COMPANY Returns from Art Basel Miami Beach
(December 9, 2011) The COMPANY team had an amazing time at Art Basel Miami! The COMPANY ArtV made its debut in Miami this past November 30 – December 4, to participate in the Art Basel Miami Beach festivities as a mobile art gallery and shuttle between fairs. Parked outside of major fairs such as Art Basel, Art Miami, Design Miami, Scope, Pulse, and Fountain, the roving exhibit peaked much curiosity with vibrantly graffittied exterior.
If you’ve ever attended Basel in Miami, you have experienced the total chaos that overcomes the city. I’ve never seen any place so utterly taken over by art – 250 exhibitors at the main event in the Miami Beach Convention Center, dozens of satellite of satellite fairs and galleries showing their best, the sides of buildings come to life with street art, and countless special events. While the main event is of course something you should attend, the most emerging art can be found at satellite fairs around town. Here is a selection of works that stood out to us as collectors of emerging art:
Fountain Art Fair is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for a truly raw and visceral experience. French artist Sarah Trouche had on display stunning photographs of her daredevil, site-specific performances, like her running naked and painted red through Tiananmen Square in China.
It was great to see some work by Gutbox Collective on view with Lambert Fine Arts. It is rare to find a group of artists that is so successful at collaboration and produces really cohesive and compelling work. Check out COMPANY limited editions by Jazz-minh Moore, a member of Gutbox.
Yorgo Alexopoulos, a featured artist at COMPANY’s most recent Collectors Series and a contributing artist to the ArtV, had a fantastic video installation at Pulse.
We found a stunning video installation at Scope by Swiss artists Glaser / Kunz (Daniel Glaser and Magdalena Kunz). The piece, entitled Jane and Will, featured two seated figures with their faces projected on, and reading poetry.
At PooL Art Fair, the lovely Leslie Lyons presented her latest empathic photos inspired by the David Bowie song, Who Can I Be Now. When PooL unfortunately shut down, Leslie moved her exhibit to Fountain.
The School of Visual Arts in NYC brought a group of its student artists from New York down to show at Aqua, including Elektra KB. Elektra was also featured in COMPANY’s most recent Collectors Series event, and has limited edition prints available.
Other artists that stood out to us include GED Quinn and his allegorical paintings, Teresa Margoles and her bone-chilling installations, abstract figural painter Tomoo Gokita, Friedrich Kunath, Ivan Morley, and Christian Holstad.
Visit the ArtV next week at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar from December 15 – 17, 5pm – 1am, at 149 Kent Ave.