Fair Game: Miami Wrapup

The posts:
What to Wear to an Art Fair
Miami Overview
Domestic Affairs
Painting in the Big Box
More Painting at More Fairs
Small Works in a Big Week
Brains: Who Knew?
The Stuff of Sculpture
Blogger Walk-Through of Art Miami 

This post ends my coverage of the Miami arts fairs for this year. The Wrapup is an opportunity to bring together all of the loose ends from Miami. And by "loose ends" I mean the stuff I found amusing, perplexing, unusual, or just plain gross.

1. Best Unintended Relationship Between Art and Fashion
Would you believe red lace?
MB: Blake Rayne, Untitled, 2010, 78 x 51 inches
Unidentified gallerist

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2. What Do These Fairgoers Have in Common?
 The shaved heads, of course.

Seeing a Buddhist monk at ABMB was a first for me. However my visit would not have been complete without a sighting of the gender-ambiguous Eva and Adele. (A disappointing note: They were staying at the same dump of a hotel as I was. So much for the glamour.)
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3. Sorry, I can't hear you. I have wax in my ear

Bees, too. And bits of honeycomb. They're all in there. This is the kind of art fair surprise I live for.

Context: Catherine Jacobi, Hive, at Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago
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4. Home Improvement
I entered ABMB the moment it opened  to the press on Wednesday, so when I saw the first ladder I just thought the gallery wasn't quite ready for its closeup. Then I saw another. Thinking about the fashion dictum, " Two of anything is a coincidence. Three's a trend," I doubled back to the first booth. The ladder was still there. I'd call it a curious coincidence.
 ABMB: Jose Maria Sicilia at unidentified gallery
ABMB: Bjorn Braun, Blauenberg, 2012, at Meyer Riegger Galerie, Berlin
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5.  Foot Fetishes
When I saw the hanging legs with the chewed-off toes, the infamous New York Post headline popped into mind, "Headless Body in Topless Bar." I wondered what could, er, top it. Then I saw the dominatrix boots made out of concrete.
ABMB: Jim Shaw, Dream Object (Hanging legs made our of fiberglass with toes bittewn odd to demonstrate effect of snimal traps) at Metro Pictures, New York City
Below, also at ABMB: Sarah Lucas, Beefcocktitbuster, 2012

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7. Orchids? Spiders?

On closer inspection, these hothouse flowers were in fact deconstructed high heels. Rumor has it that Manolo Blahnik saw them and had to be carried out on a stretcher.
Context: Kaarina Kaikkonen, The Queen of the Night, 2012, at Galleria Sara Zanin, Rome
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8. Domestic Geometry
 After the exploding shoes, the totemic table didn't surprise me. But it did suggest a conceptual pairing with the totemic roasting pans, which I love and which you can see more of here and below.
NADA: James Hoff at Callicoon Fine Arts, New York City
ABMB: B. Wurtz at Metro Pictures, New York City
Installation vie below 
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9. Three Chefs Contemplating a Giant Cube
Nothing snarky here. I just liked the fact that three guys involved in ABMB's food prep would stop to ponder this marble sculpture. Nice to know that (waaaay) overpriced lunch is not the only thing on their minds
Ai Wei Wei (I think) at Lisson Gallery (I think)
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10. What's With the Eyes?
I wouldn't call this a trend in the same way that brains seem to be, but there were a surprising number of eyes on the fairgoers--and that's not counting the security cameras.

ABMB: Marc Quinn, The Eye of History (Atlanticv Perspective) Ice Age 1, 2012, at White Cube, London

ABMB: Gavin Turk, Nazcar Boncugu, 2012 at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Installation view above

Aqua Art: Artist unidentified at Systema Gallery, Osaka

Art Miami: Ruben Maya at unidentified gallery
Installation below

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11. Art or Not Art?
How many times can I show you a trash bag and ask the question? I suppose as many times as there's a trashbag to shoot.  So: Art or not art?
Art: Gavin Turk, Refuse, 2012, painted bronze, edition 2/8, at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
OK, here's another one: Portapotty or sculpture?
So, yes, it's art. Convincing, eh? So convincing, in fact, that I heard
someone had used it.
One more: Art or Not Art? You're gonna have to post your guess in the Comment section
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12.  Ego Trips

No, Dorothy, youre not at the Armory Show, where the message writ large in pink neon was Scandinavian Pain. This is Miami, home of big egos, big bucks, big breasts, and all things young, tight and lifted, where the messages were appropriately supersized.

