Fair Game: Painting in the Big Box

The posts so far:
What to Wear to an Art Fair
Miami Overview 
Domestic Affairs 

Aisle views of Art Basel Miami Beach. Look at all the painting!

There was more painting at ABMB than I can ever remember--and this was my seventh fair. As always, there was a combination of contemporary and secondary-market work. I loved the opportunity to see work that had been hitherto hidden away. The Tornabuoni Art booth dedicated to the work of Lucio Fontana was stellar. And wait until you see the geometry of the very contemporary Carmen Herrera (now 90-something) with the work of John McLaughlin and Jo Baer from the Sixties.

Above and below: More aisle views

I made a real effort to look beyond my personal geometric preferences. I even put some figurative work into the mix. The order is visually fluid, looping into and out of geometry, and there are some interesting material surprises. In another post I'll show painting from the other fairs--because there was a lot of painting everywhere.

Ron Gorchov, foreground, at Cheim & Read, New York City

Ugo Rondinone, left, and Alex Israel at Almine Reich Gallery, Paris and Brussels

Julie Mehretu at John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

Some artists have a significant presence at several booths. Here, Gunther Forg at Galerie Barbel Grasslin, Frankfurt . . .

. . . and elsewhere, above and below
Foreground: Sean Scully at Galerie Lelong, New York City


Keltie Ferris at Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York City

Bridget Riley at Pace, with sculpture by Bosco Sodi

Bosco Sodi painting with detail

Bill Jensen at Cheim & Read, New York City
(I'll show you the sculpture in another post)

Ghada Amer also at Cheim & Read

Richard Aldrich at Bortolami, New York City

Henrique Oliveira at Galleria Millan, Sao Paolo

Joe Bradley at gallery undetermined
Detail below
Howard Hodgkin and Ameringer|McEnery|Yohe, New York City
Installation below with Patrick Wilson


Keltie Ferris again at Mitchell-Innes and Nash, with a small Kenneth Noland from 1967, below


Jon Thompson at Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City

Agnes Martin at Pace

John Golding at Annely Juda Fine Art, London

Imi Knoebel at Kewenig Galerie
Individual work below


Sarah Morris at Petzel, New York City

Morris again at White Cube, London

 Max Bill, center and right, at unidentified gallery; Josef Albers at left
(I liked seeing Albers in this context; usually the paintings are paired with John Chamberlain sculptures, oh, everywhere)

Angela De La Cruz at Lisson Gallery, London
Detail below


Stanley Whitney at Team Gallery, New York City

Pablo Rasgado (?) at Arratia Beer, Berlin

James Brooks at Greenberg Van Doren, New York City

Kirsi Mikkola at Carlier|Gebauer

Installation view, Janaina Tschape at Galerie Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paolo


Juan Usle at Cheim & Read, New York City

Ernst Wilhelm Nay, from 1967; gallery unidentified

Leslie Wayne at Jack Shainman, New York City
Closer view below


Angel Otero at unidentified gallery
Detail below

Wu Shanzhuan, Long March Space, Beijing

Alexandre da Cunha at unidentified gallery
Detail below


Beatriz Milhazes at Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, New York City
Detail below


Ryan McGinness at unidentified gallery

Caetano De Almeida at Galerie Luisa Strina, Sao Paolo
Detail below


Another Almeida from Luisa Strina
Marcus Linnenbrink at Ameringer|McEnery|Yohe, New York City
(Don't you love the dialog with the caution tape?)

Valentin Carron painting and Franz West sculpture at unidentified gallery

Charlotte Posenenske at Galerie Nelson-Freeman
Installation view of Alice Trumbull Mason painting at Joan Washburn Gallery. New York City, with Jack Pierson work via Richard Gray Gallery

Alice Trumbull Mason, Fire Festival, 1951

Sarah Crowner at Galerie Nordenhake

Yaima Carrazana at Galerie Elba Benitez, Madrid
Yes, they're painted chair seats


Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Shape Shifter, left, at Galerie Chantal Crouse
Detail below. Can you guess the material? Here's the label info:
"Used sandpaper sheets on canvas"


Adam McEwen, Untitled, graphite mounted on aluminum panel, at Art: Concept, Paris
Detail below


Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980-81, at Michael John Gallery, Los Angeles
Above and below: Pae White prints on metal at Kaufmann Repetto, Milan


Carmen Herrera at Lisson Gallery, London
Full view of painting below


Two paintings by John McLaughlin, circe early Seventies, at Greenberg Van Doren, New York City
Closer view, below 

Joe Baer, Untitled, 1968-69, at unidentified gallery
Detail below


Tornabouni Art, Paris, dedicated an entire booth to the Concetti Spaziali of Lucio Fontana. The walls resembled stage wings, adding to the drama of the installation

Detail below of the red painting shown above and above that, in a view from the aisle

Another installation with closer view below

Let's close on a figurative note. One thing I noticed was the number of paintings of girls, not just at ABMB but throughout the fairs. These were not Henry Darger girls but surprisingly strong young women who met the viewer's gaze (perhaps even challenged it). I'm sure it makes a difference that two out of the three here were painted by women
Eduardo Berliner at Juliana Cerqueira Leite Gallery

Chantal Joffe at Victoria Miro, London

Nicola Tyson at Petzel Gallery

And my new favorite favorite painter, whose work I  saw for the first time at NADA two years ago: Rose Wylie, a British painter, at Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin



Anonymous said...

Despite the heavy competition I think Kenneth Noland wins this one!

Kate P. Miller said...

My comment is WOW, this blog is enough to leave one breathless, what fabulous coverage, so much glorious art. You have REALLY outdone even your own self Joanne! Fabulous post, thank you so much for all of the art to look at and your insights. I will be goiing back and rereading this blog for a long time to come!

Susan Schwalb said...

Wow, now this is a symphony. It sounds like I missed a great fair! Was there much in the way of drawing? Hope you are feeling much better.

CMC said...

I can repeat the WOW... love the fact that paintings are in the forefront. Looking forward to your insights. Thank you for posting, Joanne.

Fanne Fernow said...

j. Agnes Martin once said something like "don't waste time looking at art you don't like." This post was a feast. I spent a lot of time looking at these. A beautiful selection. Totally worth my time. I'll be sharing with friends and looking again.

Julian Jackson said...

As the opening bars of the Disney theme used to sing on a high note then a low..."COLOR! color." So many interesting color delivery strategies on display here, hitting so many diverse pleasure buttons. Even the sandpaper scratched an itch. Thanks so much for sharing. Some old favorites nice to see in the big tent, Max Bill, Alice Trumbull Mason, Carmen Herrera, John McLaughlin. In all the perfect bathwater for today's gray drizzlies. Ahhh.

lxv said...

Joanne, whatever you're on, I want some. The sheer energy of your post blows me away. And I didn't have to walk it, let alone fly down there and back. Thanks!

zach said...

very nice !!! I noticed a lot of these same pieces too, except for the figurative which was completely under my radar - I thought that Bill Jensen was the best thing in the building really, and undervalued at $40,000 - hellishly difficult to photo tho

Erin said...

Thanks so much for the awesome coverage of the fairs - I have come to depend on it!

Tamar said...

A dazzling array of paintings! Loved that wall with Josef Albers and Max Bill. Thanks Joanne.

Nancy Natale said...

Great group of paintings and thanks for posting so many! You do a fabulous job of keeping those of us at home (and safe from the tropical germs) up with the scene, filtered through the Mattera Eye. Thank you, as always!

Peggy Epner said...

Thank you for this fabulous post. I am in love with the use of sandpaper by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla!

Christine Sauer said...

Thanks so much for to see work of artists new to me and many familiar names...I appreciate your dedication. I am partial to Beatriz Milhazes and Caetano De Almeida, artists whose work I will be googling.

M.A.H. said...

Thanks for the post. Love the Rose Wylie.

lisa said...

I have to agree with the WOW factor. I can't believe the amount of paintings in the fair. Very exciting and thanks again for posting and doing what you do so well

northierthanthou said...

Interesting stuff, but I worry that it could lead to dancing.

Fiona the Artist said...

Thank you for sharing these works, I have so enjoyed looking at them. I know of some of the artists but just found some new artists to follow! I also really appreciate the sense of scale you have given to each work. As an artist who lives in the UK, and is not able to get to these events, it is great to get such an intimate glimpse of this.