wall to wall
ONE: Coffee at the Cottage Delight.
Famously, it made a cameo in the National Gallery. Patrons are seen here having a cappuccino and an espresso at a London near the exit of London underground station. The transparency is real, as it seems there is no barrier between viewer and the scene, one can nearly jump in this painting and break the paper and tap sugar into a coffee cup – should they be inclined. The setting is one of familiarity and one this culture hopes continues to be documented worldwide. On view courtesy of Landau Fine Art.
TWO: ‘Tutto’ Translation: Everything
In 1990, conceptual Italian artist, Alghiero Boetti realized this work ‘Tutti’ as a drawing. In 1992, Afghani women spent the next two years creating the woven pieces as part of a tapestry that would become a mosaic of everything, that is everything that any one human could ned. The artist and the women remained physically separated while the work was being created due to a war and their inability to reach one another. Beautifully incorporated, their is a tea kettle and saucer within this work. How fitting given tea’s crucial place in the history of beverages. Appearing at Art Basel, courtesy of the gallery Torna Boniarte.
Just pass the Rubell’s Family Collection spearheaded by all women artists this year, and the tent of Art Miami, one could find at the corner intersection of First and North Miami, this art, drawn by. Featuring two scenes, one standing with a coffee on the street – a common visual in the culture of cities where coffee drinkers take their liquid to goal, and that of two, sitting down – assumedly in a coffee shop enjoying company of one another and likely conversation. The latter is an iconic function of the kind of social behavior this culture expects when gathering inside the spaces made for the people. Her tones of a iced coffee hue remind us of the hue that is also part of Pantone’s fashion color report for spring 2016.
Around the corner, on North Miami avenue, there’s one of Miami’s rainbows – which can be seen after an intense bout of rain followed by the sky clearing itself of its clouds – gushing out of a coffee cup. Miami, as a city, is a melting pot of culture, boiling within rituals from all its natives and transplants – New Yorkers, Cubans, Haitians, Dominicans and more. With a culture comes it coffee, cue 3:05 Miami time.
Its happily challenging to see a brunch scene without the cast of characters including a coffee of some kind. Upon seeing this pancake platter by Stephen Shore, one could assume – as I initially did – the vessel towards the upper north was coffee, as did I. But, upon closer inspection it was a syrup carafe. Because what would pancakes be without syrup – maple perhaps?
Taking a few moments to look at this scene in solitude reminded the culture of how important brunch is to a meal, to the life of one who aspires to choose carefully how they commune with their body and with others. I imagined that coffee is a far thought from here, if not for the subject for the countless others in the world who participate in this ritual weekly.
Rightfully praised during the week as one of the best curation of galleries and artists to see, Untitled, on the beach did not disappoint. Full of color, political context, minimalism, radio shows and topics challenging ideas of shape and form it provided a platform for existing and emerging artists to be heard beginning with the Toilet Paper Lounge and this teakettle in one interesting position, or not?
Art’s function is to induce questions, cause wonder all while provoking its viewer. Thank you to Art Basel for doing all it.