Suzanne Lovell Inc

Fine Art

Miami Beach Art Week 2017

December 08, 2017

Never one to miss a beat, Suzanne Lovell Inc. headed to Miami Beach for the 16th edition of Art Basel, the 13th edition of Design Miami/, and the 28th edition of Art Miami. Occurring simultaneously, ABMB and Design Miami/ are global attractions and held in the highest regard across art and design communities alike. Art Miami remains a leading destination for modern and contemporary artworks.

Image courtesy of Art Basel.

Following its debut in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) is a perfect reflection and celebration of Miami’s multi-cultural identity. Not surprisingly ABMB counts itself as one of the favorite wintertime events of the international art world. In fact, ABMB noted over 77,000 visitors attended ABMB in 2015.

Attended by devoted collectors and enthusiasts alike, the fair has steadily increased its programming and collaborations since its inception to outdo itself with each edition.

Now one of the premiere contemporary art fairs in North and South America, ABMB will feature over 268 elite galleries from over 32 countries across the globe.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 will feature 268 elite galleries from 32 countries. Image courtesy of Forbes.

We attend ABMB, Design Miami/, and Art Miami annually and always look forward to the creative and dynamic atmosphere uniquely present at both fairs. We continuously look forward to supporting and strengthening relationships with our known galleries and artists, as we equally look forward to meeting new galleries, artists, and designers. Our time in Miami this week is a whirlwind of productivity and we simply wouldn’t have it any other way.

A captivating light sculpture and installation by our constant muse, Olafur Eliasson, on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery at ABMB. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc. 

The wild popularity of Art Basel Miami Beach incited the creation of Design Miami/. Design Miami/ focuses exclusively on design. Forbes describes Design Miami as the global fair for design. As avid supporters and collectors of various design furniture and objects, we enthusiastically view and admire the 34 galleries’ offerings.

Misha Kahn’s playful design furniture at Friedman Benda’s booth at Design Miami/. Console table, Tingle Tangle Mingle Mangle, 2017, with a  Misha Kahn Saturday Morning Series: Wall Mirror above. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

We have included some of our latest musings from both ABMB and Design Miami to share with our readers. We encourage you to follow us on Instagram for the latest updates!

Roberto Lugo, Panda: Eats Shoots and Leaves, 2017. Digital print on paper, 60″ X 40.” Image courtesy of Wexler Gallery.

Seen at Wexler Gallery’s booth at Art Miami, this Roberto Lugo digital print clearly illustrates historic references. Lugo, a potter, social activist, poet, and emerging artist seeks to “bring art to those that do not believe they need to see it and engage in deeper ways of knowing, learning, and thinking.” Lugo is certainly an artist to follow –  The Cleveland Museum of Art just acquired his self-portrait New Slaves, 2017.

Theaster Gates, Standing Bird with Wrap, 2017. Bronze and tar with wood base, 42 3/4″ X 23″ X 12 1/4.” Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

We were most pleased to see this powerful bronze and tar sculpture by Theaster Gates at Richard Gray Gallery’s ABMB booth. Celebrated for his mix of social practice, performance, painting, and sculpture, Gates’ practice remains rooted in African American history and culture.

Richard Gray Gallery is without a doubt a gallery we admire and trust. On behalf of a sophisticated Chicago client of ours, we recently acquired an important sculpture from Richard Gray Gallery after first seeing the sculpture at EXPO Chicago 2017. One never knows what will move and inspire you when attending art fairs!


Nick Cave, Soundsuit, in metallic silvers with vivid colors atop. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc. 

Always a favorite are Nick Cave’s amazing Soundsuits as seen at Jack Shainman Gallery’s ABMB booth. Earlier this year, Nick Cave and Jeanne Gang collaborated to produce an exciting performance and environment at EXPO Chicago. Cave effortlessly joins the sculptural and performance elements of his creations, each suit unique from the next.

Sam Moyer, Untitled, 2017. Marble and dyed canvas mounted to MDF, 72″ X 48.” Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

As we walked ABMB we were delighted to see artwork by Sam Moyer on view at Rodolphe Janssen. Sam Moyer is hugely talented artist who caught our attention with her WIDE AWAKE exhibit at Sean Kelly. Moyer is definitely on our radar!

Yan Pei-MingLe déjeuner sur l’herbe d’après Manet, 2017. Oil on canvas, 78.74″ X 98.43.” Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc. as seen at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac at ABMB.

This large-scale, monochromatic oil on canvas is by Franco-Chinese artist, Yan Pei-Ming. Best known for his monochromatic portraits rooted in Chinese cultural history and Western portraiture tradition, Ming’s take on da Vinci’s Mona Lisa now hangs in the Louvre. Here, his perspective of a Manet painting captivates the audience with the subjects’ expertly conveyed “eye contact.”

Man Ray, Chess Set, 1962. Table top (closed) 23 3/8″ X 39.” Inscribed and numbered 12/50 on white king chess piece. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

An exquisite chess set designed by Dada artist, Man Ray, consists of 32 patinated dark brown and brass chess pieces on an enameled and gilt-metal chessboard. This unique chess set would perfectly complement a player’s study or library!

Dan Flavin, Untitled (to Veronique), 1987.  Red, yellow, blue, and green fluorescent light, 96.” Copy number 3 from an edition of 5. Seen at Waddington Custot at ABMB. Image courtesy of Suzanne Lovell Inc.

With such a fantastically curated variety of galleries, artists, and designers it has been an incredibly exciting week in Miami Beach for our team and clients.

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