Miami Art and Design: Miami Welcomes Sculptor Angel Orensanz


By: Tom Bellachio, 2014.

Miami Art and Design - Angel Orensanz - New York City

Sculptor Angel Orensanz presents his work at the Miami Art and Design art fair in Feburary 2014.

Sculptor Angel Orensanz represents just one of a notable list of contemporary artists who have made Miami a favorite destination for development, production and public formulation the artistic mind.

Orensanz’s work was actively accessible and on display at the current Miami Art Fair (Booth 312), which included a mesmerizing anthology of his sculpture, painting, drawing and photography/video.

Miami Art and Design - Angel Orensanz Foundation - New York City

Miami Art and Design 2014 fair presented the work of artists and galleries from across the international arts community.

His booth is one of the most visited at the Miami Art and Design fair; hundreds of experts, collectors, documentarians and visitors gathered in excitement over Angel Orensanz’s presence in the Southern metropolis.  This year, Orensanz presented bronze pieces, paintings, drawings and photography.  The common trait of his work is a subliminal, transcending magic that inserts into the visitor a universe of disturbing associations.

Miami Art and Design - Angel Orensanz Foundation - New York City

Luis Bunuel – Angel Orensanz develops a new installation art piece in the lands of Spain featured in much of Bunuel’s work.

Angel Orensanz developed a deep and mutually supportive rapport with surrealist and photographeer Luis Bunuel. Both were born in Aragon and were attracted to Paris and New York. Presently, Orensanz is developing an open sculpture project in the same landscapes of Western Spain where Luis Bunuel shot his “Tierra sin pan”  (Land without Bread), not far from the frontier with Portugal.

Bunuel visited Angel  Orensanz’s studio and Foundation in New York, installed for the last 30 years in a building that was erected in the early 19th century and is the oldest synagogue building in Manhattan. Bunuel enjoyed that heartland of references and meanings.

Angel Orensanz enjoys Miami’s artistic openness and fervor. He has brought a trove of mythical reptiles cast in Miami, which are featured in his booth (#312) at the current Miami Art Fair. Besides his mesmerizing sculptures his booth is populated with paintings, drawings and photography.

His photography work at the Miami Art and Design fair displays how prominently the medium serves as the doorway to the inner mind of Angel Orensanz, through which we levitate in a universe of oniric and fantastic constellations.
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Art News: Miami Art and Design (MA+D) 2014

Miami Art and Design, Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

Miami Art and Design 2014 – in attendance, artist and sculptor Angel Orensanz.

Art of Angel Orensanz to be presented at the upcoming Miami Art and Design 2014 (MA+D) Fair.

MIAMI ART+DESIGN (MA+D) debuts President’s Day weekend, February 14-18, 2014 with an opening night preview February 13th benefiting the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.

(From the MA+D website.)

Miami Art and Design 2014 - Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

The location of Miami Art and Design 2014 (MA+D) this year will be the beautiful Bayfront Park in Miami.

The Fair takes place in a spectacular, new waterside pavilion “in the round” at downtown’s Bayfront Park surrounding the Noguchi fountain. The pavilion will feature a glass-walled restaurant overlooking Biscayne Bay and an outdoor beach bar.

Organized by International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) in collaboration with the French SNA (organizers of the Paris Biennale), it will feature prestigious international dealers presenting fine art and design of all periods as well as daily art talks and lectures.

The new Miami Art and Design 2014 Fair (MA+D) will be held President’s Day weekend in downtown Miami organized by International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) in collaboration with the French SNA, organizers of the Paris Biennale.

Miami Art and Design commences on Presidents’ Day 2014.
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Miami Art and Design 2014 – MA+D – Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

Miami’s President’s Day weekend is Florida’s largest winter visitor destination. The fair is designed to serve the affluent Latin American, European, Russian, Canadian, and American collectors who visit and reside in Miami during winter high season. It is strategically located in the midst of the new Miami Arts District and adjoining Miami’s new 5-star hotels and world class restaurants including il Gabbiano, Zuma, DB Modern, Cipriani and Wolfgang’s.

