Eight inspiring artistic works – COOL HUNTING®
Headlines can be made of astronomical sales figures, luxury sponsors and exclusive parties, but the reason for attending art fairs is to see inspiring works that we may never get the chance to. to see again. For this Miami Art Week – and Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 in particular – an overwhelming amount of art has made its way onto the walls and floors of the magical city’s fairs and galleries. Plus, the highlights were plentiful. The eight selections below have a particular influence that makes us yearn for their presence. Sculpture, painting and mixed media are represented, as well as a range of artists.
Elizabeth Glaessner “blue recluse”
Brooklyn-based beautiful artist Elizabeth Glaessner exhibited her large-scale figurative work âBlue Recluseâ (2021) with the PPOW Gallery. The fascinating piece was produced from pigments dispersed in water with binders and oil, on canvas.
Ja’Tovia Gary “Citation Ethics (Toni Morrison, 1987)”
Composed of metal, neon and acrylic, âCitational Ethics (Toni Morrison, 1987)â (2021) by Brooklyn artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary was a beacon that shone from the booth of the Paula Cooper Gallery. The sculpture, which mimics a road sign, incorporates a quote from one of famous novelist Morrison’s literary masterpieces, Beloved.
Raffi Kalenderian “Joe Barber”
Presented by Vielmetter Los Angeles, âJoe Barberâ by Los Angeles figurative painter Raffi Kalenderian (2021) mesmerizes with perspective, pattern, texture and color. It is a vibrant oil painting on linen canvas.
June Clark “Harlem Quilt”
Making its debut at the Studio Museum in Harlem, âHarlem Quiltâ (1997) by Toronto artist June Clark adorned the walls of Art Basel Miami Beach this year at the Daniel Faria Gallery booth in the Survey section. For this work, Clark uploaded photos she captured in Harlem onto samples of various fabrics that she purchased from a Harlem Salvation Army. These colorful and textured bands are unified by a light garland.
Elias Sime Â«TIGHTROPE: ECHO! “
Born in Addis Ababa, Elias Sime, born in Ethiopia, transforms salvaged materials into finely woven or layered works. With âTIGHTROPE: ECHO! Â»(2021), presented by the James Cohan Gallery, the artist assembles electrical elements recovered at the top of a panel, with a megaphone finalizing the vision.
Grayson Perry “Morris, Gainsborough, Turner, Riley”
A tapestry like no other, “Morris, Gainsborough, Turner, Riley” (2021) by beloved English contemporary artist Grayson Perry, was draped in front of Victoria Miro’s stand. The work, produced in a numbered and signed edition of 10 copies, masks a figurative representation with layers of patterned color. Inside there is an exploration of class and social identity, gender constructs, and perhaps even sexual orientation, all of which are common themes in the artist’s work.
Jules de Balincourt “Blowhards and Blowbacks”
With the Pace Gallery, contemporary French-born and Brooklyn-based artist Jules de Balincourt exhibited “Blowhards and Blowbacks” (2021) – an exquisite and colorful oil and oil stick on a panel painting of a forest in the middle of a gust of wind. Its palette and the movement it conveys give it a meaning that only de Balincourt could give it. Pace also showcased a deep mixed reality work from Studio Drift, which involved a vivid physical setup and augmented enhancement visible through an iPad and sold as an NFT.
William Cordova “spontaneous expression of daily resistance”
Composed in part of gold leaf on paper, the shimmering âspontaneous expression of everyday resistanceâ by Lima-born William Cordova (2021) is a large-scale multimedia collage. Presented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co, the work explores a central theme of Cordova’s catalog: a sense of displacement amidst a multitude of identities and cultural influences.
Images by David Graver, including a detailed photo of the hero image from William Cordova’s “Spontaneous Expression of Daily Resistance” (2021)