HG Magazine: Art Basel 2020
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Art Basel 2020

Liliana Porter, Magritte, 2008, digital duraflex mounted on Plexiglas, 11 x 16 3/7 inches
Liliana Porter · Rina Banerjee · Patricia Piccinini
On view Friday, June 19 - Friday, June 26
Art Basel Online Viewing Room
One of the most important things art can do is give you access to experiences that are different from your own… providing you the opportunity to transcend yourself and approach life from another perspective.

Liliana Porter, Rina Banerjee and Patricia Piccinini — all immigrants to the countries in which they live and work, and thus outsiders to one degree or another — imagine and depict universes of extraordinary possibility. Connection and empathy are at the heart of each artist's oeuvre.
Rina Banerjee’s (b. 1963, Kolkata, India) sculptures are shamanistic assemblages of textiles, feathers, sparkling glass and tinkling bells. Beaded, embroidered and sensuously monstrous, they conjoin the exotic and rare with the cheap and mass-produced — rejecting conventional hierarchies of material and culture. In her paintings, chimeric female forms dance and float in states of hybrid transformation. In a post-colonial, global world, identity — racial, cultural or gender — is no longer easily defined. Banerjee offers up the optimistic prospect of a world freed from the constraints of conventional standards of beauty, worth, social pecking order and what is “proper.” We live in a moment of opportunity, Banerjee posits, a moment when it is possible to define yourself in a way that is truly authentic.
Rina Banerjee at Hosfelt Gallery
Rina Banerjee studio view
Rina Banerjee, In transplant of people battle of all things grew funny and fickle until new things could be gotten and old things forgotten, 2013, ink, acrylic and collage on paper, 30 x 44 inches
Rina Banerjee, 2020, acrylic on paper, 22 x 15 inches
Rina Banerjee studio view
Patricia Piccinini (b. 1965, Freetown, Sierra Leone) explores the potentialities — both liberating and threatening — inherent in our advancing capabilities in genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Her meticulously-crafted sculptures and finely wrought graphite drawings envision a co-mingling of animal, plant, machine and human, questioning the ‘otherness’ of creatures who don’t resemble ‘the norm.’ Piccinini's imagined beings are scientifically plausible and nearly possible embodiments of the complex ethical issues of our time.
Patricia Piccinini in her studio
Patricia Piccinini, Kindred, 2018, silicone, fiberglass, hair, 40 1/2 x 37 3/8 x 50 3/8 inches
Patricia Piccinini, Shadowbat, 2019 (detail), silicone, fiberglass, hair, 18 7/8 x 22 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches
Patricia Piccinini studio view
Liliana Porter (b. 1941, Buenos Aires, Argentina) uses found tchotchkes, positioned in improbable situations, to manipulate scale and time and subvert “reality.” Her conceptual strategies, developed in the course of a practice spanning nearly 60 years, are most closely related to the literary approaches of Latin American Magical Realism. With masterful simplicity and wit, she presents incredible situations as ordinary occurrences, providing viewers a safe place from which to explore big existential questions.
Liliana Porter in her studio
Liliana Porter, To Think About It, 2020 (detail), broken table clock and figurine, 4 x 3 x 1 1/2 inches
Liliana Porter, Che/Rabbit, 1997, Cibachrome with assemblage, plaster rabbit on shelf, 36 x 28 x 8 inches
Liliana Porter studio view

Art @ Home

Cornelius Völker
Bernard Lokai
Jim Campbell
Anoka Faruqee & David Driscoll
Andrew Schoultz

Current Exhibition

Andrew Schoultz, Window (in Plain Sight), 2018-2020 (detail), acrylic on canvas over panel, 36 x 30 inches

Andrew Schoultz

Mother Nature, Father Time

On view through July 11

Schoultz’s stylized, symbolic lexicon includes archaic military machines, volcanic eruptions, Greek vases, mythical creatures and iconography from the Great Seal of the United States. Weaving them together with formal references to mid-20th-century Op Art, Schoultz depicts a complex and unstable world in which truth must be de-coded.

You must make an appointment to view the exhibition. You will have 40 minutes to see the show privately. To schedule a gallery visit, you may call the gallery or use our online calendar: calendly.com/hosfelt-gallery.
Press Release

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The Hustler, 1961
Wings of Desire, 1987
Sunset Blvd, 1950
8.5, 1963
Anatomy of a Murder, 1959
A Raisin in the Sun, 1961
Notorious, 1946
The Mirror, 1975
Dr. Strangelove, 1964
Hiroshima Mon Amour, 1959
Jim Campbell, Home Movies (1248-1), 2007, custom electronics, LEDs, wire, 192 x 288 x 8 inches
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