A listing of Pratt alumni and faculty whose work was represented at Art Basel Miami Beach, the most prestigious art show in the Americas, reads like a veritable Who’s Who of the international art world.
The 10th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach took place from December 1–4. More than 260 leading galleries from around the world participated, showcasing work by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Among the Pratt artists whose work was represented were Anthony Alvarez (B.F.A. ’04), Nancy Grossman (B.F.A. ’62), Al Hansen (Cert.’ 59), Jim Hodges (M.F.A. ’86), Ellsworth Kelly (Cert. ’44), Greg Lindquist, (M.S./M.F.A. ’08) Robert Mapplethorpe (B.F.A. ’70), Enoc Perez (B.F.A. ’90), Raha Raissnia (M.F.A. ’02), Milton Resnick (B.F.A. ’32), Joan Semmel (M.F.A. ’73), Haim Steinbach (B.F.A. ’68), Mickalene Thomas (B.F.A. ’00), and Terry Winters (B.F.A. ’71).
Also included were George McNeil, who studied at Pratt in the 1930s and taught at the Institute for 40 years; Janet Culbertson, who taught drawing at Pratt (1973-1974); Juan Muñoz, who was a student at the Pratt Graphic Center; Kenneth Noland, who was artist‐in‐residence at Pratt (1986–1987); Roxy Paine, who attended Pratt (1986–1988); and William Pope.L, who was a Pratt student (1973–1975).
Exhibiting at other venues that held satellite exhibitions in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach were Assistant Chair Carla Gannis (Digital Arts), who showed at Pulse; alumni Jason Patrick Voegele (M.F.A. ’00) and Anthony Alvarez (B.F.A. ’04), who showed at the Fountain Art Fair in the Wynwood Arts District, and Berge Malikian (B. Arch. ’86), who showed limited-edition design work at the up-and-coming designers’ exhibition, "Inventory 2: Soul Does Matter." Lara Knutson (B. Arch. ’99) showed Navajo-inspired vases in a concept store called Alchemist in the new Herzog & de Meuron parking garage. Alex Louis (Fine Arts, summer 2011) showed sculptural pieces at The Art Now Fair at the Catalina Hotel in South Beach. Industrial design and furniture artist Pryor Callaway (M.I.D. ’99) showed in "Pictures and Furniture," an exhibition at Avant Gallery. Fashion designer Jeremy Scott (B.F.A. ’95) opened his first South Florida pop-up store at BASE on Lincoln Road, featuring designs from past and current collections. Work by Professor Haresh Lalvani (M.S. ’72) was presented in a solo exhibition in Moss Gallery’s booth at Design Miami; shown were The HyperSurface Collection and Morphing Fruit Platters 1D Series 300, fabricated in association with Pratt Trustee Bruce Gitlin and Brooklyn-based MILGO/BUFKIN.
Sheila Pepe, special assistant to the dean for academic affairs in the School of Art and Design, installed a new work, titled Corner Piece, made from multiple layered panels of knitted and crocheted materials ranging from sneaker laces to fine gold thread. Corner Piece was hung over a second floor balcony to create a tent on the floor below for a private party on Star Island, as part of the NetJets® celebration of its 10th anniversary as sponsor of Art Basel Miami Beach. As Pepe put it, “It’s a great opportunity to be showing in such an esteemed context, with such great artists and an audience of extremely serious art people.”
Text: Adrienne Gyongy
Photos: Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery; courtesy of Sheila Pepe; courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery