The Best of the Rest: Miami Art Week 2014 Pic Fest

Welcome to our Best of the Rest: Miami Art Week 2014 Pic Fest. Hopefully you’ve seen our impassioned (jk) Miami Art Basel roundup (you can always bounce back over to it by clicking on the magic ‘here‘).

This smorgasbord of pictures is culled from the fairs we really enjoyed this year, including the new Latin American fair- PINTA. I try not to take pictures wantonly at the fairs, knowing how mind-blowing it is to come home and sift through thousands of images. Even then, I round down the amount of artists I think you’d like to know about.

So if it’s here, it was amazing to look at, I had the gallery owner help me explore the background of the piece, or it simply talked to me in that way (you know what way).

Go on…check it out.

 

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Ulf Puder / MARC STRAUS Gallery @ The Miami Art Project. This was my ‘One To Grow On’ moment at the fair. Puder, a German artist whose paintings depict haunting environments filled with abandoned architecture. It’s the color choices and sneaky geometrical deconstruction and construction of shapes that draw you in.

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I will always take pictures of Kris Kuski’s insane sculptures. Can only a mad man be this intense when it comes to detail? His work is on my ‘Lord, please let me own one one day’ list. @ Miami Art Project

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Jenny Morgan: Into The Blue, Oil on Canvas @ Miami Art Project. Her subjects continue to give morose, a beautifully poetic way.

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Won Ju Lim: Kiss d4, Plexiglass, light. Haines Gallery. So many pieces that dealt with capturing natural light were at Miami Project – this diptych was one of my favorites.

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I’m a sucker for anything that looks like it walked out of well imagined book description of unusual curiosities. This piece, ‘Cabinet of Craving’ is by the conceptual artist, Mel Chin.

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God, Geoff Mcfetridge makes art look easy. Clean lines, pretty shapes, great depth perception. His works are often clever and non threatening – yikes, those sounds like reasons not to purchase. But I dare you to try and resist them. @Miami Art Project

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This is from the late Jason Rhoades – Untitled (Chandelier), 2004. Glass, wire, neon, plexiglass, fabric, and plastic. The Rubell Collection.

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Detail of the Jason Rhoades piece, Untitled (Chandelier)

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Maurizio Cattelan / La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi, 2000, The Rubell Collection.

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Alex Yanes / Amigo Totem (3 stacked 55 gallon oil drums). Joseph Gross Gallery @Miami Scope.

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You take the picture because it’s a freaking Ray Caesar. It’s perfection. @Miami Scope

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Phantom Limb / 2014 / Chris Roberts-Anteau / Fabric Applique. Stumbling across new work is thrilling. I was especially encouraged to keep checking out this work after reading Anteau’s nicely explained, hand-written artist statement. @Miami Scope

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Second year running now that I’ve been getting close up on these Chang Park paintings and just staring into the void. These oil paintings are a perfect blend of great painting technique with the skilled hand of an illustrator. The subjects could start talking in word bubbles at any second – I swear. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts @ Miami Scope

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Chang Park / Untitled_F / Oil on Canvas

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Photographer Jim Payne found an interesting way to catalog moments through viewfinders. Really enjoyed the momentary intimacy with the subjects that lay within. @Aqua Art Fair

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So much fun to see Andrea Heimer showing at Aqua Art Fair in Miami. She’s was by far, one of the funniest/down-to-earth artists I ever interviewed. This piece is titled, ‘If you’re ok then I’m ok and we can do this until we’re very old.’ Acrylic on canvas. Good Luck Gallery

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Detail of Andrea Heimer’s, ‘If you’re ok then I’m ok and we can do this until we’re very old.’ Acrylic on canvas. Good Luck Gallery

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Javier Abdala / Van Gogh / Guerra Gallery – wood (found objects), metal, paint ,wood Carving, 96.457 x 70.866 inches @ Pinta Art Fair

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Colombian artist Omar Castaneda. Castaneda is committed to the local culture of Columbia – exposing their socio-political issues with concepts and materials related to food and animals, since according to him, that is the basis of the people, the culture and their habits. @Pinta Art Fair

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Colombian artist Omar Castaneda @Pinta Art Fair

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Colombian artist Omar Castaneda @Pinta Art Fair

ART BREAKDOWN: JENNY MORGAN’S HOW TO FIND A GHOST

What You Need to Know: Jenny Morgan is a New York based artist whose new solo show How To Find A Ghost explores the “invisible lives within and around us”.

The Skinny: Morgan wants you to see not only the physical part of her subjects but the spiritual. She’s exploring this further within the shows large scale paintings that allow for that eerie illusion at portraying both of those underlying entities. Captured in this stillness there seem like truth trying to scream out . It’s what makes them so unsettling, that she can both obscure and reveal the physical self and the spiritual merely by blurring their features. Those things occupying the same space at the same time in her paintings give the impression that neither Morgan nor her subjects have it all figured out in a morose, yet beautifully poetic way.

Jenny Morgan: How To Find A Ghost/ Driscoll Babcock Galleries/525 West 25th Street/New York, NY 10001 Show is open now until November 23, 2013

Cosmic Giggle

Cosmic Giggle

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Oh My Love, What A Mirror Image We Are

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Great Divide

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Kings and Queens

*photos courtesy of Driscoll Babcock Gallery