Artur Lescher, "Rio Máquina", 2010. PHOTO: Fernando Laszlo

The Miami Beach edition of the traditional Art Basel fair has started to heat up the market since it announced the sector Meridians, in October, in which large-scale works will be exhibited. Galeria Nara Roesler is the only Brazilian gallery that will participate in this premiere, taking a work by Artur Lescher. There are, in all, 34 works exhibited in the section, which is curated by Magalí Arriola, critic and curator, current director of the Museo Tamayo, in Mexico City. All works can be viewed during the fair period, between December 5th and 8th, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Meridians will be mounted in the Grand Ballroom of space.

In addition to Lescher, works by artists such as the Argentine Luciana Lamothe, the Cubans Flavio Garciandía and Ana Mendieta, the Colombian Antonio Suárez Londoño and the Mexicans Jose Dávila, Miguel Calderón, Pepe Mar and Tercerunquinto can be seen in Meridians. The curatorship did not follow a specific theme for the choice of the works presented. “Given the uniqueness of each project, the Meridians articulates a very organic exchange of ideas and positions, revealing conceptual overlaps, themes and interests that emerged from this year's strong selection of projects,” said Arriola during the project announcement.

In an interview with the Art Basel website, the curator said that “the challenge was not to force myself to organize a classic program based on a coherent argument. Instead, I wanted to create a landscape that allowed the works to dialogue with each other.” Among the highlights of the exhibition is the performance pinwheel, by the American Tina Girouard, which was presented only once in 1977 and will be held again now at the fair.

In the exhibitor section, Brazilian galleries appear as usual. The houses Jaqueline Martins and Luciana Brito announced that they will jointly participate in the fair, bringing the artists Robert Barry, Lydia Okumura, Augusto de Campos and Geraldo de Barros. It is the first time in the history of the fair that two galleries are sharing a stand in the main space of the event, provoking dialogues between the artists they represent: “The joint project seeks to create a space where both the intersections and the differences between their productions can be perceived by the visitor,” reads the statement.

Carioca Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte will have a solo stand with works by the artist Paulo Vivacqua. The constructions Babbling Forms e coral work like  musical poems, says the gallery owner. “They deal with the same starting point: the speakers, which establish a counterpart to each other,” she explains. "While coral emphasizes form, with a composition of sculptures made from colored speakers in nuances of color, the Babbling Forms is deeply involved with the function of language, where 'pre-verbal' sounds converse”. The interaction between them focuses on artistic investigation related to the way in which the preconceived ideas of sculpture disappear and shift in unexpected directions. The artist considers the transmission of sound and silence as a musical state that acquires concreteness and presence in space — music as sculpture.

In turn, Casa Triângulo will take some of its artists to the fair and bet on  Ascânio MMM and Mariana Palma. According to the gallery's director, Camila Siqueira, sculptures by Ascânio produced between the 60's and 70's will be taken. “To reinforce the historical importance of his production in this period”, she says. In 2020, Mariana Palma will have a solo show at Instituto Tomie Ohtake. Thus, the gallery also focuses on his paintings that explore an exuberance of color.

Never, Ai Lovi, 2019.

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Galeria Kogan Amaro debuts at SCOPE, one of the main fairs on the contemporary circuit, which reaches its 19th edition in 2019. The gallery's director, Marlise Corsato, researched other fairs in Miami, on the occasion of her visits to Art Basel. As it is an international fair that has been on the market for a long time, already established, but with a younger, lighter and more relaxed feel, Marlise bet on SCOPE for the gallery's debut at a fair outside Brazil: “I felt that for us it would be interesting start at an international fair in this style”.

Daniel Mullen, Mundano, Never and Samuel de Saboia are the four artists who will be at the Kogan Amaro stand, the only Brazilian to participate in this fair. Mundano and Never will still be doing outdoor work in Miami. The actions were promoted due to participation in the fair, incorporating the artists, who work with the language of street art, the city.

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