Art Basel Miami Beach, Galerie Lelong
Galerie Lelong New York and Paris's presentation for Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 will feature program highlights such as installations and sculpture, historical works on paper, Jannis Kounellis's drawings in Art Kabinett, and a new Jaume Plensa installation for Art Public. Other artists on view include Petah Coyne, Angelo Filomeno, Günther Förg, Alfredo Jaar, Lin Tianmiao, Cildo Meireles, Ana Mendieta, Hélio Oiticica, Emilio Perez, Kate Shepherd, Sean Scully, Kiki Smith, and Nancy Spero. The works will be on view December 6-9, 2012 in booth G01. For more information, visit miamibeach.artbasel.com. For more about the featured artists, read below.
Jannis Kounellis is represented by a selection of drawings spanning his career as part of Art Kabinett and his wall-sized installation Untitled (2002). Kounellis's drawings reflect his long-time interest in signs, symbols, language, and the breakdown of culture in the modern world. Untitled, a wall piece made of jute bags of coal, fabric, and carbon steel plates, evokes the fragmentary and accumulative nature of contemporary society ever-present in his work.
Pictured: Untitled (detail), 2002
Jaume Plensa's site-specific installation Silent Poets (2012) will be on view in Collins Park for Art Public. Poets is composed of two identical, internally-lit, resin figures that constantly change colors twenty-feet above the busy traffic and noise of South Beach. Lelong's booth will showcase the artist's new sculpture in linden wood, Marianna H (2012). Both works demonstrate Plensa's continued interest in the body, and its role as the carrier of the human soul.
Pictured: Silent Poets, 2012
Petah Coyne's suspended sculpture Untitled #1375 (No Reason Except Love) (2011-2012) is her most spectacular hanging work to date. Albino taxidermy peacocks and pheasants are seen against a bed of dark silk flowers The sculpture's evocative title, No Reason Except for Love, provokes us to consider life, loss, and the possibility of love even after death.
Pictured: Untitled #1375 (No Reason Except Love), 2011-2012
Alfredo Jaar's work is informed by world events which he personalizes to include known text or images, or a combination of both. His neon wall piece Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness (1995) is based on the title of a novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzabur? ?e. The title directly refers to the effects of the Hiroshima bombing. Jaar takes this metaphor into the present day, using ?e's text to highlight the sprig of hope that can still be found among global traumas.