Friday, December 30, 2011

SCOPE Miami Art Fair 2011

After visits to fifteen of the twenty-two Art Basel Miami Beach art fairs, and the viewing of over 5000 artworks in four days, some pieces naturally rose to the top, but it took a month of distilling to identify them. The SCOPE fair had more than its share of memorable pieces, and you can see some of them here, as a preview for next year’s offerings.

The art show that established its name by curating cutting-edge contemporary art from around the world just completed its eleventh year in December of 2011. 80 international galleries presented alongside museum-quality programming, collector tours, screenings, and special events. By Introducing artists, curators, and cutting-edge galleries to new international audiences SCOPE has become the most comprehensive destination for the emerging art world. In over thirty five fairs spanning the past ten years, SCOPE has solidified its position as the premier show-case for international emerging contemporary art. With art fairs in Miami, Basel, New York, London and the Hamptons, SCOPE Art Show has garnered critical acclaim, with sales of over $100 million and attendance of over 350,000 visitors.

An outstanding work at SCOPE this year was presented by the Gagliardi Art System of Torino, Italy.  In the picture below, two seated figures are engaged in conversation. It takes a minute to realize that the realistic yet eerie facial movements and seeming-articulation are projected onto their shaped faces. Upon further inspection you realize the projection is coming from the backpacks in front of them, somehow. They speak a poetry inspired from interviews by the artists with homeless people in New York. The term ‘kinematic images’ apparently refers to the projection of video onto curved surfaces, in this case, and know that we are to see much more of cutting-edge technology-driven artworks. Large groups of fair attendees continued to be enraptured. If a museum owned this compelling and provocative piece, patrons would come from all over the world to see it. The price of $121,000.00 for this seductive artwork seems very reasonable.

House of Homeless by Swiss artists Glaser/Kunz

Before They Were Famous:
Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy

Alan Rath, sculpture at left "Neo-Watcher IV" 
 Rusty Scruby, Photographic reconstruction
both with Turner Carroll

Jonathan Stein rhinestone sculpture and detail
Gallery Biba, Palm Beach Florida
"Swimmer" by Carol Feuerman
oil and resin, represented by Gallery Biba

fine steel wire artwork by Shi Jindian
represented by White Rabbit Collection
These pieces are three dimensional in full scale.

Chris Herod, artist
This artwork was part of a curated show
by Andre Guichard of Chicago

artist Chong Gon Byun
Katrin Korfmann, photographer

Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans

SCOPE would like to welcome you to Miami in 2012. Cementing its future with an 80,000 square foot pavilion across the street from Art Miami, SCOPE Miami’s high-profile venue will be centrally located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District. Running concurrently with Art Basel Miami, SCOPE’s Midtown Miami home, just steps from The Rubell family collection, Margulies Collection at the Warehouse and Goldman Collection. The fair opens to Press and VIPs on Tuesday, December 4 with the First View benefit. Once again you will experience miles of paintings, fine line drawings, sculpture, installations and photographs. The sculpture might be cast and fabricated resin, bronze imitating cardboard, Carrera marble imitating Styrofoam, or an abundance of highly labor-intensive, expertly crafted wall pieces made with X-Acto knife paper cut-outs, knotted very fine plastic line, and hand-sewn sequins covering surfaces larger than your couch. You will no doubt see sexually explicit work, politically-inspired work and glorifications of everyday objects. It’s all at SCOPE: don’t miss next year’s fair.

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Written by Lynn Di Nino 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fountain Miami 2011
A Fair for Young Artists

If you approached Fountain Fair at Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 and thought "oh brother, this looks like a hippie fair", you'd miss some VERY innovative and daring, cutting-edge artwork. The sloppy exterior does not convey the value of the treasures inside and you could say the styles of work offered were all over the map. These galleries and artists were showing some very successful experiments. The casualness of their presentation does make you feel like you can linger and really absorb every artistic endeavor. Here's a chance to buy exciting artwork you can afford and let the heavy-hitting art patrons buy the tried and true excellent artwork elsewhere.

Fountain Art Fair was founded in 2006 as an attempt to leverage support for smaller independent galleries to gain access to larger collectors and critics. Since its inception, Fountain has held six exhibitions in New York, one in Los Angeles, one in Chicago, and is now celebrating its sixth exhibition in Miami. From its roots deep within the independent Brooklyn art scene, Fountain has grown to represent over 25 international avant-garde galleries and projects, showcasing progressive primary-market works.

Entrance to Fountain Miami
Opening Night Party

First view inside the warehouse

A wonderful display by Evo Love
Stash Gallery from Miami

Fountain Miami

Fountain Miami

Lindsay Carron's creative use of display space
Artist Website

White Cocoa and her artwork Artist Website
Showing with The Marketplace Gallery in Albany, NY

The most relaxed and casual art fair in Miami
and not many chairs around

Lambert Fine Art from New York

Artists silk screening art on whatever you want
the Fountain logo and T-Shirts were popular

Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art from New York

Display at Fountain Miami

Artwork by SERVO

Display at Fountain Miami

Kesting/Ray from New York
Gallery Website

Solo(s) Project House from Newark, NJ

Semi-automatic Gun Vending Machine
(originally planned for exhibit at the PooL Art Fair)

Mighty Tanzka from Brooklyn, exhibited artwork by Miguel Ovalle and it was very impressive. Really loved the drawings of White Cocoa from The Marketplace Gallery, Albany, NY. Artists Ryan E. Cronin, Saul Aguiree, Evo Love and Karen Ann Jones were present and had artwork worth mentioning.

