Blue-Chip to Cutting-Edge Art Entices Crowds to Art Miami, CONTEXT and Aqua

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  • December 03, 2015

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Max Steven Grossman, Seal Island, 2015, from Beatriz Esguerra Arte, Booth CTX51 at CONTEXT/Art Miami
Beatriz Esguerra Arte

Art Miami​, America’s most-visited contemporary and modern art fair, opened its 26th edition on Dec. 1 to kick off with Art Week Miami. Art Miami remains committed to showcasing the most important artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries for acquisition in collaboration with a highly vetted selection of international galleries, and continues to preserve its well­known reputation as Miami’s premier anchor fair in 2015.

This year’s fair combined with CONTEXT Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami showcases 2,327 artists, from 83 countries, as represented by international galleries from 29 countries. Maintaining its title as the original and longest-­running Miami art fair and as the No. 1 ranked international art fair for attendance in the U.S. and second most attended globally, Art Miami attracts more than 85,000 new and established collectors, curators, museum professionals, press and art world luminaries annually to its luxurious 200,000 ­square­-foot pavilions in the Wynwood Arts District.

Art Miami, together with its adjacent sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami (, and Miami Beach fair Aqua Art Miami ( collectively will present an array of dynamic projects and exhibitions as the anchor event of Art Week in the City of Miami. The fair will be open to the public December 2­-6 and complimentary shuttle bus transportation for all visitors is available from Art Basel Miami Beach at 17 th street Washington Ave., Aqua Art Miami 1530 Collins Ave. and the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami. Art Miami located directly of interstate I95 and 195 remains the most convenient and parking-­friendly fair for attendees during Art Week in Miami.

Nathalia Edenmont, Renaissance, 2015, C-type print, 67 x 71 inches. Nancy Hoffman Gallery, booth A24 at Art Miami.
Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Some noteworthy highlights of this year’s fair include works by:

The eclectic scene of Art Miami provides a unique backdrop Galerie Forsblom’s presentation of Ron Gorchov​’s peaceful yet intense curved surface paintings, which are free from the shackles of absolutism. Peter Halley’s new paintings appear as bright as the inside of paint cans. New to Galerie Forsblom is Not Vital, whose conceptual works blur the boundaries of reality and the surreal. Galerie Forsblom is also excited to present Finnish young artists at Art Miami 2015. In his mixed­ media works, Reima Nevalainen, Finland’s Young Artist of the Year 2016, explores the very foundations of existence, whereas Sami Lukkarinen creates an intermediate space with his large pixelated paintings in which two opposite methods of presentation meet.

Yossi Milo Gallery presents FAÇADES, an exhibition of photographic works by German artist Markus Brunetti​. Markus Brunetti’s FAÇADES series is the result of his travels through Europe from 2005 to the present day, capturing the façades of historic cathedrals, churches and cloisters in minute detail. In the tradition of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s serial documentation of German industrialization, the front surface 1 of each structure is recorded in a precise and regulated style allowing for typologies and comparisons. The subjects are conceived as idealized designs, or as what might be called photographic drawings on paper, similar to the architects’ or builders’ original drawings and the engravings of Old Masters. Cuban art​will be prevalent at this year’s fair with four galleries showing works from 12 Cuban artists. Notable names include Enrique Gomez De Molina, known for his taxidermic surrealism, and Alexandre Arrechea, whose work speaks to social concepts.

Allan Stone Projects, Booth C22 at Art Miami, Installation View: Works by Franz Kline, Arman, David Beck, Wayne Thiebaud, and Joan Brown.
Allan Stone Projects

Queue Projects presents six of Andy Warhol’s ​iconic silkscreen ink on canvas works from the mid­ 1980s, including Rebel without a Cause, Van Heusen, Onion (Campbell’s Soup Box), Poinsettia (red and green) and Dollar Sign (one of the Pop artist’s most recognizable images). In addition, Queue Projects offers several works by Jean­-Michel Basquiat​, Pyramid (1989), a large anodized aluminum sculpture by Keith Haring​, and a blockbuster 14 ft. painted steel motorized sculpture by Alexander Calder ​titled Spiral (No to Frank Lloyd Wright) weighing over 6,000 lbs with an asking price of $12.8m US.

Although Ai Weiwei​ may not be able to leave China to attend Art Miami, Owl Houses, his fascinating installation presented by Haines Gallery, certainly will leave a spirited imprint on the fair. The artist is known for incorporating Chinese history into his art, and this beautiful assemblage inspired by traditional porcelain garden stools becomes an elegant and safe living environment for birds. Covered in the blue­and­white designs associated with Ming Dynasty ceramics, these sophisticated ornamental habitats evoke a range of associations regarding the notion of home.

Galerie Terminus from Munich will display Moby Dick, a superior sculptural construction from Frank Stella​’s celebrated Moby Dick Series, an engaging, eye­popping, mixed media assemblage of bright colors and eccentric shapes on aluminum that ranks among his best similar works currently represented in his historic exhibition at the new Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition, the gallery will show classic works by John Chamberlain ​and Robert Rauschenberg​.

Mayoral Gallery has a classic line­up of rare works by Joan Miró ​and The Red Base by Alexander Calder, a small wire standing mobile dated 1969. The gallery also will exhibit six vintage works by Salvador Dalí​; all museum quality and quite rare.

Archeus is presenting Antony Gormley’s ​Domain XV, (2000, stainless steel) that first appears to be an ambulatory “pick­up stick” figure about 75 in. tall, which could have come right out of an animated science fiction movie. The imaginative construction on this work is simply magical, with barely a hint of how it was fabricated. Another work guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser is a notable life­size figurative polyvinyl work by John DeAndrea​, who often is associated with the life­like human body imagery of Duane Hanson and George Segal.

Presented by Meisel Gallery, DeAndrea is now considered one of history’s great, living, photorealist/hyper­realist sculptors. The late Antoni Tàpies​had a life­long interest in matter: earth, dust, atoms and particles. Over time, he created a unique abstract expressionist assemblage approach to painting that combined organic objects, plaster and fabric, often cemented together with tied rope and placed on a platform that became part of the art. His dynamic work titled Composición con ropa y cuerda (1975), shown by Cordeiros Galeria, is an 2 intriguing showstopper. Another iconic artist who got his jump start in Miami is Kenny Scharf​, who is best known for his work in the East Village art scene of the 1980s, where he developed a distinctive street art style by painting pop culture icons in a science fiction setting, such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons.

James Goodman Gallery is presenting a sculpture grouping of six bronzes from 1996, which like Scharf’s work are guaranteed to bring a smile.

C. Grimaldis Gallery returns with a work by Chul Hyun Ahn​titled Void Platform (2012), that puts illusion supported by LED lights and mirrors into a mindboggling deception of walking above a bottomless geometrical cavern. Presented by KM Fine Art and Mark Borghi Fine Art, Bernie Taupin​has been an artist for most of his nearly 60 years. His talents were refined as a teenager and by his early 20s and 30s, his genius was acknowledged. While traveling limited his studio time, visual arts became his primary passion and creative outlet starting over 20 years ago. He’s pursued this passion as he did in his early career without seeking the limelight, where the content of his messages was his priority and his personal satisfaction. As his lyrics and messages and in life have matured, his paintings and constructions, with an unrelenting commitment to finish and quality, share that refinement and maturity in his unique visual language and expression.

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