In real life | Art Basel Miami Beach 2020 - 3D virtual exhibition by Stephen Friedman Gallery

In real life | Art Basel Miami Beach 2020

Mo, 11/23/2020Mo, 01/04/2021

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For the Art Basel Miami Beach Online Viewing Room, Stephen Friedman Gallery’s presentation ‘In real life’ focuses solely on figuration and depictions of the human form through painting, sculpture and works on paper. Artists include Leilah Babirye, Jonathan Baldock, Sarah Ball, Denzil Forrester, Wayne Gonzales, Deborah Roberts, Yinka Shonibare CBE, David Shrigley and Kehinde Wiley.

This is the first time the gallery has exhibited Sarah Ball’s work since announcing representation of the British artist in November. Ball’s meticulously rendered portraits explore themes of gender and identity. Demonstrating an acute sensitivity to the psyche of her subjects, the artist emphasises physical characteristics that define how we outwardly portray ourselves to the world. Often depicting people who celebrate self-expression and contest traditional binary norms, Ball focuses on physiognomy, hairstyles, clothes, jewellery and make-up that reveal the idiosyncrasies of her anonymous, often unknowing sitters.

Other highlights include new works on paper by American artist Deborah Roberts recently featured by The New York Times ahead of her forthcoming solo exhibition at The Contemporary Austin in January 2021; a new painting by British-Grenadian artist Denzil Forrester that invites us into one of his trademark nightclub scenes, and coincides with his current mid-career survey at Spike Island in Bristol; a ceramic sculpture by Leilah Babirye that champions queer and trans communities in Uganda by playing with the visual tropes of traditional African sculpture; and a monumental painting by American artist Kehinde Wiley continuing the artist’s exploration of race, identity and gender in the context of post-colonialism.

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