Art Basel: Miami Beach
For the 2018 edition of Art Basel: Miami Beach, the gallery is pleased to present Material Abstraction, an exhibition of six signature works by three gallery artists—Ralph Humphrey, Howardena Pindell, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Throughout their careers these artists exhibited together in countless historic group shows, many of which problematized the characterization of their work as “process” or “ABC art.” Working in reaction to the thin, impersonal surfaces of minimalism, Pop art, and Color Field painting, these artists returned to familiar modes of “painterly” handling of pigments, while opening new paths to emotional and political expression.
The presentation includes Ralph Humphrey’s Untitled (1975), an iconic example from the artist’s Conveyance series. These paintings—hulking masses of casein and modeling paste in blacks, blues, and browns—often loosely resemble actual objects, like packages or containers. Ostensibly, they are vessels for Humphrey’s emotions, life experiences, and ideas about painting.