Jonathan Anderson, artistic director of Spanish brand Loewe, curates the third edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Chance Encounters series, staged at the Miami Design District Store. The exhibition will open on 4th December to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach.
“Art and craft are always at the centre of my creative process and these exhibitions are an exciting way of exploring artists that are important to me. I love the unexpected things that happen when people from completely different worlds are brought together, the antagonism can create something completely new.” Anderson said about the choice of artists.
This year, the exhibition brings together works by Sara Flynn, Richard Smith and Lionel Wendt presented within the unique space of the LOEWE Miami Design District store, initially designed around a spectacular 18th century granary from Portugal.
Following previous displays of ceramics by Lucie Rie (2015) and John Ward (2016), Irish artist Sara Flynn has been commissioned to produce a new body of ceramics that engages with volume, contour and surface. Her work will resonate with Richard Smith’s pieces. Often associated with colour field painting, the English artist emerged in the late 1950s to challenge notions of paintings and materiality, particularly in his use of shaped canvases which extend into three-dimensionality. Born in Ceylon, Wendt originally trained as a concert pianist but later studied photography in the UK. Recently rediscovered, he created a body of work that documented life in Ceylon. His striking homoerotic portraits were radical for the era. Wendt pushed the boundaries of photography, using experimental exposure and printing techniques, such as solarisation, to create images of astounding beauty.
The exhibition will run until 4th February 2018.
Image: Lionel Wendt, ‘Young Man with Fishing Net’, 1935