This weekend we’re down in Miami attending Art Basel Miami Beach, the American edition of one of Europe’s most esteemed art fairs. Since its inception in Switzerland in 1970, Art Basel—now with annual fairs in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach—has become a hub for the international art world, connecting galleries and their patrons.

These are some of the premier art shows of their kind, “presenting 20th and 21st century art with a strong curatorial perspective.” This weekend, 269 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa have come to Miami to show modern and contemporary art from some of the world’s most esteemed artists, as well as to bring attention to the new generation of emerging talent.

The main exhibition hall is showing paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works, while nearby Collins Park and SoundScape park will display ambitious, large‐scale artworks, films and performances that promise to “become part of the city’s outdoor landscape.”

Here are some of the exhibitions we’re excited about:

Casey Kaplan

Casey Kaplan is a gallery from New York City that will be presenting work from 15 artists, including Kevin Beasley, Brian Jungen and Johnathan Monk—all three of whom are using textiles in unconventional ways. For Brian Jungen, a First Nations artist from British Columbia, this means returning to his iconic style of deconstructing Nike Air Jordan trainers to create sculptures that suggest the faces of animals and humans as a commentary on colonial and First Nation histories.

Kevin Beasley Untitled (Tropics I), 2016 - Casey Kaplan

Kevin Beasley
Untitled (Tropics I) , 2016
House dresses, resin, acoustic foam, wood
78 x 54 x 6”

Kevin Beasley Untitled (Tropics I), 2016 - Casey Kaplan

Kevin Beasley
Untitled (Tropics I) , 2016 (detail)

Brian Jungen, Owl Drugs, 2016 - Casey Kaplan

Brian Jungen
Owl Drugs , 2016
Nike Air Jordans, brass
25.25 x 22.5 x 21″

Brian Jungen, Owl Drugs, 2016 - Casey Kaplan

Brian Jungen
Owl Drugs , 2016 (side view)

Jonathan Monk, Wool Piece III, 2016 - Casey Kaplan

Jonathan Monk
Wool Piece III , 2016
Wool
27.2 x 23.8″
Edition 1 of 6

Paul Kasmin Gallery

Meanwhile, Paul Kasmin Gallery, from New York as well, will also be presenting a group show. From these 18 artists, there will be masterworks by famed modernist sculptor Constantin Brâncuși and abstract expressionist painter Lee Krasner, as well as contemporary works by Naama Tsabar, Iván Navarro and others.

Paul Kasmin Gallery - Art Basel Miami Beach

Paul Kasmin Gallery - Art Basel Miami Beach

Paul Kasmin Gallery - Art Basel Miami Beach

Paul Kasmin Gallery - Art Basel Miami Beach

Erik Olsen at Untitled, Miami

Alongside Art Basel Miami Beach is a separate art fair, Untitled, Miami, which focusses on emerging contemporary work and “innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue.”

Here, we’ll be keeping our eye out for Erik Olsen’s solo booth. Olsen is a young Canadian painter who studied under Peter Doig at an exclusive artists study in 2014/2015, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. We first came across his work through his dealer in NYC, BavinLee Programs, and fell so in love with it that we actually acquired a couple of pieces for our offices.

Erik Olsen, Mirage, 2016

Mirage, 2016
Oil on canvas
48 x 36″

Erik Olsen, Weltbild Erik, 2016

Weltbild Erik, 2016
Oil on canvas
80 x 60″

Erik Olsen, Painter’s Mask, 2016

Painter’s Mask, 2016
Oil on canvas
48 x 36″

Erik Olsen, Gaia Matisse, 2016

Gaia Matisse, 2016
Oil on canvas
48 x 36″

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