The focus of the Art Basel Miami Beach is women; something which remains uncommon to art fairs.
Throughout the Basel, the Mary Boone Gallery will feature five female artists: Judith Bernstein, Sarah Charlesworth, Nancy Dwyer, Barbara Kruger and Laurie Simmons. Galerie Lelong equally boasts five women: Petah Coyne, Jane Hammond, Ana Mendieta, Zilia Sánchez; who is 89 and whose work is rarely seen outside of her Puerto Rico home, and Etel Adnan; who is 90. Galerie Barbara Thumm will be showing three: the multimedia artist Teresa Burga, the minimalist American painter Jo Baer and Anna Oppermann, who died at the age of 53 in 1993 and is best known for her ensembles of paper scraps and photographs. In addition, the Rubell Family Collection will open a show focusing on more than 100 female artists in its collection, including Sherrie Levine and Kara Walker. Their new show, “No Man’s Land,” which runs from 3 December 2015 to 28 May 2016, will take over the Rubells’ 45,000-square-foot Miami museum with paintings, photographs, sculptures and video.
Locals worry that the fair doesn’t present equal opportunities for everyone like it used to, with 267 exhibiting galleries being from Miami. Yet, according to independent curator Jane Hart, the works involved in the fair are of utmost influence. For example, Yeelen Gallery presents “What’s Inside Her Never Dies … A Black Woman’s Legacy,” a group show of local and international artists exploring representations of black women, while Spinello Projects displays “Littlest Sister,” showcasing art by 10 Miami-based women.