12.19.2009

Fair and Fair Alike: 2009. The Pretenders

Fair and Fair Alike coverage so far:
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This is the part I like best: connecting the dots. There's so much to see that the work almost starts assembling itself as I'm seeing it. The rest gets done as I go through the images when I get back. Here's the first of my curated posts: the homages, appropriations and knockoffs of iconic images.
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We start with the last image of the previous post: Leslie Holt's lineup of miniature fakes at David Lusk Gallery, from Piero della Francesca to Warhol, each leavened with a Hello Kitty
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The real deal at Aquavella, at ABMB (the wall label gives you a sense of scale); Holt's tiny variation

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The real deal on a ceramic vessel, above, at Galerie Krugier et Cie, at ABMB; Russ Warren painting at Les Yeux du Monde, Aqua Art
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The real deal: Richard Pettibone's iconic miniature reproductions from the 1960s of the iconic big works of the era. I saw them at Art Miami and got so engrossed I forgot to record the gallery
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The "Albers" wall at NADA
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Albers on a wall at Galerie Thomas, Munich, at ABMA
Below, Homage to the Square. Spring Tide

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Robert Indiana at Paul Kasmin Gallery, at ABMB
(The artist also produced "hope" in the same format, not sure which gallery)
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Below, Gavin Turk at Sean Kelly
(Image filched from the
Fallon and Rosof Art Blog, whose post also shows a knockoff version, "Porn")
I'm thinking of one myself:

EN
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You knew the soup can wouldn't be far behind.
Andy, above, at Gagosian Gallery; at ABMB
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Mmm mmm, shiny: Jonathan Stein's sequinned version at Olivia Fine Arts, London; at Art Miami
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The crowd pleaser: Enrique Chagoya, Pyramid Scheme, at Lisa Sette, Scottsdale; at Art Miami
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Knockoff magazine and book covers from Alex Rodriguez at Galeria Christopher Paschall, Bogota; at Scope
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Below, closeup of the subject of out next riff:
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Huang Binyan's cloissonne urinal, at Lisa Sette Gallery
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The ultimate knockoff of a knockoff: the logo for Fountain art fair
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Lucio Fontana? Ma, no. Taras Polataiko at Priska Juschka Fine Art; at Pulse
The slits are painted. Ah, the trompe l'oeil homage

Closeup view below
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Next up: Mano a Mano

11 comments:

Martin said...

holy smokes it's a crime how they showed those pettibones. i love him. those stellas and warhols are treasures.

notes from a pettibone lecture i attended -

Frank Stella "never liked 'em, he never got it", "Stella was offended". Pettibone shared a funny story of finding out that Frank Stella had bought ten of his paintings, all miniature Stellas, and soon after running into Stella at a party. When Pettibone introduced himself Stella turned and walked away. Pettibone has no idea what Stella did with the paintings, "maybe he took'em to burn'em".

Joanne Mattera said...

Martin,
Thanks for the back story here. My only comment: More stories!!

Re the installation: I liked it. The big fairs are all about being bowled over by size, about taking it in from a distance, so when the Pettibones turned up on their own little shelf, my immediate response was to go in close. I spent more time with them, and at closer range, than I did with any other work.

Chris Rywalt said...

Art commenting on art commenting on art. It's like watching a man trying to bleep his own bleep.

George said...

Boring boring boring and boring.

Joanne Mattera said...

George,
If you don't like what I have to offer, one "boring" is sufficient. More than that is boorish.

George said...

Joanne,

You are the only one who has a decent set of pics from Miami and I appreciate that very much. In my opinion these artworks are very weak. Sorry if you misunderstood what I meant by 'boring'

Joanne Mattera said...

George,

Thanks for the clarification. (But it's not that I "misunderstood." You didn't make yourself clear the first time around.)

What I find interesting about this group is the number of iterations. Seeing probably 10,000 artworks over the space of five days, it's easy for the entire experience to blur into one mass people, booths and "art" as a generic concept. So when certain ideas keep asserting themselves, I realize that's a good reason for a post.

I've got about seven more posts (a couple of them HUGE, like geometry). And for the first time, an Awards post. Stay tuned.

Chris Rywalt said...

Incidentally, Joanne, while I'm here, let me say that your documenting the whole Miami experience is a HUGE undertaking and you're execution is impressive. It takes me three or four days to write up one walk through Chelsea. I can only imagine the work involved in writing up as much as you -- with photos!

Excellent work.

Joanne Mattera said...

Thanks, Chris.
Twenty years of working as a magazine editor (the day job)prepared me for this. I enjoy the whole process--my version of baking for the holidays.

Chris Rywalt said...

Holy crap, did I type "you're execution"? I'm the one who should be executed! I need to see my neurologist again. I keep telling him I'm getting stupider but he doesn't believe me.

Anonymous said...

"EN
UF?"

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO IT!!!

Then post it so we can all see it.
Maybe you can title it, 'The Decade In Review.'

Thnx