Art Basel Miami 2016: Text and/or Textiles

Bullet Shih Dec, 2016 0
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John Giorno at Elizabeth Dee, Art Basel Miami 2016

John Giorno at Elizabeth Dee, Art Basel Miami 2016

This year was the most rigorous fair anabasis that I have had in the past 15 years; I attended at least 13 fairs and 3 private collections. Overall, both South Beach and Wynwood had a much more subdued atmosphere which is not necessarily a bad thing as a large portion of the hordes over the past 2 or 3 years were party goers with minimal interest in the actual art. A few few trends continued, emerged, and re-emerged in 2016. While there was certainly a fair number of geometric works, they appeared a little more sparsely this year. There were quite a few black and white works as well as amalgamated or collage works. However, most of the amalgamated works on display differed a bit from the overall trend I have seen in Europe as most of the works were created from ready made objects rather than cast off building materials.  This difference can be seen in the excellent Margulies Collection when comparing the work of Anselm Kiefer with that of American artist Mark Dion.  

Mark Dion at the Margulies Collection Maimi 2016

Mark Dion at the Margulies Collection Maimi 2016

Anselm Kiefer at the Margulies Collection Miami 2016

Anselm Kiefer at the Margulies Collection Miami 2016 *editor’s note: this image is upright on desktop.  Software glitch!

At the higher end fairs, it was refreshing to see a greater number of galleries experimenting with younger and lesser known artists rather than offering lesser works from many of the household names in the artworld.  This was especially true for many of the South Amerian galleries who opted for local artists rather than their older European counterparts.
While text based works remained prominent, this year witnessed an explosion of textile based works, many also including text. There were tapestries, beaded work, and linen canvases where the actual canvas was the focal point.  I have often wondered whether this is an actual trend in the art world or merely a trend in the art fair world where galleries might hedge their bets as most fabric based works are infinitely cheaper to transport when compared to their rigid alternatives.

Patricia Dauder at ProjectSD, Art Basel Miami 2016

Patricia Dauder at ProjectSD, Art Basel Miami 2016

Patricia Dauder at ProjectSD produced canvases which had been tinted by mildew and mould.

Qiu Shihua at Urs Meile, Art Basel Miami 2016

Qiu Shihua at Urs Meile, Art Basel Miami 2016

Qiu Shihua’s work at Galerie Urs Meile contained the faintest of landscapes on a linen tableau.

Kader Attia at Krinzinger, Art Basel Miami 2016

Kader Attia at Krinzinger, Art Basel Miami 2016

Galerie Krinzinger presented a work by artist Kader Attia at Krinzingerwhose linen canvas contained four small thread seams.

Jason Dodge at Franco Noero, Art Basel Miami 2016

Jason Dodge at Franco Noero, Art Basel Miami 2016

Jason Dodge at Franco Noero produced a work that was merely a bundle of blue fabric, while

Andreas Schmitten at Konig Galerie, Art Basel Miami 2016

Andreas Schmitten at Konig Galerie, Art Basel Miami 2016

Andreas Schmitten at Konig Galerie presented a box with several rolls of fabric.

There were also works where the artists used materials to mimic fabric.

Louise Bourgeois at Hauser Wirth, Art Basel Miami 2016

Louise Bourgeois at Hauser Wirth, Art Basel Miami 2016

Louise Bourgeois’s work in bronze at Hauser Wirth mimics a long wet bedsheet,

Michelle Grabner at James Cohen, Art Basel Miami 2016

Michelle Grabner at James Cohen, Art Basel Miami 2016

while the bronze of Michelle Grabner at James Cohen portrays a hanging macrame net in bronze.

Sean Landers at Rodolphe Janssen, Art Basel Miami 2016

Sean Landers at Rodolphe Janssen, Art Basel Miami 2016

Painter Sean Landers also gets into the act with his paintings at Rodolphe Janssen of animals with tartan prints as fur.

Trying to objectively cover the art fairs is like attempting to catch an eel with one’s bare hands.  No matter how disciplined one is, there will always be certain galleries or artworks that are simply missed.  The whole thing is quite amorphous on an hourly basis as galleries often change several works on display or even the whole booth.

Here is a selection of the text and textile based works that I found to be prominent in this years shows.

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