Our Highlights from NADA New York 2014

May 2, 2014 5:22PM

Phaidon is pleased to continue our partnership with NADA celebrating our 2013 title Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes, a landmark publication that challenges the traditional art establishment and investigates burgeoning creative communities in twelve cities around the world. 

At NADA Miami Beach 2013, we enjoyed taking a look at a wide range of work from cities featured in Art Cities,including São Paulo, Cluj, Beirut, San Juan, Seoul, and Vancouver. 

This year, at NADA New York, we’re thrilled to hone our focus on San Juan and Detroit, further exploring the dialogue between the two cities initiated at the panel discussion “Art, Economy, and the City: San Juan and Detroit,” back in January. Thanks to NADA’s subsequent member conference in February, we’re thrilled to see so much work from San Juan in the fair! We’re also excited to welcome to New York a leading art non-profit from each city. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and San Juan’s Beta-Local will present individual project spaces at the fair.

As you visit NADA New York 2014, we hope that you will pay special attention to the incredible art on display from Detroit and San Juan. We’re fascinated by the resilience of both cities’ artistic communities despite an abundance of parallel economic issues. We also hope you take a peek at the output of two other similarly troubled cities we might be turning our eyes to next: Oakland, CA, and Reykjavik, Iceland. 

Be sure to stop by Phaidon’s booth (C-2) to receive a free tote bag, register to win a signed copy of one of our two newest art monographs, Bruce Nauman: The True Artist or A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning, and, of course, learn more about Art Cities of the Future throughout the fair.

Our Selection:

Detroit, Michigan:

Mike Kelley, Mobile Homestead, 2010, at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Mike Kelley, a native of Detroit, has an enduring impact on the art scene flourishing in this city. His public sculpture, Mobile Homestead, is installed at the museum and also functions as the epicenter of the museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement, a vibrant component of the city’s art scene. Be sure to stop by the booth and learn more from Director Elysia Borowy-Reeder about the museum’s artist residency program. 

Mary Ann Aitken, Untitled, 1989, at What Pipeline

Faced with the pressure to find stable employment, and the economic downturn of the 1970s, Mary Ann Aitken, a Detroit native, was forced to leave the city and its noted Cass Corridor art movement. Her works are quiet and introspective, unceremonious observations of the everyday life of the city. Largely unrecognized during her lifetime, Aitken returned to the city often and remained committed to Detroit. Her story underscores the importance of community support for the arts and is an inspiration to the new generation of Detroit artists. 

San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Joel Rodríguez, Tent, 2010, at Beta-Local

Joel ‘Yoyo’ Rodriguez works with great effect to capture the essence of San Juan in his art. His sound installation, crafted from both pre-recorded and live-streaming audio captured on his terrace in San Juan, transports the listener to the Caribbean city and provides a distinctive sense of place. 

Radamés 'Juni' Figueroa, Tropical ReadyMade (Puerta de Tierra Sunset #1), 2014, at Proyectos Ultravioleta 

Radamés ‘Juni’ Figueroa is featured in this year’s Whitney Biennial as well as in Art Cities. His “Tropical ReadyMade” series is a perfect example of the way his art develops a unique artistic language that is at once a response to the everyday realities of Puerto Rico and a celebration of life in the tropics. Hear him discuss his work at length with Independent Curators International at the fair on Sunday, May 11th at 2 pm. 

Chemi Rosado Seijo, 120 días en el bosque tropical con Julio, Andy, Robert, Zilia, Luccio, Ana y María km 1.1 Barrio Maricao, Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Lat. 18.38N Long. 66.34W 08-09, 2012 -2013, at Roberto Paradise

Chemi Rosado Seijo’s works, also featured in Art Cities, engage Puerto Rico’s social and urban landscape from within a larger art historical context. In this work, Seijo left a pre-prepared white canvas on the floor of the rainforest near his hometown in northern Puerto Rico, then added his own texts describing his process and the influence of the artists named in the work’s title.  

José Lerma, Veritedero, 2014, at Roberto Paradise

Not only is José Lerma a native of San Juan, but he also has a new solo exhibition of his work opening at MoCA Detroit later this month. His work Veritedero is a fantastic example of his engagement with Puerto Rican history, and a sampling of what viewers can expect to see in Detroit. The work depicts more than 160 governors of Puerto Rico since the island’s first encounter with the Spanish in 1493, all presented on color-coded trash balloons. Aimlessly drifting, they evoke the island’s uncertain and ever-changing future. 

Héctor Arce-Espasas, King Charles II receiving a pineapple, 2014, at Luce

Héctor Arce-Espasas is an artist from San Juan now working abroad. His works take a critical stance on stereotypes of the Caribbean world, appropriating mass market representations of tropical settings and distorting their symbolism with socio-political content from the island’s history. 

Oakland, CA:

Anthony Discenza, A Sculpture (Memphis mix), 2014, at Et al. 

Anthony Discenza’s challenging sound installations, such as A Sculpture (Memphis mix), a cheeky commentary on the importance of the physical experience of art, make us think we’ll be hopping on the BART and heading over the Bay on our next visit to San Francisco. 

Reykjavik, Iceland:

Guðmundur Thoroddsen, Ptarmigan Hunt with Dogs, 2014, at Asya Geisberg Gallery 

Icelandic native Guðmundur Thoroddsen explores the tropes of modern masculinity in a variety of mediums, from drawings to sculpture. His critical analyses have a decidedly Nordic flavor, incorporating stereotypes of Vikings, ancient gods, and lumberjacks. 

Explore NADA New York 2014 on Artsy.