Last night, Miami Art Week kicked off with a celebration of Italian artist Gaetano Pesce at The Setai Miami Beach. Art world VIPs including Chuck Close, Sara Arison, Dominique Levy, Rodman Primack, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Paul Johnson gathered to preview the centerpiece of Pesce's latest sculpture series, which is installed in the hotel's courtyard.
"We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Gaetano Pesce to The Setai and are honored to feature his site-specific installation in our newly renovated courtyard. Tree Vase XXL is the perfect complement to the lush Zen-like space, an ultimate refuge away from the tents and a discreet oasis for our guests and residents during this exciting week," says Alex Furrer, the General Manager of The Setai.
Pesce is known for his iconic furniture designs, which are currently on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and at Museo del Novecento and Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy. If you're in Miami this week, the complete Tree Vase Series will be presented by Salon 94 Design at Design Miami/.
"The Tree Vase Series is a novelty to me. The tree is alive, it moves under the force of the breeze, it is always different and it is a miracle of nature. All this has inspired me to turn it into a type of work that is very dear to me, the 'maternal womb vase'. I love to create vases shaped as trees with elastic materials resembling the movement of the trees when touched by the wind," says Gaetano Pesce.