MIAMI BEACH — Today, the art fairs have become a nexus for “discovery.” Collectors, and moreover their art consultants, have come to rely almost solely on them.
MIAMI BEACH — Parsing contemporary art’s inscrutable pecking order of markets and sensibilities is already a miserable endeavor, but the stakes inch ever higher in Miami, where the tantalizing gruel of celebrity gets spread preciously thin.
MIAMI BEACH — It was refreshing to wander around a Miami fair that doesn’t appear to have a fear of pretty things. In the design world, unlike the art world, beauty isn’t considered a dirty word, so, wandering through the aisles of the 2013 Design Miami fair, I could see an obvious affection for beauty in a way that oozes status and wealth.
MIAMI BEACH — I don’t need to tell YOU this, but to go to the Hyperallergic Aqua Art Miami party is like entering a topsy-turvy world where black is white, up is down, left is right but sometimes down, too. My point is that Hyperallergic parties can be strange.
MIAMI BEACH — Walking into Context, Art Miami’s sister fair devoted to emerging artists and contemporary work, the overarching trend was immediately clear: surrealism, absurdity, art that’s slightly unhinged.
MIAMI BEACH — In the cycles of art fairs, there are some that are going up and others that are on a slow decline to what seems like oblivion. In the former category is Untitled, which debuted last year and has since generated a lot of buzz because of its South Beach beachfront location (which was copied this year by Scope art fair) and the crop of galleries it appears to have lured away from the once “too cool for school” NADA art fair further uptown.
MIAMI — The first ever Brazil Art Fair in Miami got off to a rough start: it didn’t open on time. When I visited two days later, the fair still felt tentative, a bit uncertain, rough around the edges.
MIAMI BEACH — The New Art Dealers Association (NADA) fair, currently in its 10th year, has established itself as something of a leading face for the “alternative” to the commercial excesses of Art Basel Miami and its orbit.
MIAMI BEACH — Why were Jeffrey Deitch and Sean “Diddy” Combs chatting in an Art Basel Miami Beach booth about Kanye? This is funny …
MIAMI — One of the good things about the glut of art at fairs is the chance to make unexpected visual connections — to watch sparks fly between artworks you’d never otherwise see together. At the sprawling Art Miami fair, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the associations and affinities that jumped out at me from among the aisles.
MIAMI BEACH — Here are 12 artworks or displays of note I spotted at Art Basel Miami Beach that explore the margins of art and display at the best art mall ever.
MIAMI BEACH — Duct tape is an unlikely artistic medium, but Tirtzah Bassel makes it work. Down the street from Art Basel Miami Beach, Bassel has begun creating “Duct Tape Miami,” an installation that uses duct tape to replicate the people and environments of this week’s Miami’s art fairs.