Every year an international skulk of art lovers, curators, artists and collectors descend upon the sun drenched streets of Miami, Florida to consume the brightest, biggest and boldest of the international art elite. With 73,000 international visitors feverishly devouring everything that Art Basel Miami Beach has to offer through its myriad of satellite fairs, sideshows and parties. One doesn’t have to look far to get a sense of how important the event is in the presentation and canonisation of contemporary and modern art. From the notorious to the little-known, the 2014 exhibitions were organised into eight major sectors: Galleries, Nova, Edition, Positions, Kabinett, Magazine, Public and Film, emphasising the intersectionality of the visual arts. Neue Luxury packed light and brought home some of the highlights.
Image 01. The Party, 1975. Copyright Cristina de Middel.
Image 02. Tourniquet, 2010. Courtesy of Charles Arnoldi and Peter Blake Gallery.
Tourniquet is an assemblage of multiple painted canvases. It incorporates painterly techniques familiar to cubist painters (Leger, Braque, Picasso) and yet shifts the lens into contemporary languages through shadowing and other effects. Art critic Dave Hickey, a clear fan of Arnoldi’s work, called him a ‘natural’ and a ‘profoundly innovative artist’ citing Arnoldi’s approach as being ‘wildly fresh, and natural where vision, skill, and intuition are inseparable’. Arnaldi transforms what he sees, combining instinctual and moral commitments and processes.
Image 03. Ãgrã, from the series Photo Opportunities, 2006. Copyright Corinne Vionnet.
Swiss photographer Corinne Vionnet produces portraits by layering hundreds of tourist images of major cities and iconic sights to produce a tangible image reflective of a collective memory. In the series Photo Opportunities, she explores how memory is always in motion, changing and personal. Her work results in impressionist landscapes that are influenced by both the personal and the communal.
Image 04. Hustle Coat, 2014. Photo by James Prinz photography. Courtesy Nick Cave and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Nick Cave is known for his work as a performer, artist and educator. His work spans a diversity of media. The Hustle Coat is a critique of contemporary culture. Hustle coats or their facsimile are objects often associated with the American depression era. Serving as outposts when salesmen would sell anything from knives or cards, to drugs or gems from inside their coats. In contemporary culture however being hustled has transcended economics, being as familiar to Wall Street and investment trading as depression era street vendors.
Image 05. Gaze, 2008. Courtesy of David Prifti and Rice Polak Gallery.
Prifti wrote that his photographic assemblages are informed by the formative elements that shaped his life: relationships, memories, rites of passage, aging and death. These psychologically complex images are in part due to a photographic process he employed shooting with large format wet-plate collodion emulsions on glass. A technique very familiar to 19th century photographs. His work is in permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the DeCordova Museum, to name only a few.
Image 06. Fateful Rendezvous at Sable Island, 2014. Courtesy of Nathalie Miebach and Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston.
Nathalie Miebach’s ‘weather’ sculptures are filled with remarkable visual complexity and playfulness that capture the devastation and impacts created by weather. Miebach utilises data such as ecological measurements, temperature readings, sea and wave surges and then represents each by utilising materials such as wood, rope and paper. Miebach’s sculptures appear like children’s toys but in fact are visual articulations of complex scientific methodologies.
Image 07. Magnitude, 2013. Courtesy of Niamh Barry.
Niamh Barry was born in 1968 in Dublin. After graduating from the National College of Art and Design, Barry opened her studio in 1991. Barry’s conceptual light sculptures are made with a range of materials that include aluminium, porcelain, mirror, acrylic and wood, as well as her signature-mirrored hand formed solid bronze and LED. Her pieces are unique, not only for their grace but the convergence between function (light) and object. Her work is included in many private and public collections.
Image 01. The Party, 1975. Copyright Cristina de Middel.
CRISTINA DE MIDDEL
Cristina De Middel studied fine arts, photography and is now an artist and war correspondent. De Middel’s The Party, is based on the book Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, also known as ‘Mao’s Little Red Book’, a Chinese communist manifesto published in the early 1960s. The artist explores the limits of the “Photographic image to build truthful graphic testimonies and to raise a debate about the construction of opinion, history and the role that photography has played so far”.
Image 08. Untitled, 2010. Courtesy Reinoud Oudshoorn and Patrick Heide Contemporary Art.
Reinoud Oudshoorn is a Dutch artist, who works primarily in iron and frosted glass. When speaking about his work, Oudshoorn says “A work must produce more space than it consumes”—a statement more familiar in the realm of architecture than perhaps sculpture. Spending any time with one of his sculptured pieces suggest spaces beyond those immediately visible. They are strongly interactive, sensual and provocative.
Image 09. Landscapes, 2014. Courtesy of David Petersen Gallery.
Shawn Kuruneru was born in 1984 in Toronto and now lives and works in New York. Although young Kuruneru’s work exhibits spare, expansive and mature qualities familiar in minimalist work, it casts a meditative quiet balance that pervades the space it inhabits. Working with ink and water to generate density and transparency created by brush strokes applied directly to unprimed canvases, these gestures create a visual poetry and illusory depth. Kuruneru is represented by Ribordy Contemporary, Switzerland and David Petersen, US.
Image 10. Enigum XII Dining Table, 2013. Courtesy of Joseph Walsh and the Todd Merrill Showroom.
Joseph Walsh founded his workshop in 1999 and is a self taught designer-maker. Walsh lives and works in Cork, Ireland. All of his work is informed by a deep engagement with nature, craft and materials. In this series Walsh “Strips wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing each into free form compositions, while shaping each layer to reveal not only the honesty of the structure but the sculpted form which is a unique collaboration of man and material”. His work has been exhibited and is included in major collections including the Museum of Art and Design, New York.
Neue Luxury • Issue 3 • Design • Feature • BY Kathryn Simon SHARE
An interview with Bon Duke
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