Fair Enough: Art Basel Miami Beach, Part 2

The posts so far:
Fair Enough: And I'm Off
Fair Enough: Traveling Incognita?
Fair Enough: All Over But the Posting
Fair Enough: Art or Trash?  Post updated with captions and a Winner
Fair Enough: Prologue to the Report
Fair Enough: Art Basel Miami Beach, Part 1

Since it's all but impossible to take in ABMB in one visit, we're doing it in two. In this installment we look at color, pattern and some odd materials. You'll see much more from ABMB when we get into the curated posts.
We start with a trendlet for men: red pants. Yeah, yeah, they're preppy, but three pairs of pantalons rouges on the same day? A fashion moment, mes amis.
Love this guy! He was posing for another camera in front of the Yayoi Kusama on the outer wall of the Gagosian booth. Normally, I'm annoyed when I have to navigate around the smile-for-the-camera tourists, but not this time. I snapped him looking quite snappy

This image of Frederick Snitzer's booth was slated for the previous post with the other overview pics until I saw the Miami dealer's red pants

In the area near  Art Positions there was a stretch of faux lawn and palm trees, which people were using just like a real lawn. That's where I snapped this guy, who had quite the rojo thing going on

Meet the red-shirted Eric Doeringer, who was running the Flash Art booth. Eric works in the manner of Sturtevant and Pettibone to recreate the work of well-known painters. His paintings are on the wall behind him

Continuing with red:  Rosemarie Trockell knitted work at Spruth Magers, Berlin
(I'll have details in an upcoming post dedicated to the enormous amount of work I saw with thread, fabric and stitching)

Also coming: a post on all the color wheels and color studies I saw, but here I just want to embrace the hue in a few pictures
Above: Stanley Whitney at Team, New York

 Blake Rayne silkscreened paintings with attached ribbon and Liz Deschenes reflective photograms at Sutton Lane, London

 The installation at Ratio 3, San Francisco

Stella! It wouldn't be an art fair without one, here at Van De Weghe Fine Art, New York. You're also seeing a Calder and a couple of Judds

Sherrie Levine at Mary Boone, New York.  I'm in love with these casein-on-wood paintings from the 1980s; the color is sublime, and the surface is visual velvet

Mitchell Innes and Nash, New York, dedicated their booth to Kenneth Noland and Anthony Caro. Noland above and below

Dan Flavin at Nyehaus/Franklin Parrasch, New York

Poul Gernes at Bjerggard Gallery, Stockholm

I always seek out Sarah Morris's geometric abstractions, painted in household gloss on canvas. At White Cube, London

Visine Alert! Praz-Delavallade, Paris, plied pattern on pattern and against pattern--and then placed Jim Isserman's Op extravaganzas on top of that. I loved it.
Above and below: More is not enough

Wall pattern continues at Campana, Berlin. No idea who the artist is (if you know, let me know)

Above: We swing around to the right; below; we go behind the wall, where the whole thing suggests a stage set

John Beech's quirky take on shape and form. These appear to be painted photographs. At Blum, New York

Detail below

I saw a lot of collage and/or paper constructions. Here, Kirsi Mikkola at Carlier Gebauer, Berlin

Sikkema Jenkins, New York, showed this great mixed media collage by recent MacArthur recipient Mark Bradford

Detail below

The surprise of unexpected materials: thorns on silk on canvas by Giuseppe Pennone at Marian Goodman, New York

Detail below

Angel Otero, Esperanza, 2010, oil skins on canvas, at Lehman Maupin Gallery, New York

Carpet-covered skateboards by Mounir Fatmi at Lombard-Fried, New York

Stephanie Taylor at Anton Kern, New York

Context, context, context:  In a mill, this rope twister would be just a piece of equipment. Artist unidentified at Victoria Miro, London

Philippe Parreno light "snake," foreground, and paraffin candles, at Esther Schipper, Berlin

Amid the carnival atmosphere, the quiet master: Morandi at Galeria Leandro Navarro, Madrid.
With this painting it does seem as if we've traveled into a parallel world, but the fact is that the blue-chip dealers have a good deal of art historical works on display

Next up: A smaller world, Aqua Art


annell4 said...

Wonderful post, seems almost overwhelming!

Anonymous said...

love those Sherrie Levines.

Rob said...

Sometimes context isn't everything. A rope twister is still a rope twister no matter where you put it. The great thing about Marcel Duchamp's readymades was that he didn't take them seriously either, they were all tongue-in-cheek (although he did sell reproductions, I don't think he sold any of the originals, they were either given away or thrown away). I'd bet this one costs more then Marcel made in his entire life and by virtue of price, must be taken seriously, which ironically (I believe), diminishes the art.

Manhee Bak said...

Very informative!

Manhee Bak said...

Very Informative, seeing many photos of art works are nice as well!

Anonymous said...

I think the Morandi makes everyone else look like a bratty teenager.

Anonymous said...

that John Beech green paint on photo is spectacular