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10 Must-See Works at Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

With thousands of artworks from upwards of 250 galleries on display, here’s our shortlist for what not to miss at this year’s fair.

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Anish Kapoor Fold at Paragon Contemporary (A09)
Anish Kapoor's signature works—those glossy, concave, mirror-like sculptures—may be everywhere in the convention center, but Paragon Contemporary is carrying two pieces from his latest series, Fold. The works, which are etchings on two pieces of paper arranged like an opened book, mark a new medium for the award-winning artist.

Ai Weiwei Crystal Cube at Neugerriemschneider (C15)
The controversial artist’s painted vases can be found in a few booths across the center, but his latest piece is a single 1-by-1-by-1-meter solid crystal cube weighing 2.6 tons.

Aaron Curry at Almine Rech Gallery (C12)
With his brightly colored works that blur the lines between painting and sculpture, Aaron Curry remains one of the top artists of the moment. A colorful wooden piece, akin to his much-lauded 2013 installations at New York's Lincoln Center, is currently on display at Almine Rech Gallery's booth.

James Turrell at Galería OMR/Häusler Contemporary (B19)
Spectators are swarming to get a peek at this rare showcase from James Turrell, an 11-by-7-foot multicolor LED light installation. “James Turrell doesn’t like to present his work at art fairs,” explains gallerist Wolfgang Häusler, noting the artist fears that crowds might hinder the viewer’s experience of his otherworldly installations.

Jaume Plensa at Galerie Lelong (G01)
With his fame rooted in public spaces like New York’s Madison Square Park and Chicago’s Millennium Park, it is interesting to see the concept behind Plensa’s enormous face sculptures scaled down to a 6-foot-tall wood carving. Perhaps most impressive, however, is the graphite-on-paper sketch that accompanies the work, which somehow carries the same dreamy quality as his sculptures.

Nick Cave Soundsuit at Jack Shainman Gallery (B21)
Nick Cave began making his signature knitted mannequins in response to the 1991 Rodney King beating, noting his hope to obscure the body from race, class or gender and thus forcing the viewer to look without judgment. The piece currently on view at Jack Shainman Gallery’s booth is a brand new contribution to the extensive collection.

Paul Feeley at Garth Greenan Gallery (S03)
The artist who gave Jackson Pollock his first museum show is finally receiving recognition for his own works nearly 50 years after his death. Garth Greenan Gallery is devoting their entire booth this year to Paul Feeley, displaying paintings ranging from 1962-1965 as well as the last work he ever made—a maquette of a sculpture that never came into fruition.

Teresita Fernández at Lehmann Maupin (K16)
In anticipation of her forthcoming solo show at New York–based gallery Lehman Maupin, this glittering, gold-on-black series offers just a slice of what is to be expected from conceptual artist Teresita Fernández.

Ellsworth Kelly White Form at Matthew Marks (C06)
Placed next to contemporary artists like Gary Hume and Anne Truitt, this 2012 painted-aluminum piece demonstrates how 91-year-old Ellsworth Kelly is still producing relevant works today.

Carlos Cruz-Diez at Maxwell Davidson Gallery (B12) and DAN Galería (A04)
The biggest Carlos Cruz-Diez work at the convention is the 13-foot-long aluminum and Plexiglas Physichromie 1853 at the Maxwell Davidson Gallery, but be sure to leave time for the collection of South American kinetic artists across the way at DAN Galería, which includes pieces by Macaparana, Jesus Soto and more from Cruz-Diez.

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