Uncommon Beauty announces solo show of Lara Minerva

Uncommon Beauty Gallery is pleased to inaugurate the gallery’s fall season by celebrating German-Greek artist Lara Minerva at Studio 712, on September 6th, 2019. 

Entitled “Do You See Me?,” the one-night exhibition will present Minerva’s sensual, evocative, and surreal collages, including new works that have never been shown before, as an artistic whole for the first time in the U.S.. To better bring Minerva’s works closer to the audience and encourage conversations with the artist herself, Uncommon Beauty chooses a more intimate artist’s studio space rather than a white box gallery.  

 With a background in art and psychology, Minerva creates collages when her “soul is burning and needs to transform a feeling, a conflict, or a thought into something more expressive and tangible.” Following her intuitive sensibility, she only uses found images and printed photographs, often portraiture, and reassembles them into a different sensational realm. Her works address subjects of conflicts or opposites, usually around objects of desire, freedom, and love. 

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The exhibition will feature three series of collages. The first series, “Close/Space” (2017), explores the subtle balance of intimacy and distance between people. The key piece in this series, Do You See Me?, which the whole exhibition is entitled after, questions the closeness and expectations in human relationships. All photographic elements from this series come from Swedish photographer Lena Modigh’s portraiture photos, which the artist regards as “pure and honest.”

Minerva continues her collaboration with Lena Modigh in a recent series entitled “Nostalgia — A Pendulum Between Tenderness and Brutality” (2019). This time, she adds different layers of time and space to her collages while keeping using imagery of body fragmentations to express and capture the bitter-sweet feelings when traveling between reality and memories.

nostalgia 8, 2019

nostalgia 8, 2019

The third series, created this summer, shows Minerva’s very recent transition from figuration to pure abstraction and her experiments with more expressive bold colors. Although most of them are based on black-and-white photos of teenage girls in ballet classes, the scenes are intervened by and dissolve into free, vibrant, colorful abstraction. At the exhibition, this series will be placed in a visual dialogue with a painting by Berlin-based abstract expressionist Taher Jaoui who is Minerva’s early mentor and also an Uncommon Beauty artist. 

Abstract 1, 2019

Abstract 1, 2019

Lara Minerva, born in 1992, is a Berlin-based artist with a bi-national and bi-cultural German-Greek background. Graduated with a degree in psychology from the Freie Universität Berlin, she started finding her artistic language in collage and has been creating collages since 2015. Her works appear in numerous private collections in Europe and the USA and has been exhibited in Berlin, London and New York City. She was recently featured in RedMilk Magazine and i-D Vice amongst others

Uncommon Beauty Announces Exclusive U.S. Representation of Franco-Swiss Sculptor Alexia Weill

Uncommon Beauty is thrilled to officially announce the exclusive United States representation of Franco-Swiss sculptor Alexia Weill. As the artist’s first U.S. gallery, Uncommon Beauty will feature her work during Art Basel Miami Beach at Aqua Art Miami in December 2019 and again at the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York, March 2020.

Weill is best known for transforming stone into simple, meditative textured sculptures, mostly in circular and other geometric shapes. Feeling strongly connected to nature, she explores many different kinds of stones and prefers to place and practice her art within natural environments such as the Swiss Glaciers and the Dubai desert.

Alexia Weill with her signature circular stone sculptures. Image courtesy of the artist.

Alexia Weill with her signature circular stone sculptures. Image courtesy of the artist.

Most recently, Weill is commissioned to create a monumental sculpture entitled La Vague (“The Wave”) currently on view in the middle of Lake Geneva during the Montreux Biennale 2019. Carved from African marble, it is a circular wave connected by a silhouette of a woman; it can also be seen as a coiled woman whose hair transforms into waves.

La Vague  (“The Wave”) currently on view in the middle of Lake Geneva during the Montreux Biennale 2019

La Vague (“The Wave”) currently on view in the middle of Lake Geneva during the Montreux Biennale 2019

The sculpture is a homage to Camille Claudel (1864 - 1943), the legendary female sculptor who is nonetheless better known as August Rodin’s lover and model. One of Claudel’s sculptures, La Vague (The Wave) , features three identical small naked female figures on their knees as a massive wave looms overhead. In Weill’s interpretation of the piece, however, the female figure is given full agency, the one who influences if not generates, the movement of the wave. The placement of this piece in Lake Geneva allows the female figure to animate the water around her while melting into it all at once.

