The Art Miami Pavilion - Wynwood Arts District
3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
December 4 - 8, 2013 - Booth A40
VIP Preview: December 3rd, 5:30 - 10pm
CYNTHIA-REEVES is pleased to participate in the 24th edition of Art Miami from December 3 - 8, 2013, at the Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE 1st Avenue in Miami, Florida (Booth #A40). The fair features significant public artworks by three international artists represented by Cynthia-Reeves in their exclusive Curator's Choice exhibition: Lionel Smit, George Sherwood and Shuli Sadé The gallery's focus on public art in Miami is an extension of its on-going public exhibition program in cities throughout the US.
Lionel Smit's installation, Accumulation of Disorder, will be on view at the main doors of the fair. The work is comprised of forty beautifully sculpted busts of the Cape Malay people of South Africa - a culture know for strength of character and a rich and difficult history. The juxtaposition of the inherent beauty of the forms, silently gazing through a veil of apocryphal war paint, creates a compelling tableau. There is a subtext of disaster, in which the artist attempts to confront the discrepancies of the state of a world dominated by politics, cultural discord, and disorder.
Smit brings the same dynamism to his large-scale portraits, which will be featured in the gallery's booth at Art Miami. Reviewer Jacqueline Nurse commented: "Smit's subject matter is consistent - portraiture is his preferred mode and his models are handpicked out of the tapestry of his daily life. These are not famous people, or people with extraordinary power within their communities. The people Smit chooses to paint possess a particular aesthetic that appeals to his visual sensitivity, but nothing more in the way of social influence. However, up-scaled to many times their life size and abstracted according to Smit's particular technique, these faces are imbued with an immense authority that is impossible to overlook."
The gestural brushwork and patterns draw the viewer close up. Smit comments: "It allows me to engage the viewer with the surface area up close, as he or she investigates the drips and swathes of paint. I want them to see that it is only paint, [and] then discover that image and the power of the portrait as they step away."
Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1982, Smit's meteoric rise began with an impressive auction debut at Christie's Contemporary London sale in 2009, followed by a succession of sold-out exhibitions and strong auction results in Europe and Africa. His portrait, Kholiswa, 2013, was selected as the "face" of this year's BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
George Sherwood's wall based sculpture, Every Water, 2013, is his most ambitious of the Memory series. The kinetic elements on the face of the artwork, fashioned in stainless steel, are finely pitched to respond to the slightest movement of air. The steel brings a lustrous reflectivity so that light and wind act in concert. It is a choreography based on inspiration and engineering. As Sherwood explains, "Each sculpture is a three-dimensional painting of shifting light, drawing all the colors of the environment, pulling down the sky, drawing up the earth and gathering everything in between. It is the light, after all, that we see and process, not the physical object."
Sherwood's environmental sculpture, Wave Cloud, 2013, a towering 14-foot kinetic sculpture that is suggestive of the ever-changing wavelike patterns in water, was recently on public view at the Boston Science Plaza for six months. Other such noteworthy and permanent commissions include Sky Orchid Grove, a series of works in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a current commission underway for the World Financial Center in New York. Upcoming, Sherwood will be exhibiting a series of outdoor kinetic works with the Hudson River Park Trust, New York, in the spring of 2014.
Shuli Sadé is presenting her signature work, Duree, a meditative exercise on the subject of time, space and memory. Duree is a cinematic nocturnal cityscape, an installation of 120 stills excerpted from a video documenting the ride across the Brooklyn Bridge toward Manhattan. Comprised of positive/negative prints of the video stills, each frame is a composite image that collapses and pixelates the picture plane. Mounted to Plexiglas, the images are translucent, further communicating how easily time and memory become diffused, ephemeral. Memory as fugitive is a thesis Sadé has explored in numerous projects based on the urban grid as viewed through an intentionally inaccurate lens.
Sadé is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist who works primarily with photography, video and site-based installation. Sadé is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/ NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Art Fund for video and sculpture. Sade has taught and lectured at Barnard College, Columbia University School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture, Parsons School of Design, SUNY Old Westbury Art Department, and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Her work is in the collection of the Mead Museum Amherst, the Israel Museum and the Haifa Museum. In 2012, Sade was commissioned by the Center of Neural Science Laboratory at New York University to create "Reconfigured Memory", an art piece that doubled as the facility's conference table, in collaboration with Professor André Fenton.
Cynthia-Reeves will feature the following artists at Art Miami: Sarah Amos, Dawn Black, Shen Chen, Janet Echelman, Jaehyo Lee, Oliver Marsden, Michael Mulhern, Tomas Munita, Jonathan Prince, Renaissance Press, Shuli Sade, Lionel Smit, Jeffrey Stockbridge, and George Sherwood.