Photos from SEVEN in Wynwood

By | December 4th, 2010 | 4 Comments
Snake Woman in front of Monarch

George Herbert's "Monarch" in that old rocking chair at SEVEN.

In a week of mega art fairs, SEVEN promised to look “beyond the art fair model to create an alternative platform for presenting and experiencing contemporary art in Wynwood” — and delivered. An exhibition of seven galleries (Pierogi, Hales, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, BravinLee Programs, Postmasters, PPOW, and Winkleman), all but one from New York, SEVEN distinguishes itself from the other art fairs around town this Art Basel weekend by spurning the booth format. This minimizes the trade-show feel (though the art is for sale) and allows visitors to appreciate the work without feeling any pressure to buy (or pretend they could buy) anything.

At the same time, SEVEN keeps visitors on their toes. At least one of the pieces is a hoax: “The Genretron” (Winkleman) purports to be a “faithful” reconstruction of a 19th century panorama used by an old Dutch family named the Chadwicks who considered 17th-century Dutch art “the definitive moment in which landscape painting ‘vomited up the tyrant Christian landlords’”. Beware of Lytle Shaw, co-creator of “The Genretron”, who will volunteer to tell you an engaging story about his “glorified internship” reconstructing the panorama for the Chadwick family and never break character. (I’ll admit he had me going for a while.) But don’t stay away — put-on or not, “The Genretron” is a really cool piece. (See video below)

William Lamson's "A Line Describing The Sun"

SEVEN also delivers with its videos, especially William Lamson’s “A Line Describing The Sun” (Pierogi), a beautifully shot video of a man (the artist?) using a lens and a mirror to burn a blistering line across the desert floor.

Richard Galpin's Splinter

In his Splinter series, Hales Gallery artist Richard Galpin splinters reality by peeling away strips of photographs. The three pieces in the SEVEN show started out as images of Times Square.

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With Art Basel weekend coming to a close, you may be scrambling to visit as many fairs as possible. Don’t forget to set aside an hour for SEVEN. Here are few more images from the show and “The Genretron” video. Hover over the images for artist name and title.

Melanie Bonajo's "Katja"

Justin Bower at SEVEN

Tom Price at SEVEN

Laura Oldfield Ford Drawing

SEVEN Salon

David Wojnarowicz's Shark

Patrick Jacobs's "Field with Fairy Ring Fungus"

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Photos by Robby Campbell and Branson Lundemo. Click HERE for more Art Basel coverage.


4 Comments on “Photos from SEVEN in Wynwood”

  1. 1 jill paradise said at 5:10 pm on December 5th, 2010:

    glad I missed it…I was thinking of going but heard about the vast amount of crap and so glad I decided to stay home and wrap christmas presents!

  2. 2 arielle said at 5:22 pm on December 5th, 2010:

    Not surprised you like this one. All quality galleries represented. Last year, one of the strongest shows I saw was the Pierogi show, also hung salon style. Glad to see you were impressed this year. Wish I could have been there!

  3. 3 Jordan Melnick said at 5:37 pm on December 5th, 2010:

    Couldn’t disagree more. Every piece rewarded closer attention and the camaraderie of the galleries really set seven apart. You should have gone and bought a christmas present.

  4. 4 Photo recap of Art Basel Miami 2010 weekend | Beached Miami said at 10:30 am on December 6th, 2010:

    [...] is there was almost infinite inspiration contained within Miami over the last several days. From SEVEN to INK to NADA (come to think of it, all the capitalized shows were great) to Fountain, the smaller [...]


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