ABMB: Jack Pierson at Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago and New York

ABMB: Barbara Kruger at Mary Book Gallery, New York City

ABMB: Cosima Von Bonin, Petzel Gallery, New York City

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13. Last Word
Or vice versa
Photo: E. Linda Poras, near ABMB

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Fair Game: Blogger Walk-Through of Art Miami

The posts so far:
Painting in the Big Box
More Painting at More Fairs
Small Works in a Big Week
Brains: Who Knew? 
This is the second year in a row I was invited to give a Blogger Walk-Through of Art Miami. I love doing it, as the Walk-Through offers an opportunity to slow my pace and consider a small number of selected works in a deeper way. I invited David Cohen, editor and publisher of, the online magazine, to do the Walk-Through with me. We spent some time separately at the venue in the days before the Walk-Through and then worked out an itinerary the night before.
Stop #1: Hunt Slonem rabbit paintings at Dean Projects, New York City

When we met on Saturday morning our group consisted of artists, bloggers, and several collectors who were interested in seeing the fair through different eyes. The two principals from the blogazine, Hyperallergic, publisher Veken Gueyikian and editor Hrag Vartanian, were part of the group as well (and co-sponsors of the event), so as someone noted, it was actually a Blogger, Blogazine and Online Magazine Walk-Through of Art Miami.
I didn’t take notes so I won’t be quoting exactly, but I can convey a sense of what we saw and talked about.
We started at Dean Project, from New York City, where David Cohen asked us to look at the rabbit paintings of Hunt Slonem. Cohen noted the prevalence of multiple works throughout the fairs, and the particular appropriateness of this lively installation. “Rabbits multiply,” he put it. And that green wall was a visual standout.  

Stop #2: Glassmeister Tim Tate at Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin
We then visited Blue Leaf Gallery, from Dublin, where Washington, D.C.-based artist TimTate talked about his work. Cofounder of the Washington Glass School and widely collected by museums around the country, Tate brings together blown glass objects with videos he conceives and shoots himself, creating what he describes as “electronic reliquaries.” .
Getting away is the theme in this work, from the walking woman in the video to the figure with handcast glass suitcases at her feet inside the handblown bell jar

Stop #3: David Cohen standing before Beatriz Milhazes prints at Durham Press, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Next we stopped at Durham Press, from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, specifically to view the prints of Beatriz Milhazes (shown here) and Polly Apfelbaum. While many print publishers show at Ink, the print-specific fair on Collins Avenue, a number of publishers cast a wider net. This seems in keeping with Cohen’s observation that complex multicolor works of this sort are unique works in their own right. (And pricy, I would add. I'm pretty sure I remember reading on the wall label that this print, in an edition of 40, is $45,000.)

Above and below, the two section of Milhazes' Sal (Salt), 2010, woodblock and screenprint. Images (separated from the diptych so that you could see each component larger) from the Durham Press website

Stop #4: Rana Rochat, Untitled L804, 2012, encaustic on panel, 60 x 48 inches, at David Lusk Gallery, Memphis

Since I paint mostly in encaustic, and since several members of our group also do, including the artist Jeff Schaller, we stopped to look at work in the medium by two different artists.
Represented by a succulent red painting at the David Lusk Gallery, Rana Rochat works in a way you might expect from a medium known for luminosity. Her paintings are full of saturated color and translucent layers; those layers create the optical sensation of looking deep into into the picture plane. Rochat is a painter who works a fluid medium (the wax paint is applied when it is molten) with a loose, lyrical line.
Below: Detail of Rochat's Untitled L804

