1.01.2014

Fair Well: More Abstraction


Previous Miami posts
Is Anybody Happy?
C'est What?

At Miami Project: Paul Feeley, Rafinas, 1963, at Garth Greenan Gallery, New York City


Were there thousands of paintings at the fairs in Miami? Without a doubt.  I photographed hundreds of them. It's hard to say how I selected the abstractions you see here (indeed, any of the art you've seen in these posts) except to say that I looked a lot, photographed a lot, and have been doing a lot of desktop editing since I got back. Then for each post I printed thumbnail images, which I cut out and moved around on a table top to create a visual narrative. There is so much more I don't have room to show you, but I picked the most compelling of what I saw (even if I didn't personally love all of it). Because the lighting conditions aren't ideal at the fairs--the combination of natural and artificial light is a killer for little cameras--I sometimes relinquished an image of a great painting because it wouldn't represent the work or the artist well enough. And sometimes I just didn't get the necessary information. (The dealers who provide wall tags with the artist name, information about the art, and the gallery name have my undying love.) 

We start off with some splendid 20th-Century paintings in pristine condition and then move right into the contemporary stuff, pausing briefly for a little R.I.P to Gunther Forg, who died on December 3, just at the fairs were getting under way.

At ABMB: Morris Louis, Gamma Omicron, 1960, magna on canvas, at Paul Kasmin Gallery
Detail below




At ABMB: Joan Mitchell, Edouard, 1980, oil on canvas, at unidentified gallery
Detail below




At ABMB: Sam Gilliam, Red Stanza, 1969, acrylic on canvas, at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles


At Art Miami: Grace Hartigan, Chinese Calendar, 1993, oil on linen, at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore
Detail below



At ABMB: Anne Truitt, Way III, 1974, acrylic on canvas, at Matthew Marks Gallery
Detail below



At ABMB: Agnes Martin, Untitled #7,  1985, at Mnuchin Gallery


At ABMB:  Gunther Forg at unidentified gallery

At ABMB: Louise Fishman,  9/11 Redux,  2013, oil on canvas, at Cheim & Read, New York City


At ABMB: Mark Bradford, Africa, 2013, mixed-media painting in two parts, at Hauser & Wirth
Detail below



At Miami Project: Shaun O'Dell, Peeled Weave, 2013, gouache on paper mounted on canvas mounted on panel, at Inman Gallery, Houston


At ABMB: Per Kirkby, Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, at unidentified gallery
Detail below



At Untitled: Agathe de Bailliencourt, acrylic on linen, at Benrimon Contemporary, New York City


At NADA: Gabriel Hartley at Foxy Production, New York City
Below: Closer view of middle painting, oil on canvas



At Aqua Art: Federico Cattaneo, at Jack Geary Contemporary, New York City
Below: Closer view of -3, 2013, oil on panel


At Untitled: Melissa Brown at Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Additional views of Melissa Brown paintings, above and below


At Miami Project: Norbert Prangenberg  (I think) at Garth Greenan Gallery, New York City (I think)

Views of individual Prangenberg paintings above and below





At ABMB: Enoc Perez, Nude, 2013, at Acquavella Galleries, New York City
Detail below



At ABMB: Jon Pestoni, Headliner, 2013, oil on canvas, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles


At ABMB: Markus Oehlen, youyouyou, 2012, at Galerie Hans Mayer


At Untitled: Amy Feldman at Blackston Gallery, New York City


At ABMB: Theaster Gates, A Modest Development, 2013, wood, rubber and tar, at White Cube, London
Detail below


At ABMB: Georg Baselitz, Kopf an Kopf II (Head to Head), oil on canvas, at unidentified gallery

At ABMB: Chris Martin, T.A.Z. #17, 2013, acrylic, oil and glitter on canvas, at Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York City
Detail below



At Miami Project: Craig Taylor at CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles


At NADA: Sachin Kaeley at Seventeen, London
Below: Installation view for scale



At NADA: Anke Weyer,  All the Wrong Colors, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, at Canada, New York City


At ABMB: Alex Hubbard at Standard, Oslo


At Miami Project: Joshua Aster, Thicket, 2013, oil in linen, at Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles
Detail below



At Untitled: Shane Hope at Winkleman Gallery, New York City

The works above and below, each about 12 inches high, are from a grouping of 3-D prints whose non-objective forms are painterly, even textile-like



At ABMB: Keltie Ferris, Salt-fire, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York City

Installation view above for scale
Full view below


At Aqua Art: Deanna Lee, Yellow Drift, 2011, acrylic on paper, at Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn


At Aqua Art: Jaq Chartier at Prole Drift, Seattle
Below: Core Sample, 2013, acrylic, stains and spray paint on panel




At Untitled: Todd Kelly at Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York City
Closer view of one work below

At ABMB: Polly Apfelbaum installation at Galerie Nachst St. Stephan/Rosemarie Schwarzwalder

Above: Individual piece from a wall of what look to be marker-on-paper drawings
Below: Installation with dyed fabric elements


Next up: Some Figuration

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3 comments:

annell said...

Wonderful post!

SEXY NERD said...

Its great to see more abstraction happening at the fairs! Thank you for sharing this!

Peg Bachenheimer said...

Thanks so much, Joanne, for this thorough look at the abstract art at the Miami Fair. I just donated and hope others will also. You provide a wonderful resource.