Antonio Tarsis' exclusive drop ahead of Art Basel Miami
EXCLUSIVE DROP

Antonio Tarsis' exclusive drop ahead of Art Basel Miami

26/11/2023

We're excited to announce an exclusive drop featuring a work by Antonio Tarsis, showcased in a solo presentation at Carlos/Ishikawa during this coming edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. This unique drop will be available exclusively on Docent, and operates on a first-come basis. Don't miss out – act swiftly to secure your acquisition! The artwork will be open for purchase until Sunday 3rd December. You just have to submit your inquiry by clicking on the work and then "Purchase".
This work is part of a series that Antonio Tarsis began in the streets of Salvador, collecting matchboxes that had been used and thrown away.

"Much cheaper than a lighter, the discarded matchboxes are pervasive in areas where drug dependency is high. Hand-assembled yet mass-produced, the materiality of these objects reacts easily when exposed to the elements, recording traces of sunlight and water. Tarsis employs the boxes as color and symbol, reconfiguring, aligning, or accentuating parts to compose collages with various tonalities, creating new images suggestive of a painting, a landscape, or an abstraction." (Pedro Nery, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MASP), 2021)
Antonio Tarsis' exclusive drop ahead of Art Basel Miami
"There is an immediate overlay – a crossing of memories – between the object’s intrinsic meanings and the image suggested by the reorganization of its pieces. There is a concise simplicity in Tarsis’s act of reconstituting visual, affective and social memory – or personal and collective identity – through this modest object. The incendiary potential is transformed into a constructive space."
Antonio Tarsis' exclusive drop ahead of Art Basel Miami
"The discourse around the displacement of the everyday object can easily empty it of its less explicit meanings. Tarsis is not interested in using objects to desecrate art, to explore the reverse of their utility or in their mere removal from everyday contexts. His work is a labour of collecting, individualizing colors and dismantling to give new order to urban fragments. The result of this process is a profound re-signification. The artist’s work dignifies the fragments and the matchboxes are elevated to another scale of meaning, not to counterpose their original use – but as an acknowledgement of the material culture of a contemporary society in which an industrial and popular object intercedes something as primitive as fire."

(Pedro Nery, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo - MASP, 2021)
Antonio Tarsis' exclusive drop ahead of Art Basel Miami
Tarsis’ work has been included in institutional presentations at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM-BA), Salvador; Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS), São Paulo; Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo; amongst others. Recent awards and residencies include the Biennale College Arte, 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Via Arts Prize, Embassy of Brazil, London; and the Escola de Artes Visuais Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Antonio Tarsis' exclusive drop ahead of Art Basel Miami