The centre piece of Annely Juda Fine Art’s presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 will be David Nash’s monumental bronze sculpture Black Butt; nearly 8 feet in the round, this bronze was cast from an original charred oak sculpture made for his solo show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK in 2010. This black rough-hewn sculpture looks to all appearances to be charred, carved oak, but touch reveals the cold presence of bronze. Scattered on the floor will be a series of his cannon balls; small spheres made in bronze and iron, allowed to weather and produce differing natural patinas, providing an interesting change in scale from the massive spherical Black Butt.
Other important works being exhibited include a very pertinent work for Miami; Christo’s Surrounded Islands from 1983 alongside one of his early wrapped works; Portrait of Judith Lieb from 1969. New Photographic works by David Hockney where he skews and manipulates perspective will be shown alongside his iPhone and iPad drawings. Another icon of British painting, Leon Kossoff will be represented with a painting of his father from 1978 and one of the iconic Christchurch paintings, made in 1992, alongside 'One Plus One Equals One (for M.Y.)' a sculpture from polished wood by Nigel Hall.
In an area dedicated to 20th Century Avant-garde art, Annely Juda Fine Art will be showing photographs by Alexander Rodchenko, collages and works on paper by Luibov Popova and Kasimir Malevich alongside sculptures by the cubist Jacques Lipchitz and the constructivist Naum Gabo.
Part of Annely Juda Fine Art’s booth has been given over to an installation of works by the British artist Darren Lago. His sculptures juxtapose and fuse everyday objects into single pieces, iconic product design is spliced to make art, and art is dissected to unsettle its seriousness. A green watering-can transmutes into a machine gun, a hand blender is absorbed into a banister, a hoover is transformed into a urinal; the artist recounted how on seeing a display of vacuum cleaners in a department store he was immediately reminded of a row of urinals, the obvious allusion to Duchamp was a bi-product. Lago cuts and splices modern design objects playing on the forms and words that describe the objects; both a comment on their physical shapes and their cultural references. This installation is part of the Kabinett Program.