There are more than 20 fairs in Miami this week, on top of the rich offerings at the city’s museums and private collections. Here’s a handy way to make sense of it all.
The jukebox is quiet and there’s prosecco flowing, but anachronisms aside, Macon Reed’s “Eulogy for the Dyke Bar” installation is a vibrant tribute to the disappearing lesbian bar.
MIAMI BEACH — Perhaps it’s because we’re near the tropics or in palm tree central, but whatever the reason, the galleries participating in this year’s Pulse Miami Beach fair are showing a generous selection of botany-focused works.
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.
Pulse New York is continuing its role as one of the more user-friendly offerings this fair week, with a flair for the international and an undercurrent of the offbeat in its location at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion. Last year was the first of its eight editions to run alongside Frieze, and despite the torrential rain this morning, the preview felt buoyant, with an emphasis on the playful. While there were some corners of studied abstraction, overall the artworks were spirited creations that embraced vibrant tones.
Relocating its New York edition from Armory Week to join Frieze Weekend, the 2012 Pulse Art Fair offered itself as an accessible companion to the bigger fair action on Randall’s Island, both in terms of location and the art presented.
Okay, so, this week is New York City’s art fair week. This may sound like a carnival replete with Ferris wheels, clowns and cotton candy, but it’s not, at least in the literal sense. An art fair is like a carnival in that there’s a lot of excess noise, visual information and people yelling over each other. But an art fair is actually a clearinghouse for art works, a pow-wow of dealers, galleries, curators and collectors that’s part tribe meeting and part shopping mall. n the US, the major players are basically Art Basel Miami Beach, a sister fair of Art Basel founded in 2002 occurring annually every December, and New York City’s Armory Show, founded in 1994 and taking place in March.
The vibes being sent up North from Miami to the now-snowy climes of New York City over the past week have carried with them a message: the contemporary art market may just be back into something like its previous swing.
Gleaned from tweets, news pieces written from flashy parties and a newfound sense of optimism, is this intuition of market return reality, or just self-fulfilling prophecy? Check out a collection of picks, pics, links and insights into Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 below.
Once again, it’s time for the annual migration of Winter-bound art worlders to the sunny climes of Miami, Florida for Art Basel Miami Beach. The bad news is that outside of Art Basel Miami’s official fair, most of the surrounding events and shows are pretty bad. Good thing Paddy Johnson has your back! She just posted her own guide to the best fairs, museums and events in Miami.