Bedazzling Basel, 2017

 
Matthew Sleeth It Was All A Dream (Neon and Steel Sculpture) Image courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery

Matthew Sleeth
It Was All A Dream (Neon and Steel Sculpture)
Image courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery


A profusion of peripatetic (and yes, more purple and less politics) was what bedazzled me at Art Basel Miami this year, my 14th consecutive.  New works by Tokyo-based Tomoo Gokita, LA-based Haas Brothers, Brooklyn-based Jean-Pierre Roy, and Beacon, New York-based twins Doug + Mike Starn, got my blood pumping this year. How was this year different than the norm? More soul and less anger.  The galleries and artists shown pushed the norm to amplified levels.  Artists exerting major moves of creativity and cleverness include my top four above, plus six others: Matthew SleethAyala Serfaty (Maison Gerard), Nina Beier,  Charles Beirk, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi (SVA) and Urs Fischer (Gagosian).  I consolidated other stand-outs to watch in 2018 by name below.  Study them, reach out to the galleries, and if you would like to discuss individual artists in more detail, message me directly.  Enjoy!

Pay attention to:  Joseph Kosuth, Milton Avery, Hans Hofmann, Tony Berlant, Barbara Kruger, Kathleen Jacobs, Wassily Kandinsky, Willem de Kooning, George Condo, Urs Fischer, Jack Pierson, Jonathan Lasker, Etel Adnan, Josiah McElheny, Damien Hirst, Robert Polidori, Michael Eastman, Kehinde Wiley, Brian Calvin, Gunther Forg, Kiki Smith, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mel Bochner, James Rosenquist, Nina Beier, Pieter Schoolwerth, Pawel Althamer, Sam Durant, Tomoo Gokita, Jim Shaw, Paul McCarthy, Roni Horn, Alex Prager, Michael Elmgreen, Rob Wynne, Miles Aldridge, Doug Aitken, Tom Wesselmann.

At Design Miami (I have a particular admiration for this fair), my favorite galleries this year were: Maison Gerard, Cristina Grajales Gallery, Galerie Philippe Gravier, Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Check out the artists they represent.  You won't be disappointed! 

Pulse Art Fair Select Favorites: Jim Krantz, Jean Pierre Roy, Shay Kun, Amanda Marchand, Stephen Wilkes, Yorgos Alexopoulos, Charles Bierk, Anna Gray, Amjad Faur, Boomoon, Cornelius Volker, Amanda Manitach, David Burdeny, JoAnne Carson, Cristobal, Andy Dixon, Tony Gum, Alejandro Hernandez, Todd Lanam, Markus Linnenbrink, Aya Rodriguez Izumi, Christina West, Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger, Shingo Francis, Marco Maggi, Reinhard Gorner, John MacLean, Matthew McConville.