I’m not going to Miami Art Basel, but I’m already stressed out for those of you who are. By the end, you’ll either be incredibly inspired or have to cleanse yourself of anything art related for a series of months. There’s a lot of goodness to see and do, but it’s a matter what and how much.
I took some time to look through the artists, and I plucked five who I think are worth army scrawling through a sea of Doc Martins and Birkenstocks to catch a glimpse of. By the way, no selfie sticks permitted. I am pissed that this is something they even had to clarify.
Veeraraghavan’s work speaks to the connected nature of things and reflects his interest in pop culture. Upon closer inspection, each piece is a quilt of textures, colors, and shapes. This is the kind of work you’re going to want to spend some time with.
Olaf Breuning has long been dedicated to projects that bring art to the public for free. Last year, he detonated smoke grid. This year, his latest sculpture series titled I Can Not Take It Anymore will be on display in Collins Park. His work is eclectic. He makes films, plays with his food, does large-scale installation, and paints in the snow.
Sean Paul—not that one—is one of the Positions artist. This means curators, critics, and collectors from around the world discover new talent and provide the platform to showcase a major project. Paul’s work is best viewed as disjointed film negatives, spliced right down the middle in some cases. He is dealing with some heavy subject matter; using the textures and layering in each panel to strengthen the message.
Navid Nuur’s work deals with the connection between idea and form. He describes his process as beginning with an idea or object that “irritates him.” I would also recommend checking out his website—especially Your Name in Gum and Bored at the Museum.
Emily Sundblad’s artistic chops are not limited to her painting; she is a filmmaker and singer. Holland Cotter described her as having no signature. “For her,” he said, “art is a float, not an anchor.” Her CV is overflowing. I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see what she brings to Miami Beach.
Cheryl Humphrey’s embossed works on paper are delicate yet strong, and showcase Cheryl’s incredible attention to detail and composition. At a glance, her work may seem simple, but get up close and you’ll find these things get more involved than a mother-in-law in the raising of your kids.