Thursday, February 8, 2018

Art Basel Part 3

Art / Basel / Miami Beach features modern and contemporary art, since 1900.

David Bates.  "Fall Roses."  Dallas, Texas.
Bates’s paintings, sculpture, and works on paper explore his deep affinity for the South,
 its people, and the physical and cultural landscape, especially the Grassy Lakes region 
of western Arkansas and the Texas Gulf Coast. In his work, he blends the influence 
of European and American modernists with his lifelong love of folk art.

David Bates.  "Sea Roses."  Dallas, Texas.

Rufino Tamayo.  "The Happy Drinker."  Mexico.
Tamayo used hot, saturated colors in his works.

Robert Indiana.  "USA  -  FUN."  U.S.
Robert Indiana used the form of the traffic sign to create many
different compositions and messages.

El Anatsui.  "Blood of Sweat."  Ghana.  Aluminum and copper wire.
El Anatsui is much concerned with the environment and the earth.  He frequently uses
cast off materials like bottle caps and beer cans in his works.

El Anatsui.  "DZI 1."  Ghana  Mixed media.
There are beer cans and discarded clothing in this hanging.

Andrea Bowers.  "Protest Poster."  1973
This was used for the Women's March.

"Neon Lighting Sculpture."

Helmut Federle.  "Untitled."  Swiss   2015

Ian Davenport.  "Colourcade."  British 2016  Abstract

John Wesley.  "Cows and Bed."  2016  Los Angeles.  Pop Art.

Kenneth Noland.  "Added Touch."  Washington, DC.  Color Field Abstraction.
The Washington School is noted for its use of large fields of flat color and no sign of
individualized brush stroke or personality.  What you see is what you see.

Kenneth Noland.  "Ertika."  Washington, DC.  Color Field Abstraction.
The canvas is shaped to the image, rather than the reverse, which has always
been the case.

Pablo Picasso.  "Man with Beard."  Spanish

Alexander Calder.  "One Yellow and Five Red."  U.S.  Abstract Mobile.
Calder became an international figure, spending half the year in France and half in the U.S.
His playful sculptures which moved, "mobiles," became popular all around the world.
This piece was being offered for $6.8 million, although it had not been sold when I visited.

Pierre A. Renoir.  "Gabrielle Sewing."  French Impressionist.
The fair has a number of special "Kabinetts," which showcase a theme or
a particular artist.  Hammer Galleries had a Kabinett on the theme of
"artist and model."  Renoir and his favorite model, Gabielle, played a
significant role.

Pierre A. Renoir.  "Head of Gabrielle."  French Impressionist.
Gabrielle was a maid in the Renoir household, but also sat as a model
for the artist.

Evan Holloway.  "Serpent Riddle."  California  Abstraction.

The sculptural work of Evan Holloway is based on his belief in the simple and
 fundamental transactions between people and objects. This also means that his sculptures
are not just abstractions or decorations, but are to be understood as a commentary on
 contemporary society and its values.

Evan Holloway.  "Snakes and Ladders."  California Abstraction.  Bronze.
Until recently, you had to go to New York to become a major artist.  But today
the number of major artists from Los Angeles is impressive, and none
feels the urge to go to New York.

Daniel Buren.  "Prisms and Mirrors."  French.
Sometimes classified as a Minimalist, Buren is known best for using regular, contrasting
colored stripes in an effort to integrate visual surface and architectural space, notably
 on historical, landmark architecture.  He works in both painting and sculpture.
His "Columns" in the courtyard of the Palais Royale in Paris are one of the most
famous outdoor sculptural works in the world.

Daniel Buren.  "Prisms and Mirrors."  French.
This photo shows the work up close; the photo above shows it in context.
It moves in your eyes continually as you walk past it.

Daniel Buren.  "Prisms and Mirrors  Red and Blue."   France.

Daniel Buren.  "Lavender Stripes."  French.
He is classified as a Conceptual artist or Minimalist.

Agustin Cardenas.  "Moyenne Coquille."  Marble.  Cuban Surrealist.
His forms are sinuous, organic, often sensuous.  This is three feet high.

Agustin Cardenas.  "Great Bird."  1961  Marble.   Cuban Surrealism.

