As the “largest and most global art fair in the world”, SCOPE Art Fair has emerged as a key outlet for emerging artists. While this year’s Miami Beach event boasts myriad promising exhibitors, we have selected five artists to keep an eye on: Saner, Tal Frank, Kim Hee-Wan, Vik Muniz, and Mira Loew.
Represented by Fifty24MX, a gallery in Mexico City, Saner “freely wander[s] between graffiti, graphic design, painting and drawing”. Merging iconography from Mexican tradition with a style adopted from contemporary pop culture, Saner is able to establish an aesthetic dialogue between the country’s past and present.
Like Saner, Tal Frank – a ‘sculptress and installation artist’ represented by Corridor Contemporary in Tel Aviv – seeks to balance and connect classical traditions with modern practice. Working in mixed media and often producing casts of every day objects, Frank seeks to make the ordinary extraordinary.
Though sculptural, the work of Baik Song Gallery’s Kim Hee-Wan greatly differs from that of Saner and Frank. With abstract forms and geometric lines, Hee-Wan’s sculptures evoke a minimalist approach. Using plains of solid colour divided by intersecting lines, Hee-Wan creates unique and undeniably modern works.
Represented by Forré & Co., a gallery in Aspen, Colorado, Vik Muniz is a Brazilian artist and photographer. Using unconventional materials in his work, Muniz creates his own versions of works by well-known artists – including Edward Ruscha, whom he emulates in two pieces, Standard at Night and Norms on Fire, that will be shown at SCOPE. Through this unique approach, Muniz is able to give new meaning to existing art, demonstrating his belief that “the interpretation of forms (abstract to one’s experience) becomes the result of an entirely personal process”.
Similar to Muniz, Decorazon Gallery’s Mira Loew uses photography as a means to encourage “the viewer to challenge the idea of images as representations of reality and identity”. Born in Austria and based in London, Loew focuses primarily on the female body, using herself and performers – particularly, dancers – as her models and muses.
Be sure to check out the work of these artists (plus many, many more!) at this year’s SCOPE Miami Beach, 2-7 December