This year I dragged myself to the other side of Manhattan -Pier 36 exactly- to attend the art fair, Art on Paper. Seeming that I am an artist who does work with paper, I was curious to see a large group of artists that did the same. However the definition of this art fair was painted in broad strokes. There was a lot of work with and on paper but there was also fabric, ceramic, and video art. Searching through the oddly placed I was able to find some wonderful pieces made by some impressive artists.
Rainbow, 2015, Paper
Entanglement no. 4, 2015, Woven process painted photographic paper, 53 x 53inches
Back to Kansas, 2015, Color aquatint and chine colle, 43 x 60inches
Circle, 2015, Kent paper, panel with acrylic box frame, 17.75 x 1.5inches
Moving Toward the Light I, 2015, Watercolor on paper, 45 x 94.5inches
Red Poppies, 2001, Watercolor on Paper, 6.25 x 9.5inches
Aether, Hand cut screen-printed paper in custom made UV resistant plexi terrarium, 60 x 7 x 42inches
Every year when I attend the Armory Art Fair I usually keep my expectations low. I do not think every year will truly be awful but, because being overwhelmed by seeing masses amount of art in an atmosphere where people should not really see art and, where many art dealers only show what they think will sell- the experience can be daunting and a little depressing. This year the old standards were definitely still around however, the atmosphere seemed to be a bit lighter and more exciting. Here is what I found.
Colourcade Buzz, 2015, Etching with chine collé on Hahnemühle Bright White 350gsm paper, 115.0 x 165.8 cm / Image 96.8 x 149.5 cm
Chiral Lines #18, 2016, Graphite, marker, ballpoint, colored pencil on paper, 50 x 38inches (panel), 50 x 76inches (overall)
Ultraviolet Acceleration, 2015, Pigment on panel and white gold leaf on resin, 60 x 60inches
Auric Field, 2010, Pigment and 14k white gold leaf on panel, 24 x 24inches
Untitled, 2015, Mirror on MDF, 78.75 x 118.125inches
Untitled, 2016, Flashe and gesso on canvas, 80inches (diameter) x 2inches
Untitled (Astronaut Tereshkova, First Woman in Space), 2015, Charcoal on mounted paper, Each 94 x 48 inches
Fractals Caught Approaching Zero, 2013, Oil on canvas, 82 x 77inches
Jules de Balincourt
Space Investors, 2015, 58 x 78.25 x 2inches
On Reflection, Virtual EO3, 2014, Light Jet Print, 72.5 x 73.125inches
Ruby Sky Stiler
Once or Twice in the Garden, 2016, Acrylic and collage on cut paper, 79 x 72 inches
Life Savers, 1985, Synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas, 22 x 22inches
Are you becoming stressed out by the gifts that you have not yet bought? Are you continuously racking your brain for the perfect gift? Well look no further then the list below. Giving art-inspired gifts to those you care for will not only make you look cool but, will ultimately make you seem infinitely more cultured than you probably are. Listed below is the continuation of the gift list I made for the Sixty Hotel group. Hopefully one of these lists will be able to satisfy your needs.
For the Foodie
One of the best things about strolling through the Big Apple is experiencing all the different types of food it has to offer. While you cannot take all of them home, the Christina J. Wang scarf that is covered with illustrations of New York’s most delectable goodies is a great way to preserve the memories.
For the Accessories Lover (Woman and Man)
Featuring Barbara Kruger’s text-based imagery these red and black sunglasses are sure to add a bit of artistic flair to any outfit.
Deborah Kass’ OY/YO cufflinks may not be for everyone but this version of her Pop Art OY/YO paintings and sculptures are certainly one of the most playful and luxurious accessories that anyone could wear.For the Kid in your Life
In celebration of the 150-year anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Adventures in Wonderland, an oversized full color illustrated hardcover edition has been released for a new generation. Experience this magical journey through the eyes of a wonderful artist in this exceptional gift.For the Retro Homemaker
No kitchen is complete without a Kit-cat clock. Invented in 1932 by designer Earl Arnault, this clock continues to fascinate viewers with its signature wagging tail, rolling eyes, and contagious smile.
For the Co-Worker
Help your co-workers step up their mug game with a beautiful design from the MoMA. Any of these eye-pleasing designs are sure inspire as well as make a splash when hanging by the water cooler.
For the Ugly Sweater Competition
This season it is hard to please everyone. So when all else fails, let them eat cake! Fruit cake that is. With this silly and endearing sweater you are sure to melt even the most frozen heart.
Untitled is a relatively new fair for which a tone has not been established. While the airy tent is well curated with galleries from across the globe, it does not have some of the polish that other fairs have. It feels like it has more independent ideals and appeals to the less commercial side of art without fully making the jump to work that feels unfinished or anti-art.
Sati No. 9, 2015
Acrylic on Wood Panel
25.25in x 25.25in
Trip Ship, 2013
Painted Cast Resin and Plywood
Ocean Surface XXXIV, 2015
Acrylic on Cotton
51.25in x 70.75in
Pulse is one of those fairs that usually lean towards the tech/light installation/interesting process side of art. While this year there were more painting/photography, the fair still felt like the booths had a more modern and design oriented feel. The artists who were exhibited are a good mix of emerging to mid-career artists. Being in that position makes them more prone to taking risks and more exciting for a viewer. The following images are some of my favorites from the fair.
