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Art Basel Miami 2013

December 9, 2013

Art Basel Miami Beach attracts more than 50,000 people each year. The halls of the Miami Convention Center fill with glamorous collectors, dealers and art world mavens. Cutting through the glam, you find some of the best art in the world! Here are our picks from the 2013 show.

Marble Chair by Ai Weiwei at the Neugerriemschneider Booth.  Photo courtesy of

Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957), Marble Chair, 2008 at Neugerriemschneider

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The artist actually carved this yoke-back chair out of a single block of marble.  The image of an empty chair, a frequent metaphor for the artist, also serves as our reminder of his detainment for more than 80 days by the Chinese military police in 2011.  Historic design, material and concept come together in this iconic piece as a sign of our times.  

White Straws, 2013 by Francesca Pasquali at the Tornabuoni Art Booth

Francesca Pasquali (Italian, b. 1980), White Straws, 2013 at Tornabuoni Art

This artist works with everyday materials to create a sculptural installation that is simple and beautiful. 

She creates site specific installation and sculptures in a variety of materials – from 10,000 balloons to rubber bands.  Her work makes us think of American artist Tara Donovan, whose work in everyday materials also takes up the discourse of minimalism.  Francesca lives and works between Bologna, Florence, Brescia and Paris, and is currently exhibiting at the Museo d’Arte della citta di Ravenna.

The Passion of Your Smile, 2013 by Tracey Emin at the Lehmann Maupin Booth

Tracey Emin (British, b. 1963), The Passion of Your Smile, 2013 at Lehmann Maupin

An epigram transcribed into neon from the artist’s own writing, Emin’s neons are often love poems not being sent to one individual, but to many.  Like other artists with a long dialogue with this medium (Bruce Nauman, Jenny Holzer, Keith Sonnier, Dan Flavin), Tracy Emin has been working with neon for 18 years.  The first ever museum exhibition to focus on Emin’s work in neon opened concurrently at MOCA Miami with Art Basel Miami this year.  

Places of Power, Waterfall, 2013 by Marina Abramovic at the Sean Kelly Booth  Photo courtesy of

Marina Abramović (Yugoslav, b. 1946), Places of Power, Waterfall, 2013 at Sean Kelly  

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Art world icon and performance art pioneer, Abramović is one of the most important artists of our time.  As art advocates and collectors we are lucky that Sean Kelly has worked with the artist to create these large format photographs to document her powerful performances.  The title says it all - her arms outstretched, the artist presumably reaches a place of “suchness”, or full emptiness.  Powerful, beautiful, iconic. 

The Abyss (Playtime), 2013 by Isaac Julien at the Metro Pictures Booth Photo Courtesy of

Isaac Julien, The Abyss (Playtime), 2013 at Metro Pictures

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This still from the Isaac Julien’s three-part video features a housekeeper caught in a moment – trapped in an immaculate apartment in the middle of the desert.  His current Metro Pictures Exhibition Playtime as well as his MoMA Exhibition Ten Thousand Waves are a must see!

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ICAA Acanthus Awards

November 16, 2013

Suzanne Lovell, Inc. was honored to receive three Acanthus awards from The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Chicago-Midwest Chapter. This year’s events were held at The Driehaus Museum & Elks Memorial, two towering examples of excellence in classical architecture and art.  We’re proud to support the work of the ICAA to advance the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and the allied arts.

Residential Interior Design Award: Lincoln Park Residence, Chicago, Illinois – Suzanne Lovell, Inc. with BGD+C. “The interior design projects an understanding of the restraint inherent in the Regency style and compliments the Clients' collection of Asian antiques.”

Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Award: Custom Buffet Cabinets, Winnetka, IL – Suzanne Lovell, Inc. with Frank Pollaro. “These custom cabinets designed by Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and fabricated by Frank Pollaro compliment the Clients' circa 1820 dining table and bridges the divide between the historic dining room and the creation of a contemporary interior.”

Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Award: Reverse-painted Glass Panels, New York, NY – Suzanne Lovell, Inc. with Maureen Fullam“Elegantly detailed and artistically produced reverse-painted panels create a splendid setting for a rich but calm interior.”


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We are delighted to share photos from a pop-up art exhibition we hosted to coincide with SOFA Chicago. Suzanne Lovell welcomed to her Chicago studio London-based gallerist and international art dealer Joanna Bird to present an exhibit of contemporary ceramics.

Presenting an illustrious group of established international artists and fresh talent from across the globe, the exhibit featured over 50 sculptures in a range of media. Artists included Nicholas Rena, Pippin Drysdale, Lucy Rie, Carina Ciscato, Rupert Spira and Wouter Dam to name a few. Artist Halima Cassell was on hand for the event, as well as an array of guests from the architecture, design and art communities.

Works in bronze by Halima Cassell.

Ceramic tower installation by Rupert Spira.

Porcelain vessels by Brazilian ceramicist Carina Ciscato.

Installation by Australian ceramicist Pippin Drysdale.

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