For this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, Peter Blum is pleased to announce a survey presentation of early and rare works by David Reed at Booth S5.
David Reed comes out of a generation of abstract painters who began to gain notoriety in the second half of the 1970s, after Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Color Field Painting and Minimalism had occupied center stage. Reed’s early works found a way to both embrace and push beyond these divergent styles and in the process underscored painting’s flexibility and continued currency. These rare gestural works, painted before the year 2000 and a large scale work on paper from the early 1970s will be hanging along with a short film Reed made based on perhaps the most legendary of all Westerns, The Searchers (1956). In this video work, silhouettes of the film’s characters are superimposed over scrolling images of the artist’s paintings. The important influence of film on David Reed’s work will be shown here in some of its earliest iterations.
David Reed’s installation at Art Basel Miami Beach runs concurrently with the opening of a solo exhibition of his new paintings and videos at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) providing a unique opportunity to see how Reed’s early works influenced a generation of artists to follow as well as set a precedent for what he is making today.