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News: Art Basel Miami Beach Begins Its 20th Edition Bigger, Better, and Stronger, November 30, 2022 - Lisa Morales for Widewalls

Art Basel Miami Beach Begins Its 20th Edition Bigger, Better, and Stronger

November 30, 2022 - Lisa Morales for Widewalls

Where would Miami be, when it comes to art and culture, had Art Basel never planted the seed in 2002? Would The Magic City still be living under the shadow of its Miami Vice/Cocaine Cowboy past? Over two decades ago, auto mogul, art collector, and philanthropist Norman Braman and his wife Irma had a bigger vision for both Miami Beach and the art world. Although there’s been challenges and victories along the way, Art Basel Miami Beach’s 2022 edition is bigger, better, and stronger.

"We found our life partner and 20 years ago we met our significant other in Art Basel," said Dan Gelber, Mayor of Miami Beach.  "It would not have happened without Norman and Irma Braman."

New Beginnings

It was recently announced that Marc Spiegler would step down as Global Director after 15 years at the helm. Noah Horowitz, after leaving Art Basel as Director Americas to work at Sotheby’s, fittingly returns to step into Spiegler’s shoes. The transition should be seamless, and Horowitz will bring new energy and vision to the show. 

"It is incredibly exciting to step into this role, not only the fairs but try to open a new chapter of what we can do as far as broader innovation in the art ecosystem and market," comments Horowitz.  "I think there is extraordinary untapped potential in Basel and that is what I’m most excited about."

He continues, "I love Art Basel because of its mission and supporting galleries and arguably more so coming out of Covid. That power of coming together is transformative."

Largest Show to Date

Following a pandemic hiatus in 2020 and a challenging 2021, Art Basel Miami Beach returned full throttle boasting its largest edition to date. There are 282 premier galleries from 38 countries and territories. 25 are first-time participants.

Success from the Start

While gallery sales have yet to be released, it was an exciting first time exhibiting at Art Basel Miami Beach for Berry Campbell Gallery (Survey). The New York gallery presented Lynne Drexler: Nature Sparked, a focused exhibition featuring Drexler’s groundbreaking works created between 1959 and 1967. 

"It is an honor for Berry Campbell to participate as a new gallery in the 20th anniversary Art Basel Miami Beach fair. We are grateful to Art Basel for their inclusivity and for their willingness to include galleries with new ideas and unique perspectives," commented Christine Berry and Martha Campbell. The gallery had a hugely successful fair selling out the booth. The largest canvas, titled Mutinous Water from 1964, sold for $1.2 million. Continue Reading

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News: Berry Campbell at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022, November 29, 2022 - Berry Campbell

Berry Campbell at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022

November 29, 2022 - Berry Campbell

Lynne Drexler: Nature Sparked
Art Basel Miami Beach
December 1 - 3, 2022

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Berry Campbell is pleased to present Lynne Drexler: Nature Sparked, a focused exhibition featuring Drexler’s groundbreaking works created between 1959 and 1967. On October 23, 2022, an article by Ted Loos appeared in the New York Times with the heading, “Out of Obscurity Lynne Drexler’s Abstract Paintings Fetch Millions.” The article was published on the occasion of the opening of a joint show of the work of Drexler’s first career phase (1959–1969) at the Mnuchin Gallery on the Upper East Side and Berry Campbell in Chelsea, which represents Drexler’s estate. An Abstract Expressionist painter and student of both Hans Hofmann and Robert Motherwell, Drexler established a distinctive stylistic idiom through vibrantly contrasting hues, applied in swatch-like patches with a Pointillist dynamism. Never offered before, these paintings reveal the significant contributions she made to post-war abstraction and reveal works alive with an intense physical vibrancy and an incomparable and innovative style.

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News: Even With Seven-Figure Sales, Sanity Prevailed During an Un-Frenzied VIP Preview at Art Basel Miami Beach, November 29, 2022 - Eileen Kinsella for Artnet News

Even With Seven-Figure Sales, Sanity Prevailed During an Un-Frenzied VIP Preview at Art Basel Miami Beach

November 29, 2022 - Eileen Kinsella for Artnet News

Even With Seven-Figure Sales, Sanity Prevailed During an Un-Frenzied VIP Preview at Art Basel Miami Beach

Dealers reported strong opening-day sales, but observers noticed collectors were taking the time to think about the works on offer.

