Hubert Phipps: Ascending
The new art exhibition on view December 1 through January 31 in the Miami Design District
The Artist Hubert Phipps and the Supercar Designer ARES Modena Collaborate During Art Basel Miami to Launch New Exhibition, and to Debut the First ARES Modena Showroom in North America in the Miami Design District.
|Sky Temple, the sculpture by Hubert Phipps (cast stainless steel)|
Revving up the Art World Like Never Before
The nationally acclaimed artist Hubert Phipps and the luxury Italian coachbuilder ARES Modena will launch a new exhibition during Art Basel Miami to debut the first ARES Modena showroom in North America, in the Miami Design District.
The exhibition Hubert Phipps: Ascending will be on view December 1 through January 31, and will usher in the arrival of the ARES S1 supercar model for its North American premiere during the run of the exhibition.
|The new ARES S1 supercar model makes its North American premiere alongside this new art exhibition by the American artist Hubert Phipps|
“We chose these bold sculptures and artworks by Hubert Phipps to debut our first U.S. showroom, and to surround the ARES S1 supercar model for its North American premiere, because when experienced together they create a powerful fusion that supercharges the imagination,” said Mo Elarishy, of ARES Miami.
“The tradition of coachbuilding is a form of artmaking going back 100 years, hand-crafting limited production vehicles for discerning customers,” adds Elarishy. “The art of Hubert Phipps personifies the creative vision of ARES Modena’s coachbuilt vehicles, celebrated worldwide like commissioned works of art.”
|Impulse, by Hubert Phipps (paint pigment on paper)|
A sculptor and painter, Phipps was also a national racecar champion and is a pilot, coming up on his 50th anniversary as an aviator. The exhibition Hubert Phipps: Ascending features several works born out of the artist’s love for acceleration and for aerodynamic forms (he often pilots his Airbus Helicopter H-120 down to Florida from his artist studio in Virginia)
“I am honored to have been invited by ARES Miami to present this collaboration during Art Basel Miami,” said Hubert Phipps. “ARES is one of the world’s leading studios of high-performance design and stellar engineering is igniting new inspirations in my artmaking.”
|Voyager, the sculpture by Hubert Phipps (stainless steel)|
The title of this show reflects the growing national recognition of the artist (as museums and collectors across the country acquire his works), with Phipps’ history with racecars and aircraft. In addition to the launch of the exhibition during the week of Art Basel, the artist and ARES Miami are planning events in January with some of Phipps’ world renowned racing colleagues from his time as a professional racecar driver.
The new ARES S1 supercar model was flown from Italy to Miami, and has never been shown in North America. The one-of-a-kind, automotive work of art will be the centrepiece for this exhibition, surrounded by sculptures and artworks by Phipps that are seen as a perfect fit with the creative aesthetic behind ARES Modena’s singular success in automotive design.
|The artist Hubert Phipps (photo by Frankie Damba)|
Only 24 versions of the ARES S1 supercar will be created in the entire world, each tailor-made to the client’s desires and taste, making each design unique. The ARES S1's dramatic low-profile is similar to racing prototypes from the 70s and 80s.
Hand-crafted in carbon fibre, the curvaceous wheel arches, with sculptured side skirts and forward sitting cockpit, give a sleek yet aggressive stance.
The S1 is powered by a naturally aspirated V8, delivering power to the wheels via an 8-speed dual clutch transmission. The interior combines the finest Alcantara and Napa leather that is quilted in specific areas.
|Arch, the sculpture by Hubert Phipps (stainless steel)|
The sculptures and artworks by Phipps in this exhibition rev up the space in the ARES Miami showroom, apace with the supercar’s electrifying spirit: Sky Temple, Voyager, Arch, Lava Flow, Africa 1, and Africa 2, plus a maquette-sized version of Rocket from the private collection of real estate magnate Lawrence Moens.
The exhibition also features Phipps’ signature paint pigment drawings: Momentum, Current, Impulse, and Rhythm.
|The artist Hubert Phipps|
About The Artist
Hubert G. Phipps (born November 1, 1957) is an American sculptor and painter who divides his time between Middleburg, Virginia and New York City. Phipps draws on his auto racing and aviation experiences to develop a distinctive style.
Known for his paint pigment drawings and abstract sculptures, Phipps experiments with various forms and materials, including steel, bronze, wood, composites, plaster, glass, and marble. He was also a race car driver and is a member of the Phipps family.