Art Basel returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center this week with a new director of American operations, Noah Horowitz, but only a few changes to its recent formula, characterized by various sections that lend a curated pretense to an event that is growing by the year, and is arguably over-programmed.
The Survey section, highlighting art-historical works, is only in its second year and offers some intriguing installations: little seen Leger-esque paintings by Dorothy Iannone at Peres Projects, for instance, or Charles Burchfield’s wallpaper panels at DC Moore Gallery. The Nova section, meant to be a showcase for younger galleries, is a strong point, notably KOW (Berlin) and Instituto de visíon (Bogatá). The Public section of plein-air works and performance art returns to Collins Park, spilling onto the beach with a spectacular work by Kris Martin.
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