Here's the Best Art We Saw in Metro Phoenix During November 2016

The “never a dull moment” maxim certainly applied to the metro Phoenix arts scene in November.

The artist collective Postcommodity was selected to participate in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Artists represented by Lisa Sette Gallery and several artists working with Laura Dragon of {9} The Gallery headed to art fairs during Miami Art Week. Nancy Hill announced that her Chartreuse galley won’t be closing after all. And Fine Art Complex 1101 in Tempe was vandalized while showing works addressing politics and propaganda.

There was plenty of interesting art worth seeing, but there were 10 works that stood out from the rest. Here’s a look back at some of the best art from November 2016 in the Valley.

Landscapes and Nudes
Albena Baeva

Bulgarian artist Albena Baeva set images of sculptures in iconic locations around the Roosevelt Row arts district as part of her “Landscapes and Nudes” exhibition at the Project Space at ASU's Combine Studios. It’s one of many ways she’s worked to “explore processes of myth-making and social narration in an urban context.”

Kristin Bauer

Tempe artist Kristin Bauer showed this piece in “Bread & Butter,” a pop-up exhibition she curated for an experimental curatorial project called Capsule in the studio space she shares with fellow artist and husband Emmett Potter. The show, which opened November 19, included several works of contemporary art created by various Los Angeles artists.

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Hunt Rettig

Rettig’s piece, which will be on view in the atrium at Lisa Sette Gallery through January 7, 2017, was created with polyester film, synthetic rubber, and acrylics. His body of work comprises mixed media assemblages that reflect biomorphic forms and “the sensual shapes of our natural world.”

Annie Lopez

One of several new works recently featured in the “True Blue: Annie Lopez” exhibition presented by R. Pela Contemporary Art at Walter Art Gallery, this small-scale dress form was created using cyanotype photography and tamale wrapping paper. It’s part of a larger body of work exploring personal identity, family history, and social commentary.

The City Life
Melanie Walker

Using house images and the idea of home as metaphor, Walker explores “the notions of memory, family, dreams, and fiction.” Several of her works were featured in the recent “(Re)View: Abstract, Land, and the Narrative” exhibition at Art Intersection, which included works by three artists who use traditional or historical photographic processes.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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