Welcome back to Spotted, our aggregate of finds from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. In this edition, we highlight ceramic works spotted during Miami Art Week––when Miami becomes the global nerve center art fairs, gallery openings and events like Art Basel Miami, NADA Miami, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair and more! Enjoy!
Featured image: Zemer Peled at Cynthia Corbett Gallery, New York
Art Basel’s Miami edition (December 6 – 9, 2018) features leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as the new generation of emerging stars. There, we Spotted Darren Lago, art duo Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni, and more!
Represented by Annely Juda Fine Art, Darren Lago‘s Productivist range––though not technically clay––cleverly appropriates and amalgamates everyday household items, like this Hoover, which Lago transformed into a urinan––the obvious allusion to Duchamp was a fortunate bi-product, the gallery writes
“I have purposefully set out to design products, produced by technicians, for mass intellectual consumption. I have deliberately chosen materials from the High Street store, as an achieved visual democracy, unlike the steel mill, quarry or lumber yard.” ––Darren Lago, 1996
Bertozzi & Casoni
Represented by Salon 94, we spotted Takuro Kuwata’s “dysfunctional,” goopy gilded tea bowls at Art Basel Miami. As the gallery writes, Kuwata layers on the glaze, so as to activate a surface explosion in the kiln yielding Kuwata’s exaggerated kintsugi.
Kuwata’s goal is to “create joyful and fun works, by making the most use of the characteristics of the materials”. By exploring, yet breaking the rules of ceramics, Kuwata has become one of the most intriguing young artists transforming the media today.
We also spotted Allan McCollum‘s well-known 1992 series Perfect Vehicles. Though not clay, but rather enamel on solid-cast hydrocal, the works comprise the main installation of Galerie Thomas Schulte’s Art Basel Miami booth alongside works by Jonathan Lasker and Alfredo Jaar.
The Haas Brothers
From Marianne Boeski Gallery:
Since founding The Haas Brothers in 2010, Los Angeles-based twin brothers Nikolai and Simon (b.1984) have spurned arbitrary artistic boundaries and hierarchies, creating a playful and provocative world that merges art, fashion, film, music, and design. Their openness to material experimentation and general curiosity has resulted in a wide-ranging visual lexicon that incorporates a spectrum of materials from stone and porcelain to brass and bronze to self-invented resins and polyurethanes. Their dynamic practice is connected at once by technical precision—supported by their active collaborations with an array of artisans—and an acute sense of humor and whimsy that speaks to a universality of experience and makes their work feel refreshingly accessible and human.
Meanwhile, Art Miami––in its 29th edition––maintains its post as . America’s primary destination for the acquisition of the most important works from the 20th and 21st centuries. There we spotted works by prolific artists such as Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama and more!
Spotted at Art Miami, legedary artistic master Pablo Picasso‘s Visage aux yeux rieurs (Laughing Eyed Face) (1969) and Visage de Faune tourmenté (Tormented Faun’s Face)(1956).
Japanese ceramic artist Jun Kaneko work is defined by its large scale and exquisite form, as stated by Sponder Gallery, which strives to convey a spatial relationship between object and viewer.
Their sheer size combined with the artists hunger to push the physical limitations of his material, generate an undeniable presence.
Tim Berg + Rebekah Myers
Spotted! Yayoi Kusama’s Silver Bow Shoes (2013).at Art Miami. Represented by Vivian Horan Fine Art,
Now we head over to Indian Beach Park for PULSE Contemporary Art Fair (December 6 – 9, 2018). In its 14th edition, the art fair features international emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience.
Emil Alzamora‘s On the Royal Road 3 (2018) features an amethyst-hued bust covered in geologic, barnacle forms. As Imperial Fine Art writes, “Alzamora harnesses a wide range of materials and techniques to deliver unexpected interpretations of the sculpted human figure. He often distorts, elongates, deconstructs, or encases his forms to reveal an emotional or physical situation, or to tell a story. Alzamora’s keen interest in the physical properties of his materials combined with his hands-on approach allow for the process to reveal and inform at once the aesthetic and the conceptual.”
Emil Alzamora at PULSE Miami Beach, K. Imperial Fine Art
Spotted at PULSE, Linda Lopez‘ additive sculpture––another amethyst find––has a creature-like familiarity, and as Mindy Solomon Gallery writes, Lopez’s works dismisses he object inanimate nature.
Linda Lopez resists acknowledging that the objects inhabiting our lives are inanimate. By considering the objects’ needs, and denying our needs for those objects, they can expose a life and language of their own.
Cruising over to NADA Miami (New Art Dealers Alliance) at Ice Palace Studios (December 6 – 9, 2018). The art fair focuses its lens on new, alternative or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment.”
Last, but not least, we spotted Ori Gersht at UNTITLED Art. Though technically not a ceramic artist, Gersht captures the art form, drawing from Georgia Morandi’s ceramic still lifes, at its moment of destruction. This photograph is from the artist’s New Orders project and Yancey Richardson.
The first chapter in a new series titled New Orders, references the fragility and fragmentation of the European Union through the work of Italian mid 20th century painter Giorgio Morandi. This is Gersht’s inaugural exhibition with the gallery and the debut of both new series.
We also spotted Ronit Baranga’s gestural handsy tableware at SCOPE Miami Beach.
Stay tuned as we continue to spotlight contemporary ceramic and contemporary ceramics art works found during this art fair season in Miami.