The magical Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 arrived and left in a blink of an eye, as all other extraordinary things in life. While we patiently wait for another unique chance to explore the best of contemporary art and collectible design in next year’s edition, let’s review the highlights of this year.
Untitled (2018) by Claudia Wieser. Sculpture made using acrylic paint, ink and goald leaf on wood. Showcased at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. ©Art Basel
Claudia Wieser was one of the most relevant artists in the Sies + Höke’s showcase with her colorful and minimalist Untitled art pieces created in 2018. Her sculptures are perfect examples of how art and design can be merged together to create something beautiful and functional at the same time.
Untitled (2017) by Claudia Wieser. Sculpture made using Gold leaf on wood. Showcased at Art Basel Miami 2018. ©Art Basel
In the same booth, we also can’t ignore the realistic bronze sculpture of a cat by João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva.
“Black Cat” (2018) by João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Sculpture made of patinated bronze. Showcased at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. ©Art Basel
The Haas Brothers were, undoubtfully, stars of this year’s edition, not only thanks to their solo exhibition Ferngully but also with their works showcased by Marianne Boesky Gallery.
“Tequila Sunrise” (2018) by The Haas Brothers in Marianne Boesky Gallery. Porcelain Sculpture. ©Art Basel
The young Japanese artist and master artisan Takuro Kuwata is one of the prodigies in contemporary ceramics and his works were showcased by Salon 94 in Art Basel 2018.
“Tea Bowl” (2018) by Takuro Kuwata. Sculpture made of porcelain, glaze and platinum. ©Art Basel
This colorful glass sculpture by Jean-Luc Moulène was exhibited by Galerie Chantal Crousel in Art Basel 2018.
“Untitled (Gold Ruby / Emerald Green)” (2018) by Jean-Luc Moulène. Sculpture made of glass and bronze. Exhibited in Art Basel 2018 ©Art Basel
However, Jean-Luc’s was not the only glass sculpture to amaze us. Lévy Grovy also brought us this marvelous piece by Terry Adkins.
Untitled – Bessie Smith Head, Red (2007) by Terry Adkins. Showcased by Lévy Gorvy ©Adkins
From the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery the wonderful works by Claire Falkenstein stand out with their concept of destruction and decay.
Untitled (1970) by Claire Falkenstein. Sculpture made of copper and glass. Exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. ©Art Basel
“Sun XIV” (1958) by Claire Falkenstein. Sculpture made of copper. Exhibited at Art Basel Miami 2018. ©Art Basel
Contrasting with Claire’s artworks we have Barbara Chase-Riboud evoking wealth and luxury with her exclusive design.
“Tantra #4” (2007) by Barbara Chase-Riboud. Sculpture created with polished bronze and silk. Exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. ©Art Basel
Another golden surprise was the work of art by Gonzalo Lebrija in Travesía Cuatro.
“Unfolded Gold” (2015) by Gonzalo Lebrija. ©Lerbrija
The playful sculpture by Daniel Arsham from Perrotin, tearing apart the well-known “The End” message that appears in several movies and TV shows gave us a reason to smile.
“Patch 7” (2018) by Daniel Arsham. Sculpture made of quartz and hydrostone. Exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. ©Art Basel
In Galleria Franco Noero, the sculpture by Mark Handforth made us think about the passing of time with its spiral-like shape.
“Black Fern” (2017) by Mark Handforth. Sculpture made of aluminum, enamel paint and steel. Exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. ©Art Basel
Galerie Lelong also offered us the opportunity to admire two amazing sculptures, one by Jaume Plensa and other by Michelle Stuart. Something about the closed eyes of Rose and the stars in Sheep’s Milk and the Cosmos create a surreal and dreamlike sensation.
“Rose” (2018) by Jaume Plensa. Sculpted granite. Showcased at Art Basel Miami 2018. ©Art Basel
“Sheep’s Milk and the Cosmos” (1999) by Michelle Stuart. Art piece created with beeswax, pigments, canvas-mounted panels, stone, wood and wax. Showcased at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018. ©Art Basel
One of the oldest concepts in Art’s History: Love. It could not be forgotten in this year’s edition. The steel sculpture by Jeff Koons presented by the Gagosian Art Gallery evokes this ancient artistic perception.
“Ode to Love” (2010 – 2017) by Jeff Koons. Sculpture made of mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. ©Art Basel
The fascinating humanoid sculpture by Yinka Shonibare presented by James Cohan Gallery in Art Basel 2018 surprised everyone with its inspiration in the classical Venus figure with a contemporary twist.
“Venus de Arles” (2018) by Yinka Shonibare MBE in James Cohan Gallery. Unique fibreglass sculpture, hand-painted with Dutch wax pattern, bespoke hand-coloured globe and steel baseplate. ©Art Basel
These among many other incredible works of art showcased at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 planted seeds in our imagination. Next year, we hope they bloom in more creative and innovative ways to work in the art and design fields. We can’t wait for the upcoming art exhibitions by the best art galleries in the world.
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