Loriel Beltran

Loriel Beltran @ Versace Versace Versace, Feb 19 – Mar 26

19 February 2016

Loriel Beltran‘s To love a picture like a fetishist loves a shoe is on at Miami’s Versace Versace Versace (nee Guccivuitton), opening February 13 then running from February 19 to 26.

The Venezuelan-born and Miami-based artist presents advertising from discarded fashion magazines, like Vogue, Elle and W, painting over them and drawing parallels between the cyclical nature of art production in relation to fashion trends and their links in a history of wealthy commissions.

Introducing the show with the Georges Bataille quote “I defy any amateur of painting to love a picture as much as a fetishist loves a shoe”, the exhibition perhaps suggests their is such a love of equal weight in art collecting as luxury advertising: “each page has been reclaimed from rubbish fashion by-product to art object lavishly accentuating their selling points, be it rich fleshy color, sensual curves or a ribaldrous vantage point.”

See the Versace Versace Versace website for details.**

Left to right: Loriel Beltran, 'Unknown kitchen monument', 'Unknown Bathroom monument' (2013). Courtesy the artist.
Left to right: Loriel Beltran, ‘Unknown kitchen monument’, ‘Unknown Bathroom monument’ (2013). Courtesy the artist.
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Guccivuitton @ ICA Miami, May 14 – Sep 25

15 May 2015

Guccivuitton will be participating in its first museum exhibition at Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art, running from May 14 to September 25.

The artist-run collective and gallery hasn’t been around too long, but has made a name for itself on the Miami art scene. The collective, composed of artists Loriel Beltran, Domingo Castillo, Armas Gutierrez and Jonathan Gonzalez, will construct a four-story “salesroom” and customized storage racks designed in collaboration with Jonathan Gonzalez of Office GA.

In this salesroom,  Guccivuitton will hang unsold works arranged by medium and size to “emphasize their commodity status, and to suggest questions of value inherent to a gallery or a museum”, creating a tongue-in-cheek critique of the commercialization and consumptive reduction of the contemporary art world. The group exhibition includes 24 participating artists and collectives, including Cristine Brache, Agatha Wara (of Luxury Face), and Phillip Estlund.

See the exhibition page for details. **

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