Older Female Artists Shine in the ‘Survey” Section
The event’s “Survey” section, which features historical projects by 16 galleries, is particularly strong this year—especially for presentations of work by older female artists, including Lynne Drexler at Berry Campbell, Lois Dodd at Alexandre Gallery, and March Avery—the daughter of the famous American modernist painter Milton Avery—at Switzerland’s Larkin Erdmann gallery.

Erdmann sold out his booth of paintings by March Avery, at prices that ranged from $35,000 to $65,000, telling Artnet News he was “overwhelmed” by the response of collectors. “It is so great that these important paintings are now finally being recognized by collectors and institutions alike,” he said.

Berry Campbell also sold out its “Survey” booth. Prices for Drexler’s paintings ranged from $450,000 to $1.2 million, while her works on paper were priced at $95,000.

Alexandre sold 14 of its 16 Dodd panel paintings, priced between $26,000 to $32,000, along with ten “flashings” (smaller works), priced at $8,700. The buyers were all based in the U.S. “The booth was very busy today, with lots of engaged collectors,” said Phil Alexandre. Continue Reading

 

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News: Art Basel Miami Beach 2022: Ocula Advisory Selections, November 29, 2022 - Ocula

Art Basel Miami Beach 2022: Ocula Advisory Selections

November 29, 2022 - Ocula

Art Basel Miami Beach 2022: Advisory Selections

As we hurtle towards the new year, Art Basel Miami Beach prepares to open its doors to exuberant fairgoers in the East Coast city. This year's edition will be the first since Noah Horowitz was appointed CEO of the fair on 7 November 2022, and with 282 exhibitors—almost double the number of galleries shown in the fair's first edition—he plans to deliver the biggest edition of the fair to date.

Art Basel Miami Beach always presents some outstanding art along with a good dose of art world gossip and glam, but the sheer number of galleries showing means the mass of art on display will most definitely be overwhelming.

Having previewed what the galleries have to offer, to ease the load, we have identified some exceptional works to look out for in advance. Our highlights include work by spearheads of contemporary art Mark BradfordNan Goldin, and Sigmar Polke.

Lynne Mapp Drexler at Berry Campbell Gallery
Lynne Mapp Drexler's brightly coloured composition reveals the American artist's mastery of Abstract Expressionist painting. Inspired by her life-long observation of East Coast landscapes, Drexler's remarkable work features a depth of mark-making made from planes of thick impasto rendered in kaleidoscopic colour.

'Drexler's best paintings achieve that quality rarely found in abstraction, by which our initial perceptual reaction begins to slowly unravel, revealing memories wrought from the natural world whilst stirring the inner parts of our subconscious', remarked Ocula Advisor, Rory Mitchell.

Drexler's presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach coincides with the display of her work in the exhibition Lynne Drexler: The First Decade (27 October–22 December 2022) at Mnuchin Gallery and Berry Campbell Gallery in New York.

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News: Women and Movement: Women and the American Art World | Debra J. Force, Peg Alston, Christine Berry, Linda S. Ferber, Barbara Haskell, November 12, 2022 - Initiatives for Art and Culture

Women and Movement: Women and the American Art World | Debra J. Force, Peg Alston, Christine Berry, Linda S. Ferber, Barbara Haskell

November 12, 2022 - Initiatives for Art and Culture

Women and Movement: Women and the American Art World
Debra J. Force (Debra Force Fine Art), Peg Alston (Peg Alston Fine Arts), Christine Berry (Berry Campbell Gallery), Linda S. Ferber (New-York Historical Society), Barbara Haskell (Whitney Museum of American Art), and Eileen Kinsella (ArtNet)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
3:50 – 4:50 p.m.

