LONG-SHARP GALLERY PRESENTS SILVER, GOLD, AND BOLD AT
ART MIAMI, DECEMBER 1-6, 2015
Indianapolis, IN (October 13, 2015) – It is with great excitement that Long-Sharp Gallery presents Silver, Gold, and Bold, an exhibition in three parts, each defined by the widely varied practices of the exhibited artists, at December fair week’s premier fair Art Miami (December 1 – 6, Midtown). Featuring rare works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein in addition to pieces by contemporaries Thalen & Thalen, Gino Miles, Chris Bracey and David Spiller, Silver, Gold, and Bold invites viewers to explore a history of modern art through the eyes of some of the generation’s greatests—from decades past to present—all of whom re-contextualized their respective mediums in profoundly personal ways.
Says gallery founder Rhonda Long-Sharp, "At our inaugural exhibit at Art Miami, we proudly present rare works by masters that have been the mainstay of Long-Sharp Gallery since its inception. Alongside these masterworks, we will exhibit works by four artists whom we believe exemplify the craftsmanship of tomorrow’s masters, and announce our US representation of father and son sculptors from Belgium, Thalen & Thalen."
Silver, Bold, and Gold begins with Thalen & Thalen. Rob and Jaap Thalen, a Belgium-based father-and-son duo, primarily work with sculpture and, in keeping with the exhibition’s title, pure fine silver (999/000). Born in 1954, Rob, a trained silversmith, began his arts career in the Netherlands in 1982 and his son Jaap, who studied architecture, joined Rob in 2005. Thalen & Thalen, who’ve exhibited internationally for the past several years, shape their metal of choice into objects that look simultaneously majestic and sensuous, mirroring the feel of silver itself. One of their featured sculptures, Touchable, does indeed look touchable, almost soft. Their piece, nicknamed “Tiny”, is made especially for Art Miami. Gino Miles also transforms metals into wondrous shapes, sculpting them into massive, towering structures. He will display his stainless steel sculpture, Crescendo, alongside other works in stainless steel and bronze at the fair.
The exhibition’s Gold takes the form of the iconic works of Picasso, Warhol, and Lichtenstein. A watercolor and charcoal sketch by Picasso, crafted in Paris in 1901, will feature alongside selections from Lichtenstein’s modular drawing series. Warhol’s Portrait of Olga, one of only two ever created, depicts Olga Berde Mahl—who owns the painting’s pair. As an expression of gratitude, Warhol painted Mahl, the real estate agent who sold Warhol and printer Rupert Jasen Smith their last studio on Watts Street. Mahl effectively became one of the only women Warhol documented outside of a particular celebrity circle. Also on display: Warhol’s painting, Jon Gould. Still relatively new to the market—Long Sharp introduced the work in 2014—Gould, a wealthy Paramount executive, became the artist’s romantic obsession in the 1980s.
The show’s brightest components: Chris Bracey and David Spiller are both equally bold in their content and form. Neon artist Bracey passed away last year at the age of 59, leaving behind Art is Never Finished and The Artificial Fascinates Me, which will be on view at Art Miami. Deemed the Master of Glow, his reclaimed neon works, which he built in the workshop he named God’s Own Junkyard, have become iconic. Similarly, 72-year-old Spiller is eponymous in his own right. Spiller, who still paints on the floor of his studio, incorporates excerpts of popular catchphrases, lyrics, and poetry, juxtaposing the text with recognizable cartoon characters or highly structured shapes. Distilled sentiments of larger references, they are often equally humorous and poignant.
Silver, Gold, and Bold by Long-Sharp Gallery at Art Miami
The Art Miami Pavilion
3101 NE 1st Avenue
Midtown Miami, FL 33137
VIP Preview | Tuesday December 1, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Fair Hours | December 1 – 6, 2015
Wednesday, December 2 – Saturday, December 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Admission | One-Day Pass $40; Multi-Day Pass $85; Seniors 62 years+ $25; Students 12-18 years $15; Children under 12 free; Groups of 10 or more (online ticket purchases only) $25
For more information, visit www.art-miami.com.
About Long-Sharp Gallery
Long-Sharp Gallery, an extension of ModernMasters Fine Art, is located in the Conrad Indianapolis luxury hotel. The gallery features works from “Picasso to Pop,” with a primary focus on works by some of the best known names in modern and contemporary art: Picasso, Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Frankenthaler, Indiana, Lichtenstein, Miro, Motherwell, Russell Young, and William John Kennedy. For more information, visit www.longsharpgallery.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For high-res images and video of the work featured in Silver, Gold, and Bold, please reach out to our media contact.
About Art Miami
Known as Miami's premier anchor fair, Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week. World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from 125 international art galleries. Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America's contemporary art fair market. With a rich history, it is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami and continues to receive praise for the variety of unparalleled art that it offers. The fair will commence on December 1, 2015, with Art Miami's highly anticipated Opening Night VIP Preview. In 2014, Art Miami attracted 13,600 collectors, curators, artists, connoisseurs and designers during its Opening Night to benefit the Miami Art Museum (PAMM) and hosted 80,000 attendees over a six-day period. For more information, visit www.art-miami.com
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