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New Robert Fontaine Gallery Exhibition Shows Highlights from the 1960s to Today

  • Robert Fontaine Gallery
  • Time and Place
  • Exhibition view
April 1, 2017
Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

If we are to find the best way to describe the latest Robert Fontaine Gallery exhibition, titled Time & Place, we say it’s a kind of a survey through the past sixty years of contemporary art. As one of Miami’s most important art spaces, the gallery understands, and most of all celebrates, the significance of artists, artworks, movements and ideas of the past century throughout the new one. This new show stands to ask some bold, straightforward questions about the state of the art today, its relationship with the modern world, its imminent and radical changes, its past and its future. On view, there will be some pivotal works by our favorite artists, both old and young, for a journey down the arts history lane.

Robert Rauschenberg - Untitled (From The Runts Series), 2007. see privacy terms on international media
Robert Rauschenberg – Untitled (From The Runts Series), 2007. Pigment transfer on Polylaminate, 61 x 73.5 inches. Signed and Dated lower left. Unique

Time & Place

Through a careful selection of original and multiple works from the Post-War period through today’s emerging art scene, the show Time & Place highlights the similarities which bind ideas together as recognizable symbols over the course of six decades. Curated to present one continuing narrative, it showcases artists which have marked the past century with their innovative vision and daring thoughts, individuals who should definitely not be considered just footnotes in the history of the arts that tend to come out of war time settings. As such, this display comes to pose questions, both intentionally and spontaneously, about the role of an artwork in today’s society and the way artists, both up-and-coming and well-known, can do to make a change – or at least elicit one, in a climate like ours.

Left Nick Gentry - Thrill, 2016 Right Komar & Melamid - Skyscraper, 1986-1987. see privacy terms on international media
Left: Nick Gentry – Thrill, 2016. Oil paint and vintage film negatives on acrylic panel, floating on wood base, 51 x 48 inches / Right: Komar & Melamid – Skyscraper, 1986-1987. Oil on Canvas and wooden Panel in Five parts, 107.5 x 48 inches (widest at bottom). Unique, Signed by artists

The Role of Visual Works Today

At a time like the present, which seems to be turbulent to say the least and breaking apart the human experience itself, Time & Place explores what today’s artists will make of these changes happening around them. What will they reflect on? How will the current political climate, world conflicts and complete reprisals of events influence their creativity and output? What visual works are worth leaving behind to represent this moment in our history, contrasting with objects that were left behind by artists in the past who explored this same need to create a marker as expression? The puzzles are many, but the renowned artworks on view will try and provide us with the now much-needed answers and enlightenment.

Left Jasper Johns - Watchman, 1967 Right Jason Seife - Aimless Arrow, 2017
Left: Jasper Johns – Watchman, 1967. Lithograph in colors on Angoumois, 36.14 x 24.25 inches. Signed, Numbered and dated. Edition of 40 / Right: Jason Seife – Aimless Arrow, 2017. Acrylic, Ink, and Oil stick on Canvas, 54 x 37 inches. Signed on reverse

Robert Fontaine Gallery Exhibition Time & Place

Time & Place, a survey of works from the 1960s through today, will be on view from April 1st through June 1st, 2017 at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami, USA. It represents works as far back as Jasper Johns’s 1967 Watchman, the highly important political refuges pair Komar & Melamid and their painting Skyscraper, Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled 2007 painting, one of the very last he painted before passing in early 2008. Furthermore, there will be works by emerging artists such as Jason Seife, Nick Gentry, Ashley Oubré, Peter Combe, Michal Mráz, Ben Sack, Andy Denzler and many others. The opening reception is scheduled for April 8th, on the occasion of Wynwood Second Saturday Art Walk.

Andy Denzler - Flowers 1, 2012
Andy Denzler – Flowers 1, 2012. Oil on canvas, 27.6 x 31.5 inches

Featured images: Exhibition view Time and Place, 2017.