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Forms of Art


New Perspectives on Contemporary Art

A work of art is composed of multiple forms, from the figuration of a human silhouette or a still life to the dynamic shapes of Abstraction. From Pygmalion to Contemporary Art, it is the artist’s role to shape Art, give it smoothness, distort it: give it life. To celebrate the vibrant Miami art scene and echo fairs and events meant to take place this week, Opera Gallery has decided to take you on an artistic journey through all shapes and forms.

Mel Bochner
Blah, Blah, Blah

2012
Monoprint with collage, engraving and embossment
on joined hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper
243,8 x 181,9 cm - 96 x 71.6 in
Available
This curated selection opens on the unique works of Mel Bochner. With his collages, Bochner offers a high-concept encapsulation of language and physical space by adding shapes and dimension to the words he depicts.
“We live in a world that is oversaturated with empty language […]. If there is no escaping this linguistic tsunami, the ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ paintings subvert it from below.”
- Mel Bochner
Both Bochner and Korean artist Cho Sung-Hee create complex relationship between color and texture. Cho anchors the shapes of her artworks into tradition and propels them to the present by her innovative use of hanji, Korean traditional paper.
Cho Sung-Hee
Black with Red

2019
Korean mulberry tree paper (hanji) and oil on canvas
162,2 x 130,3 cm - 63.9 x 51.3 in
Available
Cho Sung-Hee
White Blossom (B)
2018
Korean mulberry tree paper (hanji) and oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm - 63.8 x 51.2 in
Available
Cho Sung-Hee
Red Blossoms B

2019
Collage, Korean mulberry tree paper (hanji) and oil on canvas
145,5 x 112,1 cm - 57.3 x 44.1 in
Available

Fernando Botero
Nature morte à l’ananas
1988
Oil on canvas
146,1 x 198,1 cm - 57.5 x 78 in
Available
Fernando Botero
Oiseau
Circa
2004
Marble
55 x 17 x 14 cm - 21.7 x 6.7 x 5.5 in
Available
“In art, as long as you have ideas and think, you are bound to deform nature. Art is deformation.”
- Fernando Botero
Modern painter Fernando Botero, graciously paints and sculpts nature in his unique perspective on shapes and colors, warping reality into a work of art. Contemporary artist Julian Opie also plays with human shapes, synthesizing them to create familiar faces to all, calling the viewer to a dance session or a romantic night with Antonia…

Julian Opie
Antonia 1
2011
Silkscreen on painted wooden board
105 x 65,4 cm - 41.3 x 25.7 in
Available
Julian Opie
Leanne and Ed, lift
2008
Vinyl serigraphy (unique) on canvas laid on wooden panel
269,7 x 231,5 x 3,5 cm - 106.2 x 91.1 x 1.4 in
Available
“When I start creating an object, the composition needs to be clear, and so does the three-dimensionality, which is not only shaped by volume, but also by colors and shades.”
- Alfred Haberpointner

Austrian sculptor Alfred Haberpointner masters the art of optical illusions and the creation of depth with his colorful compositions of stained spruce woods.
Alfred Haberpointner
W-ZZIM
2020
Spruce wood, stain
200 x 150 cm - 78.7 x 59.1 in
Available
Alfred Haberpointner
W-IDAM
2020
Spruce wood, stain
269,7 x 231,5 x 3,5 cm - 106.2 x 91.1 x 1.4 in
Available
Manolo Valdés
Helechos
2011
Bronze
112 x 152 x 50 cm - 44.1 x 59.8 x 19.7 in
Available
Manolo Valdés
Portrait I
2018
Mixed media on burlap
165 x 140 cm - 65 x 55.1 in
Available
Manolo Valdés
Iris
2017
Bronze with gold patina
51 x 33 x 19 cm - 20.1 x 13 x 7.5 in
Available
This overview of the manipulation of forms in art could not be complete without Manolo Valdés. His tranquil portrait of women, their stylized, gracious traits capture the absolute essence of form. On his mixed media artworks, they stand out against raw lines and materials; through his sculptural works, they offer the viewer slender curves and are paired with swirls of natural yet geometrical lines: ferns, or butterflies.
Manolo Valdés
Matisse como pretexto azul y rojo
2020
Mixed media
130 x 100 cm - 51.2 x 39.4 in
Available
Manolo Valdés
Menina in Blue
2013
Painted wood
85 x 60 x 36 cm - 33.5 x 23.6 x 14.2 in
Available
Manolo Valdés
Cabeza con alambre y mariposas
2020
Wood, steel and resin
114,3 x 66 x 61 cm - 45 x 26 x 24 in
Available

Last but not least, French painter Pierre Soulages materializes lights bringing forms onto a structured black and blue canvas; creating a captivating, unreal and surprisingly luminous painting.
Pierre Soulages
Peinture 222 x 85 cm, 27 mai 1988
1988
Oil on canvas
222 x 85 cm - 87.4 x 33.5 in
Available
“My pictures are poetic objects capable of receiving what each person is ready to invest there according to the ensemble of forms and colors that is proposed to him.”
- Pierre Soulages