For additional information about Fountain Miami, visit their website. If you're an artist or interested in collecting artwork by young artists, this is a very enjoyable fair in the Wynwood Art District of Miami.

Fountain Miami - website
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Art Asia Miami 2011, An Eye-Opening Adventure

One approaches a contemporary Asian art exhibit, like Art Asia Miami 2011, wondering if the modern work shown will reflect stereotypical or traditional ‘Asian’ art references. Do the participating artists or galleries reflect a common aesthetic? Can one tell if these artists are Asian by looking at the artwork?
Not at all. In a few cases the subject matter in some paintings, two-dimensional constructions, sculpture or photographs does reflect ‘Eastern’ influence but generally has little in the way of identifying the work as anything but innovative, varied, individualistic with an emphasis on great ideas.

The term ‘contemporary art’ is a slippery fish. Typically it is defined as art produced at this present point in time or more formally as art produced since World War II. On view at Art Asia were modern works, postmodern -art emerging from the influence of media and actualized through installation and conceptual art, multimedia- and art responding to both high and popular culture, such as images influenced by reality television, popular music, escapist fiction, and images of the west. Some of these influences could be found in various artworks.

The comfortable atmosphere of Art Asia Miami

This amazing piece is composed of hundreds of thousands of beads

Art Asia Miami has positioned itself as the forum for international galleries, curators, artists, collectors, and educators to exchange ideas and enable new audiences to see fresh and exciting works from the complete Asian Diaspora. Trend exhibits were offered, films, parties and performances to attract not just art collectors but also art-lovers of all means, tourists and many others who wanted to see and be seen. This highly selective showcase of galleries from around the world broadens the understanding of Asian contemporary art and focuses each year on the best of established and emerging contemporary artists from throughout Asia. The twenty four participating galleries can be seen here: http://artasiafair.comindex.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=21

Newcomer galleries included AiBo Fine Asian Art of Rye, NY and Hanoi, Vietnam, Crimson Gate and Zadok Gallery of Miami, FEAST Projects and Hong Kong and Galerie Ora-Ora both from Hong Kong. Also new were KIMJAESUN Gallery of Busan, Korea, and Tally Beck Contemporary of New York and Bangkok.

Ethan Cohen of Ethan Cohen Fine Arts remarked, “Art Asia Miami 2011 was an extremely successful fair- well attended, well organized and brought successful results to clients, dealers and the general public. Art Asia brings a more diverse and powerful art experience to Miami each December. It is significant that in its 4th year, Art Asia Miami is getting stronger and stronger, which shows how important Asian art has become to the international contemporary art market.”

The work of "Invisible Man" Liu Bolin
represented by Eli Klein Fine Art, NY

“Art Asia exceeded our expectations and helped to broaden the continuously expanding global familiarity with artist Liu Bolin. With over forty-five Liu Bolin works sold, and approximately 10 museum inquiries, we left the fair extremely satisfied,” commented Eli Klein of Eli Klein Fine Art.

Especially fetching were works by Yang Yang. An accomplished painter and sculptor, his work is slightly reminiscent of Marc Chagall’s work both in style and color sensibility. Several of his paintings sold at the show. Yang Yang's work is widely collected by public and private collectors. His museum exhibitions include the Museum of Fine Art in Shannxi, China and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, one of the top ten comprehensive museums in the U.S. Yang Yang has exhibited in many fine galleries including Gallery 456 in New York and the gallery of the Chinese-American Arts Council. Lui Qu Wei, curator of the Museum of Fine Art in Shaanxi, describes Yang Yang’s work as combining the quality of the “Oriental mystics with tragic magnificence”.

"Apples of Paradise II" by Yang Yang

In its fourth year the Art Asia fair successfully concluded with strong sales and attendance of over 30,000 visitors. The central location in Wynwood, mid-town Miami, in a space shared by SCOPE, is clean and airy with a comfortable layout. Two fairs: one admission price. With impressive international newcomer galleries joining Art Asia, it was an exceptional showcase of art from diverse Asian regions including East Asia, South East Asia, India, and the Middle East.
Prepare for year five by attending Art Asia Miami from December 5 through the 9th, in 2012. Art Asia will continue to challenge pre-existing notions of Asian contemporary art today and you will be inspired, informed and excited to see their offerings.

Written by Lynn Di Nino

Art Asia Fair - website

Yang Yang Gallery - website

Eli Klein Fine Art - website

Ethan Cohen Fine Arts - website
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

AOA Tribal Art Miami
Art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas

AOA Tribal Art Miami 2011, November 30th - December 4th.

