David Datuna (B. 1974 - ), Jay-Z / Picasso: Opposition of Imaginations, 2013, Mixed Media Wall Sculpture.
Contessa Gallery to Exhibit at Art Miami and Announces a Groundbreaking 
Work by David Datuna
December 3rd - 8th, 2013
Please visit us at Booth A 34

Contessa Gallery is looking forward to our annual participation at Art Miami. At Art Miami, it is our goal to provide collectors and museums an opportunity to view and acquire some of the most historically significant and rare works of the 20th century as well as prominent contemporary works. Our display will feature several works that are sure to be important highlights of the fair. 


The highlight of Contessa Gallery's Art Miami booth will be David Datuna's Jay-Z / Picasso: Opposition of Imaginations. Two portraits, Picasso and Jay-Z, represent the contact of the conceptions of two diverse artistic periods. This opposition creates an energetic, mental, philosophical, and emotional perspective on art's evolution. The two portraits together serve as a collective image, with Picasso embodying and conceptualizing the energy, fundamentalism, and expression of the 20th century, and Jay-Z's fragmented portrait representing modern art as an experimental puzzle.


The installation of the portraits is arranged in such a way that they are both looking "eye to eye" at one another. This creates a certain power that not only captures the viewer on a visual and emotional level, but also mentally and philosophically, transferring the viewer's thoughts, feelings, and perspectives inside the work, filtering them through a lens, and inspiring continuous re-examination of the artwork. Initially, using a stop motion effect, the artist distorts the image, instantly changing and multiplying it by the effects and refractions of the optical lenses. This method creates an effect in which the viewer notices multiple reflections of the object. The multitude of reflections creates tension within each piece and between them as the images of Jay-Z and Picasso represent separate art epochs.


In his works, David Datuna skillfully plays with the true meaning and value of the lenses and glasses, giving them a particular meaning and point of view. Using lenses of various diopters in his works, he symbolizes the admissibility of the different points of view and attitudes towards the same image. Lenses symbolically represent illusion, perception, fragmentation, and unification.


Deliberately leaving out any notions of resolutions, the artist forces us to re-examine ourselves and the artwork, pushing the viewer to see something more than just the two portraits.


"Through the Jay-Z / Picasso and Datuna for Google Glass projects, David Datuna will be the single most talked about artist during Miami Art Week and it will be abundantly clear that David Datuna has become a leading voice and force for the future of contemporary art."

- Steve Hartman, owner of Contessa Gallery


Chuck Close (B. 1940 - ), Keith / Mezzotint, 1972, Mezzotint.
Another highlight of Contessa Gallery's Art Miami exhibition will be Chuck Close's 
Keith / Mezzotint. The first print made after Close graduated with his MFA from Yale, 
Keith / Mezzotint represents the artist's radical innovation early in his career. It was with this print that Close decided that he preferred to leave his grid guide visible in his works, and more than four decades later, it still ranks among the most important and innovative prints of the twentieth century. 

Keith / Mezzotint is the ONLY print that was ever given a "one print" show by the MoMA in NY, and eight of the fourteen works are in major museums.


Helen Frankenthaler (1928 - 2011), Gateway, 1988, Etching, Aquatint.
A patron favorite of Art Miami is sure to be Helen Frankenthaler's Gateway. Gateway was a major milestone in the working relationship between Helen Frankenthaler and master printer Kenneth Tyler. The work is considered to be the most ambitious multimedia print project ever undertaken by Frankenthaler in that the project incorporated elements of printmaking, painting, and sculpture. Frankenthaler began with three massive magnesium intaglio plates, and eventually made seven plates printed in twenty-eight colors; a combination of etching, relief, and aquatint and hand-stenciled borders.


Presenting works by:


Hanneke Beaumont

Harry Benson

 Alex G. Cao

Lynn Chadwick

Chuck Close

David Datuna

David Drebin

Helen Frankenthaler

Karen Gunderson

Jasper Johns

Jane Manus



Artists represented by Contessa Gallery:


Hanneke Beaumont, Harry Benson, Natvar Bhavsar, Mel Bochner, 

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex G. Cao, Lynn Chadwick, Chuck Close, 

David Datuna, Jim Dine, David Drebin, Kevin Francis Gray, 

Helen Frankenthaler, Karen Gunderson, Frederick Hart, Robert Indiana, 

Jasper Johns, Yayoi Kusama, Jane Manus, David Mitchell, Louise Nevelson, 

Pablo Picasso, Markus Pierson, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, 

Lucas Samaras, Thomas Scoon, Frank Stella, 

Robert Swedroe, Nguyen Tuan, and Andy Warhol.

David Drebin (B. 1970 - ), Big City Spy, 2013, Lightbox.
At Art Miami, Contessa Gallery will world-premiere David Drebin's brand-new
Big City Spy, 2013, 60 x 60 inch lightbox, and Below the Surface, 2013, 48 x 72 inch Digital C Print


Fair Hours:


VIP Preview

December 3, 5:30 - 10 PM



December 4 - 5, 11 AM - 7 PM  

December 6, 11 AM - 8 PM

December 7, 11 AM - 7 PM

December 8, 11 AM - 6 PM


Fair Location:


The Art Miami Pavilion Midtown | Wynwood Arts District 

3101 NE 1st Avenue 

Miami, FL 33137   

David Drebin (B. 1970 - ), Below the Surface, 2013, Digital C Print.

If you are planning to join us in Miami, we are happy to offer day passes for the fair. Click here for a printable complimentary pass for admission for two to the general fair.

We also have a limited number of VIP Passes available. Please contact  
Steve Hartman at 216.382.7800 or via email: art@contessagallery.com to
request one.

David Datuna (B. 1974 - ), Viewpoint of Millions: USA, 2013, Mixed Media Wall Sculpture.

Contessa Gallery

24667 Cedar Road

Cleveland, Ohio 44124



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