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Buyer's guide: The 9 pieces to know at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

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Untitled, 2006, Sigmar Polke

Words by Anna Brady

The 15th Art Basel Miami Beach runs from December 1 to 4, with 269 modern and contemporary art galleries from 29 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa exhibiting. For potential buyers, the choice can be overwhelming, with 46,000 square metres thronging with paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films and editioned works, plus large-scale public artworks outside and film presentations across three venues. To help you navigate, here are our highlights from key galleries to seek out, and some emerging (and re-emerging) Latin American fine art for displaying on board your superyacht.

Untitled, 2006, Sigmar Polke

The German artist Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) was a true polymath, working in paint, photography, film, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, performance and stained glass. Michael Werner Gallery held its first show of Polke’s work in 1970. He was, says Jeff Alford, director of archives and operations, a “highly influential figure whose ceaseless experimentation with the methods and materials of painting expanded the medium’s expressive possibilities and redefined what a painting can be”.

This work on paper, to be shown at Art Basel Miami Beach, is a late work from 2006. It typifies the “abstract manifestation of ephemeral light and movement” that, says Alford, is “a recurring motif in much of the artist’s work”.

Untitled, 2006, by Sigmar Polke at Michael Werner Gallery, London and New York.

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