Because AOA Tribal Art was a latecomer to this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach show, and a little off the beaten path, the attendance was understandably light for a first year although the opening night cocktail party drew crowds of local collectors and art lovers. The quality of the some 200 pieces shown was superb and a must-see fair for your visit to this annual event next year. AOA Tribal Art Miami featured African masks, house panels and Oceanic shields, as well as ancient zoomorphic vessels from Pre-Columbian cultures. These pieces, all for sale, represented rare items and some of the last high-quality pieces available on the private market and not in a museum.

AOA is an acronym used by major museums, auction houses and galleries, which stands for Africa (usually sub-saharan), Oceania and the Americas. Oceania typically includes Australia, Melanesia, New Zealand and Polynesia. Many art lovers are aware of the link between African art and its influence on modern art by way of Picasso and his contemporaries.

The venue, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, commonly called The Arsht Center, Florida's largest performing arts center, is located on Biscayne Boulevard in the Omni neighborhood of downtown, Miami. It’s well known for its world-class performances and educational programs. Since its inception in 2006, it’s the second-largest performing arts center in the United States by area (not seats), after the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Participating representatives were David Cassera of New York and LaConnor Washington, Wayne Heathcote of London, Throckmorton Fine Art and Luz Miriam Toro, both of New York City, James Stephenson African Art of Brooklyn and Tribal Art Hunter of South Florida. These names represent some of the most famous dealers in the International Tribal Art Community. Each brought their best work, which was well lit, beautifully and spacially displayed. The offerings compared favorably with the Kathryn White Collection at Seattle Art Museum, known for its high quality.

Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc. features a collection of prized jade carvings

A Throckmorton Gallery offering

Two published books from Throckmorton Gallery :
Portals of Transformation and Sculpture and Cosmology.

Benin Bronze Trophy Head from David Cassera

Display of Wayne Heathcote Gallery

Carved Jade from the Throckmorton Collection

James Stephenson African Art Collection

James Stephenson rare ivory bracelet

Don't miss AOA Tribal Art Miami, 2012 with the VIP Preview and reception party on December 4th from 6 - 10 pm. Be the first to see this high quality traditional art from native cultures and first nations.

Official AOA Tribal Art, Miami 2011 Catalog $15.00
Tribal Art Miami LLC 501 E Stassney LN #627 Austin, TX 78745

To see and learn more about what was displayed at AOA Tribal Art Miami 2011, visit their website and or purchase a copy of the official catalog. You can also contact each exhibiting gallery directly.

AOA Tribal Art Miami

To communicate directly with the exhibitors:

Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc.

James Stephenson African Art

David Cassera

Tribal Art Hunter

Luz Miriam Toro, Pre Columbian Art and Jewelry

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Written by Lynn Di Nino
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pulse Miami 2011
A Very Fine Art Fair

This excellent art fair was located at the Ice Palace Studios, in Miami's Wynwood Arts District. It was the seventh edition of Pulse Miami and featured some 90 international exhibitors. Featuring larger booths, more spacious aisles, and a new garden lounge, this is one of the art fairs you should never miss. It's the closest fair to downtown Miami and to the excellent collection at The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. Here're a few images to show you what Pulse offered viewers this year.

One of many Pulse Maimi hallways

Art by Tony Orrico (left) Jeanne Silverthorne (center floor) and Dinh Q. Le (right) at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Artwork by Alyssa Dennis (Impulse exhibit)
Kesting/Ray, New York, NY

Davidson Contemporary, New York, NY

Artwork by Norman Mooney (Impulse exhibit)
Causey Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

Engraved Laptops by Michael Dinges
Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL

Paintings by Laurie Hogin
Schroeder Romero & Shredder, New York, NY

Artwork by Ingo Gunther

Blythe Projects, Culver City, CA

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

Artwork by Angelo Musco
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Dumpster Project by Mac Premo
Mixed media assemblage in 30-yard Dumpster
Courtesty of Pavel Zoubok Galery, New York

Other noteworthy artworks included: paintings by Kelli Vance at Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles; photography by Eva Sussman at Christin Tierny, New York; mixed media paintings by Seonna Hong at LeBasse Projects, Culver City, CA; Jeremy Fish at Mark Moore, Culver City, CA; drawings by Mia Rosenthal at Gallery Joe, Philadelphia; Isaac Layman at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR; Mi Jung's Swarm 2009 at Freight + Volumne, New York; Kim Dong-Yoo's Marilyn & JFK multiple image painting at Hasted Kraeutler, New York; paintings by Robert Sagerman and Omar Chacou at Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York; Matthew Cox's embroidery thread on X-Rays at Packer Schopf, Chicago; Margie Livingston at Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles; and David Poppie's colored pencils on panel at Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York.

To see and learn more about what was displayed at Pulse Miami, visit their website and look under Exhibitor Information with details under Exhibitor List and Exhibiting Artsits.

Pulse Miami - website
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