Galerie Lelong Artists on View at Art Basel Miami Beach, Now thru Dec 9
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by BWW News Desk
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 today, 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.
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.
Pictured: Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, 1995
Lin Tianmiao, the most recent artist to join Lelong, is represented by Untitled (Bonsai Tree) (2012), a leafless, aged Bonsai tree bound by thread and surrounded by a mound of miniature, gold figurines. This sculpture is a stunning, unique example of Lin's signature thread winding technique and her careful choice of bold color. Lin's work can currently been seen in two solo exhibitions in New York including her first major U.S. museum exhibition Bound Unbound at the Asia Society on view through January 27, 2013, and her first show at Lelong, Badges, on view until December 15, 2012.
Pictured: Untitled (Bonsai Tree), 2012
Cildo Meireles's Canto #1B (1967-2011) belongs to a series of his early installations that were conceived in the late 1960s, and have been realized into sculptures from 1967 to the present. Canto #1B explores an imaginary space through the life-size construction of a corner of a pink, domestic room. This historical installation is Meireles's first exploration of space, scale, and the relationship of the spectator to a work of art.
Pictured: Canto #1B, 1967-2011
Sean Scully's Standing Grey (2001) is a large painting divided by brushstroke in blocks of black, grey, and taupe. Scully's deceptively reductive vocabulary communicates the duality of harmony and fracture that mirrors the vulnerability of the human condition. He has had over ten solo exhibitions this year, including Notations: Sean Scully currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until February 17, 2013.
Pictured: Standing Grey, 2001