The project is one of several presentations of Latin American art in the fair’s Survey section.
São Paulo-based Ricardo Camargo Galeria will recreate the studio of the late Brazilian artist Wesley Duke Lee at this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach (December 7–10). The artist, who performed one of Brazil’s first happenings and spearheaded the magic realism movement in São Paulo, is one of a number of Latin American figures headlining the fair’s Survey section, which is dedicated to art made before 2000.
Lee (1931–2010), who was included in Tate Modern’s influential “World Goes Pop” exhibition, spearheaded a return to figurative painting in Brazil in the 1960s and co-founded Grupo REX and REX Gallery, which sought to present art outside the confines of the art market.
While Art Basel in Miami Beach typically presents a critical mass of Latin American art, this year’s Survey section has a particularly concentrated focus on the region. The uptick in attention comes as museums are working to expand the canon with the launch of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the Getty-funded initiative that focuses on exhibitions of Latino and Latin American art.