12.28.2009

Fair and Fair Alike: Miami 2009. Pulling a Thread

Fair and Fair Alike coverage so far:
. Blanc et Noir
. Working the Angles
. A Peek at the Geometry of the Next Post
. Five Woven Grids
. House and Home
. Bourgeois, Benglis and Wilke
. Mano a Mano
. The Pretenders
. Art Miami
. Red Dot
. NADA
. Scope
. Aqua Art
. Pulse
. The Big One, Art Basel Miami Beach
. An Overview Before the Individual Fairs
. Art Bloggers at Art Miami
. Are We Out of the Woods?
. A Little Gossip
. Art? Or Not Art?
. Nosing Around

One of the many pleasures of visiting the fairs each year, is documenting the various threads that make themselves visible. Some I can count on from year to year, like geometry; others are unexpected, like the appearance of domestic structures; still others are reflections of the moment, like the strong use of castoff materials, more of which in the following post. The textile sensibility, always present, was much more manifest this year. .


Picking up the thread of the previous post: Amanda Ross-Ho's canvas silhouettes of weavings, at Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York; at ABMB


What's a textile sensibility? Sometimes it's simply work executed in a textile medium, like Arturo Herrera's felt sculptures or Ghada Amer's thread paintings. Sometimes it's the representation of textiles as expressed in other mediums, like F.J. Valdez's large-format photographs of kilims rugs, stacked to look like a display at a souk. And sometimes it's just a sense of the woven, knotted or stitched; this latter idea is completely subjective, so I may be making a connection that was not intended by the artists.

Do I love all of this work? No. But I love the connections, and for this post that's enough.


Textile sensibility: Amparo Sard at Galeria Ferran Cano, Mallorca and Barcelona; at Art Miami, with work traveling to Bravin Lee, New York
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The barely there image is what you might call conceptual embroidery; the image is created with a pin or needle, but there are no stitches; the pricks create the image. Can you see it? The seated figure holds a cloth and scissors on her lap
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Textile sensibililty: Andrea Higgins, Swatch, oil on canvas, about 16 x 14 inches, at Hosfelt Gallery, New York and San Francisco; at Pulse
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I love the visual connection between Andrea Higgin's Swatch and the actual weaving, below, which becomes scupture by dint of its mass
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ABMB: Michael Beutler two-ton rag rug; at Galleria Franco Soffiantino, Torino
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Detail, above, and full view
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ABMB: Ian Davis, Harbinger, acrylic on linen; at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks, New York ..


Scope: F.J. Valdez photographs; at Jacob Karpio Galeria, San Jose, Costa Rica
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ABMB: Delson Ochoa painted canvas reminsicent of Colonial floor cloths; at Galeria Luciana Brito, Sao Paolo.


. Art Miami: Madeline Keesing, A Million Sunsets, oil on canvas; at Goya Contemporary, Baltimore
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Detail below
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ABMB: Teresa Margolle, Sangre Recuperada (Recovered Blood), cloth with various fluids used to clean a crime scene in Mexico's northern border; at Galeria Salvador Diaz, Madrid
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ABMB: El Anatsui, Untitled, found aluminum and copper wire (and Claudette Schreuders sculpture); at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Detail below
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Aqua: Paul Oberst knotted grid; at Bridgett Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia
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Art Miami: Greely Myatt "quilt" of cut and pieced aluminum road signs; at David Lusk Gallery, Memphis.

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NADA: Sarah Crowner's pieced paintings; at Nicelle Beauchene, New York..


ABMB: Ulla von Brandenberg quilts, Tumbling Blocks and Drunkard's Path, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London .
. ABMB: Jacob Hashimoto sculptures with layers of painted acrylic discs held in tension by threads attached to dowels at top and bottom; at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
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Detail below
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ABMB: Nick Cave, Sound Suits, designed for performance; at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
(If there were an award for most-photographed at Art Basel Miami Beach, this might be it. I couldn't get a clear shot until Sunday morning when I was able to slip in early. The toursists who insisted on posting in front of the sculptures were the worst)
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Detail below
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ABMB: Richard Tuttle, tie-dye hangings/paintings/constructions at gallery unknown (I don't think it was Pace, though I did see a show in the New York gallery of works like these )
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Detail below
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Pulse: Marie Watt's tiny folded stacks on tree-bark ledge that's about 12 inches from end to end; at PDX Gallery, Portland
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ABMB: Arturo Herrera installation of painted wall and arranged felt sculpture; at Galleria Franco Noero, Torino
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NADA: Ricardo Rendon, perforated felt with the centers on the floor; at Mitterand + Sanz, Zurich
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ABMB: Robert Morris felt sculpture; gallery unknown
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ABMB: Angela de la Cruz, Deflated, oil on canvas; at Lisson Gallery, London
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NADA: Dianna Molzan, deconstructed painting, about 24 x 18 inches; at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles
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ABMB: Simon Denny, Bucholz Gallery, Cologne
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ABMB: Ghada Amer, embroidered canvas; at Kujke Gallery, Seoul
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ABMB: Ruth Lasky woven geometry; at Ratio Gallery, San Francisco
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Below: view of the booth with Lasky's framed weavings and Mitzi Pederson sculpture

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NADA: Larissa Nowicki stitched grid; at Man & Eve, London
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Detail below
For a sense of scale: each stitch is about 1/4 inch
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ABMB: Berend Strik, (Un)Constructed, embellished C-print on canvas, 36 x 57 inches; at Jack Tilton
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Detail below
(I find this work and the one below too crafty for my taste, but I like the way they expand the theme of this post)
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Art Miami: Yun Lee, Marine Musical Series, acrylic on canvas; at Leonhard Reuthmueller Contemporary, Basel
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ABMB: Yayoi Kusama, Prisoner's Door, mixed media (but it looks like stitched and stuffed canvas that was then painted); at Victoria Miro Gallery, London
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I showed this in the first big post, Are We Out of the Woods?, in which the theme was branching out and taking root. Here's a detail:


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Next up: The penultimate post, Reused, Recycled, Repurposed. And Just Plain Crafty
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6 comments:

Elise said...

Love the photographs you've used here - really interesting post. Happy New Year

* said...

Great post Joanne! The detail shots really help with works and artists I haven't seen myself.

--KW

Annie B said...

Very much enjoying your review of the Fairs. Thanks for "curating."

Brenda M said...

These art fair posts have been your own mini curatorial projects - love the connections you make. Thanks.

Paul said...

Joanne....had no idea you were singularly focusing on textile inspired work. What a great review of such works at the Miami Fair. Thanks so much. Paul Oberst

Joanne Mattera said...

I love textiles, but this is just one post out of 22 about the fair. Not sure what you mean about singularly focusing.