Art Basel Miami 2015 has officially kicked off. Where can you find the best representational works?
As detailed in last week’s edition of Fine Art Today, Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 is upon us, and organizers expect nearly $2 billion in art sales over the next several days. Although nearly every type of medium and style is to be expected among the massive number of events and exhibitions, we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight some of the best that representational art has to offer.

Kevin Peterson, “Holy Fuckin Puke War,” 2015, oil on panel, 24 x 19 in. (c) Thinkspace Gallery 2015

Showcasing his hyper-realistic drawings, artist Joel Daniel Phillips will impress with his photographic detailing and the sheer scale of his works. His exhibition at Miami Project in Deauville Hotel is a must-see.

Warner Friedman, “Rising Barometer,” oil, 54 x 48 in. (c) Clark Gallery 2015

Jamie Wyeth, “Atticus and Scout, Second in the Screen Door Sequence,” 2015, oil on canvas with found America door and lamp, 40 x 28.5 in. (c) Adelson Galleries 2015­­­­­

Satellite fair SCOPE Miami Beach also has a range of outstanding works and exhibitions to offer, beginning with the sculptures of Martin C. Herbst, whose work is presented by Jacob Karplo Gallery. Represented by Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California, are the magnetic works of Kevin Peterson, especially his oil “Holy Fuckin Puke War.”

Ben Sack, “Cosmoglyph,” 2015, pen & ink on woven paper, 73 x 68 in. (c) Robert Fontaine Gallery 2015

Susan Hauptman, “Hair Self-portrait with Dog,” 2001, charcoal, pastel and hair on paper, 94 x 40.5 in.
(c) Forum Gallery 2015

Also at SCOPE are hypnotic pen-and-ink works by Ben Sack, represented by Robert Fontaine Gallery. Sack’s “Cosmoglyph” is a monumental work in both scale and detail, displaying two figures amid a heavily populated landscape of architectural shapes and forms. The figures themselves are constructed from the basic shapes as well. Clark Gallery, coming to the show from Boston, also has an eclectic mix of outstanding paintings, some of which display unique architectural settings along an overcast coast by artist Warner Friedman.

John Moore, “Quitting Time,” 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 42 in. (c) Hirschl & Adler Modern 2015

Winold Reiss, “Bakelite Girl,” ca. 1930, pastel on paper, 37 x 24.5 in. (c) Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, LLC. 2015

Works by the late Susan Hauptman are also on view via Forum Gallery at Miami Project, along with John Moore, represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern; Winold Reiss, presented by Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts LLC.; Andrew Wyeth, via Avery Galleries; and Jamie Wyeth, via Adelson Galleries.

Andrew Wyeth, “Saplings,” 1962, watercolor, 22 x 30 in. (c) Avery Galleries 2015

While the list could go on and on, there is sure to be something for everyone over the next week in Miami Beach, Florida. The surface has, indeed, only been scratched: Satellite fairs Red Dot, SPECTRUM, Art Dot, and Art Basel opened last night as well.
To learn more, visit Art Basel Miami Beach 2015, or read last week’s article here.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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