In an art market where
young, emerging artists can become highly sought-after fixtures in relatively
short periods of time, art fair platforms dedicated to emerging art have become
the ones to watch. The Emergent section at miart is no exception. With miart
now in its second iteration, curator Andrew Bonacina explains, “it’s important
that these kinds of presentations might challenge what we expect from an art
fair.” He intends to do just that, through a selection of 20 galleries, all of
which were established within the last five years, and including many that have
never exhibited at an international fair before.
Keeping Milan’s “rich
ecology” of art institutions, spaces, and organizations in mind, Bonacina sees
miart as a “particularly interesting fair for the way in which it creates a
portrait of the city and its art scene.” Contributing an impressive track
record of working with artists in his curatorial process, Bonacina told Artsy,
“many of the galleries that I’ve selected for the Emergent section, I came to
know about through artists, and for me that’s always a persuasive factor in my
decision making.” Additionally, he sought out several galleries that “operate
in the spirit of artist-run spaces,” noting that “it’s great to observe that
kind of energy within an art fair, especially in the face of the pressures of
the marketplace.” Taking our cues from the curator, we take a look at a few
Emergent section highlights.
: Established in the fall
of 2009, by independent curator Nikola Cernatic, Luce Gallery in Turin shows an
intimate lineup of international artists, including big names like
, and was among the first galleries to give
a solo presentation. At miart, among shimmering
aluminum and tar collages by
, sardonic works by Swiss wunderkind
—a 22-year-old who claims to be a part of ’s
oeuvre due to the tattoo of her signature on
his wrist—Luce highlights a new addition, Brooklyn-based artist Graham Collins.
Named among painters to
watch in 2014
, Collins creates
composites of glass scrims, spray enamel and reclaimed wood, conceptual
reinterpretations of paintings.
: Founded in 2010 in Bergamo, Thomas Brambilla Gallery represents
an intimate, promising selection of six American and European artists.
Alongside the sculptural work of Milanese artist
—the 24-year-old Turin-born artist whose first
solo exhibition at the gallery is currently on view—is the focus of Brambilla’s
miart booth. His painstaking orthogonal tape grids, glazed with spray paint and
resin, are ruminations on the “modernist grid” that incite dialogues with the
traditions of Italian forbears including
: Located on a mews in
London’s Soho neighborhood, Southard Reid also opened in 2010, led by Phillida
Reid and David Southard. The directors follow, in their words “a classical
model,” which emphasizes that “the job of a gallery is to represent artists and
to develop their careers. Lots of things change in the art world, but that
model is not particularly changing.” At miart, the gallery offers a solo
presentation of London-based artist
, whose paintings on wood consider relationships
between natural and artificial worlds.
: Located in Glasgow’s city
center, Kendall Koppe was established in 2011 and currently represents eight
artists from Europe and North America. Among them is Corin Sworn, who is
currently in the spotlight for her inclusion in the Biennale of Sydney and for
winning the prestigious Max Mara
Art Prize for Women
takes the spotlight in their miart booth with
his bright white sculptures—plaster casts of everyday objects that are combined
in unexpected pairings to form clever assemblages.
their opening just last spring, Berlin expats Alex Freedman and Robbie Fitzpatrick proved
that even a converted medical clinic in a Hollywood Boulevard strip mall can become a hot L.A. art space.
Hitting the ground running with first exhibition “Hi From California
,” by December they were already showing at NADA Miami Beach
, featuring photomontages by
and found object totems by
. Their miart booth combines
a new sound installation by Hannah Weinberger and the ceramic works that form
and Natsuko Uchino’s Keramikos
a nomadic collection that celebrates local food.
: In 1999, David Lieske and Peter Kersten
co-founded the music label Dial Records; in December 2011 they opened Mathew, a
Berlin outpost through which to fulfill their pursuits as electronic music
producers and gallerists. Gathering their stable of artists through personal
connections, Lieske and Kersten have put together an impressive roster
, and an experimental, intriguing program that delves into
theoretical frameworks and innovative exhibition design. At miart, the gallery
shows works by
, a Connecticut-born, Berlin-based artist whose work explores
processes and concepts of mimesis.