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Review - UNTITLED Miami 2013

  • contemporary art
December 14, 2013
Ana Bambic Kostov is an art historian with passion for contemporary art.

This year’s edition of UNTITLED art fair was happening parallel with the Art Basel Miami 2013. UNTITLED presents a novelty approach to the traditional art fairs, it focuses on international art galleries and non profit organizations and revolves around emerging and mid-career artists.The conjunction between the international young art they represent and the curatorial leadership of Omar Lopez-Chahoud creates a thrilling atmosphere of the show. In 2013 UNTITLED presentED 90 galleries and non-profit art spaces from 19 different countries, all exhibiting in the beach front pavilion specially designed for this occasion by the prominent architectural firm K/R. The floor is designed to enhance the experience of the fair’s unique curatorial approach. Additional programs are included in this edition of the UNTITLED fair, in form of debates, performances, special events. Miami’s own TM Sisters and NY artist Jacolby Satterwhite will execute performances in this occasion, while some of the works featured at the show are installations by Santiago Sierra, Björne Schülke among others. On December 2, Marina Abramovic hosted a special, invitation only, preview of the fair, as a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Marina Abramovic Institute. A limited-edition print by the artist unveiled at the event will be available for sale during the fair. Visitors of this extraordinary event will have the chance to enjoy a wide collection of most interesting contemporary art executed in various media. Striking pieces done in traditional media such as drawing, painting, collage and photography correspond well with innovative installations and odd, interactive sculptures made out of artificial materials. The review of the exhibition is obligated to point out the enormity of the scale of the project.

Leah Dixon

Leah Dixon’s large-scale interactive sculpture titled “Stealth Bomber Stoop Cave” raises questions about ideas of cave as a refuge from bombing, reflected in the sharp shapes of the work. The interaction with the work is achieved by redesigning the modern weapon into a leisure object. The sculpture can be, and it needs to be, sat on, as it will serve as a stage for programming in the VIP area.

Leah Dixon
Leah Dixon

Bjoern Schulke

A solar powered vehicle named Luftraum #1 by Bjoern Schülke is driven by a wing-paddle. The slow and gentle movements of the sculpture enabled by the naturally light-filled energy cells, evoke the flowing language of line drawing, bringing out the esthetics of the piece.

Bjoern Schulke
Bjoern Schulke

JPW3

A peculiar installation by JPW3 titled Wax Wheels came to life as an artist’s reflection upon the concept of drifting. Composed out of discarded candles, these custom wax wheels are adorned with sunglass lenses, beach stones, braides string and metal rings as they motionlessly slide through the air.

Untitled art fair
JPW3

Other artists

Presented by the Y Gallery of NY, Ryan Brown’s work was presented in a successful collaboration with the exhibiting space at the UNTITLED art Miami, bringing out the high aesthetic valor of Brown’s abstract works on paper. Colorado born, NY based Jeffrey Gibson is showing his new pieces, as well as a young. Croatian rising star, Igor Eskinja, was presented by the Federico Luger gallery with his installation titled UnTitled that exudes  simplicity of form as the characteristic aesthetic element. An exciting experience for the art lovers and collectors is guaranteed, as UNTITLED presents some of the new names of the internationals art scene.