The Best Booths at NADA Miami 2022
ArtNews, 01.12.2022 by HARRISON JACOBS
There may have been considerable buzz over at Art Basel Miami Beach's VIP preview on Tuesday for the fair's 20th Anniversary, but that didn't detract from the energy at NADA Miami at its opening on Wednesday.

The aisles at Ice Palace Films Studios, where the fair was held this year, were packed with dealers and collectors who came to the fair to see offerings from 146 galleries. Returning this year was the Curated Spotlight section, dedicated to eight solo presentations by up-and-coming galleries. This year's edition was curated by dealer Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, who spoke with ARTnewsahead of the fair.

"It's important to have art fairs outside of the big main one," Bellorado-Samuels said of NADA. "In terms of cost and access, it's prohibitive for so many people. I also think collectors and curators are interested in looking beyond the circle that they're familiar with. They are excited to go to NADA to find out not just who's just coming up next, but more about what's in the zeitgeist and what's percolating."

ARTnews combed through this year's fair, which full of younger galleries than Basel, for the sharpest presentations on view. Here are the eight best ones.

A selection of works from SHE by Ukrainian artist Zinaida.
Photo : Harrison Jacobs, ARTnews
ZINAIDA at Sapar Contemporary

Nina Levent typically shows an international grouping of artists at her New York gallery Sapar Contemporary, but this year, the curator, who grew up in Kharkiv, focused on Ukrainian artists as a way to process the trauma of Russia's invasion of the country.

At NADA, Levent brought Ukrainian woman artist Zinaida, fresh off her a solo show held in tandem with the 2022 Venice Biennale. In addition to stills and video works from the "Without Women" series that appeared in Venice, the NADA presentation shows pieces from "SHE," a new series that the artist produced after returning to Kyiv in June. In the work, Zinaida appears as an eternal, divine feminine figure garbed in a hybridized costume combining elements from Ukrainian, Greek, Berber, Arabic, Bulgarian, and Jewish cultures.