Stop #5: James Little, Desert Delivery, 2011, oil and wax on canvas, 72.5 x 94 inches, at June Kelly Gallery, New York City
How fortunate we were to be able to view the work of James Little just a few booths away at the June Kelly Gallery. Where Rochat works fluidly and transparently, Little works opaquely, and geometrically with a hard edge. This is tour de force painting, not only for the graphic power of the image but for the way Little wields his material so masterfully in opposition to its nature.
Below: Detail of Desert Delivery 

Stop #6: Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1998, four lithographs, edition of 75, 15.25 x 14.25 inches each at Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto

Separately, both Cohen and I came upon these exquisite prints at the Nikola Rukaj Gallery. Considering that most work at an art fair is large and/or chromatically dramatic by intention, it was a sweet surprise to find that we'd both selected these four lithographs to discuss. When I'd gone to scout the fair, I'd asked Rukaj if the works were available separately. "No, " he replied. "These are all the same number in the edition, and I want to keep them together." Was I interested, he asked. Of course I was, but at $55,000 for the four, it would remain an unrequited romance.

Below: Closer view of the bottom right print
Stop #7: Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, with German Gomez photographs, Jasper Johns prints and Charles Burwell painting
The booth for the Bridgette Mayer Gallery was exquisite, from the Jasper Johns prints given pride of place on the center wall of the large, square booth, to every other work, which complemented those six framed prints. Knowing that very little is left to chance in booth design, I asked Mayer if she would talk to our group about how she made her selections. 
She started with the Johns prints, which she had acquired from the original and only owner. The single ownership accounts for their "pristine condition," Mayer noted. Around these prints she installed a selection of work by gallery artists, such as the  abstraction by Charles Burwell, shown above right, as well as photographs by German Gomez. Gomez, she said, was the first artist to be invited to a gallery-sponsored residency. This is a program that will continue with a new artist annually. 
Jasper Johns, #1-#6 (after Untitled 1975), 1976, lithograph printed with eleven colors on Rives paper, 36.5 x 36.5 inches. Iconic Man Ray print to the left

Below, Mayer talking to our group. A large work by Arden Bendler Browning is visible at right

Stop #8: Banksy Out of Context
There were several of these murals--removed wall and all from sites in London, Bethlehem, San Francisco and Los Angeles--placed throughout the fair. This one, called Stop + Search, was originally sited in Bethelem. It marks the division here between Art Miami and the tent where Context, its sister venue, was taking place.  Context was marked by emerging galleries or artists and adventurous programming.

Stop #9: Connersmith, Washington, D.C.
David Cohen brought the group to Connersmith, where artist Wilmer Wilson IV was surrounded by photographs of his performances. The performances consist largely of Wilson covering his body with stickers or other materials that create a skin or barrier between himself and the viewer. Below, he talks about that experience, which he admitted could feel claustrophobic when he is completely covered. The performances can last the better part of a day, culminating in the removal of the stickers. You can view one here.


Stop #10: Marc Desgrandchamps at Dialogue Space, Beijing
As we paused before this painting by Marc Desgrandchamps, Cohen noted the cinematic quality of movement and Mediterranean light of the setting. More particularly, he noted that that the artist, a Westerner, was featured in a Chinese gallery, an unusual and welcome changeabout when a Chinese gallery comes to a Western fair.

Stop #11: Eran Shakine at Zemack  Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
For our last official stop, we visited Zemack Contemporary Art from Tel Aviv, where three paintings by Eran Shakine engaged the group. It was an installation of lighthearted work. My favorite, Malevich's Fried Egg, is below: 

Stop #12: Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta
As we headed out of Context we had one more stop: Marcia Wood Gallery, where we almost literally bumped into David Humphrey's Bunnies. Since I'm represented by the gallery, we saved our stop until the end so that we could chat casually with Wood  and see the booth. I showed you a Kim Anno photopainting in the Miami Overview. Here let me show works by David Humphrey and Alan Loehle.
 David Humphrey, Bunnies, celluclay and hydrocal, at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta. This image from the gallery website

Below: Alan Loehl, Venus I, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 55 x 41 inches

Next up: The Miami Wrapup