Angel Orensanzin association with the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts and Fine Arts Museum, will present  The Collective Unconsciousa series of dramatic new sculptures and paintings by the Spanish artist. Orensanz has been exhibiting internationally since the 1960s and has a permanent exhibit at the Orensanz Foundation, located inside the former “Norfolk Street Synagogue” in New York City’s Lower East Side.

Miami Art and Design, Art Palm Beach 2014, Angel Orensanz, Burning Bronzes

From the Burning Bronzes episode of the Collective Unconscious series, which Angel Orensanz will present at the Art Palm Beach 2014 and Miami Art and Design fairs.

Burning Bronzes, a series of miniature-to-middle scale sculptures, speaks to the artist’s journey from Earth and Land Art into his current medium.

“Working with the bronze and stoneware, according to Orensanz, “brings me into closer communion with the earth through my art.”

The sculptures on display will represent a continuation of the artist’s study of the human form and its manipulation, while paying homage to a tradition of indigenous art from around the world.

Bodies - Angel Orensanz - Art Palm Beach 2014 - Miami Art and Design

From the ‘Bodies’ series by Angel Orensanz – an exploration of the human figure continues this winter at Art Palm Beach 2014 and Miami Art and Design.

Bodies consists of an incredibly diverse sequence of drawings in charcoal, graphite, ink, and, occasionally, coffee grounds. Angel Orensanz explores human anatomy through a highly vibrant mix of line weight and texture.

Angel Orensanz - Art Palm Beach 2014 - Sculpture - Miami Art and Design

The figures he depicts contort and bend in an expression ranging from agony to ecstasy.

Orensanz began his training in the 1950s at L’Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris with in-depth, literal study of the human body.

Over the decades, his use of “body” and “form” has become an abstraction and a metaphor for the human condition and for the current project, Collective Unconscious, which will be included in the array of works and sculptures to be presented this year at MA+D in Miami Beach, Florida.

The Language of Fire

Language of Fire - Angel Orensanz - Art Palm Beach 2014.

Language of Fire bridges the worlds of painting, sculpture, and photography. Through his use of fire, plastics, and vivid color, Angel Orensanz illustrates the universal language of creativity, which defies boundaries of nationality and race. The artist employs a range of scale and perspective in these living photographs, verging almost into the realm of optical illusion. The images are often reflections and, being taken from the artist’s perspective, the shadow of Angel Orensanz’s figure may often be found within the complex layers of each portrait.

Orensanz and hundreds of other artists and galleries in representation will attend Miami Art and Design this winter. The location for the fair in the heart of downtown Miami is home not only to Miami Art and Design, but the new Miami Art Museum and Frost Museum at Museum Park.

Photo Art - Angel Orensanz - Miami Art and Design

Miami Art and Design 2014 – MA+D – Angel Orensanz – Photo Art

Miami Art and Design 2014: Events and Information

  • Opening night Vernissage to benefit the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
  • The fair, with convenient valet parking at Chopin Plaza, will be open on “Miami Time” – 2PM to 10PM daily
  • Convenient to Brickell Avenue, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne and Miami Beach and the major 5-star hotels where visitors congregate during President’s Day weekend
  • Concurrent with and adjoining the Miami International Boat Show with 80,000 attendees. Miami Art and Design will have a major presence at the new NMMA SuperYacht Show adjoining the fair at Bicentennial Park. The shows will share promotional efforts and luxury water taxis.
  • The Fair features unique amenities such as an outdoor beach bar and scenic waterside dining.
  • Symposia, lectures and panels adjoining the fair.

Galleries in Attendance at Miami Art and Design 2014:

Galerie Alain Marcelpoil (Paris)
Galerie Dumonteil (Paris+New York+Shanghai)
Galerie Jacques Bailly (Paris)
Galerie Vallois (Paris & New York)
Giangola & Menser (Miami)
Moretti Fine Art (Florence, London, & New York)
Peter Finer (London)
Phoenix Ancient Art (New York)
Richard Green (London)
Robilant + Voena (London & Milan)
Stair Sainty Gallery (London)
Tambaran Gallery (New York)
Toninelli Art Moderne (Monaco)

Report by Zoe V. Speas, Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts.