MIAMI BEACH — This was the 10th year of Aqua Art Miami, which transforms the Aqua Hotel in Miami Beach into a boutique-like art fair. The fair overtook the first and second floors of the building, with art-filled rooms surrounding a small courtyard where visitors broke to dip their feet in the hot tub and sip $13 cocktails.
This was Aqua’s second year since being bought by Art Miami, a blue-chip fair running its 25th edition in Miami proper. With 46 booths Aqua was adequately approachable. Small rooms made for a quick tour, as well as interesting placement of art. Often I was drawn into the bathrooms and closets, intrigued by the ingenious use of space within these cramped quarters.
Aqua Art Miami 2014 took place December 3–7 at the Aqua Hotel (1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach).
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