Recap: UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami Beach

Our COO, Rita Almeida Frietas, has been navigating her way around Miami’s December Art Fair’s. From Basel, to Untitled and NADA Fair, here are some of her favourites galleries and artists she found along the way at UNTITLED.

Yara Pina at Gallery NOSCO.

Yara Pina lives and works in west-central Brazil. She uses her own body to immerse herself in political spaces within her work. Pina hurls found objects, intact or burnt, against paper or canvas covered walls. She beats her own shadow, she digs, scratches, pierces and slashes into canvases filled with charcoal, all as violent acts of expression. Her work tests the limitations of elements in traditional art and explores the methodical boundaries that exist in creating a work of art.

At UNTITLED, Gallery NOSCO presented a series of black and white ‘chair paintings’ and installations, specifically created in the booth during the artist’s performance. The audience could experience Pina’s creative practice live and then were left with the powerful and dark material product of her work. Along side the performance and installation were also a series of black and white photographs illustrating different stages of the creative process.

[image_with_text image=”14617″]Untitled 7 (Beat my Shadow), 2014
Edition of 5
Eight photographs,
inkjet print on cotton paper
40 x 38 cm
Based on the above performance of the same name.[/image_with_text]

Daniel Crews-Chubb at Vigo Gallery.

The playfulness of Daniel Crews-Chubb’s paintings immediately drew Rita in and reminded her of George Baselitz and Willem De Kooning’s abstract expressionist works. As it happens, Crews-Chubb takes inspiration from this generation of painters and from the European Avant-Garde movement COBRA. Rooted firmly in contemporary society however, the artist draws on widely accessible pornographic imagery, and combines this with figures inspired by naïve and ‘unfinished’ primitive art. The result is one Collectionair very much approves of!

[image_with_text image=”14804″]Zumbie and Belfie (lipstick) 2015
Oil, acrylic, spray paint, charcoal, sand and collaged materials on canvas
152 x 112 cm / 59 7/8 x 44 1/8 in[/image_with_text]
[image_with_text image=”14805″]Zumbie and Belfie (yellow zig zag) 2015
Oil and charcoal on canvas
152 x 112  cm / 59 7/8 x 44 1/8 in[/image_with_text]

Hassan Hajjaj at Taymour Grahne Gallery.

This year the Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, showed an immersive salon style installation that popped with vibrant coloured photographs and furniture pieces from the artist Hassan Hajjaj. Patterened edged portraits of extravagant creatives dressed often in Hajjaj’s own fashions creations, and coming from his native country Morocco, line the walls of the booth.

The ‘Andy Warhol of Morocco’, takes on all kinds of art, from portraiture, installation, performance and fashion to interior design, Hajjaj keeps it relevant and contemporary, through his love for the hip-hop and reggae scenes of London, where he now spends much time living and working.

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