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Art Basel Miami Beach is full of political art in response to US Presidential Election

Wednesday 30 November 2016

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Art Basel Miami Beach opens tomorrow at the Miami Beach Convention Centre. In light of this year’s US Presidential Election result, many more political works will be on display than usual, with numerous galleries deciding to shake things up and feature work that comments on the result of Trump’s presidency, despite normally planning their booths months in advance.

For example, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise will include work by Jonathan Horowitz, who in September hosted a debate viewing at the gallery. One of his pieces on display is ‘American Gothic,’ which was made over a decade ago but remains relevant. It is a take on the Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving scene with the title scrawled over it in red, blood-like lettering.


What’s more, the gallery’s booth will also feature work by Rirkrit Tiranvanija made after the election; a very rare occurrence to have art on display that was created within the same month as the show. Tiranvaija’s piece consists of newspaper pages laid out on canvas, with the words, “The tyranny of common sense has reached its final stage” emblazoned over the pages in bright red, giant block letters. The statement was originally said by architect Aldo Van Eyck to the Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne in 1947.

The Metro Pictures booth will also include politically charged works, with Robert Longo’s black-and-white work of the five St. Louis Rams players who walked out onto the field with their hands up to protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. A portrait of Hillary Clinton by Karl Haendel will also be on display at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects’ booth.


Art Basel Miami runs from 1-4th December 2016 at the Miami Beach Convention Centre, view their website for more information and to buy tickets.