Well that was a whirlwind. Stick Together Gallery grounded itself on South Beach for the Art Basel Miami Week 2017 within the dapper, art deco deluxe setting of Aqua Art Miami. Max Zorn was the solo showcase, premiering an entire exhibition of new work ranging from cigar box wonders to large unique collector’s items.
And sold out by Saturday. Works were selling before we could put them out. They were selling before they were even complete. They were selling even when they were already sold!? A huge thanks to an incredible vision set out by director Katelijne de Backer, (Art New York & Aqua Art Miami), an on-point exhibitor team, and an enthusiastic crowd of fans, first-time buyers and new and old collectors. Amazing help from our photographer and gallery staff Zach Clark, thanks again for bringing the coffees when we couldn’t leave the floor. And well done Max — those secret naps in “the office” really paid off.
Stick Together is exhibiting for Art Basel Miami weekend at none other than the classy art deco Aqua Art Miami fair from November 30 to December 4. Max Zorn will exhibit fresh new works more detailed, intricate and jaw-dropping than ever before seen… can you sense our excitement? Here’s the link to his winter catalog for a sneak peek at what will be on the walls.
The second time around at Cologne’s Art.Fair partner Blooom felt like home for Stick Together. Surrounded by familiar faces of artists and gallerists, Blooom was a well-curated mix of work impossible to ignore. Stick Together fused Max Zorn walls with a collection of prints by Shepard Fairey, Daniel Doebner, PLEASANT, Steve Locatelli, Eelco van den Berg, and Super A. The booth kept busy, with surrounding works by Fin DAC, Innerfields, Eliot The Super, Miss Van and more. Cologne has been a great experience, and the times spent with friends like GO Gallery exploring the city were fantastic. We found out that some tape adhesives have traces of dynamite in the glue — hence the security dog sniffing around. (And no, Max Zorn tape art does not explode like a wall bomb). Art.Fair moves to a new market in Dusseldorf next year November, let’s see what Stick Together can do to make a memorable entrance!
Stick Together showed its gallery side at Frieze London this fall within the Old Truman Brewery walls adorned by the creative curating from the seventh annual Moniker Art Fair. It was a packed weekend as we exhibited three of the most talented artists using tape as their medium: NO CURVES (IT), Benjamin Murphy (UK) and Max Zorn (NL). All artists sold to the thousands who visited, and Stick Together couldn’t be more impressed with the Moniker team putting on a great exhibit. Some of the highlights included live screenprinting and signing by Toasters, Josh Stika and Word To Mother at the Jealous Gallery next door. We loved the wall installation by Master Art, not to mention the daily glass of champagne for a pick-me-up when our levels needed an extra energy kick. We ran into good friends like London-based street artist Otto Schade, the owner of street art foundation Urban Art Now, and made new friends, clients and fans within the concrete jungle of London. Amazing time, see you next year!
As an emerging gallery it’s important to test new markets, and a lot of curiosity lands on Switzerland. It has Art Basel, a thriving banking sector, the world’s finest watches and precious jewelry… and chocolate.
With the third highest per capita GDP in the world, Stick Together finally made an appearance at Art International Zurich and premiered Max Zorn for his first Swiss show alongside the Zurich Film Festival. It was the first stop on a triad tour of art shows, and us here at Stick Together couldn’t have started less classy.
MEDIA: It’s not often that behind-the-sceners are in the spotlight. Anabel Roque Rodríguez, art historian, curator and educator for high-brow events like Art Basel and Art Karhlsrule, interviewed Stick Together Gallery and Project owner Audrey Sykes as part of a profile series on working across cultures in the art world of Europe.
Sykes has lived abroad since 2005, and started Stick Together with Max Zorn in 2012 with a background in media and a passion for the future of urban and contemporary art. Here’s her take on succeeding with selling art on a global scale, failing to learn Dutch on an embarrassing scale, and building a pretty decent record collection despite the nomadic life. (Dive into the mind of Anabel Roque Rodríguez at www.anabelroro.comfor a healthy dose in art strategy, story-telling and clever speculation.)
COLLECTION: Stick Together met Mr. Brainwash one breezy December night in 2014 on Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami weekend. His work was being shown with at the Delano, and we were in talks about Max Zorn’s solo show on Fisher Island the following week. Brainwash looked as if he had just walked out from an Exit Through The Gift Shop scene, with the classic fedora hat and that energetic buzz. His plan for the weekend was to install a few hundred Star Wars storm troopers around Miami. (And Stick Together loves storm troopers.)
Despite the controversy and opinion that bubbles up from the art world, Brainwash remains a blue chip for collectors worldwide because of his story, his identity, and his artistic vision. His “Legend Forever” collection sold-out in seconds, on sale less than a week after Muhammad Ali died June 3.
Below is No. 4 of 16 variant works of black and multi-color gradient screen-print on hand torn archival art paper, hand finished by Mr. Brainwash. The print is signed on the front and back, (with COA). Print size: 22.5in x 30in. No. 4 was specifically chosen for its primary colored finish of red, yellow and blue accents and warm gradients.
