Born in Czech Republic in 1946 to a life of diversity, Andrea Dasha Reich attended the Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem before moving to NYC to nourish a life of progressive creativity and success. She now resides in a tropical countryside where she lives adjacent to her studio.
Through her travels, adventures, and experience of the dynamics of different culture, Dasha has found the essence and inspiration of her artistic philosophy. This comes from the inherent language of nature and it’s ability to formulate sensation, perception, and reconfigure our experience of life.
The works by Andrea Dasha Reich and her abstractions on nature are an indication of how this prolific multi-medium artist sees the world. Astonishing beauty, magnificent power, and the intense awe-inspiring complexion in nature in which the life and creation of color is born. Through the use of colored pigments and layers of epoxy resins her new collections seem to let her visions breathe with motion. The crystalline paintings pull you into a mysterious realm of curiosity and surprise.
Based on her view of the world we live in today, Dasha’s intention is to pull together the unfolding drama that surrounds us. She lets us enter the beauty of nature, feel the warmth of its myriad nuances along with its drastic contrasts, and present to us through abstraction, an underlying understanding that the whole earth is one inter-connected entity. That through herself and her art, she can give us a new perspective, that science and intellect are not the only mediums through which the world can be understood.
By Barbara Rose
Sultan's paintings have a loaded iconography: the still lifes, for example, deal with erotic bulbous forms as well as the potential for dealth implied in an artificially engineered environment. Almost all the landscapes he calls "events" are about disasters. They warn of the toxic poison floating in the haze of our ignorance of what creates chaos and breakdown in postindustrial civilization. A fuller reading of Sultan's iconography--and one wonders why it hasn't been undertaken, since that iconography is so richly provocative and relevant--would focus on the slippage between subject matter, content and form that takes place in a work of fine art created within the context of mass culture. To deal with these problems without becoming a symptom of them is not the least of the accomplishments of an artist who could well quote Andre Gide's advice to his critics: "Do not understand me too quickly."
Migrations, nothing staying in its place, as if everything were propelled by a centrifugal force. Strokes that let the light poor in, ovals clamped shut on the reality of their deepening color.
Vélez studies the shape of the oval in a search to find form in the formless. They are human footprints that invite the viewer to wonder whose steps they are, where they came from and what path they are following. He paints mental maps, the body of the mind and geographies of pain and pleasure. Vélez is also committed to beauty and he connects it to values such as serenity, harmony, and a certain symmetry of transparencies. These works are like writings in a diary; each new day brings new configurations.
Miami International Art Fair | Booth 501 | Jan. 14th to Jan. 17th
Vernissage Saturday, January 8th | Robert Indiana, "The Hartley Elegies"
The Hartley Elegies consist of 10
large-scale prints created by Robert Indiana in admiration of American
modernist painter and poet Marsden Hartley. These pieces are often
considered the most powerful and successful works he ever produced.
Indiana views them as his most personal because they reflect not only
his identity, but also that of his idol Marsden Hartley.
The imagery in Robert
Indiana’s The Hartley Elegies is drawn straight from Hartley’s 1914-15
“German Officer” paintings. They encompass symbolism from Hartley’s
paintings, as well as Indiana’s, into an anomalous hard-edged style.
Critics and scholars agree that The Hartley Elegies are one of the most
compelling and substantial works of art ever created by Robert Indiana.
In Liz K. Sheehan’s
catalogue essay, “Robert Indiana: Painter of Signs” she writes, “the
Elegies cement and celebrate the numerous connections between two men,
their lives and artistic achievements, and honor one of Maine’s most
celebrated artists. The full suite of ten serigraphs, reproduced
together for the first time in this volume, is one of Indiana’s most
complex projects. Robert Indiana’s signs point us toward a broader
understanding of Marsden Hartley’s work and the inspiration it holds for
contemporary artists, who continue to find relevance in its depths.”
Robert Clark adopted the
name Indiana as a tribute to his home state. After receiving a degree
from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1953 and a traveling fellowship to
Europe, he moved to New York City. He became part of an artist
community that included Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Youngerman, and began
to experiment in geometric pop art styles.
In the early stages of his career Antoni's work reflected the strong influences of his birthplace, Barcelona, and the discovery of Spanish titans like Goya, Dali and Picasso. At the age of fifteen, he had his first exhibition and throughout his early career the influence of Surrealism was strong. The Mediterranean landscape, its light, colors and textures, still appear prominently in Antoni's mature work, which veered away from Surrealism in the 80s.
The strong gestures and heavy application of paint and other materials onto wood, linen and canvas that evolved in the last decades have come to be known as the artist's signature. Along with his personal style of painting, the personal mythology of Antoni's work has grown too.
Going deeper than the landscape, the earth's surface has been ruptured and all the internal workings show. Hot magma, precious stones, gases, minerals, and mud spill out onto the surface through cracks and holes in the composition. Dense worlds once hidden have been revealed, created by the artist. In large format paintings as well as sculpture this particular style of work is unique to Antoni.
Antoni's works are regularly exhibited in the Maeght Gallery in Barcelona, Spain, as well as in other art galleries in Madrid, Mallorca, USA, Germany, and Italy, as well as in museums, private foundations and private collections all over the world.
The start of a great new season! New acquisitions from Hunt Slonem, Julie Speidel, and Mario Vélez.