The Rights, 2014
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
50in x 50in
Year Zero, 2015
Currency Collage on Panel
40in x 30in
Graphite, Fluid Acrylic and Ink on Yupo
60in x 144in
Untitled (Poe House Boston), 2015
Graphite on Paper
Sky Painting No. 5
Oil on Panel
Tali (Sandhills), 2009
Acrylic on Linen
Untitled (Yellow Cut-Out), 2015
Hand-cut paper with Acrylic on Verso
30in x 22.5in
As I have said before the Art Basel Art Fair is the most commercial and the largest of all the art fairs during the art week in Miami. This year 70,000 people are estimated to wander amongst 267 galleries representing 32 countries where about $3 billion in art will be exhibited. The fair appeals to collectors who are ready to spend serious money on art -meaning thousands to millions of dollars. These are corporate collections, institutions, and people who have made the commitment of time and knowledge to art.
This year there was a lot of abstraction and concentration on texture in all forms. Also there were a number of Frank Stella pieces because of his recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. However, I am always attracted to the brightly colored, offbeat and interesting pieces that are not widely shown in the setting of the fair. While my documentation of Basel could have been more inclusive to give you an idea of the entire fair, below are the pieces that stood out to me.
Cold Sweat, 1999
Acrylic on Canvas
55.125in x 77.875in
Black Hydroxate, 2015
Acrylic on Aluminum
78.75in x 78.75in
Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
41.5in x 59.75in
Power Bidder, Plate, 2015
Hand-rubbed, rolled, and transferred ink on photo-etched magnesium plate
32.25in x 24in
Hank Willis Thomas
Isla (calma), 2015
Doll Part, 2014
Enamel on Metal
44in x 38in
Oil stick on Paper
51.125in x 35.375in
Under Heaven –3320NU0147, 2014
Oil on Canvas, Aluminum
78.6875in x 55.0625in x 5.875in
Double Landscape (Large), 1995
Saccharin, Acrylic, Resin, Wood Panel
48in x 48in
Ash Selenite Basketball Jersey, 2015
Volcanic ash, Selenite, Hydrostone
31in x 20in x 13in
Vision in the Womb, 2015
Acrylic paint, Digital Pigment Print, Silk Screen Print, Glass Powder on Canvas
39.375in x 80.125in
Dubai World I, 2007
120.875in x 87.9375in
Blue Painting, 1986
Oil on Canvas
59in x 59in
Untitled (Marie), 2014
20in x 20in
The Earliest Memories of the Universe, 2015
Acrylic, Paper/Dacron, Wood
72in x 72in x 8in
Every year someone asks me “Why do you go to Art Basel? Are artists supposed to go? Doesn’t it bother you to see art in an art fair setting?” These questions puzzle me. Not because of the questions themselves but because they show a lack of knowledge about the art world.
The art world is one of the only industries in the world that can be whatever it wants to be. There are no set rules to guide you through. People often consider themselves experts overnight by reading a few books and advise others on the few subjects they know. Others spend years educating themselves on the nuances of every movement. The prices for work are unregulated and the value of a piece is not necessarily determined by the technique, materials used, or time spent creating it but rather the greater need for it. The artists themselves range in personality from extreme attention seekers to “don’t talk to me unless I talk to you”. Of course the spectrum of these traits vary and there are some artists who believe that they are like everyone else outside of the art world- which still borders the crazy line. With all of this in mind, what is so special about Art Basel Miami Beach?
Art Basel itself is an extreme opportunity for art collecting. In the U.S. there are very few occasions that galleries bring what they think is their best work to display for our viewing pleasure. The participants in Art Basel are usually the top tier galleries exhibiting some of the most famous artists in the world. The art shown is for collectors who are used to the high price tags with which the work comes. Over the years it has become more commercial than all the other fairs and has become the best example of art as a business. The Art Basel fair is not extraordinary but if you are at all interested in the art market, it is a good way to see what people in business think collectors are seeking. As an artist, I think that artists should try to understand how dealers’ think– What they think will sell or whom they are appealing to. (Not that whatever they do would change an artists point of view). It is just good business to understand how the market conducts itself.
One significant way that fairs have changed the art world is that idea of understanding what you are looking at is lost. Viewers breeze past most of the art without really looking at the details of each piece. Like running through flashcards before a test except no one actually knows what is on the cards themselves. On one hand when you see so many people interested in the idea of art it is encouraging. But when you see so many people not taking the time or opportunity to really consider what it is they are looking at or looking for, it is disheartening. Therefore the problem with art fairs for artists lies within the business model itself. Artists should understand that there is no way that buyers would ever visit all the galleries that set up shop in Miami in such a short time. But artists (and collectors) should also encourage their dealers to display more provocative work that educates and challenges the viewers’ eye instead of just appealing to what might look good next to “their beige sofa in the assigned display space”.
The following posts are most of the wonderful ideas/pieces of work/random but impactful statements that I discovered over my time during Art week in Miami. Hopefully it will help you get a sense of what is out there.