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. The gallery’s Monica Tachotte says that the objects in Lee’s studio and the way he organized them offer unique insight into his paintings, drawings, and installations.
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