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Art Public 2012

Collins Park, Miami Beach

For the second year running, the project presents outdoor sculptures, interactive performances, site specific installations, and public artworks within an open and public exhibition format.

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curated by Christine Y. Kim

Art Public presents outdoor sculptures, interactive performances, site specific installations, and public artworks within an open and public exhibition format, curated by Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and Co-Founder of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division).

Curatorial Statement | The 2012 edition of Art Public marks my second year of collaboration with Art Basel in Miami Beach and the Bass Museum. The site-specific projects and outdoor works in sculpture, installation, video and performance span from the 1938 keystone façade of the Bass Museum in Miami Beach to Collins Avenue. Last year’s installation exposed a concentra- tion of critical and demonstrative gestures evoked perhaps most memorably by Andrea Bowers’s and Olga Koumoundouros’s Transformer Display of Community Information and Activation (2011), Bruce Conner’s LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (1959 – 65), Theaster Gates’s Stand-Ins for a Period of Wreckage (2011) and Glenn Kaino’s Levitating the Fair (2011). They reflected ideas surrounding collective efforts and belief systems rooted in the Occupy moment and spirit, while this year’s Art Public is more nuanced in its separation of parts as opposed to collaborative considerations of systems.

Art Public 2012 recalls Barthes’s distinction between ’speech’ (parole) and ’language’ (langue). Taking on the notion of speech as an essentially ’indi vidual act of selection and actualization,’ and as a ’combinative activity that corresponds to an individual act and not to a pure creation,’ the selection of works reflect altered content within language: the less malleable counterpart from which it emerges but with which it co-exists in reciprocal comprehensiveness. In other words, the works of art take cues and apply or imply meanings that derive from a common tongue, but they reorder and reintroduce curious utterances and phrases that connect to references outside of, but inevitably intertwined with, a specific lineage of modern and contemporary art. In essence, the speech acts represented by these disparate and variable works spring from, enable, converse with, and challenge systems or discourses such as: modern art and architecture; urban myth, monument and archive; and the language of banners, flags and signage, among others. Many of these works are unexpected in scale and delivery but grounded in their connection to – and the dialectics of – language and speech, interde pendent, where ’real linguistic praxis is situated,’ according to Merleau-Ponty.
Instead of the effort to ’weave more texture and openness into more conventional approaches to what is perceived as public art,’ as I wrote about Art Public 2011, Art Public 2012 understands and underscores langue and takes on parole through images, manipulations, forms and phrases.

Jason and Alicia Hall Moran’s performance inside José Davila’s Untitled (The Space Beneath Us) (2012), for example, situates poolside serenading, the rhetoric of leisure and aspects of film noir within the planar architecture of Davila’s reconsideration of landscape, modernism, color and abstraction. Teresa Margolles engraved concrete benches, inscribed with a narrative fragment of their material origins, and Miguel Andrade Valdez’s Monumento Lima, projecting documents of monuments of various types and conditions, consider the language of outdoor furniture and public monuments, and question their purpose and relationships to the viewer. Lastly, the function of messaging, signs and signage, in the forms of billboards, banners and flags, is reinterpreted throughout Collins Park by Dave McKenzie, Adam Pendleton, Ry Rocklen and Gary Simmons in text and in graphic languages. These examples and many others that make up this installation will be on view throughout the weekend.

Physically more concentrated on the site, but dialectically more divergent, Art Public 2012 attempts to introduce elusive nuances and unexpected gestures to Miami Beach as part of Art Basel Miami Beach through twentytwo works of art.

Pierre Ardouvin | Bonhomme de neige, 2007
Valentin | Paris

Alice Aycock | Twin Vortexes, 2012
Galerie Thomas Schulte | Berlin
Fredric Snitzer Gallery | Miami

Lourival Cuquinha | Varal, 2012
A Gentil Carioca | Rio de Janeiro

José Davila | Untitled (The Space Beneath Us), 2012
Galería OMR | Mexico City
Travesía Cuatro | Madrid

Mark Hagen | To be Titled (Additive Sculpture, Miami Screen), 2012
Galerie Almine Rech | Paris

David Keating | Riser, 2012
RaebervonStenglin | Zurich

Juliana Cerqueira Leite | Climb, 2012
Casa Triângulo | São Paulo

Teresa Margolles |Untitled, 2010
Labor | Mexico City

Dave McKenzie | Declaration, 2012
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects | Culver City

Raul Mourão | Balanço Maré l (Para Bela e Lia), 2011
Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo

Iván Navarro and Courtney Smith | Street Lamp, 2012
Paul Kasmin Gallery | New York

Ruben Ochoa | Lock, Stock, Barrel, 2012
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects | Culver City

Adam Pendleton | Black Dada Flags, 2012
Pace | New York

Jaume Plensa | Poets in Miami, 2012
Galerie Lelong | New York
Richard Gray Gallery | Chicago

Randy Polumbo | Love Stream #2, 2012
Paul Kasmin Gallery | New York

Ry Rocklen | A Touch of Grace II, 2012
Thomas Solomon Gallery | Los Angeles

Ugo Rondinone | I feel, you feel, we feel through each other into our selves, 2012
Gladstone Gallery | New York

Gary Simmons | I wish it could be morning all day long, 2012
Metro Pictures | New York
Simon Lee Gallery | London
Regen Projects | Los Angeles
Anthony Meier Fine Arts | San Francisco

Miguel Andrade Valdez | Monumento Lima translation – Collins Park, 2012
Revolver Galería | Lima

Art Public Opening Night | Wednesday, December 5 | 8.30pm – 10pm
Art Public Opening Night features special performances by Jason and Alicia Hall Moran, My Barbarian and Alex Israel.
Free public access. Bar and local food trucks onsite.

8.30pm | Jason and Alicia Hall Moran | AiR, 2012
9.00pm | My Barbarian | Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater, 2010 –2012
9.30pm | Alex Israel | Miami, 2012
Daily | Thursday – Sunday | 11.45am
Dave McKenzie | Performance in the sky over Collins Park

General Information
Opening Hours | Art Public is open to the public all day from Dec 6 to Dec 9.
Free public access

Art Public Guided Tours | The Bass Museum of Art offers private and school groups tours of Art Public combined with a visit of their current exhibition: ‘The Endless Renaissance – Six Solo Artist Projects: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Barry X Ball, Walead Beshty, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ged Quinn, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’
Guided Tours | Wednesday Dec 5 to Sunday Dec 9
School groups | Wednesday Dec 5 to Friday Dec 7
Tours must be booked in advance |
Walk-In Tours | Thursday Dec 6 to Sunday Dec 9 at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30am
Free with museum admission: no reservations
Duration | 45min
Price | US $8 for adults, $6 for students.
Groups of 15 or more US $5 for adults, $4 for students
Tours start at the Bass Museum of Art.

Further information is available | MBCC, Info Zones B + D, Art Public Information Center and at the Bass Museum of Art.

Collins Park Café | by Atelier Monnier
Enjoy a coffee with French pastries and sandwiches.
Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Street
Open daily from 11am to 5pm.
Art Public is ADA accessible

Image: Lourival Cuquinha, Varal. Variable dimensions, Porquerolles Island, Toulon, France, 2005

Press Contacts
Communications Manager
Dorothee Dines
Tel. +41 58 206 27 06
Fax +41 58 206 31 30

Information Center | Corner of Collins Avenue and 21st Street
Open daily 11am to 7pm.

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