Indianapolis, IN (November 14, 2018) – For its fourth year at Art Miami (December 4 – 9), Miami’s premier anchor fair, Long-Sharp Gallery is pleased to announce a booth combining old and new: masterworks will be displayed alongside paintings and sculptures by contemporary artists, many of whom are recognizable for patrons of recent Florida art museum exhibitions.
In addition to original works by Antonio Tàpies (2015 solo exhibition, Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2015) and fellow Spanish artists Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso, viewers will also find sculpture by Gino Miles (2017-18 solo exhibition, the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland), mixed media paintings by Jason Myers (2017 solo exhibition, the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland), and paintings by British pop artist David Spiller (2018 group exhibition, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach), for whom Long-Sharp is the sole U.S. representative. Smaller sculptures by New York and India-based artist Tarik Currimbhoy, and wall sculpture by Cha Jong Rye of South Korea, will also be on view.
The booth encourages visitors to view storied painters next to a stable of exciting contemporary artists—and their work speaks to patience, presence, and painterly beauty, all of which are, today, welcome and necessary respites. “Many of these pieces can be appreciated by sitting with them, taking time with them,” says gallery founder Rhonda Long-Sharp. “Gino’s pieces rotate; Currimbhoy's sway, and have a different effect depending on how the light hits them. We’re bringing art that’s beautiful, a little uplifting. I made a point to select works that sing love, beauty, hope, comfort.”
Significantly, the work of each contemporary artist is made with their own hands. “These are not artists with studios of 40 [assistants],” adds Long-Sharp. “We select working artists whose minds and hands join in bringing each piece to life.” Gino Miles shapes stainless steel into large, sweeping sculptures that move. Tarik Currimbhoy, who is also an architect, utilizes his architectural background to sculpt pieces that gently shift, swing, and play with the light. Cha Jong Rye’s wood sculptures are still, but they seem to undulate, each piece—painstakingly crafted by hand, one-by-one—forming shapes that abstractly recall waves, crumpled sheets, spinning tops.
The colorful mixed media paintings of Jason Myers, an artist native to Indiana, are often created with resin and paint, providing depth and intrigue into his layered works. David Spiller, who passed away earlier this year, is paid homage at the Long-Sharp booth with his bright, joyous paintings that playfully reference popular catchphrases, poetry, and cartoon characters. As Long-Sharp describes it: “I cannot be sad around a David Spiller painting. He’s more relevant today than he’s ever been.” With paintings that read “Hold my hand, I’ll dry your tears” or simply “Hold me”, Spiller’s messages are both touching and telling.