COLLECTION: Stick Together first saw Shepard at Wynwood Walls in 2013 when he was working on his feature mural during Art Basel Miami weekend. With a clipboard in one hand and a composed and confident stance, he oversaw the progress in a calm and observant manner under the shade of a baseball cap. It was special to see this well-known artist smile and make time for fans while keeping an eye always on the developing work. Andre The Giant still has a posse with Stick Together.
As a big fan of Shepard Fairey we are very excited to acquire a slice of his “Earth Crisis” series with this outstanding, powerful print. Read more about Fairey’s Earth Crisis exhibition here at Galerie Itinerrance in Paris until July 30, 2016.
We know Fairey is not about buyers reselling his work, and Stick Together is proud to exhibit a series of Fairey prints to fans as part of our private collection for the time being at our upcoming exhibitions.
This print, “Earth Crisis Drop” sold out in seconds, it’s signed by the artist and numbered 405 of 450, 18in x 24in.
MEDIA:Say what you want about the state of our modern media, but it was pretty gratifying to have a news leader like BBC come by the Stick Together Gallery booth for an exclusive interview with Max Zorn at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore. With lights, camera, action in tow, BBC journalists had an hour-long Q&A session with Max about his inspiration behind his works, how the idea began, and how Singaporeans are reacting to his solo showcase as a featured artist of the art fair.
FAIRS:Stick Together arrived in Singapore for the Affordable Art Fair spring edition at the Formula One Pit Building in downtown Singapore. We brought a full show of Max Zorn’s latest work, including Max Zorn himself, who created live and was interviewed by BBC and Channel News Asia. Attendees were curious and enthusiastic, and sales were huge.
Congrats to Max Zorn and his sold-out exhibition. Things never got boring in our booth, and the crowds never stopped showing up, asking questions, and admiring work. It was am honor to meet so many new faces, new cultures, and brilliant new clients. The fair had a flawless staff who showed a beautiful balance between professionalism, casual and class.
It was Stick Together’s first time showing in Singapore, working with some of the best art fair staff we’ve encounter. Founded by Will Ramsay (founder of PULSE) the Affordable Art Fair was organized as an alternative to the traditional gallery scene, with a price ceiling of £5,000/€6,000/$10,000 for 75% of exhibited work. From Stick Together’s personal experience, exhibiting in Hong Kong 2015 brought over 30,000 pairs of eyeballs, and 2016’s experience in Singapore showed us that Asia is ready to buy art. Our first-hand experience has shown us that both collectors and newcomers buzz around, and turnouts have been massive for this global art fair franchise. Art at an art fair is never “cheap”, and “affordability” is in the eye of its beholder, but these guys are on to something. We’re so thankful to be a part of it.
(View from the booth at the Formula 1 building. Now imagine 18 Ferraris flying by. We did.)
The global community giant of TED Talks approached Stick Together to present its story and in-house artist Max Zorn to a 400-plus audience at the Technical University of Munich in the name of art and its future. It took hours of practice to get this 15-minute speech down to a tee, memorize it and keep it captivating. Special thanks to the cameraman who refrained from too many close ups — after three back-to-back fairs and little sleep it’s better to get that wide, all-encompassing angle anyway.
FAIRS:Ask anyone in the industry and they’ll say Art Basel Miami is beautiful, but bananas… a weekend of sleek, shiny, dressed to the 9s Warhol style bananas. The exhibitors, artists, collectors, fair directors, the street artists in Wynwood, the Miami beach hotels, the bars and clubs throughout – it’s about being something everyone is talking about, it’s visual overkill in the most wonderful way, and it’s inspiration, exposure, hand-shaking havoc and artfully adventurous. We at Stick Together just love it.
It’s a positive problem to work with an artist in high enough demand suffering the beauty of always being sold out (Max Zorn is sold out, honestly, all the time). But wow were we thankful to show up fashionably late to Miami with a new collection of Max Zorn in tow. Stick Together rocked and rattled the Miami mainland this year at Spectrum Art Fair with a nearly sold-out booth and accolades aplenty. The booth looked leaner than last year’s break-out Breeder booth at SCOPE (thanks again for the write up Widewalls.ch), and Stick Together won the fair’s Best New Exhibitor award for it.
Plus, Max flexed his brain muscle to fill up the booth with fresh work during an already-packed fall of exhibiting and selling, and won Best Artist at the fair for it. And thanks again to Widewalls.ch for ranking Stick Together in the top 10 booths to see at Spectrum out of over 100+.
And to top it off, Spectrum Art air used Max Zorn’s artist “Ivory Sky” as a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal to promote their fair. (And in Stick Together’s opinion, this shows that Max Zorn’s talent and skill at detail and motif can outshine his material of tape on an international audience level…but we knew that already, Max.)
Stick Together left speechless, again. It wasn’t long ago we were hoisting a DIY exhibition at Wood Tavern and taking sales calls from partygoers at 2am inspired to buy in a late-night gotta-have-it haze in 2013. We tested the waters at SCOPE in 2014, selling to celebrity clients and getting flown to New York for further collector collaborations. And wow, Spectrum Art Fair 2015, you exceeded our expectations on all levels. We will never forget the flurry of buyers, media attention and positive atmosphere. It was an honor to work with you.