Being the editor of Phaidon’s prestigious Contemporary Artists Series gives Michele Robecchi rare insights into the minds of those pushing the art conversation into new terrain, working with the day’s major figures to create the definitive statements of their artistic careers. As the former managing editor of Flash Art and a globetrotting independent curator, he has also covered quite a bit of critical ground in contemporary art over the years. Here, Robecchi applies his keen perspective to NADA Miami Beach, sharing his favorite works from this year’s fair.
ADRIÁN S. BARÁ
Le Palais, 2015
I was familiar with Adrián S. Bará's sculptures but not with his video work. It's so interesting how he stretches the temporal perception of images by adapting them to the music. Art fairs are normally not the best place where to experience video art but I hope people will take some time with this.
Perspective Trap, 2015
Rafal Bujnowski is a quiet revolutionary. The respect he has for painting doesn't stop him from challenging it at every turn. His work is always visually appealing yet slightly unpredictable.
Untitled (dollar bill back), 2011
Experiencing Tom Friedman’s work, when he is in top form, is like looking through a Zen aphorism. You spend six seconds reading it and six weeks thinking about it.
Bitch, I Made This Pot, 2013
We recently published a monograph on Theaster Gates and this is one of the pieces in the book. "To Speculate Darkly," Gates' response to Leonard Todd's biography of David Drake, aka Dave the Potter, is nothing short of brilliant.
Floor Sample 6, 2015
This a great example of how yesterday's attempts to imagine the future, no matter how advanced, are destined to become today's past. Gunderson's useless machines emanate that strange feeling of mystery and familiarity at the same time.
The American flag is a bit of a "no go" zone after Jasper Johns, but this is a great interpretation.
Cello Case (1), 2015
David Peterson Gallery
A simple yet clever sideswipe at the readymade concept. A bit in the vein of Picasso’sBull Head.
Overduin & Co.
In my humble opinion, Erika Vogt's work is what sculpture should be about. Faced with the spatial restrictions dictated by an art fair booth, this piece deals with mass and space in a very subtle if intimate fashion.
Michael Wang managed to create a surprisingly accurate portrait of my hometown. Don’t ask.
Garden Butterfly, 2014
Thomas Erben Gallery
Rose Wylie is a wonderful artist. Late recognition and many pressure-free years of work might be the key to her paintings still being so fresh, but I think she is genuinely unjaded. This piece is unapologetically elemental and unknowing. It’s the life of a human being presented in the way it’s supposed to be.