Highlights from Art Basel Miami Beach, Untitled, and NADA Art Fairs 2021
Originally published via ArteFuse December 2021
Soshiro Matsubara “A Tale of Romance II,” 2021 presented by Union Pacific, London reinterprets the love story of Oscar Kokoshka and Alma Mahler where the artist is laying down on a rug gazing at the sphinx-like face of his beloved. A romance between a robot and a human, maybe our future one day soon?
Sean Landers’ Dall Kid (Coconino Plateau, AZ), 2021 presented by Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels continues his preoccupation with tartan-clad animals as guardian spirits among our brutal daily chaos. This kid is clearly here for a hug. Or so goes our stereotyping.
Qualeasha Wood creates her tapestries through digital collages and analog weaving to arrive at a complex reality of today where a bold woman is front and center of the power matrix. Presented by the nomadic Kendra Jayne Patrick gallery New York.
Keiichi Tanaami’s textured and rich video dream Red Shade, 2021 in the main section of the fair continues the master’s preoccupation with impulses pushed through the barriers and psychedelic blending human and mechanical memories.
Christo’s Wrapped painting, 1961-1962 comes as a reminder from a different time, embodying the spirit of experimentation and play between concealing and revealing.
Jeffrey Cheung’s Swimming, 2020 presented by New Image Art underlines his line of inquiry for the meaning of a collective and a community, an individual place within various gender roles. He reassures us with color and zest that it is possible.
Drew Dodge’s furry creatures are caught up in a relatable and palpable mixture of loneliness, unable to connect to the surrounding ecosystems. In a way, they are successors of Gericault’s forlorn heroes.
April Marten’s Untitled (Frances Wasn’t a Saint) No. 2, 2019 presented by Monica King Projects re-creates an archetypal woman saint, a mother figure of the past returns to deliver us from all evils. But the artist considers alternatives too.
Chiachio & Giannone’s painstakingly embroidered work La Selva de Constantin, 2015 uses cotton, wool, rayon, and jewelry effect threads on hand print fabric with serigraphy. It is as delicate, as astute, and as precious as it sounds. Presented by De Buck Gallery, New York.
Federico Solmi’s presentation underlines a new phase we observe in the history of painting, when through technological acuity surfaces bring us literally deep inside the reworked frames. Presented by Kornfeld Galerie, Berlin.
Jenny Morgan’s exquisite, airy, beauty is beyond grasping. Her greens remind of the Mantegna as do some of the faces she paints. They do not seem to share our busy days. Presented by Mother Gallery, Manhattan, and Beacon.
Diane Dal-pra’s “The balance of ritual” puts together figuration with poetic abstraction, creating pannos of concealment. She is a feminist response to Christo’s work above. Presented by Galerie Derouillon, Paris.
Aleksandra Waliszewska’s haunted minimalism is enigmatic, and it pulls you in also. We are very tempted to pry into her shadows and find some secrets. Presented by Leto Gallery, Warsaw.
Carlos Noronha Feio’s fantastic tapestries create a shared aura across temporal and territorial divides. “everything is connected, through the dreamer at dawn…(Man: depiction of the weaver; Star: spirituality, good luck),” 2019 – this title says it all. Presented by Iragui Gallery, Moscow.
Miniature and larger ceramic works by Kathy Ruttenberg merge flora and fauna, also making us breathing parts of ecosystems. Presented by Lyles and King, New York. Images courtesy of the artist and Lyles & King, New York.
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