Art Basel Miami Beach Recap with NAP Publisher, Steven Zevitas

For art lovers, art fairs are a blessing and a curse. There is a lot to look at, but, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to really look at anything. Distractions are everywhere. Art Basel Miami is perhaps the most difficult environment to focus on art that I have ever encountered. Navigating the crowds that aimlessly meander from one side of a congested aisle to another is challenging enough. Pair that with the siren call of hundreds of large scale works in every media simultaneously screaming for your attention and you will find art fair malaise setting in rapidly.

The 2016 iteration of Miami Basel was as overwhelming as ever, even if, as the press has widely noted, there were fewer people in attendance. It was hard to ignore some of the “major” works there – Lee Krasner’s 6 million dollar painting at Paul Kasmin, Sam Durant’s call to arms at Blum & Poe, and Yayoi Kusama’s infinity room at Victoria Miro, to name a few – but I tried my best not to get distracted. I found that the greatest visual pleasures came in small packages this year. The fair’s Survey Sector, which is dedicated to one-person exhibitions, was the highlight of the fair for me with Howardena Pindell, Margaret Kilgallen, Betye Saar, Giogio Morandi and Romare Bearden all looking stellar. Many other great works could be found in the Miami Convention Center if you gave it time.

Here are some favorites from Miami Basel 2016. - Steven Zevitas, Editor/Publisher

Sam Durant. Photo by Andrew Katz

Lee Krasner

Yayoi Kusama

Marina Adams

Armin Boehm

Louise Bourgeois

Roger Brown

Lygia Clark

Mike Cloud

Jessica Dickinson

Richard Diebenkorn

Nicole Eisenman

Roe Etheridge

Keltie Ferris

Spencer Finch

Gautam Ghosh

Arshile Gorky

Philip Guston

Siobhan Hapaska

Ellsworth Kelly

Margaret Kilgallen

Judy Ledgerwood

Marco Maggi

Donald Moffett

Giorgio Morandi

Sam Moyer



Trevor Paglen

Roxy Paine

Howardena Pindell

Pope L.

Ken Price

Suellen Rocca

Matthew Ronay

Betye Saar

Serban Savu

James Siena

Do Ho Suh

Richard Tuttle


DeWain Valentine

Stanley Whitney

Hannah Wilke

B. Wurtz

Amy Yao

Brenna Youngblood