Art Basel Miami Highlights
Explore the vibrant tapestry of contemporary art at Art Basel Miami 2023, where a kaleidoscope of global artists converges to ignite inspiration.
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE Dennis Speight, 1983 gelatin silver print 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Robert Mapplethorpe became best known for his transgressive black-and-white photographs, which often celebrated the artist’s queer community. The artist was concerned with Classical aspects of beauty, whether in his nudes, floral still lifes, or self-portraits - light, shadow, composition, and form were central to all his work.
During the 1970s and ’80s, he photographed himself and his New York City coterie, artists, socialites, porn stars, and members of the gay S&M underground. While his content could be shocking, Mapplethorpe was also highly attuned to his medium’s formal, more traditional elements; his pictures are deeply concerned with composition, color, texture, balance, and attraction.
ANRI SALASurface to Air XI series, 2023fresco painting, intonaco on aerolam, Tartaruga marble
In the names of Anri Sala’s “Surface to Air” fresco series, each day corresponds to the beginning and end of a part of the work, since the base of intonaco (plaster) can be painted only when wet; additionally to this process, marble fragments are grafted on the flat surface of the fresco. A contrast of nature: the clouds that change hastily their landscape are surrounded by immutable marbles.
Here clouds float and melt with the marble shapes, sometimes sinuous and sometimes more angular. Like magma, suspended in its transitory nature, or like the sea moments before the waves break, these works seem to capture a moment torn from its inevitable change.