Now in its 16th edition, Art Basel in Miami Beach kicks off this week, capping off a momentous year in art—from the one-two punch of the Venice Biennale and Documenta 14, to the fanfare of last month’s $450 million Leonardo da Vinci sale at Christie’s.
Miami Art Week’s hallmark fair is known to corral the world’s leading galleries within the sprawling Miami Beach Convention Center, but the fair actually welcomes a range of exhibitors, from respected young programs to blue-chip mainstays, with fresh faces from across that spectrum joining each year. As over 260 galleries from 32 countries touch down in Miami Beach for the 2017 fair, we caught up with 18 dealers, from Houston to Shanghai, as they prepared to make their debut appearances at Art Basel in Miami Beach.
Since setting up his first London gallery in Chelsea in 1996, Offer Waterman has developed a reputation for focused surveys around 20th-century masters, like Frank Auerbach , Robert Rauschenberg , and David Hockney . Now based in a five-story Mayfair townhouse, the eponymous gallery spans modern and contemporary artists from the U.S. and Europe, though “British art is my passion, and it’s what we are best known for,” Waterman says.
Following several years showing at leading fairs like TEFAF Maastricht and Frieze Masters, in Miami the gallery shows in the Survey sector with a booth aimed at introducing the Scottish-born, London-based artist William Turnbull , whose estate it represents, to American collectors and curators.
The thoughtful presentation homes in on the artist’s production from 1958 to 1972, during which time he visited New York, showed in the U.S., and befriended American artists like Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko . Turnbull’s paintings and sculptures took a turn towards spare, minimalist, and often monochromatic forms. “We hope both collectors of American and British art will find his work of interest in Miami,” he says, noting that some of the works were originally shown in California in 1966. “We are really excited to be bringing this work back to the U.S.”
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