Best of Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

From happy ombre-hued paintings to brash black-and-white photographs of dogs, this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach is full of energy and smart juxtapositions. Here, we select our 11 favorite works.

Each December, galleries from around the globe make a pilgrimage to Miami Beach to present the work of contemporary masters at Art Basel, which runs from Dec. 7–10. Of the 250-plus galleries showing this year, theres the playful and brightly colored work typical of the Miami fair, such as Alex Israels Wave (2017) at the Gagosian booth and Katharina Grosses o.T. (2015/2016) at König Galerie. But we found the abstract, gestural paintings of Dawn Kasper at David Lewis Gallery, along with Georg Baselitz, who showed with both White Cube and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, to be among the strongest. We made sure to pay a visit to Galerie Gmurzynska for Jean Pigozzis arresting black-and-white canine photographs.

Finally, inspired by our December issue cover subject, chef Daniel Humm, weve been thinking a lot about food—its intersection with art, in particular. So it was a delight to stop by the Almine Rech Gallery booth and see Chloe WiseA Poem For Pilates (2017), where faux fruit and antique silverware create a technically impressive still life atop a cowhide-covered plinth. Enough about art, though. Here are our top 11 picks from this years fair.

Part of a Larger Whole (2017) by Dawn Kasper.

David Lewis Gallery


Cabana” (2017) by James Casebere.

Sean Kelly


Mr. XYZ (2017) by Aaron Curry.

David Kordansky Gallery


Wave (2017) by Alex Israel.



o.T. (2015/2016) by Katharina Grosse.

König Galerie


Charles and Saatchi (Untitled 5) (2017) by Jean Pigozzi.

Galerie Gmurzynska


A Poem for Pilates (2017) by Chloe Wise.

Almine Rech Gallery


Natural Man (2015) by Oscar Tuazon.

Luhring Augustine


Oberteil (2017) by Georg Baselitz.

White Cube


Ich gehe, du gehst, wir gehen, wir sind geganen (2017) by Georg Baselitz.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac


(From left) Fig. 6 (2017), Fig. 5 (2017), and Fig. 1 (2017) by Erin Shirreff.

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.


Photos: Spencer Bailey

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