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You Can’t Sit With Us at Art Basel Miami Beach

Copenhagen's Galleri Bo Bjerggaard was one of the rare spaces that brought in a table and chairs designed by the artist. The table was created and used by artist Poul Gernes as a dining table when he was still alive, while the Arne Jacobsen chairs were painted these colors at the request of the artist (the company asked him to select the colors for the Danish Pavilion at the 1988 Venice Biennale. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)
Copenhagen’s Galleri Bo Bjerggaard was one of the rare spaces that brought in a table and chairs designed by an artist they were exhibiting. The table was created and used by artist Poul Gernes as a dining table, while the Arne Jacobsen chairs were painted these colors after the company asked Gernes to select them. The chairs were included in Gernes’s exhibition at the Danish Pavilion in the 1988 Venice Biennale. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

MIAMI BEACH — At Art Basel Miami Beach, the city’s biggest contemporary art trade show, the accoutrements of galleries are as significant as the works on display because they contribute to the frame through which we see these wares. Each gallery booth is designed to communicate with a potential buyer and present a specific face to the world. One of the most overlooked aspects of the fair booth is the functional furniture used by dealers and their staff. Chairs and tables are where five, six, and seven-figure deals are made. They are the props arranged on a stage awaiting their wealthy actors. They are the plumes of exotic art birds engaged in a mating ritual that takes place beside a constant stream of people passing by. Who gets invited to sit in these chairs?

At the booth of the Luciana Brito Galeria of São Paulo
At the booth of the Luciana Brito Galeria of São Paulo
Tornabuoni Art of Paris, Florence, and Milan went all white
Tornabuoni Art of Paris, Florence, and Milan went all white
Travesia Cuatro gallery of Madrid and Guadalajara went the all-over approach
Travesia Cuatro gallery of Madrid and Guadalajara went the all-over approach
Eames chairs at Cheim & Read
Eames chairs at Cheim & Read
No nonsense at New York's Bureau gallery
No nonsense at New York’s Bureau gallery
Cobbled together at New York's Salon 94
Cobbled together at New York’s Salon 94
At Marian Goodman gallery
At Marian Goodman gallery
At New York's Ramiken Crucible
At New York’s Ramiken Crucible
At New York's Petzel Gallery
At New York’s Petzel Gallery
At New York's Hammer Galleries
At New York’s Hammer Galleries
At Mary Boone gallery of New York
At Mary Boone gallery of New York
At London's Stephen Friedman gallery
At London’s Stephen Friedman gallery
At Garth Greenan Gallery of NYC
At Garth Greenan Gallery of NYC
A practical set up at Rio de Janeiro's A Gentil Carioca
A practical set up at Rio de Janeiro’s A Gentil Carioca
At Berlin's Galerie Guido W. Baudach
At Berlin’s Galerie Guido W. Baudach
A Paula Cooper gallery of New York
A Paula Cooper gallery of New York
A NYC's Elizabeth Dee gallery
A NYC’s Elizabeth Dee gallery
At New York's Wallspace
At New York’s Wallspace
At Milan's ZERO gallery
At Milan’s ZERO gallery
At San Francisco's Anthony Meier Fine Arts
At San Francisco’s Anthony Meier Fine Arts
At Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art of New York
At Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art of New York
At Massimo De Carlo of Milan and London
At Massimo De Carlo of Milan and London
At Tokyo's SCAI The Bathhouse
At Tokyo’s SCAI The Bathhouse
At Galerie Emanuel Layr of Vienna
At Galerie Emanuel Layr of Vienna
At Barbara Mathes Gallery of New York
At Barbara Mathes Gallery of New York

Art Basel Miami Beach continue at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, Florida) until Sunday, November 7. 

h/t @vajiajia for the title of this post

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