2011 was a milestone for Art Basel Miami Beach as the world’s most watched art fair celebrated its 10th anniversary, and SVA alumni and faculty were well represented there. In terms of sheer numbers and attention-grabbing work, this was a banner year for women artists. One of the most popular booths on the Convention Center floor was Miami’s David Castillo Gallery, where a new video by Kate Gilmore (MFA 2002 Fine Arts) attracted a crowd. Buster has Gilmore smashing 200 paint-filled ceramic vessels, which flood the set with purple drips, pools and spatters.
Over at Salon 94, the booth was aglow with gold floor-to-ceiling architectural prints by alumnus Lorna Simpson (BFA 1982 Photography) and a shimmering new painting by Marilyn Minter (faculty member, MFA Fine Arts Department). Across the convention center floor at Galerie Lelong, another showstopper was MFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Petah Coyne’s untitled chandelier made from taxidermy birds and candles—one of those “you have to see it to believe it” works that rewards fairgoers of all stripes.
Striking a more somber note were twin portraits of George Harrison by Elizabeth Peyton (BFA 1987 Fine Arts) at Gavin Brown; a large black-and-white painting by Katherine Bernhardt (MFA 2000 Fine Arts) at CANADA; a pitch-black mirror painting by Liz Deschenes (faculty member, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department) at Miguel Abreu; and recent photography by Justine Kurland (BFA 1996 Photography) at Mitchell-Innes & Nash.
SVA also exhibited a selection of work by eight recent alumni at Aqua Art Miami; click here for details.
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Images: (top) Kate Gilmore, Buster, 2011 video still, HD video; (bottom) works by Marilyn Minter (left) and Lorna Simpson (background) at Art Basel Miami Beach.