So begins my annual series of posts about the art fairs in Miami. I'm starting early to offer a few links and lay out some of the schedule I hope to follow. . If You're Going to Miami
Let's start with the lineup, The Essential Map and Guide for Art Basel Miami Beach.This two-page document in PDF form comes courtesy of Boyd Level, a curatorial and consulting firm in New York City. Thank you, Franklin Boyd, for a listing of 25 venues, organized by area: 12 in Miami Beach, 13 across the causeway in Wynwood. Added 11.26.11:Artlog has organized the info, too. (I don't need particulars to the Donna Karan Urban Zen Pop Up Store, but someone might.) .
. At Art Miami: Franklin Einspruch and I will offer a free Bloggers' Guide to the Fair on Friday, December 2. Meet us at the VIP desk. We'll depart from there at 11:00 sharp for an hourlong walk-and-talk, stopping to chat with dealers at a few booths. (I will reconnoiter the day before.) Then we'll convene for coffee and a discussion. I'm told the cafe will be set up for us. Reserve your spot at email@example.com . (Would you cc me so that I know to expect you?)Click here for additional events.
Complimentary passes are making the rounds online. Click on this one to enlarge and print it out; it's good for two. This pass is courtesy Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York City
. Going to Art Basel Miami Beach? Tickets are pricy ($40 for one day; $85 for the duration), but there are some price breaks: the evening ticket (4:00 pm to 8:00) is $28; just know that Sunday closing is 6:00 pm. If you're 62 or over you get in as a Senior Citizen for $23 (fake ID's, anyone?). Or organize a group of 10 and get in for $23 apiece. Adult-accompanied kids under 16 get in free.
. Going to Aqua Art? You don't want to miss the gem with the laid-back vibe and lovely courtyard. Print out a pass for yourself. Try printing the one below (click image to enlarge for printing) ordownload a PDF from the Aqua website.
I'll have work at theConrad Wilde Gallery, Room 222--image and additional info on sidebar, right (scroll up a tad)--and will be there for the VIP opening on Wednesday, November 30, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. I'll be making the rounds like everyone else, but Conrad Wilde will be my home base. See you there?
Complimentary pass to Aqua Art. Click to enlarge and print out
. Maybe: If the body allows and these venues are convenient to my route, I'll pop into Art Now (under new management), Scope, Red Dot, Burst (a new emerging-artist event), along with Fountain, Verge and Zones .
. I'd also like to stop in at the Square Foot show atProjects Gallery in Wynwood, an outpost of the Philadelphia gallery. I'll say Hi my friends Helen Meyerick and Frank Hyder, the dealers, and take some pics of this installation.
. It Ain't Fair: This year's exhibition, produced by a group called OHWOW, is Materialism, a show about contemporary art made with or about fiber and cloth. I can't wait to see it, because I have just finished co-curating Textility, with Mary Birmingham for her institution, the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, in Summit, which offers a 28-artist look at a very similar slice of contemporary art (It opens January 13; I'll have more info after Miami). I love when the zeitgeist offers up a coincidence like this.
. Parties? I may be the only person who couldn't care less. At the end of the day all I want is a good meal with friends followed by a couple of hours to download pictures and review what I've seen.
Look for my reportage under the rubric this year of Fair Play. I hope to post a few short takes while I'm in the middle of things, but the real work starts when I return, with venue-by-venue reporting and edited pics (lots of them), along with some thematic posts and everyone's favorite feature, Art or Trash? I'll start the serious writing on December 5 and continue through the month.
Finally, enormous thank-yous to everyone who has supported my Send Me To Miami campaign. (Not to worry if you haven't donated. I'll be soliciting your support for this blog throughout the year.) And may we have a collective prayer that sciatica comes nowhere near my 12-hour work days.
