At this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, Lehmann Maupin will present new works by Ashley Bickerton, Mary Corse, Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernández, Shirazeh Houshiary, Klara Kristalova, Lee Bul, Liu Wei, Angel Otero, Tony Oursler, Robin Rhode, Do Ho Suh, Mickalene Thomas, Adriana Varejão, Nari Ward, and Matthias Weischer.
Lehmann Maupin will also present a dedicated selection of new works by Nari Ward as part of Kabinett. The centerpiece of this presentation will be We Shall Overcome, a new large-scale installation created with hundreds of shoelaces, suggesting an anonymous mass of people and the idea of mobility. Alongside this work will be recent works by Ward that re-contextualize found objects in thought-provoking juxtapositions, often creating complex and metaphorical meanings that highlight cultural values. On view concurrently during the fair will be Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, a mid-career survey exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), on view through February 28, 2016.
Both Tracey Emin and Shirazeh Houshiary will be included in the fair’s Film Sector. Emin’s video Love Never Wanted Me (2013) follows a wild fox on the grounds of a secluded estate as the artist narrates a haunting account of the pain associated with fleeting love, stating at one point: “The broken heart is a lonely world and this is the love that I know.” Houshiary’s digital animation Dust (2011-13) captures the unseen through a combination of moving images of a single candle burning. As soot from the flame accumulates and dissipates at varied time intervals, these visual transformations—which are paired with a chant, moving as a wave from low to high and back to low by soprano Olivia Salvadori—convey the past, present, and future simultaneously.
On Thursday, December 3rd at 5PM, Tony Oursler, an avid collector of magic-related ephemera, will speak with Stedelijk Museum director Beatrix Ruf, as part of Art Basel's Salon and Conversations program. This talk, entitled Life in the Archive will be moderated by Tom Eccles, Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
Also on December 3rd, Mickalene Thomas will join artist Shirin Neshat and Aspen Art Museum director Heidi Zuckerman at the Edition Hotel at 11AM for Women of Influence in the Business of Art, a panel discussion exploring the qualities that define a new generation of women artists and leaders in art, as well as the many different ways in which they have achieved success, despite obstacles and prevailing inequalities. This panel is organized by the Pratt Institute and will be moderated by W Magazine editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi.
Additionally Thomas’ work will be included in the group exhibition of women artists, No Man's Land, at the Rubell Family Collection, along with sculptures by Klara Kristalova and photographs by Catherine Opie, which will be on view from December 2, 2015-May 28, 2016. Paintings by Mary Corse will be a part of Made in California: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation at Mana Wynwood, running from December 3-6, 2015.