12.22.2009

Fair and Fair Alike: Miami 2009. House and Home

Fair and Fair Alike coverage so far:
. Bourgeois, Benglis, Wilke
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Mano a Mano

. The Pretenders
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Art Miami
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Red Dot
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NADA
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Scope
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Aqua Art
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Pulse
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The Big One, Art Basel Miami Beach
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n Overview Before the Individual Fairs
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Art Bloggers at Art Miami
. Are We Out of the Woods?
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A Little Gossip
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Art? Or Not Art?
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Nosing Around
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These are the best of the domestic structures I saw at the various fairs. Perhaps I wouldn't have noticed them in another year, but given the way the economy crumbled, home became a metaphor for the stability we craved, and the default mode for strategies going forward.
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ABMB: Rachel Whiteread, Ghost II, polyurethane and other materials; at Waterhouse & Dodd Contemporary, London
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ABMB: Nathanial Rackowe's sci-fi-meets-Home-Depot structure; at Bischoff Weiss, London
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Aqua: Above and below, Felicity Warbrick's tiny carved soap houses, themselves housed in a pharmacy case about 70 inches high; at Waterhouse & Dodd, London
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(Looks as if the gallery, with booths in two locations, contined its domestic theme between venues)
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Another look, below:

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ABMB: Marina Rheingantz, Vagalume, oil on canvas, 9 x 11 inches; at Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paolo
(See not everything at the big fair is big, big, big)
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ABMB: Thomas Schutte, Untitled, gouache on paper; at Galerie Bernier Elliades, Antwerp
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ABMB: Rinus van de Velde, Without Ifs, Buts and Maybes, not sure of the medium, but possible graphite on paper; at Galerie Zink, Munich and Berlin.
How metaphoric can you get?

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ABMB: Phillip Estlund, at Sarah Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach. The shanties are so at odds with the venue, no?
Another view below
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ABMB: Wolfgang Laib, House, 1990, beeswax; gallery unknown
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Art Miami: Jennifer Bartlett, Untitled (House), 1999, oil and wax on canvas; David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
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Next up: Five Woven Geometries

4 comments:

Mead McLean said...

The unknown shanty houses are by Phillip Estlund who's represented by Sarah Gavlak.

Joanne Mattera said...

Thanks, Mead. I love how this communication works!

Mead McLean said...

You're welcome. Thanks for writing so often.

Kirsty Hall said...

Beautiful work, I particularly love the carved soap houses.