Context Art Miami 2017

Artists: Gina Adams, Nancy Cohen, Louise Kramer, Judy Pfaff & Renee Stout

December 5-10, 2017
VIP Preview, Tues Dec 5 from 5:30 -10pm

The CONTEXT Art Miami Pavilion
One Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street | Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & McArthur Causeways

Building on their ongoing program, Accola Griefen will highlight important American women and Native American women artists in their booth at CONTEXT MIAMI in 2017.

GINA ADAMS (b. 1965) is a decedent of both indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans. Her cross-media work in sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and drawing is informed by extensive research into Native American history, cultural artifacts and stories. Sculptures with encaustic in the forms of basketballs from the Honoring Modern Unidentified will be exhibited alongside works from the series Broken Treaty Quilts. For the ceramic works, Adams draws on cultural practices passed down from her ancestors as well as on family history of forced assimilation. The Broken Treaty Quilts are reclaimed colonial quilts that are reworked to represent treaties between the US government and specific Native American Nations, all which are broken promises. In the last year this series has been featured in numerous publications including the New Yorker, Hyperallergic and the Huffington Post. Recently Adams has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Native American Art in New Mexico, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Nebraska, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine and the Heard Museum among others.

NANCY COHEN (b. 1959) is widely known for her experimental works with hand-made paper and large-scale sculptural installations, many of which also include glass, cement and rubber elements. Following on the heels of the Sculpture Magazine review of Nancy Cohen’s recent solo traveling exhibit, her newest body of works will be exhibited. Cohen’s work is in the permanent collections of the NJ State Museum, the Zimmerli Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, and Yale University Art Museum among others.

LOUISE KRAMER (b. 1923) is a Jewish American artist known for working in a range of media including printmaking to drawing, sculpture, and site-specific installation. She studied with Mark Rothko, Robert and Max Beckmann. In 1972 she participated in founding A.I.R. Gallery, the first all-women’s gallery in the U.S. Accola Griefen will exhibit a group of her monoprints: minimalist conceptual works which suggest a shroud or a net-like form. Works from the series were exhibited at the Whitney Museum and featured on the poster for the 1976 Whitney Biennial. She has also exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco MoMA, and the Jewish Museum, among others.

Since the 1970’s JUDY PFAFF (b. 1946) is broadly acclaimed for her pioneering work in the genre of installation as well as sculpture and richly layered works on paper. Both of the later mediums will be represented in Accola Griefen’s booth.  Her groundbreaking, large scale print work will also be included. Pfaff has received many awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, the Guggenheim Fellowship and one of the highest honors possible, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. Her work is in many important museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, The High Museum of Art, MoMA, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
RENEE STOUT (b. 1958) explores the spiritual roots of her African American heritage and was the first American artist to exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Stout’s work can be found in many museum including The Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherland; The National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Hirshhorn Museum; The Corcoran Gallery of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Saint Louis Museum of Art; The Detroit Institute of Arts; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National Museum of African American History & Culture among others. Her museum exhibition, Tales of a Conjure Woman, which originated at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and was accompanied by a monograph was named one of the top 10 exhibit of 2015 by Hyperallergic.