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Collectors Susan and Michael Hort's Picks from Art Brussels 2016

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Collectors Susan and Michael Hort's Picks from Art Brussels 2016
A sculpture by Kristof Kintera at the booth of D+T Project Gallery, Art Brussels 2016.

The New York-based collectors Susan and Michael Hort have been making the rounds of Europe's art centers in search of worthy additions to their extensive collection—first in Cologne and Berlin, and now Brussels. Here, they share their favorite works from this year's Art Brussels fair and the booming local gallery scene, as well as some reflections, below, on their experiences in a city still recovering from last month's terrorist attacks.

 


Thursday morning we went to the Brussels art fair by metro. We had a map from the hotel, but when we got off at the Ribaucourt station we were not sure which direction to go in. We walked a few blocks and began to think that we were going the wrong way. At a small furniture store, we stopped in and asked a man to help us. He tried to explain the correct directions, which were very confusing. He finally said, "My truck is across the street—I will drive you." He turned off the lights in his store, locked the door, and drove us in his furniture truck to the fair.

In the course of our conversation with him, we learned that we had been in the middle of Molenbeek. Our friend told us that he was Muslim, and that "not all Arabs are bad." He also said that half of the young Muslims who graduate from high school cannot get a job.

Later, at the fairs, we were told that we were the only Americans who had come to Brussels. Three days after we arrived, most of the art that we asked about was still available.

 

ART BRUSSELS



JANNIS VARELAS

Krinzinger Gallery

Jannis Varelas

We did not believe he could get better, but he did—the work is tougher.

 

CHRIS HOOD
Lyles and King

Chris Hood

He opened up this painting more than the recent ones we own. Unfortunately it was sold to a great European collector. He continues to do his magic behind the canvas.

 

MARCO CINGOLANI
Thomas Brambilla

Marco Cingolani

Marco's colorful paintings are very expressive and mysterious. This is our fifth painting of his.

 

RUSSELL TYLER
The Hole

Russell Tyler

He does gestural paintings like this one, in which a giant dollop of paint is plopped down and his fingers smear the paint. He also does more geometric paintings. He is married to Trudy Benson, who also has a great painting at Bernard Ceysson gallery at the same art fair.

 

CLAIRE TABOURET
Bugada & Cargnel

Claire Tabouret

We love these new new images of hers—they are still beautifully painted, but tougher. You need to see them up close to get the full impact of the amazing brush work.

 

KRISTOF KINTERA
D+T Project Gallery

Kristof Kintera

It looks like a 15-foot Gandalf from The Lord Of The Rings. It's made out of lights, and is unfortunately too big and too much electricity for us, but it's very cool.

 

JAMES CLAR
Senda Gallery

James Clar

James is a young New York artist we met in Dubai. He is a master at working with light to get emotional results. He just had a great show in Chelsea at Jane Lombard.

 

SIMON MATHERS
MOT International

Simon Mathers

We discovered this British artist in Cologne and fell in love with this painting at the Brussels art fair. This one comes out of his visit to L.A..

 

BRUSSELS GALLERIES


MATT CONNORS
Xavier Hufkens

Matt Connors

We discovered Matt when he did his MFA at Yale. It was a great class that included among others Keltie Ferris, who had an amazing show we saw a couple of days ago in Cologne, and Tala Mandani. Still waiting to be offered a new painting.

 


JEAN-MARIE APPRIOU
La Loge (not-for-profit space)

Jean Marie Appriou

He's an amazing young sculptor. This piece has a classic and contemporary look—he created it together with his father in his studio in France. He does all the foundry work, glass, and soldering himself.

 

INDEPENDENT BRUSSELS

 

HAROLD ANCART
Clearing

Harold Ancart

Part of a series of beautifully painted paintings with lots of movement. We loved living with his installation two years ago, and are happy to find another.



JOHN WILLIAMS
Brennan and Griffin

John Williams

He creates small sculptures, which he uses in his performances and which are a point of reference for his paintings. We have five of his paintings up in our current installation.



SADIE LASKA
Canada

Sadie Laska

Her small Pop, Warholian objects will look great with the paintings we have up in our home.

 

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