A.R.M. visited the 34th edition of Art Brussels, which is on view from the 22nd to the 24th of April 2016. This year the fair took place in a new location, at Tour & Taxis, by the Brussels canal, and gathered 141 galleries from more than two dozen countries. In this new edition, the galleries were divided not only in the two main familiar sections PRIME and DISCOVERY, but also in a new third section, REDISCOVERY. Adding to these sections, 24 galleries participated as SOLO projects, devoting their exhibitions to individual artists and their artwork.
A.R.M. selected some of the works and galleries present in this edition of Art Brussels.
Galerie Nathalie Obadia: Works by Lorna Simpson and Xu Zhen, Martin Barré, Valérie Belin, Agnès Varda, and others.
Carroll/Fletcher: Works by Richard T. Walker, Christine Sun Kim, and Rafael Lozano.
Richard Saltoun: Works by John Hilliard, Marcel Broodthaers, Henri Chopin, and Bridget Riley.
Xavier Hufkens: Works by Tracey Emin, Louise Bourgeois, Harold Ancart, Matt Connors, Michel François, Antony Gormley, Evan Holloway, Thomas Houseago, Sterling Ruby, Walter Swennen.
Transit Gallery: Works by Nikita Kadan: ‘Observations on Archives’, focuses on the narratives and traces of history, through archives and its unviability during social crisis. The history and testimony becomes dust/coal. ‘Everybody wants to Live by the Sea’, displays a series of documentary images (with superimposed drawings of modernist architecture), about the history of instability on the Crimean peninsula that was once a soviet paradise and where only the frailty of ruins remain.
Lyles & King: Works by Chris Hood and Philip Birch. Chris Hood paints on the back of the canvas, starting from defined references, which allude to advertisement and computer imagery, that are then blurred by the absorption of the layers of paint on the fabric.
Polka Galerie: Solo show of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. This show presents the collaboration of these two young photographers exploring the architecture of abandoned sites.
Galerie Ron Mandos: Works by Levi van Veluw, Hans Op de Beeck, Ivan Grubanov, Isaac Julien, and Renie Spoelstra.
Aeroplastics: Works by Roger Wagner, Mark Titchner, Tom Dale, and Jason Bard Yarmosky.
Meessen De Clercq: Works by Nicolàs Lamas, Kelly Schacht, Lieven De Boeck, Filip Gilissen, Fabrice Samyn, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Leon Vranken, Thu Van Tran, Chaim van Luit, and Claudio Parmiggiani.