Saturday, July 28, 2007

Art Comments | Scope Hamptons 2007

First Impressions of Scope Hamptons 2007

written by peter duhon in new york

Amongst the rustic and country setting of the Hamptons, 10 countries were represented by 65 different galleries at this year's Scope Hamptons International Art Fair which also organizes contemporary art fairs in Miami, London, and Basel. There were many highlights during the first day:

  1. The Mcneill Art Group: Savvy and charming art curator, consultant and dealer Beth Mcneill received several plaudits from various attendees and collectors at the fair this weekend. Her roster of artists for the fair included: abstract painter Jeff Muhs and large-scale Argentinian painter Tin Ojeda. I would advise art enthusiasts and collectors to bookmark her website, www.mcneillartgroup.com.

  2. Frost & Reed: Karen Gunderson's black paintings (easily best of the show) in their booth adroitly defy the academic notion that black is not a color without prosaically wallowing in the debate of what is color and what it is not color but rather with the bravura of a master, she wins the debate easily without sacrificing aesthetic integrity. Her paintings waver and pulsate with motion and speak to both the intelligentsia and the masses. The three black oil paintings on display literally flow, shine and captivate the viewer with an illusion of 3D depth, movement and rhythm that fluctuates depending on the lighting and position of the viewer.

  3. Moti Hasson Gallery: David Kramer's figurative halcyon oil paintings with white text overlaying them, reminiscent almost of what one would see in a film with subtitles, are cleverly contemporary, challenging, and fun for the newcomer to contemporary art and even the seasoned contemporary art connoisseur. Moti Hasson's gallery consistently delivers great art at the various art fairs and their gallery in Chelsea.

  4. KlinkHammer Projects: Andrea Lehmann's seductive, haunting and disturbing figurative oil paintings delightfully offered necessary contrast to the safer and more conservative pieces on display in the Hamptons at the fair.

This year the fair appears to be stronger than the previous one last year, and after speaking with the dealers, the sales seem to be better as well. Alongside the many Chelsea galleries at the fair, there was a strong German presence with 6 galleries from there and even a strong Asian presence facilitated by several American galleries. Despite a strong showing by many of the galleries, the fair felt a little too vapid without any serious programming. Perhaps in the future this will change. I sure hope so since it could add to a better experience for everyone involved.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Art Comments | Scope Art Fair 2007 | Hamptons


Scope Hampton's third annual art fair kicks off today and concludes on July 29th. Check back daily for complete coverage of the fair here on Art Comments.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Art Comments | Design Review


SOFA
New York 2007: The 10th Anniversary

June 1 - 3, Park Avenue Armory


Ethan Stern Design. (www.ethanstern.com)

written by don porcella in new york

Ethan Stern is a Seattle, WA artist, who makes sculptural objects out of glass. These pieces are hand blown and through this process he creates colored layers of glass. When the glass cools Stern cuts away top layers of opaque glass to reveal a very sexy and beautiful pattern.



Takashi Hinoda, Night of Monsters, 2007 ceramic 9x15x8”

@ Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. (www.daiichiarts.com)


@ Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. Takashi Hinoda creates imaginative ceramic objects with a Japanese Manga sensibility. This work was mentioned to me several times when exhibitors discussed what is the most exciting thing at the fair. This work represents the hurdle that some galleries are jumping over. The push by some galleries at the fair to showcase artists whose work is more fine arts related and doesn’t deal with the history of the medium as much as more traditional arts and crafts. This work represents the new direction some galleries are pushing. Collectors usually look for something more traditional and the hope is that they will warm to this new breed of arts and craft artist. Several galleries are showing artists who are inspired by their contemporary popular culture and who speak outside their medium with their medium and are considered an artist over crafts-person. This new work has content as well as craft.




PHILIP EGLIN, ceramic @ Dean Project (www.deanproject.com)


Another piece in the fair that represents a new breed of arts and crafts artists is the work of Philip Elgin above. A ceramic vessel but also a three-dimensional painting as well. A collaged painterly approach to the imagery where image and content supersede the medium (which is refreshing at this type of venue).

Monday, July 09, 2007

Art Comments: Grand Tour 2007 Artist Short List

52nd Venice Biennale 2007 | Arsenale | Sophie Whettnall


Sophie Whettnall
Shadow Boxing
Proiezione video / video projection
3min, 16mm on dvd
2004



Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Art Comments


Regular Blog posting will resume Monday, July 7th, 2007.