Coming straight off the heels of November’s sobering election results, no one knew what to expect of this year’s Miami Art Basel— would the vibe be just as unsettled, anxious? The answer, we now know, is a resounding no. True to form, the international art world poured into the always exuberant city with as much enthusiasm and spirit as ever, filling the galleries, studios, streets and beaches with their usual joie de vivre.
When HG Contemporary’s inaugural show is a solo exhibit of acclaimed street artist RETNA’s work, you know it’s a gallery with a distinct point of view. That guiding direction comes mainly from the Chelsea gallery’s director, Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim, who has been visiting museums since he was four years old, getting carted around the Louvre with his art-obsessed mother and internalizing her penchant for the arts.
Elegant women dressed in vintage finds and armed with tools and common household items, Kelly Reemtsen's paintings create a paradoxically edgy air of nostalgia. There exists a sharp contrast in much of Reemtsen's work between the bright and cheery figures, and the utilitarian and sometimes ominous accessories they carry, such as chainsaws or axes, coupled with a recurring headless anonymity.