Survey: 14 historical projects in the spotlight at Art Basel in Miami Beach (Part I)

Survey: 14 historical projects in the spotlight at Art Basel in Miami Beach (Part I)

Now in its third year, Survey will present art work s created by 14 artists prior to the year 2000. Curated booths by leading galleries from North and South America, Europe and Asia will provide insight into the work of Carmelo Arden Quin, Romare Bearden, Graciela Carnevale, Ibrahim El- Salahi, Margaret Kilgallen, Giorgio Morandi, Howardena Pindell, David Reed, George Rickey, Mimmo Rotell , Betye Saar, Barbara T. Smith, Kishio Suga and Jacques Villeglé.

The 15th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, will take place at the Miami Beeach convention Center, from December 1 to 4, 2016.

Four of the 14 global galleries exhibiting in Survey will participate in the show for the first time, including Los Angeles’ The Box, which will present works by the artist Barbara T. Smith (b. 1931). Exploring intersections between the artist’s long-standing feminist performance practice and her deeply – rooted interest in ritualistic methodologies, The Box will feature video and sculptures related to her seminal work ‘Field Piece’ (1968/1971 ).

Also marking its debut at Art Basel in Miami Beach will be Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M. from Bologna , with a selection of museum – quality works by Giorgio Morandi (b. 1890, d. 1964) . A painter and printmaker best known for his restrained composition of hard, smooth forms and ambiguous distortions of perspective, Morandi worked in a range of media – painting, d awing, watercolor and etching – all of which will be included in the gallery’s presentation . Another first – time exhibitor will be Vigo Gallery from London , which will present historic works on paper by Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi (b. 1930 ). Produced between 1976 and 1977, the pieces mark a key period after the artist’s release from jail – a n experience that was highly influential in his career – and will be paired with rare early works from the 1950s and 1960s. El-Salahi’s work incorporates Cubism, Surrealism, Muslim iconography and Arabic calligraphy, and i n 2013 he was the first African artist to have a retrospective at Tate Modern.

Simões de AssisGaleria de Arte from Curitiba, Brazil, also new to the show, will exhibit a set of 16 critically significant works by the Uruguayan avant-garde artist Carmelo Arden Quin (b. 1913). The works, which were produced in the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s, portray this key historical period within Quin’s career. Quin was instrumental within the Latin American vanguards in the 1940s and co – created the Madi Art Group – a g roup that inspired other artists such as Ellsworth Kelly.

espaivisor will present ‘ El encierro’ (1968) by Graciela Carnevale (b. 1942), one of the most significant works of sociopolitical art in Latin America from the late 1960s. Responding to Argentina’s repressive government at the time, Carnevale’s experimental action locked an unwitting audience in an empty gallery, from which the only way to exit was by breaking through a glass wall. The gallery will present photographic documentation of the historic performance paired with a poster display recreated across the booth’s wall. Maxwell Davidson Gallery will present rare and early works by George Rickey (b. 1907, d. 2002). Rickey’s kinetic sculptures will trace the development of his evolving creative oeuvre in the 1950s and 1960s.

More information next, in SURVEY, PART II.

Top Image: Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte Carmelo Arden Quin Roâ, 1950 Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

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