KABINETT, Art Basel Miami Beach

December 6 – 9, 2012

Joan Semmel: Touch (1975); Jack Whitten: King’s Wish (Martin Luther’s Dream) (1968)
Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
Installation view

Joan Semmel: On The Grass (1978); Touch (1975)
Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
Installation view

Jack Whitten: USA Oracle (Assassination of M.L. King) (1968); Hugh Steers: Chair to Bed (1993)
Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
Installation view

Jack Whitten
King’s Wish (Martin Luther’s Dream), 1968
Oil on canvas; 67.88h x 51.75w in (172.42h x 131.45w cm)

Jack Whitten
USA Oracle (Assassination of M.L. King), 1968
Oil on canvas; 55.75h x 50w in

Joan Semmel
Touch, 1975
Oil on canvas; 54h x 106w in

Joan Semmel
On The Grass, 1978
Oil on canvas; 48h x 74w in

Hugh Steers
Chair to Bed, 1993
Oil on canvas; 60.06h x 53.13w in

Press Release

History, Painting
Art Kabinett
Featuring the work of Joan Semmel, Hugh Steers, Jack Whitten
Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach, Florida
Art Galleries Sector, Booth K3

Also, works by: Coco Fusco, Lorraine O’Grady, Dawit L. Petros, and Regina Silveira.

Art Kabinett: History, Painting
The Gallery presented one of three thematic shows for the Fair’s competitive Art Kabinett program. The Gallery's curated exhibition History, Painting connects three painters whose work reflects three distinct movements in American social activism over a period of three decades. The lineage of the Civil Rights, Feminist, and Gay Liberation movements are explored through the paintings of Jack Whitten, Joan Semmel, and Hugh Steers, spanning the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, respectively.

Jack Whitten’s narrative Abstract Expressionist works from the 1960s draw imagery from the Civil Rights movement, including ghosted images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; Joan Semmel’s figurative paintings question representation of female sexuality through the lens of self-portraiture; Gay liberation and the AIDS crisis are the cultural context for narrative paintings by the late Hugh Steers (1963–1995). Placed in conversation, the paintings by these three artists weave a coherent historical narrative focused on social progress.

About Art Basel Miami Beach
Art Basel Miami Beach, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.

Top-quality exhibitions in the museums of South Florida and special programs for art collectors and curators also help make the event a special time for encountering art. And every year, a greater number of art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world participate in Art Basel Miami Beach—the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world.