It's here! And it's huge. Art Basel Miami is too big for any comprehensible survey, so instead here are some personal highlights and completely subjective, biased favorites. As much as there is to complain about art fairs they remain a pretty efficient way to see a ton of work all at once, before you fill up and fall over and die from exhaustion. Armed with a press pass, my simple plan was to walk around and see what grabbed me so I could share it with you all. What can I say! It's so fun. I'm really just a sucker for the whole thing. Getting to walk around and stumble upon a piece by an artist you love is fun in a celebrity-sighting kind of way, and occasionally you get grabbed by something you've never seen before.
|McKee Gallery booth, Philip Guston on right.|
Case in point: you can wander by some good Gustons without even trying.
|Chris Ofilli, The Bird and the Windfall, 2010, suite of 32 monotypes in watercolor, pastel, charcoal and colored pencil on Lanaquarelle paper. Each 24 x 17.75 inches.|
I'm fond of Two Palms Press, who collaborate with artists on some consistently lovely print series. I'm fond of unexpected work like this, something not entirely typical of a famous practice from someone like Chris Offili.
|Chris Ofilli, The Bird and the Windfall, detail.|
|Elizabeth Peyton, Alex (Katz), 2012, 2012, etching on Twinrocker handmade paper, 14 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches, at Two Palms Press|
|Laura Owens at Gavin Brown Enterprise|
|Alex Katz, Ariel, 2012, oil on linen, 50 x 40 inches|
|Imi Knoebel at Galerie Christian Lethert|
|Galerie Christian Lethert booth|
|Derek Sullivan, Peg Rail #5 (Albatross Omnibus), 2012. Wood peg rail, replica Gerrit Rietveld Zig Zag chair, 52 artist's books, nylon cord, 2kg boat anchor, printed fabric, 63 x 96 x 18 1/2 inches|
|Nikolas Gambaroff (wall) and Ei Arakawa (floor) at Overduin and Kite|
|Rose Wylie at Galerie Michael Janssen|
|Florian Meisenberg, left, at Wentrup|
|Richard Aldrich (right) at Bortolami|
|Chris Martin, Untitled, 2008-10, oil and spray paint on canvas, 64 x 58 inches, at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen|
|Jean Dubuffet, Inspection du territoire, acrylic on canvas-backed paper, 26 3/8 x 39 3/8 inches, at Waddington Custot Galleries|
|Ryan Mosley at Galerie EIGEN+ART|
|Ellen Berkenblit, Flowers, 2012, oil on canvas, 90 x 76 inches, at Anton Kern Gallery|
|Ulrich Wulff at Thomas Solomon Gallery|
|Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1956, gouache and ink on paper, 16 x 10 1/2 inches|
|Alex Katz, Paula, 1982, oil on canvas, 48 1/4 x 34 inches at D'Amelio Gallery|
|Betty Woodman ceramics at Salon 94|
|Ron Gorchov, Dinah, 2012, oil on linen, 63 3/4 x 55 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches, at Cheim & Read|
|Tal R, Fog Over Malia Bay, 2011, oil and dispersion on cardboard in artist frame. 47 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches, at Cheim & Read|
|Enrico David, Untitled, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 94 1/2 x 94 1/2 inches|
Let's end on this show-stopper: an enormous Litchenstein at Gagosian, dedicated security guard in tow. Basel tov everyone!
Contributor Tatiana Berg, recently included in the L Magazine's "Best of Young Brooklyn" feature, has work in "Surfaces, Supports," an exhibition at Storefront Bushwick, through December 23, 2012. She is an MFA student at Columbia University.
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