December, 2008

Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson at the NADA ART FAIR – Miami 2008 from on Vimeo. Last weekend in Miami, had the opportunity to speak with artist Rashid Johnson about his work on display with the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in the Nada Art Fair. Johnson has received much critical acclaim for his poetically potent works, which directly confront ideas of race, identity and culturally coded artifacts[…..]

Craig Kucia

During Art Basel Miami Beach, Kevin Bruk Gallery presented new works along side countless well-known artists. Undeniably, the new paintings of the lesser-known Miami-based artist Craig Kucia stood out as a breath of fresh air among the others. Kucia’s large canvases radiate with color and life, offering a hyper-realist view of a fragmented narrative, one that seems to be undecipherable even to the artist. Formally,[…..]

Scion: Installation 5

During the week of the Art Basel, both day and night are filled with art in Miami Beach. On Friday evening, attended Installation 5 at the Raleigh Hotel, a new exhibition highlighting the art of the self portrait put on by Scion and co-hosted by Beautiful/Decay Magazine. The exhibition, which featured over 30 artists, explored the idea of portraiture through the two dimensional mediums[…..]

William Speakman

This year, PULSE Miami housed some of the most advantageous work of all the fairs. Most of the galleries in PULSE didn’t stick to the strict painting or photograph on the wall, but chose work full of experimentation and exploration of ideas. One of the most poetic of these works came from 2×2 Projects out of Amsterdam. The artist, William Speakman, created a site-specific installation[…..]

Marian Drew

Another highlight from the Scope Art Fair in Miami this year came from the Hous Projects Gallery. This New York based gallery brought work from several interesting artists, but the clear stand out was the photographer Marian Drew. Drew uses masterfully lit scenes of bounty to slowly awaken the viewer to the horrors of human destruction. Her photographs reference Renaissance still life, with beautiful fruit[…..]

Luis Gispert: Heavy Manner

Sometimes, the most impressive work on display in Miami during the the first week of December isn’t found in one of the Miami Art Fairs. This was certainly the case for the exhibition, Heavy Manner, by Luis Gispert. The exhibition, which opened last night at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, included several large format photographs, sound sculptures, and a 26-minute film, titled Smother. The exhibition stood[…..]

Allison Schulnik

Wandering through the caverns of the Miami Art Fairs can allow you to miss what is right in front of you. One of this year’s standouts came from Allison Schulnik, showing with the Mike Weiss Gallery in the Scope Art Fair. Using a Guston-influenced meaty texture and a spontaneous gesture, Schulnik’s paintings reference folklore and fairy tale through the mind of an animator. Her subject[…..]