WOMEN ARTISTS RULE IN MIAMI ART WEEK

 

We know who runs this town.

 Zoe Buckman,  Champ , 2016.

Zoe Buckman, Champ, 2016.

 
 

Zoe Buckman's Champ (2016), a pair of neon ovaries wearing boxing gloves, symbolizes the powerful showing of women artists exhibiting in Miami art week. From her series, Mostly It's Just Uncomfortable, this work is part of Buckman's response to the attack on Planned Parenthood in the United States, the consequent deprivation of access to free sexual health care for under-served women, as well as the attempted curating of a woman's right to make choices concerning her own body.

Champ is on view at PULSE art fair and is part of the fair's signature PROJECTS program - a selection of works committed to the presentation and promotion of audience-engaging large-scale sculptures, installations and performances. 

 
 Tony Gum,  Free Da Gum III . Christopher Moller Gallery.

Tony Gum, Free Da Gum III. Christopher Moller Gallery.

Also at PULSE is young South African artist Tony Gum, who exhibits with Christopher Moller Gallery. Gum's first US exhibit was at PULSE New York in March, where she was also nominated for the PULSE Prize - awarded to an exhibiting 'artist of distinction.'

In this Miami edition of PULSE Ms. Gum presents a series in which she portrays herself in the likeness of another powerful female artist, Frida Kahlo, however wearing her own family heirlooms.

 
 Nina Chanel Abney,  [Untitled] , 2016. Jack Shainman Gallery.

Nina Chanel Abney, [Untitled], 2016. Jack Shainman Gallery.

At the mother of the Miami art fairs, Art Basel, Nina Chanel Abney debuts her signature geometric paintings - that are rife with a hot mix of images alluding to race, sex, politics, and humor - with Jack Shainman Gallery. Two days prior to the start of the fair the New York gallery announced its representation of the artist. The reveal caps off a notable year for Abney - this summer she was featured in Whitney Museum's Flatlands exhibit, among other highlights.

 
 
 
 Ebony G. Patterson,  they were just boys  ...(when they grow up)... , 2016. Artsy.

Ebony G. Patterson, they were just boys...(when they grow up)..., 2016. Artsy.

 
 

Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson shows works from her series, when they grow up, with gallery moniquemeloche at UNTITLED art fair. Patterson's multimedia artworks are memorials to anonymous children who are victims of gun violence. She even incorporates the faces of the slain and decorates the altars with bejeweled toy guns and other childhood ephemera to commemorate the short lives of the victims. She sets all of this against the dancehall aesthetic of her Jamaica heritage.

 
Nadia Sesay