For Duct Tape Miami, Bassel, a classically trained oil painter applies her painterly sensibilities to duct tape, a seemingly mundane and utilitarian choice of medium. The mixing of low-end, industrial materials, like duct and packing tape, and the high-end art market is familiar. Artists like Thomas Hirshhorn and Maurizio Cattelan utilize it in their works. In fact, Hirshhorn's taped installations have been featured in art fairs. Duct tape typically appears as an affixing, masking or color-blocking device. However, Tirtzah Bassel transforms this common material into an expressive tool, rendering form eloquently with duct tape as if she were painting.

Each morning during Miami Basel 2013 fair week, Bassel would visit an art fair to study the people in attendance, while making mental notes and taking a few photos. In the afternoon, she would return to her pop-up installation -- a raw, retail space on Española Way in South Beach. There, from memory, she would create portraits of art dealers, collectors and enthusiasts solely in duct tape on the cinder block, exposed brick and broken, sheet-rocked walls of her corner storefront.


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Terms & Conditions

The work is composed of duct tape on Plexiglas and therefore must be handled with care. Affix to the wall using black dry wall screws. Pre-drilled holes are located along the sides and in the corners of the Plexiglas sheet. Cleaning instructions: clean Plexiglas surface using a plastic cleaner that is ammonia free and alcohol free, and a soft microfiber cloth. Handling and Storage: Keep away from heat and sources of ignition. Storage should be cool, dry, well ventilated and away from incompatible materials.

The Gallerists, 2013
Duct tape on plexiglas
48 x 36 x 3 cm (18.9 x 14.17 x 1.18 in)
Courtesy of Slag Gallery, Gitler &____ Gallery and the Artist
Signed on verso

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Tirtzah Bassel, The Gallerists, 2013, duct tape on plexiglas

Tirtzah Bassel
The Gallerists
  • Dimensions
    48 x 36 x 3 cm (18.9 x 14.17 x 1.18 in)