By: CultureOwl
Visual Arts

There’s so much art to explore during Miami Art Week, where do you start?

While it may be impossible to visit every single fair and view every piece, we’re giving you a head start. Our illustrious Curator, Sebastien Laboreau, has been busy again this year, evaluating submissions from some of the most prestigious fairs, and providing his “don’t-miss” highlights. Be sure to download the CultureOwl app to easily access the guide and navigate to each Must See Art location to discover your new faves!

We WereHere, But Departed

By Dave Pollot

Size: 24 x 36 inches

Medium Used: Oil on found canvas 

Style of Piece: New Contemporary

Price: $1800

Presenting Gallery: Dave Pollot (solo)


Exhibited at: Superfine! - The Fair

Curator’s Statement 

Great discovery! Dave Pollot is a New York based artist who is known for his altered thrift art paintings. He finds abandoned artwork and adds his own touch – most often pop culture parodies – and in doing so, bridges the divide between classic and pop art. A technique also used by Banksy that blurs our senses of tradition and modernity.


By Eric Shaw

Size: 60 x 72 inches

Medium Used: Acrylic on canvas

Style of Piece: Painting

Price: Upon request

Presenting Gallery: The Hole


Exhibited at: Untitled Art, Miami Beach

Curator’s Statement 

Eric Shaw creates geometric abstract paintings based on digitally manipulated gestures. Composing sketches on a smartphone drawing app, Shaw translates elements by hand with acrylic on canvas. Beautiful and complex interactions of lines, shapes, and colors, adding use of matte and glossy paint to create an illusion of depth and motion.

Antonia + Simone + Barber Shop, New York, Etats-Unis, 1961

By William Klein

Size: 46 1/2 × 59 1/10 inches

Medium Used: Silver Gelatin Print 

Price: $25,000

Presenting Gallery: Polka Galerie


Exhibited at: Art Miami 

Curator’s Statement 

A gorgeous photograph, large scale, strong colors and composition from one iconic American photographer. William Klein is known for his ironic approach and his extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context of photojournalism and fashion photography, and achieved widespread fame as a fashion photographer for Vogue and for his photo essays on various cities.

In Case of Bankruptcy

By Thirsty Bstrd

Size: H 20 x W 20 x D 4 inches

Medium Used: Canvas, Plexiglass,

Spray Paint

Presenting Gallery: Art In The Game


Exhibited at: Aqua Art Miami

Curator’s Statement 

Thirsty Bstrd is a French visual artist from Paris, using spray paint, stencils, stickers and videos. His work mainly consists of making satirical comments about society, politics and consumerism. Indeed, one can recognize the iconic Banksy visual, Girl with a Balloon, now worth 100K and much more… Is art an investment? A view of the art market full of irony and cynicism.

Looking Back Never Felt So Good

By Flore Flore

Size: 48 x 72 inches

Medium Used: Paintings, Oil and crayon on canvas

Price: Upon request

Presenting Gallery: Art Angels


Exhibited at: CONTEXT Art Miami

Curator’s Statement 

Flore is an American contemporary artist who amazes the viewer with the density of his astonishing ranges of colors, his passion for painting and love for art history is prevalent in his works. His distinct style merges pop art and street art together. 

El Juego de Warhol

By Ricardo Cardenas

Size: 72 x 72 inches

Medium Used: Mixed Media

Style of Piece: Abstract

Price: $25,000

Presenting Gallery:

Contemporary Art Projects


Exhibited at: Red Dot Miami

Curator’s Statement 

What an intriguing artwork positioning portraits of Warhol and Basquiat, the artists whose bromance highlighted the 80’s… Ricardo Cardenas is a genuine and original creator. Cardenas reinterprets as a poster or street graffiti the main traits of the art from a chosen master artist, using as his canvas the cement and iron bars characteristic of his work on which he will paint and also add collage. But in his artwork, Cardenas brings his interpretation to his media and technique, as well as to our present time.


By Bo Bartlett

Size: 93 1/4 × 119 1/4 inches

Medium Used: Oil on Linen

Price: $200,000 - 300,000

Presenting Gallery: Allan Stone Projects


Exhibited at: Art Miami 

Curator’s Statement 

A very impressive painting by Bo Bartlett, an American realist with a modernist vision. Bartlett looks at America’s heart—its land and its people—and describes the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary. Large scale, great composition, and highly symbolic this picture will not leave anybody indifferent for sure.

In The three fishes

By Judy Pfaff

Size: 53 1/4 x 34 1/2 inches

Medium Used: Woodcut, hand painted dye, colored silver leaf

Style of Piece: contemporary

Price: $10,000

Presenting Gallery: Tandem Press


Exhibited at: INK Miami Art Fair 2018

Curator’s Statement 

What a fascinating piece by its composition, and the depth of its structure. Balancing intense planning with improvisational decision-making, Pfaff creates exuberant, sprawling sculptures and installations that weave landscape, architecture, and color into a tense yet organic whole.

Stepping Out, 2017

By Eric Zener

Size: 54 x 66 inches

Medium Used: Oil on Canvas

Presenting Gallery: Gallery Henoch


Exhibited at: CONTEXT Art Miami

Curator’s Statement 

Eric Zener has been painting for over 25 years. He is best known for his paintings with water as a primary element. Water has been the source of a variety of narratives that appeal to many people: spiritual and physical renewal, cleansing one's soul, taking the plunge, and nostalgic memories of play and fun from childhood.

Power Trio, 2007

By Jason Newsted

Size: Diptych - 72 x 96 inches 

Medium Used: Acrylic & ink on canvas

Price: $50,000 - 70,000

Presenting Gallery: 55Bellechasse


Exhibited at:


Curator’s Statement 

Jason Newsted presents an exceptional solo-show at Sagamore Hotel, in partnership with 55Bellechase. Jason Newsted is not only a six-time Grammy winning rock and roll hall of fame artist and a musical legend, but he has painted all his life, and his colorful and intricate works tell his story and our stories, inspired by music. Jason Newsted loves to use colors in an energetic manner, with any kind of material, even ones found objects and tape. All that turns out to become narrative, often using written words and sometimes hiding the messages on top of each other, while mixing them with multi layers of animated characters. This diptych is a perfect example.

The imprint, 2010

By Niloufar BANISADR

Size: 118 x 98 inches 

Medium Used: Archival museum print on baryta paper on aluminium sheet.

Price: $40,000 - 55,000

Presenting Gallery: 55Bellechasse


Exhibited at:


Curator’s Statement 

Niloufar Banisadr defines her creation as conceptual, narrative, contrasting, harmonious and aesthetic, notably working on the intimate relation between textiles and women. This amazing installation is in fact a self-portrait, the Iranian photographer has been engaging in self-portraits for 20 years. Here, body prints in towels. It is a wall of nudes but you cannot see the nude, as it is intimately printed within the textile. It names the colors and emotions of love. As Niloufar constantly toys with appearances and manipulations, her eyes on photographs convey a powerful emotion as they seem to shift appearances. Niloufar has been playing with figurative and abstract byways to avoid simplicity or « populism » in her more political works.

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