Miami Art Basel - Artistic experience.
Located in Miami Beach, Miami Art Basel is celebrated between November 30th and December 4th. After Ultra, the MAB is the most important event for Miami. This year we’ve been fortunate to attend the 47th edition of this fair, which include the top international galleries and artists worldwide. We wanted to share our expericience at the fair with our dear collectors of Artig Gallery.
In total there are more than 269 galleries that have participated this year edition of Art Basel. Coming from all over the globe, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, the artworks of more than 4000 artists, ranging from the great masters to the emerging stars of contemporary art.
In addition to the main visit of the over 269 gallery booths, as always, there was a huge number of other art related events organised both within the main pavilion and also in other venues and locations throughout Miami. Some of these events are described below.
Nova: Located in the upper right corner of the pavilion, 35 galleries presented artworks created by some of their artists during the last 3 years, highlighting the juxtaposed curation of these pieces.
Positions: Located in the upper left corner of the pavilion were 16 galleries focused exclusively on the work of an artist and presenting his or her project as a global bet; thus allowing the visitors to discover the complete project of a new talent.
Kabinett: In the central area of the pavilion, separated and delineated within the cabin of some galleries, presented 30 curated concepts that include thematic group exhibitions, solo shows and a fusion between art and history.
Film: Outside the main pavilion, we could appreciate more than 50 visual works, separated between the Miami Beach Convention Center and Soundscape Park.
And to finish, Public: Showcased publicly and for free a series of interventions, performances and 20 sculptures in Collins Park.
During this fair full of amazing opportunities, contacts and masterpieces, we caught up with some of the artworks of modernist artists, well known pieces of Basquiat, Miro, Calder, Picasso, Dubuffet, Twombly and many other great masters. In the case of photography we highlight the proposals of the booth of Lisson Gallery where they presented several renowned photographers, among which stood out Heinecken, Neusüss, Frëger, Rinke and Blume.
At Gavlak we could see a piece of David Haxton and at Goodman Gallery we were surprised by the intervened photographs of Alfredo Jaar, where the light and the unfocused effect of his work made us feel closer to the watercolor than to photography perse. We were also impressed by Michael Subotzky who, like Oscar Bony, played with the fragmentation of the glass on the image to emphasize the sensation and the concept that accompany his work.
Below we found one of Klaus Rinke's works, creating a balance between wall, floor and space. And through that balance, Klaus turns himself into the sculptural action that connects floor and wall using the postures of his body as a nexus.
On the other hand, Anna and Bernhard Blume surprised us with a series of artworks where the movement and the spontaneity of the protagonists turned the work into an allegory to the spark of the naturalness in order to break with the conformism and the pre-established notions.
A piece that stongly impressed us wass Inhale, Hold, Exhale. Through these 3 words Jeppe Hein managed to captivate the attention of many of the curious spectators of Art Basel. This Danish artist is internationally known for his production of interactive and experiential works. His unclassifiable pieces can be located at an intersection between art, architecture and technical invention and his work dialogues with the tradition of minimalist sculpture and conceptual art of the 70s. When we thought Rudolf was not Rudolf. And it turned out to be more.
Untitled by Rudolf Stingel, apart from his already classic exhibition space with rolled carpets, transformations of the architecture of the surface, his shades of gray cement and his calculated photorealism desecrated by white splatters, we were able to enjoy this piece, that didn’t seem to be his own, however made us discover more about the magnitude of this artist's work.
The force of abstraction.
We have always loved Franz Kline and found it unfortunate to not see more of his works during Art Basel. In this piece we miss the touch of color seen in some of his most remarkable pieces, however, you can clearly see the strength of abstract expressionism and the signature style of the author. Kline in its purest form.
Portugal never felt more proud. Pedro Cabrita Reis.
Since the 90's this Portuguese artist combines architectural materials with fragments of real architecture, artistic visual elements, pigments, and fluorescent lights to give life to his pieces. Pieces that evoke themes related to the vital task and the construction, linking both with the space and the extension of territory.
Simple and austere. At first sight. It must be said that the Brazilian artist Mira Schendel had us accustomed to a more chaotic work in which letters, not words, played a fundamental role in generating a visual chaos. A chaos involving repetition, "mayusculation," "minuscule," and 360-degree dyslexia of all those letters. However, it was in Art Basel where we discovered that after that chaos there is something more, and it is her piece "Skyline".
Suspense, Mexican style. Jose Dávila and Jorge Mendez Blake.
Within the space of OMR, we were able to observe closely the work of the architect and artist Jorge Mendez Blake. His canvas creating the pauses of a poem caught our attention. But it was undoubtedly his column of dirty red bricks managed to captivate us, since in the middle of those bricks, and being true to his work, Mendez Blake had placed, for the most observant, a page with the poem "I took my power In my hand " by Emily Dickinson. Bravo!
On the other hand, also an architect. Playing with the resistance of the materials and the inflection carried to the end of these. A suspense. One in both directions: One in the balance of the parts that form the piece and the other one in the tension created by that same harmony. That suspense made the work of José Davila something undoubtedly interesting and admirable.
One of the youngest, and certainly one of our favorites.
Marta Tuttle, Mexican based in New York City. At only 27 years old, Marta has been present in the great art fairs and is currently turning into one of the biggest artistic stars. Her work has what we like to call an ancient soul, breathes an almost ethereal lightness - inviting us, without permission, to feel, to want, to caress each of the elements that form it. It is a touchable vision, in which tension is created when the eye understands just how far away our hands are from thevfeeling of what our sight is caressing.
Neither Barcelona, or Madrid. Canary Islands.
Manolo Millares was the Canary who got our attention with a piece loaded with poetic magnetism. Whether it was the forms, the colours or both that impressed us - we are not sure. The picture shown testifies our admiration for his work worthy of surrealism and most certainly characteristic of the second stage of this artist's work: when Manuel began to work with burlap (fabrics that the artist mixed with other elements and applied on the surface of the painting to give it more dimension).
And they were neither his sculptures nor his installations. They were his paintings.
We expected to see something more of the Greek genius at Art Basel, and when we say more, we refer of course to his installations carried beyond the limits that characterize the great majority of postwar artists. And it was this rupture of the limits that meant the abandonment of the canvas for Jannis Kounellis. However, in this particular instance, we could only see his canvases, somewhat distressed, leaving us to hope that one day, he may return to the sobriety and calm that characterizes his work.
To end our review.
The Autobiographical Confessions of Tracey Emin and the greens of Pamela Rosenkranz. Two women. Two artists. Tracey, already established and fighting with Damien for being the United Kingdom's favourite. Her Concept? Herself. Pamela? A Swiss with a different concept. She criticizes the excessive consumerism and exaltation of individuality in our contemporary society. And the best? She does it with the right colors. Visual poetry prepared for all audiences. .