From December 5th until 9th, the Untitled, Art fair will feature Dutch participants Rutger Brandt Gallery, DENK Gallery, and Ron Mandos Gallery during Miami Art Week 2018. The fair takes place on the beach at Ocean Dr & 12th St in Miami Beach. For the full overview of Dutch participants at Miami Art Week 2018, go to our overview page.
Untitled Art Fair 2017 © Courtesy of Untitled, Art | Photography by Casey Kelbaugh
Untitled Art is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled, Art innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue. The next edition of Untitled, Miami Beach will take place on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street, December 5 — 9, 2018.
The gallery’s mission is to showcase contemporary art by emerging young artists as well as established international artists in a multi-generational program. We aim for a long-term commitment in developing the artists’ career and the gallery acts as a liaison with other galleries outside The Netherlands.
One of the connecting factors, how varied the outcome may be, is socially committed and narrative art to be found in various disciplines. Political, social actuality and individualism are key ingredients to reflect the spirit of this age. Confronted with the many aspects of human relations, especially those of alienation, isolation, absurdum and the raw side of life, these works call for self-reflection. These artists seek new ways of representation that make us aware of unexpected aspects of everyday life. Our exhibition program is dedicated to aesthetic, progressive and thought-provoking shows.
Carlos Sagrera (ES)
Sagrera is a big admirer of the Dutch seventeenth-century painters and he interprets this period of art history in his very own contemporary way, making it hard to categorize him in a specific art-historical movement. The abstracted color sweeps are alternated by almost hyper-realistic details. This way the artist creates an intriguing tension between the materiality of the represented objects, of the paint itself and somewhat ethereal and impressionistic effects, much like a fading memory.
The passing of time, the wear and tear in the home, the collective and the personal memory, the history of art and the mystery of everyday life are typical themes of his work. Identity, alienation and the fading of memory are recurring topics of investigation.
After graduating from the academy in Spain he received a scholarship to work in the famous Spinnerei in Leipzig, Germany. Sagrera feels connected to the artists of the Leipziger Schule and is able to add his own interpretation of reality to this artistically rich environment.
Carlos Sagrera, “Heritage II” (2017) – Courtesy of the Gallery
Matthias Schaareman (NL)
Matthias Schaareman (1986, Arnhem) creates paintings on paper in which the tension between two and three-dimensional space is investigated. The forms in his works refer to home furnishings, theaters, industrial heritage and ornaments from old houses. Decorative patterns and shapes that are used in Arabic miniatures and Russian icons inspire him. These elements are used because of the precision with which they were made and because both art forms often create, due to ignorance of perspectives and spatiality, the play Schaareman is looking for. In the flat spaces or vistas in his works, the special elements are ordered and played with in a collage-like manner until all the separate parts come together in the right way.
Matthias Schaareman, “NR 1815” (2018) © Courtesy of the Gallery
Johan de Wit (BE)
Shape and colour are the starting points for Johan De Wit’s varied oeuvre that largely consists of sculptures, videos and picturesque objects. His works evoke all kinds of associations, such as childhood memories, but also those of vanity and melancholy. In evoking an atmosphere of poetic stillness, the artist combines his love for aesthetic objects with everyday life: ranging from a pot, a table or a ladder to abstract objects – sometimes even with religious or archaeological connotations – as in those conjured up by a disc or a triptych. De Wit is inspired by the paintings of the Flemish Primitives and the Flemish and Dutch masters of the Golden Age, but there are also clear echoes of the work of Giorgio Morandi, for example. De Wit recognizes a kind of the restless openness in both the still lifes and the landscapes of the old masters, but also the refined craftsmanship he seeks in his own work. This is reflected in his search for materiality, textures and colour. Much like life itself, everything seems to be moving in De Wit’s work.
Johan de Wit, “Untitled, Chevrolet 1957 Series” (2018) © Courtesy of the Gallery
Founded in LA’s Downtown Arts District in January of 2017, DENK presents a diverse program of local and international contemporary artists working across a variety of mediums, including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, works on paper, and interdisciplinary media. The gallery’s goal is to curate engaging exhibitions by artists who are creating relevant, substantive, experimental, and timely work. By providing an adaptable venue that will allow artists to develop their concepts and have them realized, DENK hopes to engage the community with a generative curatorial space.