IAC’s 27th Annual American Art Conference
The Cosmopolitan Club
122 E 66th St.
New York, NY

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News: Vogue | 16 Art Exhibitions to See This Month, November  9, 2022 - Maryley Marius for Vogue

Vogue | 16 Art Exhibitions to See This Month

November 9, 2022 - Maryley Marius for Vogue

In New York and beyond, this month and next yield many wonderful things for the art enthusiasts among us to see. Beginning with the beyond, a new show opening on the West Coast offers a worthy reevaluation of the midcentury art scene, while some blockbuster East Coast events (Alex Katz, Edward Hopper) are already bringing in crowds. 

“Lynne Drexler: The First Decade”

Sprawled across two galleries, “The First Decade” includes oil and gouache paintings made by Drexler between 1959 and 1969. A student of Robert Motherwell and Hans Hofmann, she developed a body of densely colorful, mosaic-like work in New York and, after 1971, on Monhegan Island, Maine, where she died in 1999. Through December 17, 2022, at Berry Campbell and Mnuchin Gallery.

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News: Artelligence Podcast | Lynne Drexler's Extraordinary Year: Christine Berry, Sukanya Rajaratnam, and Julian Ehrlich Explain, November  9, 2022 - Artelligence Podcast

Artelligence Podcast | Lynne Drexler's Extraordinary Year: Christine Berry, Sukanya Rajaratnam, and Julian Ehrlich Explain

November 9, 2022 - Artelligence Podcast

In 2022, artist Lynne Drexler's work exploded on the art market. An artist who had briefly shown in the early 1960s in New York, she continued to work on a remote island in Maine until her death in 1999. Two decades later, she became the artist of the moment. Sukanya Rajaratnam and Christine Berry have collaborated on a dual-gallery show of Drexler's work from her first decade, 1959-1969, The shows at Berry Campbell and Mnuchin have drawn in new audiences and further burnished Drexler's reputation. In this podcast, Christie's Julian Ehrlich joins Berry and Rajaratnam to tell the story of Lynne Drexler's extraordinary year.

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News: POLLOCK-KRASNER HOUSE AND STUDY CENTER: ART IN FOCUS | Lynne Drexler, A Forgotten Abstract Expressionist, Gail Levin, Ph.D., November  1, 2022 - After studying in New York in the 1950s with Hans Hofmann and Robert Motherwell, Lynne Drexler (1928-1999) escaped from an art world rife with competition and her struggle to find herself. She landed on Monhegan IslanPollock-Krasner House and Study Center

POLLOCK-KRASNER HOUSE AND STUDY CENTER: ART IN FOCUS | Lynne Drexler, A Forgotten Abstract Expressionist, Gail Levin, Ph.D.

November 1, 2022 - After studying in New York in the 1950s with Hans Hofmann and Robert Motherwell, Lynne Drexler (1928-1999) escaped from an art world rife with competition and her struggle to find herself. She landed on Monhegan IslanPollock-Krasner House and Study Center

POLLOCK-KRASNER HOUSE AND STUDY CENTER: ART IN FOCUS
Lynne Drexler, A Forgotten Abstract Expressionist, Gail Levin, Ph.D.

Tuesday, November 1, 6 p.m.
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After studying in New York in the 1950s with Hans Hofmann and Robert Motherwell, Lynne Drexler (1928-1999) escaped from an art world rife with competition and her struggle to find herself. She landed on Monhegan Island, Maine, where she lived happily ever after, painting, though forgotten, for the rest of her life. Her paintings have recently commanded attention, and are now on view in “Lynne Drexler: The First Decade,” at Berry Campbell Gallery in Manhattan. Her story is that of a woman artist whose colorful and engaging pictures speak for themselves, though they don’t necessarily reveal the drama of her life, which this lecture by Gail Levin, author of the exhibition catalog, will illuminate. 

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News: Female Artists Fight for Equality. It’s Not a Pretty Picture., October 29, 2022 - Helen Holmes for The Daily Beast

Female Artists Fight for Equality. It’s Not a Pretty Picture.

October 29, 2022 - Helen Holmes for The Daily Beast

Female Artists Fight for Equality. It’s Not a Pretty Picture.

On Thursday, Mnuchin Gallery and Berry Campbell Gallery in New York City will both launch shows dedicated to the work of Lynne Drexler, a painter whose trajectory follows a now-familiar narrative when it comes to women artists: though Drexler kicked off her career to much acclaim, even being compared to van Gogh, she languished in obscurity for most of her life.


