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 wherefive, six, and seven-figuredeals 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?
Art Basel Miami Beach continue at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, Florida) until Sunday, November 7.
While the announcement might be a step in the right direction, it inadvertently reinforces even more gender stereotypes, limiting nonbinary individuals to greyish androgynous figures defined primarily by their haircuts.