Folkert de Jong was born in 1972 in Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands. After finishing the ISCP International Studio and Cultural Program in New York, his work was displayed all over the world in galleries and art fairs. De Jong currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
Nathan Redwood is a US-based artist whose work is exhibited throughout the country.
Folkert de Jong, “Trinity 2” (2017) © Courtesy of the Gallery
Founded in 1999, Galerie Ron Mandos has developed an ambitious exhibition program at its spacious location in the Amsterdam gallery district. Galerie Ron Mandos also is an active participator in national and international art fairs. The gallery’s policy is directed towards presenting new developments in contemporary art. It seeks to give a platform to those works where the complex interrelations of artist, artwork and everyday experience are played out and where new and dynamic ways of representation are continually sought. The aim is to shed light on the unexpected and previously hidden aspects of everyday experience.
Galerie Ron Mandos represents renowned and emerging artists, national as much as international, such as Hans Op de Beeck, Isaac Julien, Anthony Goicolea, Daniel Arsham, Mohau Modisakeng, Troika, Jacco Olivier and Levi van Veluw. Furthermore, the gallery actively scouts the art academies in search of young talent. It fosters their careers by offering a platform for their work in the annual Best of Graduates show. In addition, Galerie Ron Mandos has created a number of publications in collaboration with the represented artists (e.g. Hans op de Beeck, Ron van de Ende, Sebastiaan Bremer).
Gallery owner Ron Mandos is a leading figure in the Dutch art world, with close connections to a plethora of national and international museums and collections.
Boris Tellegen (NL, 1968) began his artistic career using his pseudonym on the streets in the 1980s. Tellegen always treated the two dimensional frame of the letter and the word as sculpture, bursting out or morphing into the wall, piercing its boundaries by adding a dimension. By combining the reliefs of his practice with his education in industrial design, he soon started to create three-dimensional work on the intersection of architecture, painting, sculpture and installation.
In his body of work made over a thirty-year span, Tellegen explores how to transcend the boundaries of walls by annexing, deconstructing and recomposing them, to ultimately disregard them in recent installations. Through the ever-fluctuating shape of his work, Tellegen continues to disrupt our perception of surface and space.
Boris Tellegen, M-oh1801 Kalkhorst (2018) © Courtesy of Gallerie Ron Mandos – Copyright of the artist
Troika is a collaborative contemporary art practice formed by Eva Rucki (b. 1976, Germany), Conny Freyer (b. 1976, Germany) and Sebastien Noel (b. 1977, France) in 2003. With a particular interest in perception and spatial experience, their collective works challenge our prescriptions of knowledge, control, and what it means to be human in an age of technology.
Muntean/Rosenblum consists of Markus Muntean (AT, 1962) and Adi Rosenblum (IL, 1962). Large-scale painting is one of the core aspects of their practice. However, they often expand their work by creating large installations with sculptural elements where performances are staged or films screened. In addition, they make drawings as well as collages with texts and photographs.
Inti Hernandez lives and works in between Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Havana (Cuba).
The work of Inti Hernandez is embedded in the philosophy wherein life is defined as a perpetual flow of energy. In his view the question is no longer, “What can I pick out of this flow of energy to my personal liking and benefit?” but, “What could I contribute to this flow of life that is still missing?” Hernandez believes that by finding answers to this question your ideas will always be welcome and will allow you something in return.
Architecture and Industrial design are both disciplines very much interconnected with daily life. In his work Hernandez plays with their language and with their multidisciplinary habits. By doing so he ensures a special flavor of common sense in his results. Through this process Hernandez obtains vital impute out of the dialogue with people, their dreams, ideas, necessities, priorities, spontaneity and initiative. He sees art as an established institution, which can be developed into business cases and showcases so that many other interests can participate with it- supporting it and being supported by it and thus gaining a benefit from it.