SEVEN, the pioneering collective project organized by the galleries BravinLee programs, Hales Gallery, Pierogi Gallery, Postmasters, P.P.O.W, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts and Winkleman Gallery will return to Miami for the third year, at a new exciting location, from December 4th through December 9th, 2012. With a focus on a collaborative, exhibition-like presentation commingling galleries and artists, SEVEN looks beyond the art fair model to create a new platform for viewing and acquiring works of art.
Inspired by the prevailing need for a more intimate, personal way to engage visitors during the Miami fair week, the members of SEVEN come together to create an environment where artworks may be experienced in a curated context and interested parties can have a substantial, quality interaction with the dealers. The emphasis on cooperation rather than competition relates to the founding days of these established, long-running galleries, which despite over 130 years of combined experience, remain true to the non-conformist, adventurous nature of their beginnings in the New York and London art worlds. SEVEN will be the only space in Miami featuring an integrated exhibition format that will include several video rooms and our acclaimed fifty feet long Salon Wall.
SEVEN’s new location, a 25,000 square foot warehouse at 2200 Northwest 2nd Ave at NW 22nd Street in the Wynwood district, situates the project in the epicenter of the most dynamic section of Wynwood, surrounded by local galleries, coffee houses, restaurants and creative businesses.
Entry to SEVEN is free, and the opening day will be on Tuesday, December 4, 1- 8pm with a reception starting at 6 pm. On Thursday, December 6, SEVEN will host a party beginning at 6pm with a performance by Melanie Bonajo and Joseph Marzolla that will start at 9pm. The fair will be open from 11am to 7pm daily (Sunday to 5 pm), December 5 through 9. Updates and other information can be found at http://www.seven-miami.com
Below is a preview of highlights at this year’s SEVEN:
BravinLee programs will show a group of new paintings by Los Angeles artist, Laura Krifka. Krifka will have her New York solo debut at the gallery in the spring. They will also preview their show of Tom Sanford's 100 Little Deaths, a series of watercolors of celebrities that passed away in 2012. The gallery will present work by Philip Akkerman, Charles Ritchie, and a new hand drawn animation by Katie Armstrong. The edition’s program will debut its new 8 x 10 ft. rug by Christopher Wool.
Hales Gallery will be focused on works by Frank Bowling, Aubrey Williams and Hew Locke. All three artists emigrated from Guyana (South America/Caribbean) to Great Britain and represent three generations of Britain's black post-war artistic legacy. Williams, who died in 1990 made paintings about such varied subject matter as the Omec-Maya people, astronomical visions,the music of Shostakovich and the vanishing bird species of the Guyanese Jungle. Bowling was one of the first Caribbean abstract painters to make a solo show at the Whitney Museum, NY in 1971 and his poured paintings are currently on show at the Tate Gallery, London. Locke, who explores post-colonial subject matter in his works, has made several brand new pieces especially for SEVEN including textile and bead wall hangings and large scale painted photographs. Hales Gallery will also show works by newcomers to the Hales programme, Omar Ba (Senegal/Switzerland) and Derrick Adams (USA), as well as Hales regulars Adam Dant(GB)and Sebastiaan Bremer (Netherlands/USA).
Pierogi Gallery will feature works from Kim Jones' recent Averno series, which incorporate photography, acrylic paint, ink line work and collage, many of which have been made over a period of thirty years, along with his three-dimensional book-like sculptures ("These harsh and delicate drawings are gorgeous and repellant, ludicrous and vulnerable... They're Felliniesque, satiric, sardonic - like a punk take on old master classics." -Kim Levin, 2012); Dawn Clements' panoramic works including a large-scale Sumi ink drawing based on the film East Side, West Side; as well as recent work by Tony Fitzpatrick, Darina Karpov, John O'Connor, David Scher, Ward Shelley and Jonathan Schipper.
Postmasters will highlight the works of Holly Zausner, Federico Solmi and Sally Smart. In radically different ways all three artists combine film and video with collage, painting and photography. Zausner's 16mm film Unseen becomes a vast source of individual frames recombined into striking photographic collages. Solmi's animated video, a political satire Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, originates with vivid paintings as skins for a 3D game engine. Smart's photographs and collages from new Pedagogical Puppet series lead to poetic, meditative videos on the nature of movement, dance, and the female figure. Additionally they will present new works by William Powhida, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Eva and Franco Mattes, Adam Cvijanovic and Anthony Goicolea. They will also introduce moveable sculpture-paintings by Tatiana Berg.
P•P•O•W will present an installation by Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo including some of her recent photographs published in SPHERES. Bonajo will also present her project ZAZAZOZO with Icelandic collaborator Joesph Marzolla. Bonajo's art uncovers how current ideas surrounding identity and value systems are driven by consumption, ultimately leading society further from human nature. In addition there will be a new multi-panel photographic work by Vietnamese artist Dinh Q Le created during his recent residency in Tokyo. Le was recently featured in dOCUMENTA (13). Other featured include Bo Bartlett, George Boorujy, Timothy Horn, Jessica Stoller, Robin Williams and David Wojnarowicz.
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts will be showing the work of gallery represented artists for the 3rd consecutive year at SEVEN Miami. Previously, the Feldman gallery brought work by Brian Knep, Kelly Heaton, Yishay Garbasz, and Rico Gatson to SEVEN Miami, and the work of artist Gil Yefman to SEVEN New York.
Winkleman Gallery will present a new installation of Leslie Thornton's seminal film and video series, Peggy and Fred in Hell. Part of a larger installation to be debuted in New York in March, this installation is a "preview" of the new Archival Restoration Edition of this ground-breaking work that has been nearly 30 years in the making and includes the Prologue module of the series, as well as artifacts from the films. Peggy and Fred in Hell was recently the subject of a feature length article by Ed Halter in the September issue of Artforum magazine.