist-oriented group show including works by Valie Export.

Latin American artists are also a highlight of this first edition of “Survey”, with Galeria Bergamin from São Paulo presenting works by the Brazilian painter Alfredo Volpi, and Espaivisor, from Valencia, focusing on the work of the Chilean artist Lotty Rosenfeld.

The timely introduction of “Survey” seems to follow the recent success of art fair sections devoted to artists active in the second half of the 20th century, such as “Spotlight” at Frieze Masters (London), and “Back to the Future” at Artissima (Turin).

“People have realized that new discoveries are not just coming out of the studios of art schools, but also the studios of art-school professors,” Marc Spiegler, director of the Art Basel fairs, told The Art Newspaper.

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