We are thrilled to welcome Alexia to the Uncommon Beauty family. A staunch feminist, Alexia and her work are a wonderful addition to our roster. We remain dedicated to our goal of maintaining a globally curated and socially responsible art space. Part of that social responsibility includes maintaining a diverse roster of primarily female artists, a community that is highly underrepresented in today’s art market. We are determined to contribute to improving this unfair imbalance.

Born in Paris, Alexia Weill  studied Film Direction before pursuing her passion for sculpture and drawing at the world-renowned Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris. In 2005, she moved to Vevey, Switzerland, where she currently lives and works. Her artwork has been exhibited all over the world, including Switzerland, France, Great-Britain, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Dubai and the United States. She has also received several public commissions in Switzerland from Glacier 3000, Montreux Biennale, and the city of Villeneuve. Weill is also a staunch supporter of women’srights. Her feminism is demonstrated in her artwork and actions. For many years, she has been donating artwork to the Red Cross to be auctioned at the prestigious Annual Red Cross Ball in Geneva.

Uncommon Beauty X Foreign Look Magazine Celebrate in Style at Manhattan Penthouse

On Thursday, June 20th, we gathered alongside our honored guests to celebrate the launch of Foreign Look Magazine, a New York City based fashion and culture publication. This issue, the theme of which is real life women role models, features Uncommon Beauty Gallery artists Evelyn Sosa, Andrea Hurtarte and Nina Klein. On hand to describe her vision for the magazine was Foreign Look editor-in-chief Grace Garcia, and our generous host Jennie Ma, who provided us with the luxury penthouse to showcase the artwork featured in the magazine as well as some amazing sculptures by Alexia Weill, collage works by Lara Minerva and a mixed media piece by Shiyi Sheng.

We are so grateful to all the artists, art dealers, collectors, art and fashion influencers, designers, writers, friends and fellow art lovers who came out to share in this special celebration. View the second issue of Foreign Look Magazine online or order a print version, it is a work of art in itself!

Uncommon Beauty Gallery Launch

After months of careful planning and preparation, the Uncommon Beauty Gallery opened its doors on October 18, 2018 at 198 Allen Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. We are so appreciative of the massive crowd of art enthusiasts, collectors, press, friends, and family who came out to show support for the inaugural exhibition and launch party. Next stop for the socially conscious art space is Aqua Art Miami. See you at the beach.

Event photography by the talented Tutes:

Opening night, work by Taher Jaoui, Shiyi Sheng, and Viktoria Sorochinski

Opening night, work by Taher Jaoui, Shiyi Sheng, and Viktoria Sorochinski

Art influencer and NYC tour guide Patricia de Picciotto admiring artwork by Ygal Gbay, Lara Minerva, and Evelyn Sosa Rojas (left to right)

Art influencer and NYC tour guide Patricia de Picciotto admiring artwork by Ygal Gbay, Lara Minerva, and Evelyn Sosa Rojas (left to right)

Uncommon Beauty Gallery partnered with fashion brand boys of new york to created limited edition tote bags and wearable art in celebration of the launch.

Uncommon Beauty Gallery partnered with fashion brand boys of new york to created limited edition tote bags and wearable art in celebration of the launch.

Gallery founder Beckie Warren and collector eyeing work by abstract artist Renee Phillips

Gallery founder Beckie Warren and collector eyeing work by abstract artist Renee Phillips

Artist Alexandria Deters alongside her embroidery work, top left sold on opening night

Artist Alexandria Deters alongside her embroidery work, top left sold on opening night

Social media arts and culture influencers Josh Campbell, Meridian Della Penna, Rob Ventura and Nina Blumberg alongside founder Beckie Warren

Social media arts and culture influencers Josh Campbell, Meridian Della Penna, Rob Ventura and Nina Blumberg alongside founder Beckie Warren

Founder Jean Noel Moneton alongside daughter Andrea Moneton

Founder Jean Noel Moneton alongside daughter Andrea Moneton

Twinning next to their favorite piece by Taher Jaoui

Twinning next to their favorite piece by Taher Jaoui

Packed house! Thank you for coming!

Packed house! Thank you for coming!