As part of our on-going Miami Art Week coverage, we also went to check out the best of the Miami Project and Art on Paper fairs. Though previously the home of NADA, this year, the Deauville Beach Resort on South Beach played host to the neighboring sister fairs. Miami Project is now in its fourth year and known for exhibiting lesser known galleries than the monstrous Basel, while Art on Paper focused on primarily paper works, though this was not a rule strictly followed by the work on display. Take a look at more of our highlights from Miami Project and Art on Paper after the jump!
International artists channel their sense of adventure into new works for Gallery Poulsen’s show, “Blaze of Glory.” Opening tonight, the exhibition presents adventurous paintings in both concept and style. Their collective vision is not the Wild West that you’ve seen in movies. Each explores their respective cultures, or the very idea of exploration, whether inspired by the American Fronteir to Eastern historical battles. Check out our preview after the jump.
Christian Rex van Minnen’s paintings (featured in HF Vol. 25) are painstakingly laborious. The artist uses the techniques of the Northern Renaissance masters to paint tripped-out portraits and still lifes where his subjects devolve into bulbous, tumor-like lumps of flesh and organic matter. While Van Minnen’s work is commonly interpreted as being about deformity, when we visited the artist’s studio in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, he discussed the conceptual underpinnings of his creative process. Take a look at our photos from Van Minnen’s studio after the jump.
Christian Rex van Minnen’s oil paintings have been known to go viral among art lovers. His work (featured in HF Vol. 25) mixes hyperrealist details and surreal elements, evoking the Dutch masters with his use of traditional painting techniques. In each piece, the unsettling overall image often blends the beautiful with the grotesque and has a humorous yet nightmarish quality.
While he typically works small scale, painter Christian Rex van Minnen (featured in HF Vol. 25) says he was delighted at the opportunity to go big when arts organization Artha Project and Prince Media approached him to create an enormous billboard of his work. On view at the corner of 6th Ave. and Grand St. in Tribeca through Saturday, the billboard features an enormous print of one of his paintings for his January exhibition at Robischon Gallery in Denver. The billboard has been puzzling New Yorkers and van Minnen noted on Facebook that Prince Media has been receiving inquiries from confused passersby who can’t figure out whether the work is an advertisement.