WHAT TO COLLECT # 10. LIONEL SMIT.

Today I went trough the exhibition of Emerging and Established Artist Lionel Smit at the museum of Contemporary art in North Miami Beach. Lionel Smit was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1982. He creates monumental portraiture works on canvas, sculpture, silkscreen, video and public installations. Smit’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces. These include a solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki and various public sculptures of his being featured in the USA including Union Square, New York City. Smit’s painting, Kholiswa, received the Viewer’s Choice Award as part…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 9. Chris Ofili ART

Chris Ofili is renowned internationally for his richly layered works that combine imagery and influences from sources as divergent as comic books, hiphop, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Biblical scenes, and 1970s-era Blaxploitation films. Since moving to Trinidad in the mid-2000s, Ofili has looked increasingly to the Trinidadian landscape and mythology in order to further reflect upon his long-term consideration of history and identity. His most recent paintings have been animated by figures and scenes from folkloric myths and arguably revisit and revise tropes of modernist painting by artists such as Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. Since Ofili’s earliest paintings he has…

The Woman Behind the First Photography Gallery

Helen Gee risked everything to open Limelight in 1954, selling prints by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank for less than fifty dollars each. Her tell-all memoir, Helen Gee: Limelight, a Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties, is now available from Aperture as an e-book. Here, Denise Bethel’s introduction offers a preview of the late Gee’s story. Arthur Lavine, Helen Gee, ca. 1954–1960 Courtesy Gary Schneider Dear Helen, I am writing to let you know that, sixty years on, some of the questions are still the same: who succeeds as a photographer? And, whose photographs sell?…

THE ART MARKET 2018

The Art Market 2018: Global art market up 12% to USD 63.7 billion, after two years of decline, with mixed performances across sectors Art Basel and UBS today published the second edition of the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report. Written by renowned cultural economist Dr Clare McAndrew, Founder of Arts Economics, The Art Market 2018 presents the results of a comprehensive and macro-level analysis of the global art market in 2017. Last year, the global art market grew by 12%, reaching an estimated USD 63.7 billion, with the United States retaining its position as the largest market…

Galleries you need to explore during an Art Basel Hong Kong

TANG CONTEMPORARY ART 10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong https://www.tangcontemporary.com/ PARA SITE ART SPACE Set up in 1996 and for many years the city’s only name in contemporary art, Para Site is still a proud voice in Hong Kong’s independent art scene. • 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay http://www.para-site.org.hk/ GALLERY EXIT Opened in 2008 to provide an exhibition space for emerging Hong Kong artists, with an emphasis on edgy, conceptual art. • 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Hong Kong http://www.galleryexit.com/ M+ PAVILION The first completed portion of the West Kowloon…

WHAT TO COLLECT #4 CARMEN HERRERA

Carmen Herrera is a Cuban-American abstract, minimalist painter. She began to paint at the age of 12. She moved to Paris after WWII to join other great painters … Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, and more. She was very good, by almost anyone’s observation; she even had shows with other famous artists. Unlike the other artists she was around, she was a woman and she was Cuban American. Unlike the other artists she never sold a painting. She never sold at age 25, or age 30. She came home from Paris in the early 1950s, in her late 30s. And she…

WHAT TO COLLECT #3 PAOLO ICARO

Paolo Icaro, one of the most interesting contemporary artists. In the seventies he started to construct his research according to a profound and theoretical formal severity, exploring several techniques, spanning from drawings to performances but concentrating primarily on sculptures and installations.

DON’T JUDGE THE ART

Another Art show is over. Five full days of art in San – Francisco, and what did I get from them? Over 250 galleries from around the world were represented, showing an overwhelming array of art from the most talented, most imaginative contemporary artists in the world. I love to learn from art; I like to learn from other artists. A good show for me means to have a conversation with my mind and to cast about answers for the masterpiece. I encourage myself to find a language to work and to encode the exact subject. I don’t judge the…