Arte Fundamental opens exhibition with acclaimed photographer Steve McCurry’s work during Art Basel season.
Arte Fundamental Gallery is once again doing a major exhibition during Art Basel season in its home town Miami. In partnership with Galeria de Babel, they will present works by American photographer Steve McCurry, who has gained notoriety with his National Geographic iconic portraits. Babel represents McCurry in Brazil and both galleries maintain an artist exchange between the countries. Together with the fine art prints, Arte Fundamental will show for the 1st time incredibly detailed tapestries done with images of some of the photographer’s most iconic images. The pieces take over 900 hours to be made giving mind-blowing results. The beauty and complexity of the pieces will certainly gain much respect from the select crowd.
The space, which officially opened its doors less than 1 year ago as a gallery, has gained prestige and recognition thanks to the hard work and flawless connections of the owner and director Bianca Cutait. Living between Miami and São Paulo, where she has her family art practice for over 10 years, Cutait also opened in 2018 an art advisory firm in Switzerland, making Fundamental now a tri-lingual company. Curated by Jully Fernandes and Bianca Cutait, the exhibition called Power of Empathy will bring to the considerable audience that is allocated in Miami and to the world during art season a staggering selection of pieces which reflect what connects all humans: pure empathy.
Steve McCurry is one of the most important and iconic photographers of this century, having won several awards and recognitions for his work, which includes the most recognized portrait of all times, the Afghan girl with red shall. McCurry however allows us to penetrate deeper than her gaze, but into many of his subject’s pains and sorrows, bringing the beauty of photography to surface.
Both galleries will chose a charity to donate part of the revenue, a habit Fundamental built along the years. This year, the charity is The Kids Kindness Project, focused on anti-bullying for the young generation. The exhibition will open on Friday the 7th of December, from 11am to 11pm at Arte Fundamental Gallery (241 NE 59th Terrace, Miami). At 4pm there will be a talk with curator and tapestry producers, and at 6pm there will be a talk with Kids Kindness founder Alexandra Van Gemerden.
Photographer Steve McCurry has always been an empath in my eyes. If photography is evidence, then empathy is response to knowing your subject. Or at least feeling your motif. The documentary tradition of Magnum Photos pushes the audience’s eyes to reality, rather it’s aesthetically pleasing or not. But Steve McCurry makes is different, he makes it so that we all become empaths like him. Every person photographed by him seem to want to tell a story. When I first saw the piece Man in Monsoon, my heart stopped for a minute, and I remember that I cried. I wanted to help him carry that sewing machine, I wanted to be there for him. I am a Lebanese woman, and I relate to many photos in different ways, photos that almost tell the story of my past.
Being an empath is not an easy task, but it is a blessing that not many people can share with the world. Because of his empathic work everyone knows what colors some pains have, and how many ways a child can look at you and just belong in a microcosm of faith. Empathy is a beautiful word, and Steve McCurry’s photographs are visual proofs that this is a fascinating life, and that we all belong.
To make this a magnificent show, we would like to add 1 or 2 larger format prints, a video to be projected and perhaps a few books to be sold. I would love to show at least one image from Lebanon, it would mean a lot to me if it were possible. We would also like to invite Mr. McCurry to attend the vernissage, hoping he will have a great time during Art Basel in Miami.
Bianca Cutait Director – Arte Fundamental