5 Things We Found at Miart That Made Our Heads Turn

The Milan-based art fair was full of pleasant and wacky surprises

Bursting at the seams with the best of modern and contemporary art and limited-edition designs from around the world, Miart 2015 was, as ever, impressive. What’s that? You missed it? Relax and be chill – for here are our top picks. Who knows, they may inspire you to unleash your creative side. 

Pietre (Stones), 2012 (by Luca Francesconi)

In this series, Francesconi explores topics such as nature, time and space; as is evident in this striking piece of art, where the Italian artist masterfully blends oil and acrylic paint on canvas with short, quick brush strokes. The result? This soft yet textured looking piece, which resembles bubbling lava or a starry night sky, depending on how you look at it. Well, it’s all subjective now, isn’t it? 

Rapto d’Europa, 2014 (by Fernando Botero)

Botero’s signature style has become widely celebrated. Known as ‘Boterismo’, the Colombian genius’ 3D creations – which can be found in some of the globe’s most famous spots, including Park Avenue, NYC – are blown up to satirical, comedic proportions. This number, inspired by Greek mythology, packs a sassy punch with her smooth edges and voluminous curves.

Cluster Trap, Helmholtz-Zentrum, Berlin, 2012 (by Thomas Struth)

Since he started snapping away in 1976, Struth’s thought-provoking images have cemented his status as one of the world’s top German photographers. This clustered, industrial setting may not be easy on the eyes, but look again and you’ll see how the use of colours, light, manufactured objects and lone, sitting man transforms a stark, almost eerie-looking scene into a work of art.

Untitled (Deep Double Layered Mesh Moire II), 2014 (by Roman Liska)

Emerging and definitely worth following, the young German artist uses a range of materials – including mesh fabric, wood, and spray paint, to name but a few – to create mesmerizing, abstract work. On the surface, all pieces from this series look similar, but each one is likely to have a very different impact on the viewer’s feelings. This piece has a rather pleasant, calming effect. Aaaand breathe…

Bathhouse, 1975 (by Deborah Turbeville)

This image screams Turberville. Indeed, the late American artist and fashion photographer’s name is written all over it (figuratively speaking, of course –though you never know when it comes to art). A scene from the Bathhouse series for an old issue of Vogue, this edgy photo captures the beauty and elegance of the female form with clever lighting, chic shadows and mind-bending reflections.