Art & Design

December 1, 2017

Miami Art Beyond Basel

The new ICA is here to stay

  • Written by Nadja Sayej

Every year, the art world descends upon Miami for at Art Basel Miami Beach, which is all over in a week. This year is different: today the Institute of Contemporary Art opens its new space in the Design District and it’s here to stay.

The sprawling, 37,500-square-foot building was designed by Spanish firm Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, who gave the new steel building a geometric look with a series of angular glass windows.

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Exterior of ICA Miami. Photo: Iwan Baan

There are six galleries on the ground floor, which will show contemporary art, while the second and third floors are home to the permanent collection. The institute opens with what Ellen Salpeter, director of ICA Miami calls “new, thought-provoking works of art that stimulate conversation and advance the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art.”

4. Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, Artist’s Studio with Model, 1974. Oil and Magna on canvas, 243.8 x 325.1 cm (96 x 128 in.) Collection of Irma & Norman Braman.

The first exhibition is a group show devoted to the artist’s atelier with 100 works from 50 artists. In The Everywhere Studio, there’s a wooden artist’s desk by Swiss artist Dieter Roth, who was known for his unruly gallery bar installations in the 1990s. There’s also a steel trolley by German artist Martin Kippenberger, who was known for his prolific output of painted portraits (and for trading art for booze at the famous West Berlin hangout, Paris Bar).

5. Picasso

Pablo Picasso: “Le Peintre et son modele II” (89x116cm) © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

There are works by legendary masters like Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein and the show is brought up to date with works by living women artists, like California artist Andrea Zittel, who shows painted wood panels which logs her time spent in a basement recording studio. These works are displayed alongside photos by New York feminist pioneering performance artist Carolee Schneemann, whose self-portrait from her Eye Body series from the 1960s and 1970s shows the empowered woman artist reflected in a mirror.

16. Lucas Samaras

Samaras, Lucas, Still Life, 9/5/78, color Polaroid photograph, 10-7/8″ x 8-7/16″ (27.6 cm x 21.4 cm), paper Photograph by Tom Barratt, courtesy Pace Gallery

There’s a paper-based installation by German artist Anna Oppermann, whose conceptual sculptures were inspired by everyday banality in the artist’s studio. The show also includes works by Bruce Nauman, Matthew Barney, Rosemarie Trockel, Lucas Samaras, Christo and Jeanne Claude. Outside, the sculpture garden shows a stunning pink star made of aluminium by Miami artist Mark Handforth, while the main floor gallery is showcasing dotted abstract paintings by Haitian artist Tomm El-Saieh.

1. Anna Oppermann

Anna Oppermann, Paradoxe Intentionen, 1988-1992. Installation view, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 2016. Courtesy of the Estate Anna Oppermann, Galerie Barbara Thumm. Photo by Jens Ziehe.

Turner-prize winning British artist Chris Ofili (the artist who gained notoriety for using elephant dung on canvas in the 1990s) shows a new series of paintings themed around forgiveness. Even in a time when the artist’s studio has become a production factory, Ofili keeps it real. As he once said: “The studio is a laboratory, not a factory. An exhibition is the result of your experiments, but the process is never-ending. So an exhibition is not a conclusion.”

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Exterior of ICA Miami. Photo: Iwan Baan


Main image: Mark Handforth, Pink Panther, 2016. Sculpture, aluminum, painted. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich


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