Still Sizzling… Top Ten Artists from the last live Art Basel Fair week

by Gae Savannah

Detail of Gabe Brown, Flow,  2019, oil on linen over wood panel

I’m dreaming of Miami. Art is a living presence, an intelligence outside of that which we already possess.  Among the blows of this pandemic year, the loss of experiencing art in real space is a deep darkness.  In the ecstatic buzz of a live fair, one answers the call of one booth, one artist, one artwork at a time.  Dumbstruck, you feel the materiality open up in heart and mind, change, and grow. 

When asked about her looking process, Roberta Smith said, “I start with the degree to which an artwork holds my attention on an almost physiological level… [then proceed with] more of an emotional tone than anything else.”  As iconic NYC dealer Hudson put it:  “I drop my agenda and listen.  The body knows things way before the brain does.  Art is primarily about the development of consciousness.  The object is just a catalyst.” The absence of the Art Fair’s physical/social/sensory/perceptual field dims the light of our shared vital force.  I just booked a ticket to Mexico City for ZonaMaco, being held in late April this year.  Pray…

Gary Hume, Remnant, 2019, enamel on aluminum, 58 ¼  x 93 ¾” . Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery   

Gary Hume   Mathew Marks Gallery   Art Basel 

Winsome tiles of a village school.  Hallucination of things intact.

Sergio Lucena, fronteira do pensamento III,2019,  oleo sobre tela,  140 x 90 cm. Photo by Marcio Fischer, curated by Julia Lima.

Sergio Lucena    Eduardo Fernandes Gallery   UNTITLED  

Haunting ether of presentness; thought dissolved in forever.

Zachary Buchner, Everywhere isn’t Everywhere, 2019, acrylic, clear cast acrylic, mirrored acrylic, memory foam, acoustic foam and MDF, 20″ x 16″ x 3″

Zachary Buchner   Andrew Rafacz    UNTITLED  

Visceral charge.  In glossy acrylic and foam, the eternity of one’s favorite song.

Regine Schumann, colormirror rainbow pastel violet miami,  2019, acrylic glass, fluorescent, 15” x 15” x 31/4” 

Regine Schumann   Axel Pairon Gallery    Art Miami   

Consummately compact, heart-stirring glaze beguiles.

Suzanne Scott, Diptych: “Headless…Imagine Finding it?” (Kelly Browne) / “Guy in the Green Shirt, Get Out of the Shot”(Patrick McMullan);  6-color lithographs on archival paper, edition of 30, 15 x 11.25”, Blue Dog Litho, Bargemon, France. Curated by Anita Trombetta & Claudia Santiso

Suzanne Scott    Meeting House + Shim Art Network   Aqua

Auratic character, read in arcs and swirls.

Gabe Brown, Flow,  2019, oil on linen over wood panel,  16 x12”

Gabe Brown   Adah Rose Gallery   Pulse   

‘My Own Private Idaho’ rich emptiness.  In a disjunctive emotion-scape, arcane haze lingers.

Barbara Kasten, Progression Fourteen,  2019,  digital chromogenic print, fluorescent acrylic,  48” x 48”

Barbara Kasten   Bortolami  Art Basel 

Geometry breaking loose; pellucid planes slash and soar.

Claudia Pena Salinas, Uhtli,  2019,  brass, plexiglass, died cotton thread,  72” x 52”

Claudia Pena Salinas   EMBAJADA  NADA 

Green forest in the sunshine; echos of shapes and knowing.

David Burdeny, Saltern Study 10 Great Salt Lake, UT 2016, Archival pigment print 

David Burdeny   HK Art Advisory + Projects   Pulse 

Salt carpets the horizon in rapturous glide.

Leo Villareal, Double Scramble 2, 2014, light emitting diodes, computer, custom software, circuitry, wood plexiglas, 37.5 x 73.5 x 3.75”.  Edition: 3 

Leo Villareal    CONNERSMITH   Art Miami   

In concentric squares of well-orchestrated hue, technology gets charismatic.