Art Basel Miami 2013: Sun and W(e)aves

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Johnathan Lasker at Thomas Schulte

Johnathan Lasker at Thomas Schulte

When looking at the overall picture of last year’s Art Basel Miami 2012, we identified two major art themes, text based work and boxy geometric art. This year it appears that most of the text based art has disappeared,

Sam Durant at Sadie Coles

Sam Durant at Sadie Coles

however it appears that geometric work has only gathered momentum. Art Basel 2013 seemed to draw inspiration from much of the abstract expressionism from the 50s as well as minimalism from the ensuing decades.

Donald Judd at John Berggruen

Donald Judd at John Berggruen

Although the ghosts of Donald Judd and Carl Andre were present, it appeared that 2013 dropped much of the rigidity of the Russian Constructivists and presented more organic rectangle forms along the (ragged) lines of Rothko.

Daniel Senise at Vermelho

Jarbas Lopes at A Gentil Carioca

The geometric works tended towards woven craft work often referencing or incorporating actual textiles rather than rigid computer pixels.

In fact this concept of assemblages could be considered a sub theme as Rauschenburg was also a clear point of reference.

 

Xu Zhen at Long March Space

Xu Zhen at Long March Space

With these themes in mind, it appears that Sadie Coles has scored the trifecta with the No More Words work above by Sam Durant and the floor based geometric assemblage with woven mats by Brazilian artist Adriano Costa.

Adriano Costa at Sadie Coles

Adriano Costa at Sadie Coles

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