Art Basel Miami Beach launches a new program, which opens this week, seeing the launch of “Survey,” a new art-historical section devoted to artists that reached their peak during the second half of the 20th century. This inaugural edition of “Survey” will feature nine solo exhibitions and four group shows, focused in their majority on women artists active in the 1960-70s.
Charim Galerie from Vienna is showing works by Actionist artists including Valie Export, New York’s Broadway 1602 is bringing a four-woman exhibition, the Parisian Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois will show assemblages by Niki de Saint Phalle, New York’s James Fuentes Gallery has a solo show by the Fluxus artist Alison Knowles.
The female theme also underpins the presentations of New York’s Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, which will present works by the land and conceptual artist Michelle Stuart.
Latin American artists are also a highlight of this first edition of ‘Survey’, with Galeria Bergamin from São Paulo presenting works by the Brazilian painter Alfredo Volpi, and Espaivisor, from Valencia, focusing on the work of the Chilean artist Lotty Rosenfeld.
The introduction of ‘Survey’ follows the recent trend of art fair sections devoted to artists active in the second half of the 20th century, with the recent fair sections ‘Spotlight’ at Frieze Masters (London), and ‘Back to the Future’ at Artissima (Turin).
“People have realized that new discoveries are not just coming out of the studios of art schools, but also the studios of art-school professors,” Marc Spiegler, director of the Art Basel fairs, told The Art Newspaper.