Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only)
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only)
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 3pm to 8pm
Friday, December 4, 2015, 12noon to 8pm
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 12noon to 8pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 12noon to 6pm
Atmosphere at Galleries, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel
Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 | Impression © Art Basel
A decade after its inauguration in 2005, Kabinett has become a much-loved and highly praised sector of Art Basel Miami Beach in which galleries display concise curated installations within their booths. This year’s 27 curated exhibitions will feature work by Eduardo Basualdo, Adolfo Bernal, Chris Burden, Waltercio Caldas, Michael Craig-Martin, Suzanne Duchamp, Jan Fabre, Li Gang, Al Held, Glenn Kaino, Joseph Kosuth, Dr. Lakra, Deana Lawson, Jochen Lempert, Isa Melsheimer, Meuser, John Miller, Chris Ofili, Richard Pettibone, Sigmar Polke, Stephen Prina, Ana Sacerdote, Zilia Sánchez, Alan Sonfist, Stanley Twardowicz, Agnès Varda and Nari Ward. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, runs from December 3 – December 6, 2015.
Atmosphere, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel
Highlights this year include a new installation by Glenn Kaino (b. 1972, United States) at Kavi Gupta. ‘The Internationale’ (2015) is comprised of a recreation of a 19th-century Pierrot and the Moon automata installed within a pitch-black room. Triggered by the presence of spectators, the moon will trace the movement of visitors with its eye, speak fragments of seminal texts on post-colonial theory, and sing ‘The Internationale‘, the classic French song of the 19th-century socialist movement.
Lia Rumma, Joseph Kosuth, Installation view ‘Texts for nothing’ Samuel Beckett, in play, 2010. Photo credit – Daniele Nalesso; Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Text will be a point of entry for Galleria Lia Rumma’s presentation of neon works by Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945, United States). The series, conceived in 2010, features sentences formed in white neon installed in a floor-to-ceiling matte black space. From one angle, the phrases will appear to be composed of small points of lights, however on shifting one’s point of view the words can be read clearly, bringing into question the viewer’s relationship to language. Likewise, Casas Riegner will present a selection of text-based pieces by Adolfo Bernal (b. 1954 – d. 2008, Colombia). Comprising one- or two-word posters to vintage photographs and objects from the late 1970s and early 1980s, all of which highlight his interest in the visual power of words.
Casas Riegner, Adolfo Bernal, The End, 1980. Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Reflecting on seminal works by Chris Burden (b. 1946 – d. 2015, United States), the acclaimed artist who passed away this year, Galerie Krinzinger will exhibit his ‘Deluxe Photo Book 1971 – 1973′, a hand-painted binder containing all of the photodocumentation and explanatory texts of the first three years of his performances. This will be accompanied by material from Burden’s later ‘Bridges‘ series, as well as works on paper and smaller sculptures.
Lehmann Maupin, Nari Ward, Swing Low, 2015. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein; Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
New works by Nari Ward (b. 1963, Jamaica) at Lehmann Maupin will reflect on his ongoing concerns with how the art object can challenge societal power structures. The centerpiece is ‘We Shall Overcome’ (2015), a large-scale wall installation that brings to mind both the African American Civil Rights Movement from the 1960s and current issues of race, identity and politics. Photographs by Deana Lawson (b. 1979, United States) inspired by the materiality and expression of black cultures globally will be on view at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Drawn from across the last decade, the presentation will be a collective portrait, which investigates black aesthetics through the body, the domestic environment and various settings of ritual or celebration.
Kabinett will include several works that have rarely and in some cases never been seen before. Bringing together the feminine and the erotic, a selection of shaped canvases by Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Cuba) will be presented by Galerie Lelong. Since the 1950s, Sánchez’s unique approach to formal abstraction has rarely been seen outside of Puerto Rico. At Art Basel Miami Beach, Galerie Lelong will feature recent and historic works such as ‘Antigonía’ (1970), ‘Módulo Infinito’ (1978) and ‘El Silencio de Eros’ (1982-1990), along with works on paper from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Galerie Lelong, Zilia Sánchez. Soy Isla [I am an Island], ca. 1970. Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Van Doren Waxter, Al Held, 60-1 (detail), 1960. Courtesy the artist and the gallery
Galerie Nathalie Obadia will feature photographs by Agnès Varda (b. 1928, Belgium) created from 1962 to 1963, four years after the Cuban revolution. Many of the vintage prints that will be on view – which capture the island’s post-revolutionary ambiance and the premises of a Latino-socialism utopia – have never been exhibited before. A selection of assertive, freehand India ink drawings by Al Held (b. 1928 – d. 2005, United States) from 1960 will be on view at Van Doren Waxter; the works foreshadow the hard-edged geometry that he was to become known for in his later paintings.
Two Kabinett presentations will be located within the Edition sector. Alan Cristea Gallery will install new editions and mono-prints by Michael Craig-Martin (b. 1941, Ireland), including the world premiere of a new set of letterpress editions and a grouping of screenprints that will be shown for the first time in the United States. Two Palms will present ‘Black Shunga’ (2008-2015) by Chris Ofili (b. 1968, United Kingdom), a suite of 11 erotic line etchings printed on specially prepared paper with a dark blue color-shifting metallic surface. The series refers to Shunga, a Japanese style of erotic art that peaked in the Edo period (1603-1867). Ofili’s etchings reveal themselves slowly; upon close inspection, fine lines emerge depicting figures entwined. Continue reading