Thursday, November 8, 2012

PRESS RELEASE 2012






December 4 - 9th, 2012
2200 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33127

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 ZAZAZOZO (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 and  http://www.twitter.com/sevenmiami



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. We will also present ZAZAZOZO a project which was created during the artic winter of eastern Greenland by Joseph Marzolla and Melanie Bonajo. 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 Karen Arm, Bo Bartlett, George Boorujy, Timothy Horn, Jessica Stoller, Robin Williams and David Wojnarowicz.

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts will show the work of gallery-represented artists Christine Hill and Brian Knep. Hill's work explores the intersection of small business and art through her long-running proprietorship of Volksboutique. Several of her vernacular “service slogan” posters, which are implemented in all of Volksboutique’s large-format installations, will be shown in Miami. The gallery will show Knep’s immersive, interactive digital installations, Exempla, (2011). The series was inspired by a three-year-old’s drawings saved from the garbage. Small creatures teem across the projection, covering the gallery walls and reacting to the changes viewers impose on their world. These cartoonish creatures each appear purposeful, as if striving for something particular amidst their intense group behavior.


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.



VIEW MAP- 2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL. 33127  



HOURS:

Tue   Dec 4:      1 pm  - 8 pm   (6 - 8pm opening reception)
Wed  Dec 5:     11 am – 7 pm
Thur  Dec 6:     11 am – 7 pm (6pm - party; 9pm - performance)
Fri      Dec 7:     11 am – 7 pm
Sat     Dec 8:     11 am – 7 pm
Sun    Dec 9:     11 am – 5 pm


Press inquiries contact: 
Magda Sawon at postmasters@thing.net
or Wendy Olsoff at  wendy@ppowgallery.com



SELECTED PRESS 2011:

Seven progressive galleries  from New York and London have banded together to prove that an art fair doesn’t have to be a sardine-can-style trade show.

 The Times Magazine, Show of Support by Marina Cashdan, 2011


The galleries have created a show where the labels alone identify gallery affiliation.  Curating is by “passive-aggressive consensus” according to one participant.  The fortuitous juxtapositions that arise by serendipity in a big grid fair are aesthetically composed here: the way a painting by Veteran West Indian-born abstract expressionist Frank Bowling sets off a dialog with a Fabian Marcaccio, for instance, or a Ward Shelley speaks to a David Diao.

Artcritical, Get Lost! Victims and Victors of the Art Fair Grid by David Cohen, 2011
                    

Seven may be small, but it demolishes old art fair models. How? By feeling more like an exhibition, or maybe a family, or—because I have a theme to get back to—maybe a family that’s really violent. Seven galleries—six from New York, one from London—all roll up into one pile-driving wrecking ball, with no booths and no rules.

Art Fag City,  Which Art Fair will End this Tournament of Pain?  by  Corinna Kirsch and Whitney Kimball, 2011


“There really are plenty of negatives about the fair format,” says Amrhein, and many of these – the strip lighting, the bad air, the endless “streets” lined with identical three-sided booths – will be familiar to frequent visitors.
“Some artists really dislike the commodified aspect of it all, and we wanted
to have more comprehensive possibilities of how to show work.”

Financial Times, Dissenters transform the art showcase by Caroline Roux, 2010

Not only was this mini-fair filled with some of the coolest art of the week - particularly their video art - that bitter taste of classism was notably absent.  
                                                                              
Miami New Times, Seven Miami: The Highlight of Art Basel by Amanda McCorquodale, 2010