It took until 2022 for her works to be reevaluated and command impressive auction results—estimated to sell for $40,000 to $60,000 at Christie’s in March, one of her paintings went for around $1.2 million. Drexler can’t enjoy her success, because she died in 1999.

“The art world loves old ladies and young bad boys,” Marilyn Minter, a deeply cool chronicler, in paintings and photographs, of the sensual mundanities of a woman’s life, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday, “and even if they love you, you’re not gonna succeed on the market over the most mediocre white male."

“There’s never, ever been a female artist that has hit the white heat of somebody like Damien Hirst or Julian Schnabel, where they can’t do anything wrong,” Minter said.

Minter was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, made a film that was displayed in Times Square and has been featured in several solo exhibitions, achieving an impressive level of prestige. Still, the same market restrictions endlessly echo and reverberate, like ripples in an infinite ocean: the most Minter’s work has ever sold for is $269,000.

“I don’t pay attention to the high end of the market because I’m not one of the players, so it’s better for me to not even look at all,” Minter said. “But I’m one of the lucky ones, because I can make a living from my work.”

Earlier in October, contemporary artist Caroline Walker set a new personal auction record at the Frieze London auctions when her painting Indoor Outdoor (2015) sold for $598,081 over an estimate of $67,519–$90,047, Artsy reported last week.

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News: Ocula | Rediscovering Lynne Mapp Drexler in New York, October 28, 2022 - Rory Mitchell for Ocula

Ocula | Rediscovering Lynne Mapp Drexler in New York

October 28, 2022 - Rory Mitchell for Ocula

Lynne Mapp Drexler is the historical artist everyone is talking about now.

Mnuchin Gallery and Berry Campbell Gallery are opening their major exhibition, Lynne Drexler: The First Decade in their respective New York spaces this week, which focuses on work produced between 1959–1969.

This comes hot on the heels of Amy Cappellazzo's Art Intelligence Global group show in Hong KongShatter: Color Field and the Women of Abstract Expressionism (3 October–2 December 2022), which includes three of Drexler's paintings.

Lynne Drexler's tale shares some traits with other women artists of her time, and indeed much of the 20th century. She moved to New York in 1956, where she studied under Hans Hofmann and Robert Motherwell, and even showed at the prestigious Tanager Gallery in 1961.

The following year she married the painter John Hultberg, under whose shadow she lived for some time. The couple often spent summers on the remote Monhegan Island in Maine, but eventually separated. Drexler lived alone on Monhegan throughout most of the 1980s—still painting prolifically—up until her death in 1999.

Drexler's estate clearly still holds a great deal of material from the later period, but works from the 1960s are rare and have seen some spectacular auction results recently.

Herbert's Garden (1960) sold for 1.5 million USD at Christie's in May this year, and there is buoyant confidence in these prices continuing to soar given the players involved.

The speed at which things have moved, and the clear strategy in place to create the market from next to nothing, has drawn skepticism from some quarters—but I would argue that Drexler's paintings from this period point towards something exceptional.

There is no doubt that the Virginia-born artist stands up to some of the great abstract painters of the postwar period. Not unlike Joan Mitchell, there is a subtle yet clear debt to artists such as MonetDerain, and Bonnard, as well as the Pointillists. Drexler's mark-making also draws parallels with the style of her better-known contemporary, Alma Thomas, who was actually the subject of Mnuchin's major exhibition in 2019.

Drexler's paintings exude the atmosphere of the East Coast landscapes, which she inhabited throughout much of her life in Maine.

Her rich tones are beautifully composed in subtly differing shades, with each brushstroke varying in direction. Combined with variations in the thickness of impasto and the size of marks, Drexler's resulting compositions possess a layered depth, and still are able to breathe with precisely articulated areas of negative space.

Drexler's best paintings achieve that quality rarely found in abstraction, by which our initial perceptual reaction begins to slowly unravel, revealing memories wrought from the natural world whilst stirring the inner parts of our subconscious. Nature is prevalent in her works, but there is something else unknown and magical that renders Drexler's paintings remarkable.

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