8 of the Best Booths We Saw at Art Basel Miami Beach

From a mini George Segal survey to a victory lap for Hauser & Wirth, here is the best of the best from artnet's partner galleries.

Frank Stella, Moksha (Singapore II) (1995). © 2018 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Object Studies.

Like Christmas music in department stores, it feels like Art Basel coverage gets introduced earlier and earlier every year. We looked at early sales and spotlighted some top emerging artists, searching out the best finds on offer..

Here are eight booths from artnet’s partner galleries that you should know about.

Sabrina Amrani

Chant Avedissian, Squares (1982-1989). Courtesy of Sabrina Amrani.

This year the Madrid-based gallery Sabrina Amrani is giving over its entire booth to works by the late Egyptian artist Chant Avedissian. In the presentation “Textile panel patterns,” ten years worth of textile-based works are on display, created between 1980 an d1990, at the height of Avedissian’s interest in exploring textiles in various forms. Booth S8.

Marianne Boesky Gallery

Sanford Biggers, Serenade (2018). Courtesy of Marianne Boesky.

The theme of the Marianne Boesky Gallery booth at Miami this year could be summed up with the maxim “more is more.” The group presentation features works from the gallery’s roster of artists and many of the strongest examples have to do with maximalism, including Frank Stella’s electric neon collage work from his “Imaginary Places” series and Diana Al-Hadid’s Vesuviusev (2018), which shows off her intricate drip-method with a nod to the volcano’s eruption. Booth B11.


Galeria Nara Roesler

Artur Lescher, Infinito Triple (2018). Courtesy of Galeria Nara Roesler.

A number of artists from Nara Roesler’s home country of Brazil steal the show in the gallery’s 11th straight turn at Art Basel Miami Beach, including painter Daniel Senise, sculptor Artur Lescher, and performance artist Berna Reale. Rio de Janeiro-based painter Carlito Carvalhosa shows a series of new abstract shape studies on canvas, while Antonio Dias, who died this year at the age of 74, presents a series of cotton scrap collages from the 1970s, each dense with pigment and fiber paste. Booth B10.


Galerie Gmurzynska

Marjorie Strider, Red Rose (2010). Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska.

Galerie Gmurzynska is focusing on both North and Latin American artists in a group presentation of artists that includes Alexander Calder, Robert Motherwell, and Roberto Matta, plus a tribute to the late pop artist Robert Indiana and a spotlight on Louise Nevelson and Marjorie Strider. Strider is one of the gems on the gallery’s roster, a lesser-known pop artist who satirized “pin-up” girlie culture along with her peers Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, and Rosalyn Drexler. Booth B1.


Hauser & Wirth

Amy Sherald, When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be (Self-imagined atlas) (2018). © 2018 Amy Sherald. Photo by Joseph Hyde, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.

This has been a big year for mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth, which just this week launched a glossy art-magazine, titled Ursulaand announced plans to open a nonprofit research institute—not to mention snagging two of the biggest names in contemporary art to add to its roster: Michelle Obama portraitist Amy Sherald and artist Charles Gaines. Those two figures are the standard bearers at the gallery’s booth in Miami, accompanied by a new large-scale work by Mark Bradford, a massive sculpture by American minimalist David Smith, and works by Larry Bell, who is the subject of a solo exhibition at ICA Miami right now. Booth F18.


Peter Blum Gallery

Joyce J. Scott, Mammie Wada IV (1978-81). Courtesy of Peter Blum.

In the fair’s Survey sector, New York gallerist Peter Blum presents a solo show of rare sculptures from Joyce J. Scott, a Baltimore-born artist known for mixing traditional craft techniques with the language of contemporary sculpture. The works on display, all from the early part of Scott’s prolific career, from the 1970s to the onset of the ’90s, showcase her facility for melding intricate beadwork with blown glass, found objects, weaving, and other materials. Booth S16.


Galerie Templon

George Segal, 42nd Street Deli (1999). Courtesy of Galerie Templon.

The late, great American pop artist George Segal is the subject of Galerie Templon’s booth. The exhibition, a sort of mini-survey, brings together a handful of the artist’s large plaster sculptors and installations from the early 1970s through to the late 1990s. Booth D2.


Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Doug Aitken, Future (2018). Courtesy of Galerie Eva Presenhuber.

Presenhuber heads to Miami Beach with a number of works by gallery artists in tow, including sculptures and wall-hanging pieces by Ugo Rondinone, paintings by Sue Williams, and a large paneled installation by Doug Aitken. Also on view will be a series of new silk-screened works by Adam Pendleton, who is in the middle of back-to-back two-person shows with the gallery—the first, a joint presentation with Liam Gillick, is on view at Presenhuber’s New York location now, while the second, with Pope.L, is set to open at the gallery’s Zurich outpost next month. Booth J4.

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