Survey: 16 historical projects highlighted at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC)
Miami, FL, USA
7 – 10 December 2017


The Survey sector will return to Art Basel in Miami Beach for its fourth year, presenting artworks created prior to the year 2000. The sector will provide further insights into work by artists Rodolfo Aricò, Hércules Barsotti, Judith Bernstein, Frank Bowling, Dadamaino, Willys de Castro, Cícero Dias, Noël Dolla, David Driskell, Sérvulo Esmeraldo, Wesley Duke Lee, Carlos Leppe, Roberto Matta, Mario Nigro, Brian O’Doherty, Letícia Parente, Alexis Smith, William Turnbull, Claude Viallat and Edgardo Antonio Vigo. The 16th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will take place from December 7 to December 10, 2017 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Survey will welcome 10 new exhibitors to the sector this year, seven of which are completely new to the Miami Beach show, including: Ricardo Camargo Galeria, Ceysson & Bénétière, Hales Gallery, A arte Invernizzi, Galeria Jaqueline Martins, Richard Saltoun Gallery and Offer Waterman. For their first presentations at the fair, A arte Invernizzi will mount a specially curated project devoted to the alternative and innovative forms of painting that emerged in Milan during the 1950s and 1960s, with works by Rodolfo Aricò (b. 1930, d. 2002), Dadamaino (b. 1930, d. 2004) and Mario Nigro (b. 1917, d. 1992), while Hales Gallery will examine the career of painter Frank Bowling (b. 1936) with a focused display of works produced during the artist’s formative years (1968–1973). The gallery’s presentation will coincide with a major solo exhibition of Bowling’s monumental paintings, curated by Okwui Enwezor, at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Also marking its debut at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Offer Waterman will feature pivotal works by acclaimed British modernist William Turnbull (b. 1922, d. 2012), including nine color field paintings and four related sculptures from Turnbull’s mid-career period (1959–1972), during which he was greatly influenced by his American contemporaries. Ceysson & Bénétière will present works by Claude Viallat (b. 1936) and Noël Dolla (b. 1945), whose unconventional artistic methods challenged cultural production within the context of political and social unrest in France during the late 1960s.

Several galleries in Survey will feature strong political presentations, including The Box who will show early drawings and paintings by Judith Bernstein (b. 1942), an artist who explores political landscapes and elements of power and aggression in society. The Box’s presentation will coincide with an exhibition at The Drawing Center in New York City of new drawings created by Bernstein in response to the Trump administration. Espaivisor will present a solo exhibition on the seminal Chilean artist Carlos Leppe (b. 1952, d. 2015). Developed during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile, Leppe’s works speak to the construction of a culture of democratic opposition, foreshadowing the country’s political transition. Another celebrated Chilean artist, Roberto Matta (b. 1911, d. 2002) will be the focus of Robilant + Voena’s project for Survey. The works on display will encapsulate the various phases of Matta’s prolific career, including his Surrealist ‘Inscapes’ series created from the 1930s to the 1940s, as well as later pieces that reflect on the state of world politics at the time, grappling with topics such as the Vietnam War, the American Civil Rights Movement and the Spanish Civil War. Richard Saltoun Gallery will dedicate its booth to Argentinian artist Edgardo Antonio Vigo (b. 1928, d. 1997), a vital figure in the Latin American avant-garde movement. Vigo, who lived through the years of the ‘Dirty War’ (1974-83) and under severe dictatorship, was a constant critic of the system he endured, and his strong critique of Western capitalist culture is inherent throughout his work.

Featuring woodcuts, screen prints, lithographs, multiples, magazines and performance documents, the gallery’s presentation will offer a wide selection of Vigo’s artworks that are representative of the artist’s politically charged oeuvre.

Additional first-time exhibitors at Art Basel in Miami Beach who will feature artists from Latin America in Survey include Galeria Jaqueline Martins, with an exhibition devoted to Letícia Parente (b. 1930, d. 1991), a pioneer of Brazilian video art, and Ricardo Camargo Galeria, who will transform its booth into the studio of Brazilian painter Wesley Duke Lee (b. 1931, d. 2010), encompassing paintings, collages and a sculpture created out of assembled objects.

Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte will bring together eight historical works by the Brazilian modernist Cícero Dias (b. 1907, d. 2003), which represent the height of his abstract creations and were produced following his move to Paris, where he became associated with other prominent artists at the time including Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. Works by Sérvulo Esmeraldo (b. 1929, b. 2017), another Brazilian artist who was active in Paris in the 1960s, will be on view at Galeria Raquel Arnaud. Esmeraldo became known for his interactive kinetic devices called ‘Excitables’, which will be exhibited in the gallery’s booth alongside sculptures and paintings by the artist. Henrique Faria Fine Art will present works on paper by Neo-Concrete artists Hércules Barsotti (b. 1914, d. 2010) and Willys de Castro (b. 1926, d. 1988). As lifelong friends and creative partners, Barsotti and de Castro founded the Estúdio de Projectos Gráficos where they worked together for ten years on projects varying from logos, textiles, jewelry and furniture design.

Honor Fraser will recreate a 1981 installation of unique artist books by Alexis Smith (b. 1949), which will be exhibited for the first time in decades, while Simone Subal Gallery will present rarely seen sculptures, paintings and drawings by Irish artist and writer Brian O’Doherty (b. 1928). The booth will feature a set of key works created in 1966 based on an electrocardiogram that O’Doherty – a trained doctor – took of Marcel Duchamp’s heartbeat. O’Doherty then translated this medical data into a suite of artworks, including a kinetic sculpture that ‘reanimates’ Duchamp’s heartbeat as well as accompanying works on paper. DC Moore Gallery will bring together important early works from the 1960s and 1970s by renowned African American artist and historian, David Driskell (b. 1931), who draws upon personal experience, memory and aspects of American and African culture to create multifaceted paintings and collages.

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Hales Gallery
Frank Bowling For Edvins, 1972-73
Courtesy of the artist and the gallery