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Oddball Art Theft Stunt Provides a Link at Ink Miami Fair

Exterior of Ink Miami Art Fair at the Suites of Dorchester (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)
Exterior of Ink Miami Art Fair at the Suites of Dorchester (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

MIAMI BEACH — Ink Miami Art Fair, a salon-style fair within the Dorchester Hotel, opened its ninth edition on Wednesday, December 3. Exhibitors were housed in hotel suites, the “booth” a temporarily reclaimed room. The fair, as always, focused on works on paper, but strayed to include the occasional sculpture or drawing produced from cut-out steel.

Put on by the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), the small, semi-outdoor fair hosted a mere 15 booths, making it pleasantly digestible. However, the rooms’ strange mix of ambient and lamp light made many of the works on view nearly impossible to fully appreciate or photograph.

For this year’s edition of Ink a site-specific exhibition took place in the fair’s Pulp Lounge consisting of works “stolen” from the other rooms. To take the strange concept to a more bizarre level, bedazzled gloves were left behind within the other booths serving as “clues” as to where each work had been stolen from.

A "Phantom Glove" indicating a missing work taken for the site-specific exhibition in the Pulp Lounge
A “Phantom Glove” indicating a missing work taken for the site-specific exhibition in the Pulp Lounge
Amze Emmons, “Radical Populism” (2008), in the Dolan/Maxwell booth
Amze Emmons, “Radical Populism” (2008), in the Dolan/Maxwell booth
Installation view of the back room in the Dolan/Maxwell booth
Installation view of the back room in the Dolan/Maxwell booth
Tom Wesselmann, “Blonde on Blanket” (1985-98) and “First Rosemary” (1990), in the Carl Solway Gallery booth
Tom Wesselmann, “Blonde on Blanket” (1985-98) and “First Rosemary” (1990), in the Carl Solway Gallery booth
Allan McCollum, “Shape” (2006), in the Graphicstudio/U.S.F. booth
Allan McCollum, “Shape” (2006), in the Graphicstudio/U.S.F. booth
Alex Katz, “Tracy” (2013), in the Graphicstudio/U.S.F. booth
Alex Katz, “Tracy” (2013), in the Graphicstudio/U.S.F. booth
Vik Muniz, “Lovebugs” (2014), in the Graphicstudio/U.S.F. booth
Vik Muniz, “Lovebugs” (2014), in the Graphicstudio/U.S.F. booth
Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton, “on/off’ (1997), in the Graphicstudio/U.S.F. booth
Abbott Miller and Ellen Lupton, “on/off’ (1997), in the Graphicstudio/U.S.F. booth
Installation view of the Wildwood Press booth
Installation view of the Wildwood Press booth
Installation view of the Tamarind Institute booth
Installation view of the Tamarind Institute booth
Another "Phantom Glove"
Another “Phantom Glove”

Ink Miami Art Fair took place from Wednesday, December 3 to Sunday, December 7 at the Suites of Dorchester (1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida).

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