Looking for my coverage of the Miami Art fairs? Click the pic to access a full list of this year's posts (or click onto "Art Fairs" under the header for eight years' worth of reports). Here, Cary Smith, David Deutch and Todd Chilton at Feature, Inc., at NADA
"Chromatic Reasoning" at Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson
The December opening has been postponed while the new gallery space is being finished. Click pic for details (to come). Here, "Chromatic Geometry 15"
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In the Studio
After a few false starts with the title, this series of 25 graphite-on-paper drawing is officially "Diamond Lattice." This is is #22, 2012, with micaceous pigment and cold wax, 30 x 22 inches. Click pic to see more work from the series
Recent: Buddy of Work
Henry Samelson asks artists to show two images: their primary work and a peripheral or related project. The connections are interesting. My own "buddies" are posted now. Click pic to link
Now: Adler & Co. Gallery
An ever-changing installation of paintings from my "Silk Road" series is up now at Adler & Co. Gallery, 77 Geary Street, San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Adler & Co. Gallery
Recent: "Rolling in the Deep" at Kenise Barnes Fine Art
For her summer show, Kenise Barnes selected four painters who conjure physical or metaphorical depth via the medium of encaustic: Christine Aaron, Cecile Chong, Lorraine Glessner and myself. Above: my "Coming Up For Air" visible through the front window. Click pic for a link to my walk-through. A link to D. Dominick Lombardi's HuffPo review is below
Clickherefor D. Dominick Lombardi's review of "Rolling in the Deep" on the Huffington Post.
"Textility," curated by Mary Birmingham and myself for the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit (where Birmingham is the chief curator), looked at contemporary painting, sculpture and work on paper in which textile elements were referenced or employed. The exhibition is over, but you can see this exhibition on line. Click on the links below to read and see more.
Click pic to access review. Then click on page images to enlarge them for legibility
Thank You, Ivan
Ivan Karp, legendary art dealer, 1926-2012. Photo by Melanie Eve Barocas. Click pick for my tribute to Ivan, where your comments are welcome
New Digital Prints
Above, "Silk Trail 386." Below: "Silk Trail 339." Both 2012, unique digital prints on 11 x 8.5 inch archival Epson paper. Click either image to see more and find out where they are available
Miami Nice from Artcritical
December 2, 2011: “ . . . stand-out exhibits at Aqua included . . . the funky abstractionist stable of Conrad Wilde Gallery of Tucson, Arizona, amongst them the sensual encaustic monochromes of Joanne Mattera and the biomorphic reliefs of Ruth Hiller."--David Cohen, artcritical.com. Click pic for entire review. Above: John Dempcy, Hiller, Mattera
Miles Conrad, director of Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, and me at the Aqua Art Fair. Photo: artcritical.com
Boston Globe Style Watch
November 13, 2011: Four of my small paintings are in this Cambridge apartment, which was the subject of a Style Watch feature. Click the pic to enlarge the image and read the story. Thanks to Arden Gallery, Boston, for representing me in Massachusetts (and beyond)
All texts and photography are by me unless otherwise noted. If you wish to excerpt a small portion of a post, you are free to do so under the Creative Commonsnon-commercial copyright--i.e. you must credit me as the author/photographer, and you must provide a link to my blog. Thanks.
My work is chromatically resonant, physically tangible, and compositionally reductive. I call it lush minimalism. But don't call me an "encaustic artist." While encaustic on panel is my primary means of expression, I approach artmaking in other mediums--acrylic on canvas, gouache on paper--in exactly the same way.
THE FIRST CONTEMPORARY BOOK ON ENCAUSTIC PAINTING. AND STILL THE BEST
My book, The Art of Encaustic Painting, was published by Watson-Guptill in 2001. It's the first commercially published book on contemporary encaustic. There are three sections: history, with images of the famed Greco-Egyptian Fayum portraits; a gallery of contemporary painting and sculpture (including the work of Jasper Johns, Kay WalkingStick, Heather Hutchison, Johannes Girardoni and myself), and technical information, including an interview with Michael Duffy, a conservator at the Museum of Modern Art.