Spawned under the Art Miami umbrella, Aqua, Context and Art Miami are three Basel Week sister fairs with distinct personalities. At Aqua, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, hailing from Milan, offers a wide range of artists who will be familiar to readers of Hi-Fructose. Ryan Heshka’s pulp novel-inspired paintings will hang next to Mike Giant’s crisp ink drawings and Anthony Ausgang’s perversions of the cartoon vernacular. At Context, Seamus Conley’s works take viewers into icy tundras at Andrea Schwartz Gallery’s booth while Gary Baseman invites us into a mythical forest with Shulamit Gallery. Gustavo Lacerda’s poignant, photographic portraits of people with albinism will be at Catherine Edelman Gallery’s booth at Art Miami. Take a look at our preview and stay tuned for one last sneak peek of Basel Week on Friday before he head to Miami next week.
Tamara Muller, a graphic designer and artist based in the Netherlands, creates fascinating and unsettling portraits of multiple versions of herself. Although the faces of her characters are almost always based on her own, they are not quite self-portraits. Each face presumes a role: It fluctuates between a man, an animal, a woman, a child, a seducer, a victim and sometimes combinations of two or more. Muller embeds herself within the universal conundrums of becoming an adult and leaving behind the innocence of youth. Through these humorous, yet eerie portrayals, the artist examines the subversiveness of power, domesticity, cruelty and submission that characterize the human condition. See more after the jump!
In its 11th year, Art Basel Miami Beach attracts an estimated 50,000 annual visitors and showcases too many galleries to count. While many of the exhibitors focus on Abstract Expressionism and other genres that echo the 20th century avant-garde movement, we rounded up some preview highlights catered to our new contemporary art tastes. Kehinde Wiley (featured in our current print issue) will be represented in the fair by Stephen Friedman Gallery and Sean Kelly Gallery, the former based in London and the latter in New York. Tomio Koyama Gallery brings the Japanese Pop Surrealist work of Hideaki Kawashima while Elliott Hundley remixes vintage advertisements for Andrea Rosen Gallery from New York. Take a look at our preview below and stay tuned for updates from the fairs when Hi-Fructose hits Miami next week.
Nonotak is the art collaboration between Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto. Together they construct hypnotic audio/visual installations. These often immersive installations blend light, music, geometric pattern, performance and video to captivating effect. Here, the title of their newest project called DAYDREAM V.2 hints at the atmosphere of the installation. In a way the viewer is transported by the ‘performance’ as the light and sound appear to play with space. However, unlike some of their past work, the viewer is stationary as if simply daydreaming. Through work such as this the duo explore our sense of space and the way we experience it. See a video and more images of the installation after the jump.
As Basel Week approaches, the art world goes into a frenzy as galleries and artists prepare for the dozens of art fairs and events that take place December 2-8 in Miami. To help readers navigate the madness, we have prepared several previews that can serve as guides for Basel Week. Today, we’ll look at some highlights from Scope (open to the public December 4-8), the art fair hosting a handful of galleries that will be familiar to regular visitors of our blog (Spoke Art, Thinkspace, Copro Gallery, Parlor Gallery and Corey Helford Gallery to name a few) as well as international offerings from art spaces like Shirin Gallery in Teheran, BLANK SPACE from New York City, Fifty24MX of Mexico City and many others. Read more after the jump.
German artist Alexander Biserama Becherer recently unveiled his sprawling, large-scale sculpture “Paratropolis” at Galerie Kesselhaus in Lahr, Germany. The artwork is a cacophony of words and symbols that, together, present the artist’s conception of a futuristic megacity in which urbanization has spiraled out of control. Becherer’s choice to render the work in grey scale further underscores his vision of a time devoid of color, a period in which individual lives are subsumed in the urban environment and individualism is lost in a world of massive buildings and invasive technology. Read more after the jump.