The Moore Building, Miami Design District
Presented by Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch
King of Arms, a procession and performance by Rashaad Newsome, passed through the Design District at 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
UNREALISM celebrated the recent revival of interest in figurative painting and sculpture. The exhibition featured the work of more than fifty of the most original and compelling artists working in figuration from the 1980s to the present. The title pointed to the challenge of portraying contemporary reality where the real is often confused with the unreal.
The exhibition focused on an emergent wave of painters and sculptors who are exploring new approaches to figurative imagery. In doing so, they also generated renewed interest in innovative precursors.
Artists exhibited include:
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Barkley L. Hendricks
Kerry James Marshall
Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Emily Mae Smith
Jakub Julian Ziolkowski
Figuration is one of the oldest art forms, but it is continually evolving, reflecting contemporary concepts of human identity. Figurative art responds to technical innovations like printing, photography and digital reproduction, but the ancient craft of rendering the figure renews itself with each subsequent generation. The artists featured in UNREALISM worked within the figurative canon without becoming academic. They were able to make a venerable tradition in art completely of our time.
UNREALISM took place over four floors around the atrium of The Moore Building, a 1921 Art Deco-style, former furniture showroom that is also the former home of the ICA Miami. Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch have been colleagues since 1979 and have worked with many of the same artists. UNREALISM was their first collaboration. In October 2015, Gagosian Gallery opened its fifteenth location in Mayfair, London. Jeffrey Deitch’s curatorial project The Extreme Present, one of the inaugural exhibitions for the Aishti Foundation in Beirut, opened October 2015. The exhibition preview took place on December 1 from 5–8pm, along with the celebration of GARAGE Magazine No. 9. King of Arms, a procession and performance by Rashaad Newsome, which passed through the Design District from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
King of Arms Krew (Miami Chapter) Mass Processional Performance included members of the Miami Bike Life Crew, who performed ambitious stunts on ATVs, dirt bikes, and sport bikes; the Florida Memorial marching band, which played an original score by Newsome; The King of Arms Vogue Knights, Newsome’s New York-based vogue troop; the King of Arms Float; and a troop of locals who shared Newsome’s reverence for custom car culture.
GARAGE Magazine No. 9 featured a cover designed by Rem Koolhaas, the architect of the recently inaugurated permanent home of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. The issue also included texts on celebrated artists such as Alexander Calder and Bridget Riley, panel discussions featuring the likes of David Adjaye, Shane Smith and Marc Newson, and an array of dynamic augmentations with the GARAGE App: readers can experience the movement of Calder’s sculptures from the printed page, play Japanese collective Chim Pom’s specially designed arcade game or activate their Super Rat, and enter the sonic world of cyborg artist Neil Harbisson.
The Miami Design District, developed by Craig Robins in partnership with L Real Estate, is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, art, architecture and dining. It features distinctive architectural projects by Sou Fujimoto, Aranda/Lasch, Johnson Marklee and other leading young architects; and public commissions of art and design by John Baldessari, Buckminster Fuller, Zaha Hadid and Marc Newson.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
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The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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