Art Basel 2015: Artists to Watch

Art Basel Miami Beach has become a hub for showcasing the work of emerging artists. Here, a few notables, some of whom will be showing at the fair—and in the United States—for the first time.

 

Romy Pocztaruk

Le Carnaval des Animaux - Romy Pocztaruk - SIM Galeria, Brazil - Art Basel Miami Beach

Gallery: SIM Galeria, Brazil 

Where: Positions  

Key work: Le Carnaval des Animaux (installation) 

Why: Pocztaruk presents 18 aquariums, each consisting of two glass globes connected at the neck. On each aquarium, one globe contains a male betta fish, and the other a female. The tension created by separation creates a drawing in space brought about by the ensuing fish ballet. Pocztaruk proposes that when an animal and an object are dislocated from their original contexts and a “drawing” is created, the design introduces an artistic proposition.

Le Carnaval des Animaux - Romy Pocztaruk - SIM Galeria, Brazil - Art Basel Miami Beach

Photos courtesy of SIM Galeria


 

Fritzia IrĂ­zar

Gallery: ArredondoArozarena, Mexico City

Where: Positions 

Key Work: Untitled (The disappearance of the symbol) – below

Fritzia IrĂ­zar - Untitled (The disappearance of the symbol) - Art Basel Miami Beach - ArredondoArozarena

Why: Irízar uses the Phrygian cap, a significant image from Mexico’s history, to discuss the creation and disappearance of political symbols in the collective imagination. The unraveling, and ultimate absence, of the object sets the debate on democracy and the political engine in motion behind the images and symbols that circulate through the repetition of history.

Photo courtesy of ArredondoArozarena


 

Keren Cytter

Keren Cytter - Siren film still - Art Basel artists to watch - Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art

Siren film still

Gallery: Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv 

Where: Nova

Key Work: Siren (film)

Why: In Siren, Cytter shows her method of narrating absurd stories mostly centered on the conflict between the genders, but this time zeroes in on the proliferation of poor images and their interpretation. By abstracting scenes and repeating them in different qualities and versions, Cytter proves images can have myriad meanings.

Keren Cytter - Siren film still - Art Basel artists to watch - Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art

Siren film still

Photos courtesy of Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art


 

Andrew Brischler

Gallery: Gavlak, Palm Beach, Los Angeles 

Where: Galleries

Key Work: Dreams (colored pencil, acrylic, graphite, and oil stick on panel)

Dreams - Andrew Brischler - Art Basel Miami Beach Artists to Watch - Gavlak, Palm Beach, Los Angeles

Why: Brischler’s use of color, abstract forms, and symbolic words is indicative of his critical position on American pop culture and conservative politics, particularly as they relate to sexual orientation. Dreams is representative of his tendency to mar likeable images with smears, text, scribbles, and other disruptions.

©Andrew Brischler; Photo courtesy of Gavlak


 

JaromĂ­r Novotny

Gallery: hunt kastner, Prague 

Where: Positions  

Key Work: Solo installation of new painting and mixed media  

JaromĂ­r Novotny -  Solo installation of new painting and mixed media - Art Basel Miami Beach - hunt kastner gallery

Why: Novotny’s abstract paintings and works on paper concentrate on the emotion arising from a work’s formal structure and the process of execution. In his newest work, the artist has been experimenting with sheer-fabric canvas, focusing on the mystery of the barely visible.

Courtesy of hunt kastner


 

B. Ingrid Olson

Gallery: Simone Subal Gallery, New York 

Where: Positions 

Key Work: Multimedia presentations in photography and sculpture of cement relief, steel, and ceramic 

Hard and Sheer Organ,  B. Ingrid Olson - Art Basel Miami Beach - Simone Subal Gallery

Hard and Sheer Organ, B. Ingrid Olson

Why: Olson’s work challenges conventional perception by shifting the focus between the center and the periphery. Her photographs, often centered on contorted images of her body, demonstrate a similar focal complication. The sculptures also allude to perceptional problems by presenting various perspectives that blur the continuum of vision.

Photo courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, New York


 

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