Folded aeroplanes, screws, nails, spoons, polyamide mesh, ceramic pots, old paintbrushes, old records and cassettes, basket balls and darts, plus the newest technologies of LED lighting and thin display screens: Art continues to break out of the traditional boundaries of paint, canvas and bronze sculpture.
Galleries and artists from all around the world have been showing the best emerging and mid-career artists at Context along with late 20th and 21st century figures such as Andy Warhol artists at Art Miami, located a block apart in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. In 2015, the shows were attended by over 82.000 visitors, a figure which will probably be exceeded this year.
Around 200 galleries were represented across the two fairs, including several galleries from Korea which brings the work of Korean artists to an international audience, many of whom are using new materials and new technologies. In addition many artists continue the heritage of Andy Warhol by making political commentary on the modern age with its focus on icons, commercialism and advertising.
Using different materials as the basic building blocks for three dimensional works, Kwang Young Chung is well known for his use of Korean mulberry paper, as in “Aggregation 14-NVO50”, Jack Tanner creates patterns and swirls from a variety of perfectly-positioned screws, Matia Novello adopts basket balls for “Following Human Heros”, Moto Waganari’s modern version of “The Thinker” is made from polyamide wire, Blue and Joy uses folding planes, which schoolboys used to love making to create abstract forms that leap off the wall and Bounty Killart uses killer darts in his work “Hit Me One More Time”. Even LEGO has come of age, no longer just for children, with works constructed from blocks by Matt Donovan.
Now known as video painting, digital art is embedded by Marck in several of his works including: “Tauchen Rost” with horns surrounding a moving blue sea and his trapped woman in “Gegnstrom XXXL Kupfer”, Gregory Scott sets animated scenes behind the windows of his architectural setting and and Chul Hyun Ahn’s creates changing geometries using LED Lights and mirrors as in the “Four Circles”.
Artists making commentary on modern life include Jan Voss in “Nouveaux Riches”, Banksy with “Smiling Copper Panel 9” and Hijack with “Strong Imagination”, showing that street art remains a major force in the modern art world.
Also on show was one of the best exhibitions of modern Cuban art from the local gallery, Cernuda Arte, based in Coral Gables, reflecting the growing interest by international collectors.gallery.