During this year's Basel week, few artists made as much impact as Iván Navarro, whose fluorescent light sculptures sparked a crackling buzz in the big fair's Art Kabinett sector and at its Art Public outdoor sculpture garden.
The Chilean-born talent's "Impenetrables" project showcased five pieces made of neon ladders and mirrors that appeared to rise from an abyss beneath the convention center's floor. The works, which continued Navarro's exploration of the relationship between viewers and their architectural surroundings, were among the few must-see exhibits that cut through the white noise of Miami's busiest cultural week.
But if you missed that show, don't panic. You can still catch Navarro's solo exhibit at the Frost Art Museum, where his sprawling show will remain on view long after the cacophony of Basel week has departed. His exhibit is one of several stellar museum shows, in fact, that will stay on display well into the new year.
"This exhibition offers our visitors the opportunity to fully understand the context of work that may, at first, appear as fragile constructions made of ordinary manmade objects," says Carol Damian, the Frost's director and chief curator.
Some might remember Navarro's work from a group show called "Artificial Light," organized by North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art at its Wynwood satellite space for ABMB's 2006 edition. Back then, Navarro exhibited a pair of beautiful purple neon chairs so beguiling that a female spectator sat on them and crushed the neon-gas-and-glass creations.
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This year, the electrifying talent is the subject of the Frost's "Ivan Navarro: Fluorescent Light Sculptures," featuring three floor sculptures, 14 wall sculptures, and three videos that illuminate his multilayered practice over the past ten years.