Fernando Botero.  "Woman on Horse."  Bronze.  Colombia.
Botero's signature style, also known as "Boterismo", depicts people and figures in
 large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor,
depending on the piece. He is considered the most recognized and quoted living
 artist from Latin America, and his art can be found in highly visible places around
 the world, such as Park Avenue in New York City and the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Barry Flanagan.  "Large Mirror Nijinski."  Bronze.  8 ft. high.
Welsh sculptor.  1941-2009

John Chamberlain.  "For Mozart."  U.S.  Auto hoods and fenders.
Born in Indiana, raised in Chicago, student of the Art Institute of Chicago,
Chamberlain is best known for creating sculptures from old automobiles (or parts of)
 that bring the Abstract Expressionist style of painting into three dimensions. He began
 by carving and modelling, but turned to working in metal in 1952 and welding in 1953.
By 1957, while staying with the painter Larry Rivers in Southampton, New York,
 he began to include scrap metal from cars with his sculpture "Shortstop," and
 from 1959 onward he concentrated on sculpture built entirely of crushed automobile
 parts welded together.

Ai Weiwei.  "Column of Porcelain Vases."  China.
Ai Weiwei is the most famous Chinese artist and dissident in the
world.  Porcelain is one of his favorite media, because it has
historical meaning, symbolism, artistic presence.  Here he uses
Chinese blue and white porcelain to create a Western syle
classical column.

Ellsworth Kelly.  "Big Red X."  U.S.  Minimalism

Leon Polk Smith.  "Three Black Ovals with Yellow and White."  U.S.  Minimalism

Alex Katz.  "Four Trees."  U.S.

Tom Wesselmann.  "The Smoker."  U.S.  Pop Art
Painted on aluminum cut to the shape of the image.

Tom Wesselmann.  "Monica and Red Flowers."  Laser-cut Steel.
This becomes a drawing in 3D, which hangs on the wall.  Monica was one
of his favorite models.

Joan Miro.  "The Bird Chirps."  Spain.  Surrealism.

Wifredo Lam.  "Three Figures."  Cuban Surrealism.
Wifredo Lam's ancestors included former Black slaves from Africa,
Spanish settlers from Europe, Chinese immigrants from Asia, and
natives of Cuba.  His grandmother practiced voodoo and took
Wifredo into the jungle to learn the rites.  His works reflect all of
his heritages.

Wifredo Lam.  "Nude and Chair."  Cuban Surrealism.
He also learned from the latest styles in Europe.

Lygia Pape.  "Amazonina."  Brazil.  Op Art.  Steel.  (1927-2004)

Ms Lygia Pape worked in sculpture, engraving and film making.  She was an influential
Brazilian artist, active in both the Concrete and Neo-Concrete Movements in Brazil
during the 1950s and 1960s.  Later she produced videos and installations using
sarcastic and critical metaphors against the Brazilian dictatorship.

Jean Dubuffet.  "Standing Figure."  French.
Jean Dubuffet (1901 – 1985) was a French painter and sculptor.
 His idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced so called "low art" and eschewed
traditional standards of beauty in favor of what he believed to be a more authentic and
humanistic approach to image-making. He is perhaps best known for founding the art
 movement Art Brut.  He often combined sand or kitty-litter in his pigments.

Pat Steir.  "Waterfall Red White."  U.S.
Though with her early work Steir was loosely allied with Conceptual Art and Minimalism,
she is best-recognized for dripped, splashed and poured “waterfall” paintings which she
 first started in the late 1980s. Steir’s continuous search for the essence of painting guided her
to John Cage, whom she met in 1980, and Agnes Martin, whom she visited in New Mexico
 every year for 30 years, until Martin’s death in 2004. These two artists provided Steir with
 enviable mentorship. From Cage, Steir learned the importance of “non-doing,” the role
 of chance, and the separation of ego. Martin showed her the “magic” of work in which
the artist “invested their spirit into an object.”

Pierre Soulages.   "T 534."    French  Gestural.
Born in Rodez, France, in 1919, Soulages is known as "the painter of black,"
owing to his interest in the color "both as a color and a non-color.  When light
is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it.  It opens a mental field 
all its own."  He sees light as a work material; striations of the black surface
of his paintings enable him to reflect light, allowing the black to come out
of darkness and into brightness, thus becoming a luminous color.


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